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.
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
Cafe, Brazilian, $$$
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
The owners here had one aim in mind: to open up a cafe that appeals to North Americans who miss traditional northern brunches whilst in Rio. Hash browns, pancakes and waffles with syrup and buttery French toasts are just some of their specialties. And the best part? Breakfast is served all day, so you can indulge in a plate of streaky bacon whenever you want. Start drooling over their plates right now and check them out on Instagram.
Address and Telephone:Gringo Café, R. Barão da Torre, 240 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22411-000, Brazil; +55 21 3813-3972
Incredibly good cappuccinos, espressos and lattes go along perfectly with this spot’s pastries and tasty baked goods. Locals and tourists looking for a caffeine boost to accompany a good magazine or book congregate inside Cafeina. We can assure you, this place will not be forgotten easily, and is a top choice for a light bite between beach lounging. You can also place your order online and have it delivered at your hotel.
Address and Telephone:Cafeina, R. Farme de Amoedo, 43 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22420-020, Brazil;