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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe

535 North Road
Coquitlam, BC V3J1N7
Tel: (604) 936-8089
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Cafe, Dessert, Ice cream
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Features: Patio
  • Cumpari is a beautiful, bustling cafe and dessert destination in Coquitlam. They have an assortment of gelatos, cakes, pastries, and beverages available.

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Flash in the pants
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

A friend suggested this place after bypassing our usual choices for something different. By sight as we entered it seemed like all would be well and thensome but the highs peaked once we dove into our desserts.

Brightly lit display cases showcase their offerings of desserts from panna cotta to tartlettes to cakes to gelato and even some savoury sandwiches. I found it suspicious that they do not advertise prices on most of their delectables, which is pretty much unheard of. Perhaps most of us chose wrong as the panna cotta was the best of the bunch, a smooth but somewhat runny consistency though hardly out of this world. Next in line was our chocolate mousse cake which was good but lacked moistness while the maple cake was a dry, crumbly mound surrounded by puff balls and with an overpowering maple/rum hit. Our friend thought his Italian cheesecake was terrible for cheesecake and he is by no means picky on desserts. Prices are in and around the $10 range, which if the quality was there I wouldn't mind but where they are lacking of which what we had.

Service is merely over the counter at best with first-come-first-serve seating but it was nice to have the staff clear empty plates and cups from occupied tables.

Good use of space with a nice distance between the display case area and the seating - hard to believe this use to be a Burger King. Neutral colours are easy on the eyes and it seems they are prepping for a 2nd level area.

I would definitely be willing to give this place a second try, especially since they seem to be open late but I'm not holding my breath. Their desserts taste like coffee shop chain offerings with the boutique look and price.

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Cumpari really not that Cool
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 1:38am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times but nothing truly stands out other than it is close by and has large tables. I tried the Mango cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Snowflake cake, the Chocolate Hazelnut cake, & some kind of apple pie looking thing that was nuked in the microwave. The cakes are only meh and coffee alright. Did I mention pricey? But the Strawberry Gelato and Pistachio Gelato are pretty good. It is cool that Tri-Cities has a place like this, but it baffles me to why - I've had far better cakes and gelatos elsewhere.

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pricey
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

A group of us were seeking gelato when we spotted CGCI. It looked very fancy inside with nice ambiance. We were also impressed by the friendly staff, who helped us decide on just the right gelato flavor. After some deliberation I tried the banana split flavor, and the rest of the group tried green tea, coconut, chocolate, and pistachio. All the gelato was very tasty. The downside? It was ridiculously expensive. One little scoop for $4.50? In Coquitlam? The cake was $7.50 a slice, so by comparison the gelato looked like a bargain.

One insightful member of our gang suggested that this was the sort of place you would go to impress a date. That sounded about right. As for me, I found it to be too expensive.

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Good cakes and napoleon ...ohh and the mocha!
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 4:17am [Dine in]

Good quality stuff here! My boyfriend has been taking out desserts here for me since it's so close to his work. Nice and fresh cakes that are light but flavorful and not too sweet. I like their napoleons best though, along with mocha to drink. Arguably the best mocha here.

Since I've only had their take out and haven't actually dined in, I gave a mid rating for the service and ambiance. For what it's worth, my boyfriend has been in to dine and has no complaints.

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Great Find.
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I came by Cumpari's while jonesing for something sweet on a Saturday night. We noticed how busy it was from the street - it is brightly light and there were many patrons inside the cafe and outside on the patio.

We parked our car and went inside, where we were served promptly by a knowledgeable gentleman who recommended the tiramisu - it was great!

I haven't had a chance to try their gelato as that section of the establishment was extremely busy, but I have to say that our desserts and coffee was delicious as ever, and that the seating area (inside and out) was new, clean, and well maintained.

I am SO GLAD to find a place like Cumpari in the Tri Cities!

