Marley’s Pub: Bringing a New Nightlife Option to Botafogo

Marley’s Pub: Bringing a New Nightlife Option to Botafogo

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Marley’s Pub in Botafogo brings a rare combination to Rio de Janeiro’s nightlife scene – live music, a mouth-watering menu and on-tap homemade beers. It is literally the mix that sets the scene for my perfect night out. We were invited to check out the new venue and with the word ‘pub’ in the name, I was keen to see if it would bring a slice of nostalgia of my favourite drinking spots back in the UK.

First of all, let’s start with some background on Marley’s pub. The venue has only opened recently in July 2017 so is a true newbie on the lively Botafogo bar and restaurant scene. However, those with keen eyes may have already spotted this name and you’d be right in thinking that this brand already exists.

The idea of Marley’s Pub started from a partnership between Sergio Albrecht, the owner of a beer food truck, and Teo Nunes and Renata Pereira, the owners of a burger food truck. Having attended several of the same events throughout Rio, they decided to set up something together by pooling their expertise and resources into creating a physical establishment – and so was born Marley’s Pub.

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About The Venue

Marley’s Pub has gone all out in creating a homely menu, a selection of wonderful drinks and getting local bands to perform regularly. The venue is set over two floors with the second floor conveniently overlooking the stage so you can enjoy the live music from wherever you are. The music takes a break from traditional Brazilian music and ventures into the fine tunes of blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and indie music. What I loved about the venue though is how it really does resemble a modern-day pub with exposed brick walls, rustic features such as uncovered piping as taps and cute finishing touches such as the dart board (which I aced at. Not).

Let’s Talk About The Menu

Ah, the menu. The menu is packed with comforting foods and of course, delicious hamburgers. In the name of research, I ate my body weight in food so I could share my impressions with you (purely research purposes, of course). I started with two different kinds of snacks – the bolinho de feijão recheado which was a compact ball of black beans and dried meat. It was amazing until I tried the bolinho de feijão branca com camarão which somehow managed to trump it. Both were delicious and went really well with the Jeffrey Pilsen beer I was drinking.

Next up, I had the Mignon no Pão, which is the most homely food I’ve had in a while. It is a huge loaf of round bread with the inside taken out and then filled with a creamy cheese mixed with mignon steak. It would be ideal for a group of people as it’s a very filling snack and can easily feed four people, if not more.

Finally, I couldn’t leave without trying a hamburger. I had one of the most popular on the menu which was the Pão de Acucar, a mix of 180grams of exclusive meat blend, fresh mushrooms, caramelised onions, barbeque sauce, Emmental cheese and Australian bread. It also comes with a side order of French fries. I loved it, especially the fact that the burger was huge. I didn’t try it but I was told the special hot dog is also one of the best items on the menu, so that definitely is on my bucket list for the next time I got here.

Marley’s Pub Drinks

Marley’s Pub has plenty of locally-brewed beers on the menu including Jeffrey beer which is served on tap. I stuck to the Pilsen, a light beer that is definitely my favourite, I also tried the Hocus Pocus Magic Trap which is strong but incredibly smooth and quite sweet. For those that prefer cocktails, there are also several homemade cocktails on the menu, such as the Kinsale (whisky, strawberry, lemon and brown sugar) and the Marley’s (pineapple, mint, coconut milk, rum, malibu and orange).

bars in Botafogo
bars in Botafogo
bars in Botafogo
bars in Botafogo

Why You Should Visit Marley’s Pub

  • It has Jeffrey beer on tap
  • It also serves Hocus Pocus beer which is amazing
  • It has a fantastic menu that includes huge, delicious burgers
  • It has live music with no extra charge (that is a huge rarity in Rio!)
  • It’s a cosy venue that has a true pub-like feel
  • The staff are friendly and helpful

Where To Find It

Marley’s Pub, Rua Fernandes Guimarães, 82, Botafogo
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Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 5 pm to 1 am. Friday, 5 pm to 2 am. Saturday, 6 pm to 3 am.
Reservations: (21) 2137-0983 and e-mail contato@themarleys.com.br

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Restaurant Review: Healthy Eating At JAEÉ In Leblon

Restaurant Review: Healthy Eating At JAEÉ In Leblon

Healthy food in Rio de Janeiro

Healthy, organic eating is a growing gastronomic trend and thankfully, it looks set to stay. Some forward-thinking restaurants in Rio de Janeiro that have taken the leap to serve locally produced food, free from preserves and additives. The current hub of healthy eating is in upscale Leblon, which has recently seen an explosion of incredible new restaurants. 

