The Maya Café is a cute coffee shop, where the locals meet. Although close to Flamengo and Botafogo and the Christ statue of course, it’s located in Laranjeiras, a little off the beaten track, and so I guess very few tourists visit this place. And this is the very reason why I like it…therefor it’s authentic, cosy, and nice, also and in particular in times of Carnival, when the whole city fills up with people from around the world and gets super-crowded and “a little” crazy.
The main room of the Maya Café is actually quite small but decorated with all kind of interesting things ranging from art to pictures from the old days, while playing relaxing smooth jazz and subtile Brazilian music. I decided to visit the Maya Café for its vicinity to the Rua Stefan Zweig, a small street close by dedicated to Stefan Zweig, one of the major Austrian-Jewish writers of the 20th Century, who had to flee for obvious reasons from Europe at time via USA to finally Brasil, where he died some years later some 60 kilometers outside of Rio City.
The staff is very friendly though you better brush up your Portuguese language skills. The Wi-Fi is free and you just need to apply with your social media account and the like.
My meal was a Benedito, a delicious slice of crispy baguette with rolled slices of ham and a yummy herb sauce on top of it. The Benedito I had together with a delicious Cappuccino coming with a caramel cream topping.
For dessert I had a Damasco Tart, a refreshing fruit tart.
But see for yourself:
And here is the famous slide show:
The Bottom Line: The Maya Café, located in Rua Prof. Ortiz Monteiro, 15 B – Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, a cute local café with lots of atmosphere and great food and desserts. You won’t find many tourists here and that’s exactly why I love this place especially in times of Carnival, when the whole city fills with crowds aiming to get crazy.
From Rio with Love!
Dr. Dr. Immanuel Fruhmann