My everyday padaria treat

One of the things I missed the most while living abroad was my daily trips to the local padaria (bakery). The smell of freshly baked goods and coffee, the banter with the staff, the sense of community.

You don’t need to necessarily eat at the padaria every day – what most people do is buy some bread there and eat it at home with their family.

Here is what I’ll often have for breakfast when I eat at the bakery around the corner: a pão na chapa – a French baguette of sorts, freshly baked and quickly toasted on a hot plate, with a cream cheese spread – plus a big cup of espresso coffee and a fresh orange juice.

That normally costs about R$7 (£ 2.40) – a far cry from my Pret A Manger breakfasts in London!

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