Café du Lage rio coffee


It’s not often Courtney, and I get to travel without the kids, and even though triathlon was our focus I was super excited! I had so many extra plans; beach, shops, sightseeing followed by drinks at sunset and dinner at Rio’s ‘IT’ restaurants and bars.

Unfortunately jet lag put a damper on my plans. I was able to enjoy Rio’s daylight activities but struggled to keep my eyes open past 8 pm.

‘Jet lag extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones.’ 

Unfortunately, the change in time zones from Australia to Brazil wasn’t in our favor. But for those who can conquer the dreaded early night, here are some places that I was hoping to try. The hotel’s concierge recommended the restaurants and referred to them as the IT places. Enjoy!

I have also included Ipanema’s and Copacabana’s Grocery Stores, Coffee Shops, and places for lunch.

Sushi Leblon

Sushi Leblon is one of the most ‘it’ restaurants of Rio de Janeiro, attracting famous actors and people who like to be seen.

Monday from Midday – 4pm / 7pm 1:30am

Tuesday to Saturday from Midday – 1:30am

Sunday from 1pm – Midnight

Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 256 – Leblon / Tel: (21) 25127830

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Giuseppe Grill

Giuseppe is one of the best options for a restaurant which features meat and fish. Their fish is caught daily and the wine list is one of the best in Rio. The service is excellent.

Open daily from 12pm -4pm / 7pm – 12 am

Address: Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 370 – Leblon / Tel: (21)22493055

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Rubaiyat Rio

Rubaiyat is the most famous steak house in Rio, located in the middle of the Jockey Club. They offer breathtaking views and a huge range of steaks and wines. A place to see and to be seen at!

Open Monday to Saturday from 12pm – 12am

Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Address: R. Jardim Botanico, 971 – Jardim Botanico / Tel: (21) 32049999

Rubaiyat Rio


Zuka is located on the charming Rua Dias Ferreira street in Leblon. It’s a delightful restaurant with excellent cuisine. The dishes bring out many Brazilian flavors. Good food in a cozy atmosphere.

Open Monday from 7pm – 1:30am

Tuesday to Friday from 12pm – 4pm

Saturday to Sunday from 1pm – 12am

Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 233B – Leblon / Tel: (21) 32057154

Zuka rio

Irajá Gastro

Irajá has its own distinctive cuisine with a strong Brazilian influence.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 pm – 1 am

Address: R. Condé de Irajá, 109 – Botafogo / Tel: (21) 22461395

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Zazá Bistrô

Zazá Bistrô offers a mix of contemporary and international cuisine fused into Brazilian food.

Open Monday to  Tuesday from 7:30 pm – 12:30 am

Wednesday to Sunday from 12 pm – 12:30 am

Address: Rua Joana Angelica, 40 – Ipanema / Tel: (21) 22479101

Zazá Bistrô rio


Bazzar has a contemporary Brazilian twist. It has a Champagne bar, cozy ambiance, and a chick design.

Open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 pm – 12 am

Sunday from 12pm – 6pm

Address: R. Barão da Torre, 538 – Ipanema / Tel: (02) 32022884

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For Lunches

Nik Sushi

This little restaurant offers a great variety of Japanese cuisine. Has the option of all you can eat or order from the menu. Conveniently located, one street back from Ipanema beach.

Rua Garcia D’Ávila, 83 map, tel 21 2239-3947.

nikk sushi ipanema

Delirio Tropical

Easy little lunch spot with english menus. This restaurant chain specializes in salads and overall healthy food, lots of vegetarian options. Gets busy, but don’t let the long lines put you off. Short walk from Ipanema beach.

Rua Garcia D Ávila, 48 map, tel 21 3624-8164


Polis Sucos Ipanema

From great Açai bowls, fresh juices, to sandwiches and burgers. Great little lunch spot. Busy with locals and tourists.

R. Maria Quitéria, 70 map, tel 21 2247-2518

Beach Food Huts

The ‘Food Huts’ along the beach are perfect for when you need a snack. Some are better than others, but they all offer great views and delicious fresh coconuts! Very cheap.

Ipanema Beach Brazil (5)

Coffee Shops – Ipanema

Good coffee was a little difficult to find as many places only do Nespresso Pod Coffee. We were lucky as our hotel’s (Caesar Park Hotel) lobby bar had great views a Nespresso machine. The most recommended coffee shops by Google and Trip Adviser are listed below.

Caesar park ipanema

Armazém do Café

Good coffee and excellent cakes. Located on the main avenue in Ipanema.

R. Visconde de Pirajá 547 map, tel 2259-0209.

Gringo Café

Good for breakfasts and lunches.

R. Barão da Torre 240 map, tel 3813-3972.

Cafeína Ipanema

In the heart of Ipanema, this inviting cafe (and its sidewalk tables) is a fine spot for an espresso.

R. Farme de Amoedo, 43 map

Caesar Park Hotel Lobby

Nespresso coffee in a trendy hotel lobby with ocean views. Food and alcohol was also available.

Av. Vieira Souto, 460 map, tel 2525-2525

Coffee Shops – Copacabana

Confeitaria Colombo

The best place in Rio for an afternoon, with beautiful views of the famous bend of Copacabana

Forte de Copacabana map.

The Bakers

Amazing little café! Great deserts.

R. Santa Clara 86 map, tel 3209-1212.

Coffee Shops – Other

Café du Lage

This was my favorite coffee stop. Located in something that resembled an old Roman Villa in a beautiful rainforest at the foot of Corcovado Mountain. The cafeteria tables surround an old Rome like pool. Absolutely stunning! It offers cakes and light lunch options at a very reasonable price. Playground and other ‘nature attractions’ also located within the grounds.

R. Jardim Botânico 414 map, tel 2226-8125

Café du Lage rio coffee


Zona Sul – A smaller supermarket located throughout Rio; including Ipanema and Copacabana. They vary in size and stock and unfortunately some of them are better than others.

Pao de Acucar – A major supermarket chain in Copacabana. Good quality food, with some organic produce and home delivery. Well laid out and a little more sophisticated than Zona Sul.