Cafés and Snacks
In his native France, pastry chef Daniel Briand’s croissants were deemed so good that he was invited to teach a cooking course in Paris. After falling in love with a Brazilian student, he followed her home to Brasília and opened Daniel Briand Pâtissier & Chocolatier (CLN, Qd. 104, Bl. A, Lj. 28, tel. 61/3326-1135, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun.), a Parisian-style café that serves the finest pastries (and croissants) in town. Aside from his mouthwatering sweets, you can indulge in savory snacks, weekend breakfasts, and light bistro fare such as smoked salmon crèpes with lime and cream.
About as hybrid as a food emporium can get, Quitinete (CLS, Qd. 209, Lj. 5, tel. 61/3242-0506, 7 a.m.–1 a.m. daily) is a delicious mixture of gourmet delicatessen, bakery, café, restaurant, and cookware boutique. For a mellow and heavily aromatic caffeine fix, try the house blend, whose beans are cultivated exclusively on a São Paulo farm. The charming upstairs restaurant has views of the street and of the bakery below (through a glass roof), where you can enjoy light meals, such as shrimp and vegetable curry, as well as imaginative (if pricy) sandwiches.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition