Kariowka Café- Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

After walking by this tiny café in the basement of a shopping center in Rio a few times I was a bit disappointed to learn that this was the cafe I was looking for.  To find coffee shops in Rio I used a guide that had information about the best coffee shops in Brazil.  To…

Original American Coffee Cake- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Normally when in a foreign country I wouldn’t go to a place with “American” included in the name, but this restaurant was recommended to me by a friend.  Really there was not anything very American about this place at all! The cakes were made with Brazilian fruits and the coffee was also Brazilian.  The location…

Ofner- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Ofner is one of those places that was sort of just an overrated fancy café/bakery.  The service was great and the outdoor seating was very nice with large comfy chairs, but the coffee was nothing special.  I ordered the typical café com leite.  The taste was quite bold and the coffee had a creamy aftertaste,…

Casa Mathilde- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Casa Mathilde has to be one of the most hectic bakery/cafés I have ever been to. This place was so full of people, the second I walked in I started sweating.  Apparently, Casa Mathilde is a super popular and famous Portuguese bakery in São Paulo.  I only found out about it through another coffee fanatic…

Scada Café- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

If there were cafés in the cinemas in the U.S., I would probably be going to the movies more often.  I found Scada Café after doing some research about coffee shops in São Paulo.  I knew it was in the Shopping Bourbon, but after circling through the entire mall a few times I realized I…

Ekoa Café- São Paulo, SP, Brasil

Ekoa Cafe is located in Vila Madalena and is a peaceful spot.  The outdoor seating is beautiful and relaxing.  The indoor seating varies greatly, from tables with chairs, to comfy couches, to small reading areas. Most of the people at this cafe were doing work on their laptops or reading.  Since espresso drinks seemed to be…

Liz Cafe- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Liz Cafe was a small coffee shop that I happened to pass by one day and decided to stop in for a cup of coffee.  The place seemed to be well-known for their variety of crepes.  I decided to go with some cafe com leite.  Unfortunately, right from the first sip I realized this coffee…

Santo Grão- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Santo Grão has the best vibe and latte I have had so far in Brazil.  This restaurant/cafe not only has great coffee, but also has amazing fresh juices, and delicious food.  This location is build to be part sit-down restaurant and part cafe.  In the back is a coffee bar with couches and tables, while…

Flor Café- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Flor Café was a tiny spot in the center of São Paulo that had very nice outdoor seating. It is located perfectly where the sun is setting for a nice view as you drink your coffee. Here I had the strongest cafe com leite I’ve encountered in Brazil.  The coffee was decent, but nothing special….

Café Raiz- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Located in Perdizes, São Paulo, Café Raiz has a reputation for great coffee in the city and it did not disappoint.  Although it is a sit-down restaurant, I still very much enjoyed the vibe of this coffee spot, very relaxing and elegant.  When I looked at the menu it seemed espresso drinks (or as it is…

Lapin Café et Bistrot- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Lapin Cafe was a restaurant designed to have the feel of a fancy french cafe.  I thought that was pretty cool, but then also realized I am in Brazil and would prefer something more culturally Brazilian.  I ordered a simple cafe com leite.  The service was sort of slow, but then I noticed the intricate…

Paris 6- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Yesterday I learned why Paris 6 is the hot spot to be for brunch on the weekends in São Paulo.  The brunch buffet options were delicious and varied from pastries, to fruit, to juice, to eggs, to crepes. Before I went to grab my coffee, my friend said to me, “You are not going to…