A common conundrum among travellers while travelling is finding a café with both great coffee
and reliable wi-fi. Big chains are usually on hand to help out but there’s nothing quite like settling into a local café with tasty foods and drinks to enjoy a truly authentic experience. If you’re looking for wi-fi in Rio de Janeiro, look no further than these great cafés.
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
Located just one block from the beach in the heart of Copacabana,
Sofá Café couldn’t ask for a better location. With Paulista (born in São Paulo) owners, Sofá Café brings a breath of cosmopolitan life to the beach-chic Rio scene with comfy sofas, delicious brunch options and a bustling international crowd. Leave the guilt outside when it comes to their selection of homemade cakes and pair with their creamy coffees.
Livraria da Travessa
Cafe, Restaurant, Brazilian, Contemporary, $$$
Livraria da Travessa is a wonderful bookstore
on Ipanema’s high street. After browsing through the huge collection of literature, head upstairs to enjoy the modern and sophisticated café that has an unbeatable menu, great service and reliable wi-fi. The café is a little pricey yet the quality of food is on par with the prices and the calm, friendly setting make an ideal spot to spend the afternoon working or studying on a laptop.
Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Located in the less-explored neighbourhood of Tijuca, Donninha is one of the first modern cafés in the area that serves homemade food and provides a spacious setting for remote workers or those simply looking for a comfortable spot with wi-fi. The baskets of vines that hang inside coupled with large tables create a pleasant, slow-paced atmosphere. The homemade pasta dishes or gourmet burgers make homely, satisfying lunch options.
Cafe, American, Contemporary, $$$
The name itself draws in an international crowd looking to meet fellow travellers and expats as well as seeking comforting food from home. The American owner Sam Flowers has been an established resident in Rio for years and brings a taste of the U.S. to Ipanema’s streets. Expect breakfast options of waffles with syrup, burgers for lunch and an authentic turkey Thanksgiving dinner at this locally beloved establishment.
Cafe, Contemporary, French, $$$
Located in Rio’s hotspot among the rich and famous, Talho Capixaba provides a sophisticated and pleasant setting for a hearty brunch
or a delicious coffee. The venue is part deli, part café with imported products popular among locals such as cheese, paté and jams from France. Bread is made fresh on-site every day, as are the tempting collection of homemade cakes. Talho Capixaba has both outdoor and indoor seating.
Cafe, Contemporary, Brazilian, $$$
Tucked into a charming alleyway in Catete, Café Secreto maintains its ‘secret’ flair by staying away from typical tourist spots – yet that hasn’t stopped people seeking it out and finding it. Known among locals
and travellers alike for its great coffee, homemade cakes and wonderful lunch options, the cosy setting is also one of its main appeals.
Surrounded by exotic forest and located in the middle of a former mansion centred around an elegant pool, Plage Café provides possibly one of the most tranquil and visually-striking settings for a café in Rio. At the back of Parque Lage in Jardim Botânico is Plage Café which serves modern brunch and lunch options, a good selection of coffees, beers and wine and a reliable wi-fi service.