Felice Caffè

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Another spot definitely worth checking out is Felice Caffè in Ipanema in Rio. If you’re looking for a bit of a more upscale, chic vibe, with a great wine list, this is where you’ll need to go. They also offer a really nice outside patio, which is where we sat.

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We started off with a nice bottle of Rose, and I ordered a couple of appetizers as a meal. First, I had the Mahi-Mahi Sashimi (tamarind, passionfruit, cucumber, radish, dill, sprouts). This was really great, the fish tasted fresh, and I really like the accompanying components, a bit of sweet and crunch to mix up the texture. 

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Then, I had the Tuna Tartar (soy sauce, chili, fresh herbs, ginger). I enjoyed this was as well. The soy sauce and chili gave the tuna a nice, savory quality with just a tiny bit of heat. 

The Shorts:
Name: Felice Caffè 
Location: Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the vibes are great. Grab a table outside on the patio and sink into a nice bottle of wine.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s right by the beach too, so, after, take a nice stroll along the beach side. 

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Cafeina Bistro

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If you’re looking for a cute, European-esc cafe in Rio for breakfast or lunch, you can check out Cafeina in Ipanema. 

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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. 

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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. 

The Shorts:
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.