Whether you eat at your hotel or head out to a cafe to start your day, breakfast in Rio won't disappoint. These lavish spreads are ideal for enjoying at a leisurely pace - a typical cafe de manha includes tempting platters of fresh fruit, cheeses (try the semi-soft, salty Minas, other cheeses tend to lack flavor), cold meats, breads and cakes all typically putting in an appointment at the first meal of the day. Jams, jellies and delicious fresh juices are also present and correct, or you could try a vitamina - a smoothie made with fruit and milk.
Coffee, served strong and often pre-sweetened, will shake away the cobwebs, and thoe on wheat-free diets can enjoy another Brazilian institution - Pao de Queijo. These little cheese bread balls are made with manioc flour, and are incredibly moreish when served hot out of the oven.
Should you be looking for something a little more simple, the city's innumerous juice bars offer an ideal opportunity to try a tropical fruit vitamina, a strong cafe com leite (milky coffee) and a salgado (savory snack, usually a pastry filled with meat or cheese).
Our top pick, Santa Teresa's funky hangout Cafe do Alto has emerged in the last year as the neighborhood's top destination for a hearty breakfast or brunch, and attracts hordes of locals and tourists. For the ultimate indulgence, splash out on cafe by the pool at Pergula, Copacabana Palace's elegant restaurant, or for a taste of home, head to Ipanema's popular Gringo Cafe for pancakes, bacon and muffins.