If you want to enjoy one of THE views of Rio, take one of any number of buses to the Praia shopping mall - a vertical retailing experience - in the suburb of Botafogo.
Ride up on the escalators, and you encounter dozes of different lunch options, from fast food to formal eating.
But up on the 6th floor, with stunning views of the bay and the Sugarloaf, is a great place to take in the vista over a lunch... Emporium Pax.
Narrow and dark as you enter (past framed pictures of artichokes and lemons on your right), it climbs steps then opens out to a raised dining area.
Grab a seat near the window and you can soak in that view. It looks oddly like an old hand-coloured picture postcard from the late 1950s.
Most of the blocks you see round the bay are early 60s, and with the cars rushing backwards and forwards it has a slightly Monte Carlo look, with all the boats in the bay.
But there's nobody on the huge crescent-shaped beach below, because the water is full of sewage, condoms and litter - despite pledges that it would be cleaned up by the Olympics.
So, back to the restaurant.
Two options: a 46 reais buffet lunch (go for the lightly battered tilapia with home-made tartare) with salads, meat dishes and puds.
Or a la carte, costing around 60 for a main meal (plenty of veggie options). My veggie pal had an excellent ravioli dish.
It's a better option that traipsing up to the selfie terrace on the 8th floor, where the nearby restaurant has no vegetarian alternatives whatsoever on the menu. And where all you look at are people taking selfies.
The loos are moderate at Pax, but it's the service that's curious. Catching the waiter's eye to get another bottle of water took ages - it's like they move round in a trance, unwilling to notice customers.
However, I enjoyed the buffet fish (the meat less so), and felt it was good value for the price. That view is worth a visit alone.
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