This place is the perfect combination of restaurant and bakery. It is completely chaotic, but that only adds to the experience for me. There isn't a lot of English spoken, so I did most of my communicating with the pen and paper they provide you and lots of pointing.
The pastries are divine. Melt in your mouth fantastic. Fruit tarts, custards, and tiny pies are some of the highlights. The savory foods are also great and I recommend getting some small options so you have plenty of room for the desserts. You will want more than one.
Confeitaria Colombo is an absolutely beautiful venue in the Centro district of Rio de Janeiro. I just wish they had better food!
As we walked in, we were immediately blown away by the decor of this high-ceiling'ed two story venue with beautiful architecture, glassware, and furniture all throughout the restaurant. We decided to go here for lunch to meet up with a friend. We were seated by an extremely friendly host named Marco. Here's what we ended up ordering:
1) Smoked salmon omelette (about $18-20 USD)
2) Ensalada Italiana (also about $18-20 USD)
Both dishes were just ok - nothing mind blowing and nothing that got us super excited about the place.
3) My wife also ordered the deep-fried cream cheese filled jumbo shrimp ($10 USD). Sounds disgusting, right? Yes, but it tasted pretty good. Again... not mind blowing, but decent.
4) For dessert, we ordered the flan ($10 USD) and the Brasilian chocolate called brigadeiro ($8-10 USD). These desserts were both really good but very rich.
The meal was pretty expensive, though. For the things that we ordered, plus tip our bill was almost $70 USD. Pretty pricey for just eating at a fancy cafe. We did enjoy the ambience though, so that's why I rate this place a 3 star. Would definitely come back to visit, but not for lunch. We would go there for just a couple pastries, and maybe a drink (tea or coffee). Definitely a nice place to meet up with friends and family and to hang out for an afternoon snack.
Nice stop along the way.
The food we had while standing by the bar was pretty good, though pricey.
Not a must see in my mind but a nice historical detour.
This place is a very high ending bakery, with delicious food and a design that takes u back in time. Very fancy with delicious salgadinhos and cakes. It is very expensive but it is worthy.
It is very crowded, and because of that, noisy.
Just like a mansion as you enter, elegant decor, lots of humongous mirrors and chandeliers. Makes you feel like royals, we has to park our car and walked towards that hidden gem. A huge pastry showcase at the entrance and so with Brazilian favorites, it's a must to visit
It was a Tuesday morning in late May and the rain poured down in torrents. My friend and I came in to shelter from the heavy rainfall and sample the coffee. The espresso here at Confeitaria Colombo is excellent. Quality service is provided and the surroundings are glorious. I didn't indulge in desert but by all accounts they too are wonderful. This place is an institution. Long may it continue.
Confeitaria Colombo is located in a narrow side street off busy Avenida Rio Branco, and is a bit hard to find. It's well worth the search. This stunning turn-of-the-century coffee house doesn't appear to have changed at all since it opened in 1894. The only minor down-side is, it is recommended in all the guide books, and is pretty packed. Relax. I recommend wating a bit, getting a small table in the stunning main room, ordering some espresso or cappuccino, and some of the delicious pastries. Then just sit back and enjoy another somewhat unexpected side of this fascinating, complicated, and utterly incredible city, Rio de Janeiro. Why not? You only live once.
19th century restaurant, European
Traditional bakery and restaurant, this place takes you back in time when Rio was still a colony to Portugal and the food is amazing. You feel like a lord when you are there. Always a crowd pleaser
A bit pricey, but the ambiance is unbeatable. Confeitaria Colombo is located in the middle of Centro, but on a side street that's easy to miss. It's a super old style and extravagant bakery, with high ceilings, a stained glass skylight, a classy second-level restaurant, bronzed pastry display cases, and gigantic mirrors. Service was fine (menu was both in Portuguese and English) and the food was appropriately priced for the kind of establishment it is. Everything is freshly made and they move tons of pastries. Some random tips: the Colombo drink is a fruity cocktail which is good, but probably not worth the price tag of R$15. Their iced tea is just a canned version (I expected homemade). Live and learn.
First of all, the building is just spectacular. It feels like you are inside the Titanic with beautifully adorned ceiling, paintings on the walls and decor. The food is fantastic and the choices are huge. Perfect place to enjoy some good food and company.
This dessert and light meals restaurant in downtown Rio is in a magnificent 19th century building. The pastries are very fine and delicious. I've been there at teatime and also at lunchtime on a Saturday. Both times fantastic. I highly recommend the Saturday lunch: the national dish feijoada, (black beans with meat, rice, etc. - delicious) , served in a fantastic ambiance with music and caipirinhas. A MUST
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