There is a special place at Copacabana beach that I believe that everyone visiting Rio should go, this place is Forte de Copacabana.
The Fort is a current military base and it hosts the Museu Histórico do Exército (Historical Museum of the Army) and is located on the right end of Copacabana beach, the place known as Posto 6.
After paying the ticket (R$6) you can access the Fort area, the museum and the Cafes. The Cafes are one of the highlights of this place in my opinion. It is a great place to have a nice breakfast, a quick lunch or just a cup of coffee overlooking Copacabana beach, in one of the Cafes, the traditional Confeitaria Colombo or Café 18 do Forte.
The last time I was there for breakfast, it was when my sister Quiqui was visiting Rio and we had breakfast with my friends at Confeitaria Colombo, as you can check here. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is usually a big waiting line for tables in those two cafes. So if you don’t want to wait too much time, I suggest arriving like 30 minutes before the opening time to guarantee a table with a good view of the beach.
Although I have already been there a thousand times I never get tired of it, and once in a while I go there. Sometimes only to relax overlooking the beautiful scenery of Copacabana beach.
Forte de Copacabana – Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco n. 1 – Posto 6 – Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro – Open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday.