Hotel breakfasts never satisfy me completely. That’s why everytime I'm visiting a new city I try to go out for breakfast. While at Rio I had breakfast in some deliciously cozy places. I have to say I enjoyed my breakfast at Felice Caffé. I later on discovered that it’s actually a hip place to go to at night. Anyways their salad fruit with granola and yogurt is so fresh. Advantages of being in a tropical city: all fruits are sweet and tasty! They have several types of bread and jams. It was a real feast. That’s my tip for sure.
Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30, Rio de Janeiro 22071-110
Tel: 55 21 2522 7749
Felice Caffè is a coffee place, bistrot and gelateria, located at Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro.
I loved it there, mainly because of the relaxed atmosphere. The place is very clean and cozy too.
The home-made Italian ice-cream is pretty good! I'm an Italian citizen and I totally approved it!
I also recommend to ask for the tasty sandwiches they have - Felice barbecue is my favourite!
Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30 - Ipanema - Rio de janeiro - Brazil.
When staying in Rio, definitely do not stay in Copacabana etc - too many tourists… and you may as well be in Benidorm.
We stayed in St Theresa. There are great authentic restaurants, cafes etc. The architecture is colonial Portuguese. And best of all, to get down into Rio centre you take a tram down the 3:1 slope, this too is 100 years old, and it feels like it.
I see another poster has recommended this but I feel obliged to point out that Colombo is more than just tea and biscuits - it is salgadinhos - Brazil's equivalent of dim sum, which are an absolute must for anyone wanting a culinary experience in Brazil - try bolinhos de bacalhau (fried salt cod balls) or rissole de camarão (prawn rissoles). The only place that arguably does them better than Colombo is Bar Bracarense (also recommended by another poster, but note it is in Leblon, not Ipanema - although the address is right).
Colombo is wonderful, but I feel a need to enlist potential tourists to the sacred cause, which is to persuade a narrow-minded management that they need to keep the ground floor cafe, with its belle epoque mirrors, open as a cafe for the general public and not simply close it off to tourist groups (usually multinationals) - which they have a bad habit of doing. Give the maitre a hard time if you find them doing this. You may thus have to stand at the bar.
Rua Dias Gonçalves as above, in the Centro.
Have tea and biscuits surrounded by magnificent 19th-century decor in this tea room, where you can see why Rio was once known as the Paris of the south. Good place for a break during a weekday visit to the Centro district, off the beach/bikini/samba beaten track.
Rua Gonçalves Dias 32, Centro www.confeitariacolombo.com.br
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