Housed within the cool whitewashed building that is the Paço Imperial, Café Arlequim is a great lunch stop during a shopping or sightseeing tour of Rio's downtown. The sandwiches and main plates at this bistro-style café have been signed by Roberta Ciasca, head chef of the award-strewn Botafogo restaurant Miam Miam, and they're certainly a cut above your average lunch spot. Try the baguette with roast beef, dark mustard, lettuce and tomato, or the salmon with seasoned couscous. If you're looking for a caffeine boost on a hot day, treat yourself to the Shake de Café, which mixes iced coffee with ice cream and whipped cream. Decadent, yes, but delicious with it.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex, diners
- Takeout Available: Yes
- Nearest Train: Carioca