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Downtown/west side prices in Coquitlam?
By goonboy of Burnaby (40 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Cumpari's is one of the nicest cafes you will find anywhere east of downtown or Commercial Drive, but that being said, that doesn't mean they need to charge west side prices.

Formerly a Burger King, the establishment is fairly large with an upper floor (which is never open), I am quite sure the rent is quite high, but I still don't think the prices are justified. The North Road area is not exactly un upscale area, but business seems to be pretty decent as I am Korean and it is a popular place for Koreans who love nice cafes.

Korea actually has (or had shall I say) an abundance of beautiful, elegant cafes in Cumpari's but is now sadly on the decline due to the invasion of Starbucks in Korea. North Americans have no idea how to enjoy coffee and need to get a clue.

Cumpari's does well in this area because there are no alternatives to the usual fast food choices of Tim Horton's or McDonald's. The closest place I can think of with decent ambiance is Bread Garden on Lougheed.

Cumpari's is a breath of fresh air in my not-so-upscale neighbourhood of North Road, but any place that charges 75 cents for extra hot water gets an upturned nose from me.

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Looks great, tastes awful
By xantidote of Burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:20am [Dine in]

I've come here a couple of times and usually with a large group of people so I've had a chance to sample most of their cakes. In the bright displays they look so good but in reality they all taste so bad. I don't think they use quality ingredients in the cakes because they don't have much flavor and have a plastic artificial texture to them. Plus they are so expensive too, stay away from the cakes.

The gelato on the other hand isn't so bad so that's all I get now on the rare occasions I visit. Depending on who makes your drink, it can be fantastic or terrible. Its pretty hit or miss, I've had some great cappuccinos and other times the milk is over steamed and the espresso sour.

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dont wast your time & money
By alitavana of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

spent over $120 on tea, coffee, and cakes with few friends. When I asked for some hot water to refill on top of the tea, the guy asked for $0.75 for just hot water! Talking to the manager, the answer was "my place, my rule". Really pissed of specially when the manager start acting like an a_ _. I did not pay to get hot water, because it was a ripoff. I am writing this as I promised the manager that I let people know how hurtful is the customer service, and what a ripoff when it comes to pricing. drip coffee $4.25!! a peace of a normal mousse $7.99. Nothing has a price in the windows, and you get surprised when you get the bill with how expensive are the such normal quality! NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS GUYS. Don;t wast your time any money on them. Enjoy your time somewhere else, and save yourself a good nice fun night NOT visiting this guys.

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Overpriced experience
By dobermann of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

I was looking forward to good home made gelato and Italian coffee, but was very disappointed.

Despite clean appearance the place is very unwelcoming and staff is unfriendly.
Tables and chairs are very uncomfortable for sitting especially for children. No wonder the place is almost always dead empty.

Below the average gelato, uninspiring coffee, rude customer service.
And on top of that there's one gelato sample per customer. Very strange, especially if you consider that they only have a dozen flavors or so.

Bottom line: very disappointing experience.

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Quality slipping, prices increasing?
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Tried Cumpari again a week or so ago after a dinner out - figured we would go somewhere nice rather than just a stock restraunt dessert. In hindsight we probably should've stuck with the restaurant.

2 small cakes and a large gelato were $24 including tax. One of the cakes (cream puff) tasted stale and the inside was soggy, as if it had been prepared a few days before.

I don't particularly mind paying for high quality, but I'm not going to be returning until they make some changes for the better. They also need to be putting prices on their cakes, it's quite a shock when they ring in the total at the register.

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old cakes? wut the....??
By kuma of Coquitlam (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

Okay I have been to this place a few times with different buddies. Each time I went, the less quality of cakes that I had. OH MY GOD. The most recent visit was last week with 3 other people. We wanted to have some desserts and this place was the only place that open late during the hours. My friends said this place ain't good but I said it's not bad let's try again. But after the puffed cream cake (forgot its name) I don't' think I want to come back again. I rather get a cake from other bakery. The cream on the cheesecake was OLD and HARDEN and EWWW. Did I mention that it was $7.95 for one not tasty piece of cheese cake? The break part was... you could taste that the cake has been sitting in the fridge for a frigin' long time for people to spend money on it to eat it. I have tried my friends' tiramisu and hazelnut cheesecake. They were just ok too. BOTH OLD! Unbelievable! I won't say "it's not bad, let's try again" to anyone again.

