Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32 | Centro with an outpost in Copacabana Fort, near the Sofitel | Bakery, Café, Sweets
Monday to Friday from 9am to 7:30pm
Saturday and holidays from 9am to 5pm
Established in 1894, Confeitaria Colombo is the most traditional cafe/pastry shop in Rio. Getting inside feels like being transported to the Belle Epoque era: stained-glass windows, marble countertops, enormous jacaranda-framed mirrors, mosaics, tiled floors… It was a place where the carioca high society used to meet at the turn of the 20th century. Skip the famous afternoon tea and try the Portuguese desserts, like pastel de nata (custard tart), or very typically Brazilian snacks, like coxa-crema (deep-fried chicken and cream cheese croquette). The waffles are also a highlight. The Centro unit is the most traditional address, but there is another location at Forte de Copacabana, with outdoor tables facing the ocean.