A trip to Rio de Janeiro is awash with opportunities for foodie indulgence, and the culinary adventures begin with the first meal of the day. Breakfast in Rio offers a chance to tuck into everything from delicious fresh tropical fruits and juices to warm bread rolls with cheeses, jellies and cold meats, as well as traditional Brazilian breakfast items such as gorgeously gooey pao de queijo - cheese rolls made with manioc flour - and goiabada - solid guava jelly often eaten together with salty white Minas cheese. And let's not forget the excellent coffee.
While Brunch is a relatively new concept in Rio, it's common for breakfast to be a leisurely affair, and the city's penchant for late-night partying means that many places offer late breakfasts to cater for those visitors who have perhaps had a caipirinha or two the night before.
Topping the list of breakfast and brunch options is the welcoming Da Casa da Tata, in scenic Jardim Botanico, while Santa Teresa's Cafe do Alto has become a popular choice for its vast array of Northeastern Brazilian breakfast and brunch choices, and an enormous weekend buffet that takes in everything from fruit salad to hunks of aipim (yucca) and sun-dried beef.
If you want to splash out, the brunches at Pergula - Hotel Copacabana Palace's elegant poolside restaurant, are the stuff of legend.