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Confeitaria Colombo

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Confeitaria Colombo Review

At the turn of the 20th century, the belle epoque structure that houses Colombo Confectionery was Rio's preeminent café, the site of elaborate balls, afternoon teas for upper-class senhoras, and a center of political intrigue and gossip. Enormous jacaranda-framed mirrors from Belgium, stained glass from France, and tiles from Portugal are among the art-nouveau decor's highlights. Diners come to nibble on above-average salgados (savory snacks) and melt-in-the-mouth sweet treats. The waffles here are a local legend. Savory pastries are stuffed with shrimp and chicken, and vegetarian nosh includes spinach and ricotta quiche and heart-of-palm pie. You can wash it all down with a creamy coffee, a European lager, or a fruity cocktail (served virgin or laced with alcohol). If you want to experience the opulent side of city life, do so the way Rio's high society did a century ago: with chá da tarde, or afternoon tea. R$75 buys a lavish spread for two.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun. Closes at 8 pm on weekdays, 5 pm on Sat.
Updated: 06-20-2013

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    Very quaint coffee shop!

    Very nicely preserved old establishment on a smaller street in the city center. Went there on a Saturday morning (neighboring area was deserted) for coffee and pastries... worth the taxi ride from Ipanema Beach!

    by ACQ, 4/26/07

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