Best view: Confeitaria Colombo, Copacabana Fort
The building in Copacabana may not have the magnificent opulence of the celebrated Centro headquarters, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in a panoramic view of the Cidade Maravilhosa's most famous beach. Its the perfect way to start a sunny day; choose between the famous sweet treats, savoury snacks and waffles, a world of different teas, and of course coffee and fresh juices. A delicious brunch with an unrivalled view, just be prepared for the R$4 fee to enter the Fort, but don't let that put you off.
Praça Cel Eugênio Franco 1, Posto 6, Copacabana
(21 3201 4049/www.confeitariacolombo.com.br)
Famously Full: Cafeína
Cafeína quickly won over carioca breakfasters, but don't expect peace and quiet with your coffee. The patiently-waiting masses give an idea as to the quality of the fresh delights inside, and there is something on the menu for every appetite. Smarter than some, the staff try to keep the tables ticking over nicely but dallying over the newspaper will certainly not get a dirty look. Fresh french bread, superbly chocolatey chocolate croissants, fruits and cakes are present and correct, while the house breakfast - the Cafeina Café - is perfect to share. Keep room for the pastries if you can, and the fruity tarts are also worth a look.
Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva 1321, Leblon
(21 2259 6288/www.cafeina.biz)
Daily from 8am
Best Bakery: Padaria União
Taking breakfast in a bakery is practically de rigeur for Cariocas, and this one in Humaita is known for some of the best, if not the best, bread in the city. Utterly informal, the staff are old and expert, and this is definitely not the place to sport your Sunday best. A variety of sandwiches to suit most tastes and a laidback veranda on which to contemplate your day, there is also a decently stocked supermarket to peruse.
Rua Humaitá 148, Humaitá
(21 2538 1791)
Chic Capuccino: Escola do Pão
There is nowhere better for anyone in search of a swanky brunch experience than Escola do Pão. The bistrô (also serving lunch and dinner) is pricey but offers customers only the very best. The princely sum of R$62 opens up the glorious, never ending buffet so best not to go if you watch what you eat, and you'll certainly not be needing lunch afterwards. Shakes, juices, eggs, hotdogs, brie and granola are just a few of the never-ending attractions.
Rua General Garzon 10, Lagoa
(21 2294 0027/www.escoladopao.com.br)
Local and Cosy: Da Casa da Táta
What started out as a petite Gávea store has now tripled in size thanks to the ever-returning local regulars. The artisanal breads are certainly delicious, but it is the cakes that really take the prize. The formigueiro (with chocolate grains mixed throughout the dough and a thick chocolate topping) and the good old orange cake alone make it worth the visit.
Rua Professor Manoel Ferreira 89, Gávea
(21 2511 0947/www.dacasadatata.com.br)
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 8am-6.30pm; Sun 9am-2pm