Top Spots to Enjoy Breakfast or Brunch in Rio de Janeiro

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.



Whether you're a staunch vegetarian, a health-food enthusiast or even a carnivore who has tucked into one steak too many, this cosy corner restaurant in Leblon is just the ticket. Healthfood and organic eating is a growing sector of Rio's...  Read More



Given its abundant supply of coffee beans, Brazil has been surprisingly slow to pick up on the coffee bar trend, but Cafeina is one spot where caffeine boosts are more inventive than simply with-or-without-milk. Alongside a range of...  Read More



For a taste of Rio's Belle Epoque past, head to this historic cafe-restaurant in downtown Rio. Ornate chandeliers and jacaranda wood mirrors make an elegant setting for breakfasts, brunches and afternoon teas, and this is the ideal place to...  Read More



Your leisurely brunch comes with a refreshing sea breeze and stunning sea views at this al-fresco spot in the grounds of Copacabana Fort. Breakfast is served at several outdoor table and, while service can be a little on the slow side, who's...  Read More

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This small, unassuming, unsigned little lunch and brunch spot is a great option for anybody with an aversion to gluten or a preference for natural, organic ingredients. Alongside a range of wholemeal sweet and savory tarts and pies and some...  Read More



A spot for those who take their coffee seriously, Alle Cafe offers some 50 types of blends to its discerning customers. Along with coffees made from the beans of small farms in the interior of Brazil, the cafe offers its clientele the chance to...  Read More



For the ultimate indulgent Rio experience, head to the Pergula, the elegant poolside restaurant at the enduringly elegant Copacabana Palace hotel. Less formal than the hotel's fine dining Italian restaurant, Cipriani. at Pergula you can dine in...  Read More



Aimed squarely at North Americans with a hankering for taste of their homeland, Gringo Cafe does a roaring trade in US DIner-style favorites such as hash browns, bottomless coffees, pancakes, waffles and French toast, as well as delicious cakes,...  Read More



Occupying a corner building on Santa Teresa's liveliest square - Largo do Guimaraes - Cafe do Alto has carved out a reputation for serving delicious dishes at fair prices, in a wonderfully colorful setting. The emphasis is on food from Brazil's...  Read More



Breakfasts at Da Casa da Tata frequently crop up in food and drink magazines' 'Best of' lists, and this welcoming Zona Sul spot is the perfect place to linger over the first meal of the day. The range of home-made breads is in itself a...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.