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
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
If you can’t start your day without a good cup of coffee, Alle Caffe is the joint for you. More than 50 types of blends are available and you can even prepare your own personal blend with beans that come directly from family farms in the interior of the state. Croissants, sandwiches or pastries, which one will accompany your steaming cup of joe?
Address and Telephone: Alle Caffe, Rio Design Barra, Av. das Américas, 7777 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22793-081, Brazil; +55 21 7805-6995
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