We went to JAEE in Leblon to check out their new menu. Having opened in 2013 as a health food restaurant, it redefined itself in the last couple of months to provide homely, hot food that is served in rustic metal pots that set the feel-good, charming scene. Foodies will love that most of the food is organic and locally-sourced, where the simplicity of the dishes masks the rich flavours within. Most of the food is vegetarian, vegan, paleo, lactose-free, and gluten-free, appealing to a wide audience.

Healthy food in Rio de Janeiro
Healthy food in Rio de Janeiro

The chef behind these delicious homemade creations is João Marcello Coelho who creates a collection of small hot dishes that are ready to eat. For those looking for lunch options that are light and refreshing, there is a selection of healthy salads and pasta that are taste-rich and guilt-free.

We arrived on a busy weekday afternoon and settled down to try their hot lunch menu. Our little wooden table became a banquet of brass-coloured pots filled with chicken pesto and cherry tomatoes, whole-grain rice with cauliflower, escondidinho de cogumeto (a mushroom dish), roasted tomato with Canastra cheese from the Serra region in Rio de Janeiro, and roasted eggplant. The spread of dishes was perfect for two yet luckily we had arrived super hungry and had space to try other things.

We then shared a cold dish, a mix of shredded curried chicken with vegetables, where the flavour drew from its freshness and organic origin. We absolutely loved it, and the owner advised us it could be eaten hot or cold for those looking for a warmer option.

JAEE also have a wonderfully varied menu of juices and smoothies. We tried a refreshing mix of pineapple and coconut water, and a green juice, both were substantial and would make a great healthy snack for when you’re on the go.

Our conclusion? JAEE fills a much-needed niche of a stop off point for fresh, healthy food. It’s homely, filling, yet makes you feel detoxed and healthy after. We definitely recommend it!

Useful Information:

JAEE – Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, 1228, Loja B, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 (21) 2540 5627

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm

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20 Brazilian Foods You Have To Try – And Where To Find Them In Rio De Janeiro

20 Brazilian Foods You Have To Try – And Where To Find Them In Rio De Janeiro

Brazilian food Rio de Janeiro

Brazil may not be well known on the global culinary scene but for those in the know, the country has some real gastronomic gems. I love Brazilian food and I always end up appreciating it more than ever when I visit my family and friends in Wales – I especially miss pão de queijo and brigadeiro! Before I came to Brazil, I’d imagined that as a tropical country, it would be all about salads, seafood, and light, fluffy bread. Yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. Here, food feeds the soul, warms the cockles, and has a real homely feel. Here are 20 foods that you really should try when you’re in Brazil (you’ll love them!) and some of my favourite spots to find them in Rio de Janeiro.

Pastels

Pastels are typically served in two ways – either as large, rectangular pastels (known as pastel de vento, or ‘windy pastel’) found at the farmers’ market or as small, half-moon-shaped pastels commonly found at bars. Popular fillings include minced meat, cheese, pizza (cheese, tomato, and oregano), heart of palm, chicken, and prawns. My favourites are the ones from the farmers’ markets (click here to see some of the best ones) served with a chilled sugar cane juice. For bar pastels, one of the best is Bar do Adão in Lapa and has unusual fillings on the menu such as apricot and brie alongside more traditional options.

Pão de Queijo

Pão de Queijo, a soft on the inside, crispy on the outside cheese bread, is one of my favourite go-to snacks. They are also gluten-free! For a great pão de queijo, try Cultivar in Santa Teresa, a venue that sells and produces organic products whenever possible.

Canjica

I love canjica and I ate it for breakfast every day when I was in Poco de Caldas in Minas Gerais. It’s soft, white corn mixed with coconut milk, condensed milk, and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top. The recipe varies slightly depending on who you talk to, but the result is pretty much the same. One variation is canjica com amendoim, which is the same recipe just with peanuts added (it’s amazing). Empório Jardim in the Jardim Botânico neighbourhood has a smooth and creamy canjica com amendoim on its menu.

