What better start to the day could there be than enjoying fresh Brazilian coffee with freshly baked breads, freshly squeezed juice and an array of tropical fruits? Well how about adding delicious cakes, meats and cheeses, jams, jellies, yogurts, cereals and hot chocolate? Brazilians take their breakfasts seriously, and even at the most basic hotel or hostel in Rio de Janeiro you are likely to wake up to a buffet laden with all the above, and possibly more.
Should you be self-catering or looking for a breakfast or brunch away from the hotel, there are no shortage of options in Rio. Juices, smoothies and fruit salads can be found at the city’s ubiquitous juice bars, while the well-kept streets of wealthy neighborhoods such as Ipanema and Leblon are lined with coffee houses and cafes catering to tourists and well-to-do locals.
However, possibly the best breakfast of all is to be found in Gavea, a leafy residential area that lies a little off the tourist track. It’s just a quick bus ride from Ipanema, however, and well worth it to stop for breakfast at Da Casa da Tata. This homely, welcoming little spot serves delicious coffee, wonderful home baked breads and cakes, along with tasty home-made preserves and fresh juices. Although Da Casa da Tata serves sandwiches and snacks throughout the day, it’s the breakfasts that have locals flocking here. Don’t forget to try the chocolate croissants and the pao de queijo, a type of cheesy bread made with tapioca flour that is unique to Brazil.
You can find Da Casa da Tata at Rua Professor Manoel Ferreira 89, Gavea. Breakfast is served from 8am Monday to Saturday, and from 9am on Sundays.