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No prices listed for desserts
By ganache of burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

Went last Saturday with husband and son. We ordered a kid's gelato and a slice of the "Snowflake" cake. Based on previous reviews, I was somewhat wary of the price that was going to be charged. While the prices of the various sizes of gelato were listed, no prices were listed for the cakes/pastries in the display case. I was totally shocked when the server told me that the total order for the two items came to $12, which meant that my slice of cake was $8. The cake was delicious and more than generous in size but for a cafe in Burquitlam, I think the price is out of line with the neighbourhood. These are more like downtown prices. So if you go, prepare to spend a lot.

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weird gummy gelato...
By cherrygirl of vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

i have mixed feelings about this dessert place.
i do like that they are one of verrry few of its kind in the tricity area-possibly the only one if you're looking for a sit down italian dessert cafe?? i do like that they have patient and attentive service from the folks that work behind the counter-i saw the woman ahead of me sample at least a dozen flavors of gelato before settling on a small cup of something. i like the dimly lit "date" atmosphere that seems to provide a setting for more candid conversation. i also agree it is very expensive but i also think you're paying more for the "date setting" experience.
what i do not like about this place is that their gelato has a weird, gummy texture and is not creamy in any way, shape, or form. the last time i went, i made the mistake of choosing banana split flavor (without trying it first) which tasted like it was made from realllllly old blackened bananas. although pistachio (from a previous visit) was tasty in flavor, it was also gummy. this is a texture i might expect from something like no name fat free frozen ice cream bought from the supermarket. i also had the italian lobster tail pastry (i forget what the proper name for it is) and it tasted old, as if it had been made a week ago. and it was filled with a dark chocolate cream instead of a light pastry cream like it's supposed to.
would i go here again? probably yes if i had a friend that really wanted to go there. i would just try something else on their menu but if it were solely up to me, i would go elsewhere.

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can't wait to go back
By ginger33 of vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

pricey but delectable place for desert, it's like you have died and went to cake heaven, i just hope that they will not close down, since the place is big and has the latest of everything, just in an awkward part of town. if you have a sweet-tooth and are not watching your weight then this place is it! make sure to drink a hot beverage with your desert since some of the pungent rich flavours are overwhelming and need to be washed down, but in a good way.

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Must've made some lucky choices :)
By 360 of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:13am [Dine in]

We've passed by this place a few times but never went in because we thought it was closed. This time we passed by & saw a lot of people inside, so we went in, not having read any reviews. Thank goodness because the reviews may have deterred me. But it's just a scoop of gelato, so I probably would've gone in despite having read mostly terrible reviews here.

The gelatos I chose were really good. So i don't know which ones are bad. Mint Oreo was minty but also chocolately. I went with pistachio instead & it was creamy & fragrantful. But I was surprised the sample was melting as soon as the girl took it out. I think this means their restaurant is too hot or their ice cream is held at a really low temperature, lower than normal. We got our ice cream with our cake on the same plate. Where do you get that these days? Any flavor gelato you want with a large number of cake choices? I can only think of places like Cactus Club, which doesn't do either of the above! The plate was warm but I knew the gelato was melting like crazy. I think it comes from lower butter fat than ice cream. However, I don't think the gelato tasted like it had less fat than other gelatos. It was just delicious, like roasted pistachios blended with cream & frozen. We had a coconut cake. It had 3 layers of white sponge, which were light, more on the Asian side. I would've liked it even moister & fattening. But hey, it was delicious & it didn't stuff me! The layers of cream were sweetened & thicker than typical whipping cream. The coconut shreds on top tasted good; I don't care if they're real or not. They were good, but my bf thought it would've been even better with toasted coconut. The cake wasn't dry like bean brothers or sweet revenge, nor hard like sweet obsession or true confections, nor too light like Chinese bakeries & sweet e's, nor super rich like moxie's. You could eat the whole thing & it would be the perfect dessert. The prices are a bit higher, but then the slices of cake are bigger than average. In total, I would've preferred paying $10 including tax instead of $11 something. But that's only a dollar difference.

