After you top up your tan in Copacabana or Ipanema, it’s time to get out of the sun and enjoy what Rio de Janeiro has to offer foodwise. There are plenty of first-rate brunch restaurants and cafes here offering authentic Brazilian breakfasts, rich and smooth coffee and typical South American fare. Combining fresh ingredients and traditional age-old recipes, here’s our guide to the 10 best brunch joints in this vibrant city.
Café 18 do Forte
If you came to Rio to enjoy the sea breeze you won’t be disappointed at Café 18 do Forte. Located in the idyllic grounds of the Copacabana Fort, ask for your brunch to be served on one of the outdoor tables to enjoy spectacular vistas of the turquoise ocean. A top pick here is the enormous ‘farmhouse breakfast’ featuring cheese, pao de queijo and fresh fruit.
Address and Telephone:Café 18 do Forte, Praça Coronel Eugênio França, 1, Forte de Copacabana – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – +55 21 7866-6282
This cafe-restaurant offers customers the chance to do two essential things whilst in Rio; learn about the area’s history and simultaneously enjoy an exquisite brunch. Sweet cakes and pastries are waiting to be discovered by all of those travelers with a sweet tooth at Confeitaria Colombo, and the expert staff are always on hand to dispense interesting information about the region.
Address and Telephone:Confeitaria Colombo, R. Gonçalves Dias, 32 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20050-030, Brazil;
Attention vegetarians: if you’re staying close to Ipanema Beach, New Natural is the spot you don’t want to miss. The venue’s buffet operates with a pay-by-weight system, and you can choose between many delectable food options made with only nutritious and fresh local fruits and vegetables. Get here early and enjoy people watching from the sidewalk tables.
Address and Telephone: New Natural, R. Barão da Torre, 173 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22411-001, Brazil; +55 21 2247-9363
Address and Telephone: Pérgula, Avenida Atlântica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22021 001, Brazil;
If you’re looking for gluten-free fare, and you enjoy eating the best organic ingredients, then you won’t be able to get enough of Cultivar Brazil. This is the spot to try the authentic Pao de Queijo; small cheese bread balls made with manioc flour. Don’t forget to get some of these for the road, they’re a taste you’ll truly miss when you’re back home.
Address and Telephone:Cultivar Brazil, Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 124 – Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil;
Da Casa da Táta
A venue that feels like home; that’s the aim of Da casa da Tata. The staff and owners go above and beyond to make their customers happy and keep them coming back for more. An extensive range of homemade breads will make your decision a tough one, and brunch options go from simple coffee and toasts to larger dishes comprised of cake, pastries, bread, cheese plates and fresh juice. The best part? Their coffee is exceptional.
Address and Telephone: Da Casa da Táta, R. Prof. Manuel Ferreira, 89 – Lojas N e O – Gávea, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22451-030, Brazil; +55 21 2511-0947
Owned by an Argentinian chef, Cafecito allegedly has the best cappuccinos in town. Overlooking one of Santa Teresa’s most popular streets, this is one of the best places to enjoy some people watching in Lapa. If you feel like sampling something refreshing, make sure your brunch order includes an ice cold beer or fruity caipirinha; you won’t regret it.
Address and Telephone: Cafecito, Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 121 – Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20240-290, Brazil; +55 21 2242-9434
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