If you’re looking for a cute, European-esc cafe in Rio for breakfast or lunch, you can check out Cafeina in Ipanema.
With some outdoor cafe seating, you can grab a coffee and pastry to go, or, you can dine inside on one of their two floors. I recommend sitting upstairs, you get a fun view of down below.
For my breakfast, I ordered their Acai com Frutas (acai, banana, strawberry, granola, honey). I really liked this and was surprised at how full it left me for hours. The fruit presentation was simply adorable, and the acai was almost sorbet like. I was anticipating the consistency to be more that of a yogurt, but it was more like a sorbet, more of an icy-creamy vs a milky-creamy. Drizzle some of the honey on that bad boy, and you have a breakfast of champions. Brazilian, super-fruit eating champions.
Name: Cafeina Bistro
Location: Rua Farme de Amoedo, 43 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the bowl was really great.
Would I recommend it? I’d say go for some lighter, continental fare, as opposed to a full on meal.