Coxinha

A coxinha is a teardrop ball gooey dough wrapped around shredded chicken before being covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried. It’s a substantial snack, although probably not one to eat every day! Some also come with cream cheese mixed with the chicken. Fornalha has both traditional and cream cheese coxinhas with branches in both Botafogo and Copacabana. Another place worth checking out for its great coxinhas is the Portuguese-colonial style restaurant, Casa Cave in Centro.

Brigadeiro

Brigadeiros are balls of truffle made from condensed milk and cacao powder before being covered in chocolate sprinkles. They are so simple yet are one of my favourite Brazilian sweets. Some stores have done their own gourmet takes on the traditional recipe with additions such as pistachio nut coverings or a strawberry inside the truffle. For moreish brigadeiros accompanied with a delicious cappuccino, go to Brigadeiros do Tuiter in Botafogo.

Joelho

For a bite of something filling and homely, try a joelho. The joelho – which literally means ‘knee’ in English – is a thick, bread-like pastry with ham and cheese inside. The best places in Rio for a joelho are the juice stores dotted throughout Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. I’ve already recommended it for the coxinha, but Fornalha also does a great joelho too.

Açai

Açaí is a great post-beach snack and I love the refreshing taste on a hot summer’s day. Personally, I love it mixed with granola, but it’s also good wth strawberries and banana with a drizzle of honey on top. Once again, Cultivar in Santa Teresa makes the list for having the quasi-official title of the best açaí in town.

Biscoito Globo

Biscoito Globo has a place among Rio’s cultural icons and brings about a certain nostalgia in Cariocas. Made with manioc flour, they are crunchy, airy crisps with a distinct taste that is incomparable. Despite their simplicity, they are incredibly moreish and are a tasty savoury accompaniment to an ice-cold mate. The best place to buy them is from the beach vendors at Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon beach.

 

Empada

Empadas are mini pies with fillings such as carne seca (dried meat), prawns and Catupiry, shredded chicken, and heart of palm. They come best served with a chilled chopp (Brazilian beer) on a balmy Rio evening. My favourite empadas are at Belmonte where they come with a small pastry base and heaps of carne seca piled on top. Every time I go there, whether I’m hungry or not, I can’t resist ordering one of these bad boys.

 

Romeu e Julieta

This combination of guava jelly-like paste and mild, white cheese just works on so many levels. It is sometimes eaten as the main flavour for a cheesecake, in a pastel, in an empada, or simply on its own. Head to Talho Capixaba in Leblon to get a fresh croissant with romeu e julieta on the inside. It’s delicious and is best served with one of the coffee shop’s excellent coffees.

Feijoada

Feijoada, a black bean stew slow-cooked with meat, is the national dish of Brazil and the ultimate comfort food. It comes a serving of black beans with salted pork, chunks of beef, strips of jerked beef, and slices of smoked sausages accompanied by fried kale, fluffy white rice, crunchy manioc and crispy pork crackling. There are plenty of great places in Rio de Janeiro to try this, yet for a traditional and authentic experience, head to Bar do Mineiro in Santa Teresa and wash it down with a cool, lime caipirinha.

Beijinho de Coco

The name of this tiny dessert appropriately translates to ‘little kiss of coconut’ in English. And that’s exactly what it tastes like. With a similar concept to the brigadeiro, the beijinho de coco is a mix of condensed milk, butter and covered in coconut shavings. Catarina Doces e Salgados in Copacabana has wonderful beijinhos de coco.

 

Moqueca

Moqueca, a stew made with seafood, prawns, coconut oil, milk, and vegetables, is a traditional Bahian dish yet is popular throughout Brazil. Sobrenatural in Santa Teresa has an amazing moqueca and the portion size is big enough for three people.

Quindim

Quindim is a dessert that is either served as a large cake or in small, mouth-size portions. It’s basically like custard with coconut and is a light option for when you’re craving something sweet. It’s easy to find at juice bars and padarias (bakeries) throughout the city, yet one of the best ones is at Confeitaria Colombo in Centro.

