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 the property of the fort itself.
The décor in this café is much simplier and elegant than the original, but what this one has that the others doesn’t is Copacabana beach. We are directed to a small desk outside the front door to put our names on a waiting list for the tables outside. There are only two names before us and a good 30 plus tables so we wait. It only takes 5 minutes before we are directed to our table right along the fort walls overlooking the beach, the mountains, sugarloaf and the bay.
We order two hot chocolates and get sucked in by the beautiful little desserts again. Here they are a little different than in the other location. We settle on a Portuguese custard tart and a chocolate fudge sweet, both deadly and delicious.
I had a lot of really good hot chocolates in Rio with fantastic views but I think this was the tastiest of them all. This one didn’t come in a pot so I just had my one cup (again in a beautiful green, gold and white porcelain cup). It was beautiful and chocolately, not too sweet, more bitter and dark. What a way to end our trip to Rio.
Verdict: I said in an early blog that if in Rio you have to visit Confeitaria Colombo Centro. Well, you have to visit this one too. Bring your sunglasses and wait for a table on the terrace with the views. Confeitaria Colombo Café do Forte, Praca Cel Eugenio Franco, Copacabana, Brazil www.confeitariacolombo.com