The ambiance is very nice. The tables are glass & metal while the chairs have firm cushions on them. They have both tall & low tables. The tables are really far from the counter & there's plenty of space to see what's in their display case. It reminds me of eiskafes in Austria. Modern & sophisticated, yet traditional with plenty of food that's both delicious to eat & look at.Their displays are beautiful & well-lit. I would've liked to have more information on the cakes available as many didn't have names & our server wasn't knowledgeable at all. And yes, a downside is you can only try 1 sample of gelato.

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Staff and owner very rude
By lfayette of Vancouver Area (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 9:50am [Dine in]

My experience started out with being charged an extra 50 cents for a decaf version of my basic latte (they have 1 size, it is not very big. It costs $4.95 before the extra charge). This additional charge was not posted. When I inquired about this, the young man ringing in my order basically was rude and basically stated "I only work here." Later, I asked the owner about this and about having the extra charge posted. He was very rude and ignorant. He claimed it was posted (none of the 10 of us there had seen it). Then he claimed everywhere did charged extra for decaf. When I rebutted that, he then reverted to saying it's just their policy. I said that's fine, but it should be posted. Then he started complaining about the 10 of us taking up space and they don't take reservations. I reminded him we are good business as most of us have purchased a coffee and pastry at an average of over $10 a person. He then said fine, he will post the extra charge and walked away. It was very clear he did not want us there. I will not be returning.

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Weak coffee but decent Gelato!
By HelloFoodie of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Went to Cumparis for a late night visit with a friend and had a decent time. The selection of Gelato was smaller than what I am used to but they all looked good at least. I had the lemon, my favorite and enjoyed the tartness of it. I had a coffee too afterwards and was disappointed. Not only was it expensive for such a little thing, it was too weak as well. My friend agreed about the coffee. Maybe just stick with the gelato here.
Also, if you plan on going here, be warned it is quite busy with people just hanging out and chatting. Didn't see too much food on the tables but it is open later so a popular hangout I guess.

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good place to hang out, avoid the food/coffee/gelato
By 22justin of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

decent ambiance for coquitlam, but the prices are too high and the gelato/sandwiches/coffee is not good. stick to ordering a pop or something they dont have to make

i dont think they are too worried though as they seem to still get a lot of business

also dress warm if you plan to sit outside, there is no heat for the outside seating....

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Totally "meh"...
By kimbotomy of Coquitlam, B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

The cafe is swank and fancy looking and totally disappointing. You expect so much going in.

Limit one gelato sample?!? How the heck are you supposed to figure out what you would like?

BTW... soy vanilla tastes like stale vanilla wafer cookies. I reiterate STALE...

The crabby employee was not pleasant.

Though the fancy cakes looked like a lot of work went into them, but it was a bit expensive for what it is.

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Unbelievably Small Portions for Such A High Price, But Nice Place
By isaidwow of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

Went there today for the first time with m'ladyfriend and shared a medium ice cream (2 flavours). Was really surprised that the ice cream was mushed down so that it fit below the top lip of the (rather small) cup. I thought it was ridiculously small for $5.00 even though the ice cream tasted great.

Also ordered a slice of cake to go, and it was just under $9.00. The prices weren't displayed anywhere that I could see, til the cashier rung it up. Was expecting to pay around $4.00 for such a small piece.

Might go there again as it's the only gelato place near that area, and the decor is rather nice.

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