Misto Quente

Misto quente is basically toasted French bread with ham and melted cheese inside, yet its beauty lies in its simplicity. It’s my easy, go-to snack almost every time and is perfect with a freshly squeezed fruit juice. They are easy to find – all the fruit juice bars throughout the city sell them.

Acarajé

Another Bahian specialty, acarajé is black-eyed bean pattie with added prawns and before being deep-fried to serve piping hot. They are delicious and I love them with a couple of drops of chili oil. Go to the Hippie Fair in Ipanema at Praca General Osorio on Sundays to get them fresh from the Bahian stand there.

Tapioca Crepe

The tapioca pancake was a typical food from the northeast of Brazil, yet has grown in popularity for its health properties – it’s a gluten-free option that is relatively low in calories. It can be eaten savoury with cheese, tomato, and ham, or sweet with chocolate, strawberries, banana, and sprinkles of nuts. The best places to buy them are the little mobile stalls that are dotted along the beach in Copacabana or in the city centre near to metro Carioca.

Mandioca Frita

I love these and they usually feature as my go-to snack at botecos on a night out. They are the Brazilian alternative to chips and are deep-fried cassava sticks. I love them with a pouring of melted butter and a few drops of chili oil. There are so many botecos in Rio that sell great mandioca, yet I really love the one in Feria Nordestina in Sao Cristóvão.

 

Paçoca

Think the peanut-butter part of Reese’s Cup and that is pretty much the taste of paçoca. They are só good and make great on the go snacks. The best place to get them are from the supermarkets, the bancas (the newsagents on the streets) or at Casa do Biscoito that sells them in big tubs.

Farofa

A stable part of the Brazilian dinner, farofa goes hand in hand with rice and beans. Farofa is fried cassava flour at its most basic, yet variations include additional fried bacon and egg. Go to any restaurant, bar or boteco that serves traditional Brazilian meals with beans and rice to try farofa.

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Feijoada: The National Dish Of Brazil And Where To Find It In Rio De Janeiro

Feijoada: The National Dish Of Brazil And Where To Find It In Rio De Janeiro

Feijoada Rio de Janeiro

Feijoada, a black bean stew slow-cooked with meat, is the national dish of Brazil and the ultimate comfort food. The feast is a serving of black beans in their own juice with salted pork, chunks of beef, smoked sausage and strips of jerked beef accompanied by fried kale, crispy mandioca, fluffy white rice, pork crackling and farofa (fried cassava flour) with bits of bacon, perfect for mopping up the last of the bean juice. A few slices of oranges are mandatory to aid the digestion of this hearty meal.

 

Where Did Feijoada Come From?

It is widely believed that feijoada came from the time of slavery. The enslaved Africans would gather together leftover beans and scraps of meat from their plantation owners and throw the ingredients together to make a filling stew. However, academics have recently challenged this theory by presenting the idea that feijoada came from European settlement. Beans were easy to maintain and were cheap to produce and by adding in chunks of meat, feijoada became an easy meal for European immigrants to cook. Despite the grey area of its origin, nowadays feijoada is a true Brazilian dish.

Where To Eat Feijoada In Rio De Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, there are several places to enjoy this food for the soul. Traditionally eaten on Saturday, those who are keen to try this national dish needn’t wait and can head to Casa da Feijoada in Ipanema any day of the week. The casual atmosphere of the restaurant sets the scene for this homely cuisine and waiters bring out a stream of separate dishes to complete the whole feijoada spread. Most diners will order carne nobre – these are typical prime cuts of meat. However, those who feel daring can try the traditional feijoada that comes with additional meats such as pigs’ tails, ears, and trotters.

Bar do Mineiro in the heart of Santa Teresa is renowned for its authentic, hearty feijoada. The boteco-style restaurant has a friendly, local vibe with black and white photos hung up on the wall and paintings and artifacts above the bar. The rows of cachaça seem endless and make for a flawless caipirinha. Order a classic lime one as an alternative citrus digestive aid for your feijoada. Another feijoada hotspot in town is at Academia da Cachaça where generous portions allow enough for two and are served with a shot of honey and lemon cachaça.

Alternatively, try making it at home! I found this great recipe that I’m keen to try out soon. If you have any other recommendations in Rio for a great feijoada or have some tips on how to make it yourself, do get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!

