You´re in Rio de Janeiro, you´re on vacation - what better way to while away the late morning than to tuck into a lavish spread that crosses the breakfast/lunch divide with style.
Brazilian breakfasts tend to be feasts in themselves, with cakes, fresh fruit, freshly-baked breads, cheeses and sliced cold meats all present and correct, alongside fresh-squeezed juices and wonderfully strong Brazilian coffee.
Brunch is not a concept that has taken off in Brazil - in fact, there's no Portuguese word for it, but nobody will bat an eyelid if you order breakfast items at noon. Our top pick, Da Casa da Tata, offers indulgent breakfast and lunch spreads as well as a-la-carte sandwiches, soups and the like, while the cakes and cookies here are legendary accross the city.
At Pergula, Copacabana Palace hotel´s famously chic poolside restaurant, the Sunday brunch is an institution, with smoked salmon and Champagne both part of the indulgent offering. As one might expect, such luxury comes at a steep price, but for a special occasion it´s worth splashing out on.
More down to earth prices can be found at Cafecito in Santa Teresa, which offers some of the best coffees in the city, while enjoying a lavish breakfast spread with sea views at Copacabana's Cafe 18 de Forte will get any day off to a good start. If you're hankering after hash browns, waffles or other homestyle North American goodies, meanwhile, it has to be Gringo Cafe, an ex-pat favorite in Ipanema.
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