Cumpari is a beautiful, bustling cafe and dessert destination in Coquitlam. They have an assortment of gelatos, cakes, pastries, and beverages available.
I started coming here just after this place opened in 2006 and it's been a favorite ever since. They have a very good selection of gelato (laughed when I read the review that claimed that they didn't - 20+ options not enough? Really?) and other deserts. I am a pretty picky eater and the only time that I was disappointed here was with the creme brûlée because it was not hard on top. Other than that, this place makes delicious deserts and drinks.
The service is what it is; counter service. Everyone is friendly and efficient and they don't mind waiting for you to decide between the various options. And even though this place tends to be very busy, it is also kept very clean.
The atmosphere is good and is definitely geared towards either a fun evening out with friends or a nice après movie stop. Their prices are a bit high and to be honest I can understand why. This area has a lot of students who like to order the cheapest items and then take up a table for hours to use wifi. High prices tend to deter this.
To be completely frank here, I do not understand the slew of bad reviews. And given how busy it usually is here, I'd guess that a lot of other people like this place too.
I've been to Cumpari on several occasions. The first time I went I was impressed with everything from food to ambiance. However over the last two years my visits there have gotten worse. Coffee is terrible and not even hot at times. Desserts tasting like they have been in the fridge or freezer for quite a while. Had a strawberry sponge cake which crumbled easily and was dry...not to mention cleaning brush whiskers incorporated into the cake. For value, they should not charge such prices for subpar desserts. Don't know why this place is quite busy at times but maybe this is the only type of establishment in the area. Hmmm...maybe some competition in the form of another Gelato Cafe nearby will wake them up.
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.
This is our usual dessert place when we can't think of any where else. Their tiramisu is done very well, same with their cannolis which they seem to run out quit often. I agree with the pricing being on the high side but considering the portion it's quite big. One thing I like is no matter how long we stay, they never ask us to leave, even if it's super busy. The gelato there is quite good too, the peanut butter chocolate is very rich and creamy.
Ok, where do I begin? If you want to pay $6 for a single scoop of gelato, then that's fine, Cumpari is for you. This place has the most ridiculously small portions of ice cream considering the price of any Gelato place I've ever been to in Europe or here. What are you thinking? The small cup is like 2 ounces or something. I got a large (even with the large you can only have 2 flavours! Mondo Gelato let's you pick 6!!!) I couldn't believe my eyes of how little ice cream I got for $6!!!
I was in Italy and for 3.50 euros ($5 dollars) I got about 5 times the amount of ice cream.
The coffee was okay, but nothing special. Nice espresso machine. I'm sure the staff got a 45 minute orientation on how to use it, and that's it, because that's how it tastes, push-button and no artistry.
Beautiful restaurant. All skin, however. Food quality is OK, the ice cream was decent-tasting, just really bad value.
Whenever I walk into Cumpari's, I always feel overwhelmed at the choices. I get super excited but at the same time the decision making process can cause a headache. It takes me forever to choose what I want since everything looks soo good! I'm a person that likes her deserts light and less sweet so it's a constant battle within myself to order something I will enjoy and finish (fruit tart), or something that will hit the spot but will probably end up in the trash because it was too sweet (raspberry mousse cake...never again). The service is okay. The price is pretty standard to other desert places (although I find it a bit lower). And the ambiance is decent. The high ceiling doesn't help with the echo so the place gets noisy if it's a full house. The patio is open for the summer time which is great for extra seating. However, once this place fill up, you might not be able to find a seat for a while. Whenever I come here, I usually stay for at least an hour to chat with friends. It seems like the patrons here are like that too so be prepared to eat your tasty treat somewhere else.
Overall, Cumpari's is a great place for dessert in the Lougheed/North Road area. They're open late which is good for you night owls.
PS- with any desert places, you have to be careful of what you order. Sometimes you're lucky and other times not so much.
last night a few friends and i had planned on going to a movie and stopped by cumparis on the way to the coquitlam movie theaters. First off the staff was very helpful and curtious and the coffee is to die for! The gelato is some of the best that i have tasted and the facility itself gives you a very beautiful european vibe. The portions are good for the price you pay and again the staff was very helpful. Cumpari's in my opinion is a great place to bring a date where you will not leave unhappy! We were so impressed with the cafe that we asked for the owner and started to talk about the buisness. Overall it seemed like he was a very nice man who cares about his buisness and clientell. It was a very pleasent experience and i will definitley be heading back soon!
I went to Cumpari this morning with a friend for coffee. I have ordered a panini sandwich and a caffe latte. Surprisingly, their prices has a significant increase since the last time I went. My panini cost $8 and it was quite small and a small latte is $5 and it's not even hot. For $13, I probably can get a fairly good lunch at a nearby restaurant. For other desserts/pastries, they do not have prices on each item so you would have to ask for. For Service, it's standard, just like any other self-serve cafe. Ambiance, it was very quiet in the morning and the restaurant is clean. I am not sure if I would go there again as the food is over-priced.
I love Cumpari's-for it's ambiance, service, and great desserts!
A fabulous option for any day of the week or every day of the week. When I first walked into Cumpari's I was taken back by the beautiful decor I was met with. In terms of dessert, a haven for every heart's desire. There are food options as well, including panini and soups.
Their significant selection of high quality gelato, including several sorbet options (dairy-free), maintains a rich, flavorful taste without the synthetic or powdery mess you can get in other places. In my opinion, their lemon and pistachio is hands-down the best in Vancouver.
My husband is a connoisseur in espresso, and since trying Cumpari's bold and smooth flavour (and with all that crème on top!) nothing else makes him as happy. I was a little disappointed that they didn't offer my favourite white chocolate mocha, however, their regular delicious mocha smoothed down any disappointment I may have had. Their thousand-layers cake, which to us is like a Napoleon and a hard cake to find, was excellent. While we do go back to try any of thousand and one other options for cake, this one is as classics go, a sure thing.
Try it, you’ll love it!
This place is wonderful! The food is all homemade and incredibly tasty! The prices are a bit more than buying dessert at the grocery store but you cannot beat the homemade taste and quality. For anyone who is enjoys European cafes with quality food, come to Cumpari! You can also get the homemade gelato TO GO. They pack it all up for you and it stays good for weeks! I love this place and will forever be a loyal client.
Everything is way overpriced. The gelato selection is tiny and not anywhere near as good in flavour and value as the store on Venables. The owners and counter staff are surly looking. $3.50 for an americano? Even Artigiano doesn't have the audacity to charge that much for watered down espresso. Ambiance is about the only thing decent going for this place.