Useful Information:

Casa da Feijoada
R. Prudente de Morais, 10B – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, +55 (21) 2247 2776
Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Bar do Mineiro
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 99 – Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, +55 (21) 2221 9227
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 11am – 12am

Academia da Cachaça
Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, +55 (21) 2239 1542
Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm- 12am
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 1am

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Restaurants in Centro: French Cuisine at Bistro Ouvidor

Restaurants in Centro: French Cuisine at Bistro Ouvidor

restaurants Centro, Rio de Janeiro

Centro is shaking off its gritty, underground image and is gradually becoming a more bustling cultural and gastronomic hub. I’ve been eating out in Centro quite a bit recently and I’m pleasantly surprised to see good restaurants are no longer like finding diamonds in the rough – the variety of culinary gems is wonderfully broad. Bistro Ouvidor, in particular, is amazing and I really recommend it. It’s an upscale venue but they have really affordable prices. Check their website as they often have special offers where you can eat a starter, main course and a dessert for less than R$50.

I took a trip to Rua Ouvidor, a bustling street that is littered with upscale fashion stores and cafes, to check out Bistro Ouvidor. The outside of the restaurant draws from its French roots with wooden panels and a large olive-green chalkboard with the day’s specials neatly handwritten. The exposed brickwork inside supporting racks of wine and shelves with jars of corks adds to the continental feel.

Restaurants Centro Rio de Janeiro

The wine menu is extensive and bordering on the pricey side, yet the quality of offerings is undeniable. After admiring the many wines on offer, I reluctantly closed the menu – unfortunately I was still fighting off an incredibly stubborn cold and one that I was happy to see the last of. I thought it would be better to wait for another day to sample the wine, giving me a perfectly good reason to come back.

I had the total fortunate of coming to Bistro Ouvidor during Restaurant Week where restaurants across Rio serve a sample menu at a set price. The prices during this event are very accessible, allowing me to visit restaurants that normally would be out of my price range. For just R$43, I could try a starter, a main course and a dessert from a set menu.

I started with the Terrine de Carnes Exoticas (exotic meat terrine). It was a mix of wild boar, lamb and ostrich, served with a simple salad and a small chunk of rosemary-infused bread. The terrine melted in my mouth and was full of rich, gamey flavours that wasn’t the least bit overpowering. The bread was one of those rare types that can be eaten without any butter or oil – it was packed with flavour and incredibly soft.

For main course, I had the Pato no Tucupi e Jambu (duck with tucupi and jambu). Tucupi is a yellow sauce extracted from wild manioc root which is actually toxic when it’s raw – luckily it was cooked perfectly! Jambu is a type of flowering herb that is famous for causing a slight numbness in the mouth, although I just noticed its subtle, light flavour. The duck was well-cooked and although normally I like it a little bit more rare, the taste was exceptional and the mild sauce was perfect for the strong flavour of the meat.

At this point I was full, but I have such a sweet-tooth and simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity of a dessert. I went for the Manjar de Coco com Calda de Patchouli (the best I can translate this to would be a coconut flan with a patchouli sauce, which is a type of herb with a vanilla, musky taste). It was served in a shot glass, and although it didn’t look beautiful, it tasted divine. The coconut flan was thick and creamy, and the sauce was sweet yet not overwhelming.

The food draws from French traditions and blends with Brazilian ingredients and flavours. It expertly balances classic recipes with contemporary innovation. It’s a wonderful restaurant, ideal for a lunch with friends or an intimate dinner on a date.

Bistro Ouvidor, Rua do Ouvidor, 52, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cuisine: French with a Brazilian twist
Upscale
Tel: +55 (21) 99385 7417
Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm

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The Best Coffee Shops In Centro

The Best Coffee Shops In Centro

Coffee Shops in Rio de Janeiro

While Brazil is outwardly considered the coffee capital of the world, it is often an afterthought for locals who fill bitter black espressos with heaps of sugar to start the day. My love for coffee is largely influenced by my British approach to how I drink tea – mild and milky – and so I I took to the streets to find the cup of coffee of my dreams. I came across some wonderful coffee shops across the city and they are well-worth a visit, not just for coffee but for lunch, snacks, and desserts. Here are some of my favourites in Centro.

