Hot Chocolate at La Bicylette, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jardin Botanico in Rio is beautiful. Even if you are not a garden type of person this one is quite stunning. Founded in 1808 the 140 hectare park lies in what is colloquially known as “the arm pit of Christ”, in the neighbourhood directly underneath the right arm of the Christ Redeemer statute. It contains 6,000 different species of plants and trees including 900 varieties of palm trees alone. It was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1992. Right outside the front doors of the garden across from a little pond full of turtles sunning themselves on planks of [...]

August 31st, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Confeteria Colombo (Copacabana), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

We visited Confetaria Colombo Café Centro during our first days in Rio, and had the pleasure to visit Confeitaria Colombo’s Copacabana café  on the last day of our trip, just before going to the airport. This one is tucked inside the Fort of Copacabana that separates Copacabana beach from Ipanema beach and from where you have a stunning view of all of Copacabana and the open water. To get into the fort you need to pay a few dollars but it is worth it, not just because it is a lovely and interesting walk, but because this café is within [...]

August 30th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Rei do Mate, Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Overlooking the lovely and quiet Urca neighbourhood are two very large hills that rise straight up from the water’s edge around Rio. The peaks have been given the name of SugarLoaf mountain because they resemble the piles of sugar that were transported on ships in the 16th century. Today SugarLoaf is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. At 4pm, just in time for sunset, we caught the clear glass cable car up to the first hill and then again up to the second, a 1400m route. The original cable car was build in 1912 but still seems to [...]

August 18th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Kopenhagen, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I spent a bit of time searching online for hot chocolates in Rio before I set foot there. In many of my searches and conversations with locals, Kopenhagen came up. Kopenhagen is a chain or chocolate chops across Brazil (in 60 different cities in fact). They have been around for 80 years and even though their name isn’t very Brazilian (at all), the chocolates are. We found one of their stores near Ipanema beach and went in for a hot chocolate. There was no sign really explaining what options they had so I said in my best Portuguese “un chocolate [...]

August 15th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at the Christ Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When we woke up today and looked out the window the weather was perfect. Clear, blue skies and the winds the night before had pushed a lot of the haze of the city away. So we jumped out of bed, had breakfast and made our way to visit the famous Christ Redeemer statue. The taxi brought us down rather than up, down to the start of the Trem do Corcovado or train of Corcovado, a little red train that brings visitors up the hill through Rio’s lush urban Tijuca forest (the largest urban forest in the world) all the way [...]

August 13th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Confeteria Colombo (Centro), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At 2.30pm we met in front of the Odeon theatre in the Centro to do a Rio Walks tour, a three hour walking tour that brought us around the centre, the exciting Lapa neighbourhood and the Grand Bazaar. One of the stops, and the stop I was most excited about, was Confeitaria Colombo. Confeitaria Colombo is a stunning part of the heritage of the city of Rio. When it opened in 1894 two locals created this beautiful shop and café full of glamour and wealth usually only seen in Paris or London. The walls are lined with giant Belgian mirrors, [...]

July 19th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Casa Mosquito, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I stayed at two hotels while I was in Rio and tried both of their hot chocolates at breakfast as an excuse to tell you all about them.  I would recommend them both. The first few nights I was at Casa Mosquito right between Ipanema and Copacabana. The Casa is up on the hill with stunning views across the area. The founders, Benjamin and Louis, while traveling in the south of France fell in love with a statue of a mosquito which subsequently inspired the name of the hotel. They opened the hotel only a year or so ago and [...]

July 17th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|
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