The city center of Rio de Janeiro is home to some much-loved historic cafés that are worth popping into. They serve as meeting places for friends, places for business deals, somewhere to grab a quick bite, or to pass the time away chatting.
Confeitaria Colombo, founded in 1894 by Portuguese immigrants, was the one mentioned most often to me.
The founders spared no expense in decorations and it’s often mentioned as one of the most beautiful cafés in the world. The mirrors were shipped from Belgium and the counters are Italian marble. In 1922, the café was expanded to include a tea room on the second floor and a stained glass skylight which is visible from the ground floor.
The architecture isn’t the only great thing about it. The food and desserts are delicious and reasonably priced. It’s just as advertised. Another branch is located at Forte de Copacabana.
Another famous café is Casa Cavé. It was founded in 1860 by a French immigrant, Augustus Charles Felix Cavé, and is the oldest bakery in Rio. It’s located around the corner from Confeitaria Colombo. I didn’t have time to visit.