—01 Casa Cave

The high ceilings and tall, mirrored walls add an airy feel to this European-style coffee shop that is the oldest pastry shop in Rio, its beginnings dating back to 1860. The crack in the floor and the stained mirrors are charming rather than troublesome, and the subdued colours of aging yellows and greens and patterned tiles draw from its continental roots. The coffee is good, but it’s the Portuguese desserts – in particular, the pastel de nata – that are worth the trip there.

Casa Cave, Rua Sete de Setembro, 137, Centro, +55 (21) 2507 0068

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 7:30pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Sunday: closed

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—03 Confeitaria Colombo

What strikes me as I entered Confeitaria Colombo wasn’t its lavish splendor or the high elegant ceiling befitting of Rio’s elite from decades ago, but the sweet, sticky smell of icing and the counters of tempting tarts, pastries, and cakes. It takes a moment of self-restraint to stop myself from giddily running over and pressing my hands against the glass protection, greedily eyeing up the enticing offerings. Instead, I take a seat and admire the tall, mirrored walls and dark subdued colours of the spacious coffee shop filled with sophisticated guests being attended to by thoughtful waiters. My coffee is smooth and mild, made better by the accompanying biscuit with a doce de leite centre. It’s a bit pricey at R$13, however, the regal ambient is clearly factored into the cost and is worth it for a special treat.

Confeitaria Colombo, Rua Goncalves Dias, 32, Centro, +55 (21) 2505 1500

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm

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– 05 Café do bom Cachaça da boa

While the counter of cakes, cabinets of pretty crockery, and the little table pots of sugar suggest coffee shop, the rows of cachaça and cases of spirits say otherwise. The venue is undeniably charming; the mosaic-tiled floor, the glass cupboards of Brazil-themed books from a time long ago, and the cosy green colour theme are enticing and easily capable of reeling in the curious passersby. My cappuccino was incredibly strong and served with a cinnamon stick as a creative touch for a spoon substitute. Café do Bom Cachaça da Boa doesn’t fit into my neat categories of coffee shop nor bar yet this adds to its playful charm. The historic setting would be great for a day of cachaça-tasting too – there are nearly 100 types there.

Café do Bom Cachaça da BoaRua da Carioca, 10 Centro, +55 (21) 2509 1018

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 2pm

Coffee Shops in Rio de Janeiro

—02 Curto Cafe

A coffee shop where guests pay only what they want seems to be a business disaster waiting to happen, yet Curto Cafe continues to prove it can and does work. Tucked away in a humdrum commercial gallery, the shop layout is a counter rigged up at the end of the second-floor corridor with a notable lack of comfy seating arrangements. Yet here it’s all about the coffee. A limited menu of just three products – espresso, cappuccino, or coffee beans – allows a pinpoint focus on getting them just right. There are no cashiers and no fixed prices; just the monthly expenses handwritten on the wall that guides what would be a sustainable price to pay. The heaving crowds around lunchtime hint that the place is doing well and people are mostly paying what’s necessary or more. It is one of my favourite coffees I’ve ever had anywhere with its mild nutty flavour and smooth, creamy texture. Once a week I treat myself to a cappuccino here and it is honestly a highlight in my week.

Curto Cafe, Edificio Garagem Menezes Cortes, Avenida Erasamo Braga, 278, Centro, +55 (21) 98255 7424

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm

Saturday – Sunday: closed

Coffee Shops in Rio de Janeiro

– 04 Cafeteria OK

Images of pastries and desserts decorate the walls of this traditional coffee shop where the second floor opens out as large balcony, preventing the small place becoming potentially stuffy. The white walls are softened by the occasional splash of orange and red, and dark wooden finishings and sprigs of flowers add to the homely feel. The Cappuccino OK is mixed with chocolate and cinnamon, and topped with chantilly giving it a rich, almost sickly sweet flavour which frankly I love. However, the ordinary cappuccino is good too – thin yet smooth with a pleasantly bitter kick.

Rua Sen. Dantas, 24, Centro, +55 (21) 2215 0056

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 7pm

Coffee Shops in Rio de Janeiro

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