Confeitaria Colombo (Colombo Confectionery), Rio de Janeiro

Confeitaria Colombo (Colombo Confectionery), Rio de Janeiro (must see)

Confeitaria Colombo has been named one of the most beautiful cafes in the world. It was founded in 1894, and its architecture was inspired by European cafes. The design represents the belle epoque, or beautiful age before World War I.

In the early 20th century, the interior was renovated to emulate the trendy Art Nouveau style. Artisan Antonio Borsoi painstakingly handcrafted the wooden furniture used in the interior. An upper floor and tearoom were added in 1922. The ceiling features a gorgeous stained glass skylight from France. The towering mirrors were imported from Belgium and feature jacaranda frames. The Portuguese tiles are gorgeous.

The Confeitaria Colombo has long been a meeting place for important discussions. Heads of state and royalty such as Queen Elizabeth II of England, King Albert I of Belgium, and Brazillian Presidents Getulio Vargas and Juscelino Kubitschek have visited the Confeitaria Colombo.

It also served as a gathering place for Brazilian artists, musicians, and writers. Composer, conductor, and musicians Villa-Lobos, Chiquinha Gonzaga, and writers Lima Barreto and José do Patrocínio would often meet here.

The cafe remains committed to its elegant history and serves fabulous coffee and tea. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and desserts are also offered.

Why You Should Visit:
Feast your eyes on the stunning interior while enjoying a memorable beverage. There's no better place to sit down for a cup of coffee or tea while enjoying some people watching. This cafe sees the whos-who of Rio's social scene, from the city's working people to the rich and powerful.


Try the brigadeiro for dessert. This delicious Brazillian sweet is made with condensed milk and chocolate and is sure to delight!

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Confeitaria Colombo (Colombo Confectionery) on Map

Sight Name: Confeitaria Colombo (Colombo Confectionery)
Sight Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (See walking tours in Rio de Janeiro)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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