Rio in June
I am going to Rio in June for a half-marathon and I will be there for one week in total.
I like all kinds of food, am not "overly picky" and generally when I'm travelling, I'm interested mostly in trying different things that I can't get easily at home (Toronto). I know I have to have churrasco and mangoes.
Any suggestions for must trys in Rio in relation to restaurants, markets, types of food, etc. would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Hi Pescatarian: I am a Brazil Travel Specialist -- (I was a tour director in Rio for 6 wonderful years ). Here are my recommendations:
Mistura Fina (For Music)
Intimate Jazz Club, Lagoa
At Mistura Fina fine jazz combines with excellent food. It's open midnight-3 AM.
Address: Av. Borges de Medeiros 3207, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cais do Oriente (For Music)
Jazz & Bossa Nova Supper Club
Tues – Saturday, Popular Brazilian Jazz musicians play in a stunning downtown setting.
Address: Rua Visconde de Itaborai no 8, Centro – Rio de Janeiro Phone: 21/2233-2531
Mariu’s Churrascaria (Brazilian Barbeque Restaurant – All you can eat style)
This well-regarded churrascaria serves more than a dozen types of sizzling meats rodízio style. Marius is famed for taking the usual meat cuts to a higher level of sophistication. There is a great variety of side dishes, including Japanese food and fish. DC, MC, V.
Address: Av. Atlântica 290A, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese – fine restaurant
This much-loved establishment is famous for its flawless rendering of Portuguese classics. Wander through the antiques shop at the restaurant before settling in at a table. A recommended dish is the cozido, a stew with onions, yams, carrots, pumpkin, cabbage, bananas, and more. The cataplana, a seafood stew with rice, is also marvelous, and the perna de cordeiro (leg of lamb) is the most requested dish on the menu. The wine list impresses even Portuguese gourmands. Reservations essential. DC.
Address: Rua Aristides Espínola 19, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Porcão (Brazilian Barbeque Restaurant – All you can eat style)
Waiters at these rodízio-style churrascarias fly up and down between rows of linen-draped tables wielding giant skewers laden with sizzling barbecued beef, pork, and chicken. Save room if you can: the papaya cream pudding topped by a bit of cassis shouldn't be missed. Reservations not accepted. AE, DC, MC, VAddress: Rua Barão da Torre 218, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilPhone: 021/2522-0999
The menu's all-Brazilian ingredients are a unique trait of this innovative restaurant that blends native flavors with nouvelle techniques. Every dish -- from the crab or lobster flan to chicken, fish, and duck prepared with exotic herbs and sauces -- is exceptionally light. The passion-fruit mousse is a favorite dessert. Reservations essential. AE, DC.
Address: Rua Custódio Serrão 62, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At the turn of the century this belle epoque structure was Rio's preeminent café, the site of afternoon teas for upper-class senhoras and a center of political intrigue and gossip. Jacaranda-framed mirrors from Belgium and stained glass from France add to the art nouveau decor. Portions are generous, but you can also just stop by for a pastry and coffee while you absorb the opulence. Reservations not accepted. AE, DC, MC, V. Closed Sun. No dinner. Metrô: Carioca.
Address: Rua Gonçalves Dias 32, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Exotic and delicious dishes are served at this restaurant, one of the few places that goes beyond traditional African-Brazilian cuisine. Try the Afro menu, a selection of contemporary West African cuisine. The piripiri (a spicy rice with ginger, coconut milk, and shrimp) is worth the price of R$65 for two. No credit cards.
Address: Rua Arnaldo Quintela 94, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Casa da Feijoada
Brazil's savory national dish is the specialty here, where huge pots of the stew simmer every day. The restaurant's desserts include a selection of traditional sweets with flavors like banana, guava, or pumpkin. Quindim, a coconut, yolk, and sugar cake, and Romeo and Juliet (guava compote with fresh cheese) are two favorite desserts. The caipirinhas are made not only with lime but also with tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, strawberry, or kiwi. Be careful -- they're strong.
Address: Rua Prudente de Morais 10, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone: 021/2523-4994 or 021/2247-2776
Suggestions a many...
Churrascaria's yep right on...
Juices are amazing...try Acai...awesome stuff resembling chocolate and strawberrys
Moqueca...fantastic fish stew, spiced up, from Bahia
Feijoada...the national dish, a meat medley, cooked with black beans...will knock you out.
If youre game try Sarapato, see my blog at
for more info...though Ive only just started blogging so theres only 1 article, but Ill be adding one a week.
Also, try a Pizza joint, they love pizza, especially fruit pizzas served as a dessert.
Pay by kilo buffets are popular for lunch and well worth a look.
Im reviewing a fish restuarant, and a restuarant specializing in Mineira cuisine next week, so keep an eye out for those blogs.
If you want a guide whilst in town, send me an email and I'd be happy to oblige.
Oh and school up on some Portuguese before you come. You'll need it. Oh and if its you're first time here, dont bring jewellery, or a 35 mm camera, unless you want o get robbed. You need to be wary here.
All the best
Wear a cheap watch, if you must have the time! And want to keep it.
And when you are walking around, stop at one of the openair Smoothie sidewalk counters for an energy boosting Acai/Guranana called a SuperBomba, consumed with a straw and spoon. Also, the chicken empanadas will help get you through the afternoon.
Scroll down a little bit and see my reply to LilianNY on March 15th. There are some suggestions there.
About markets, I would suggest any "Feira". These are street fairs for produce, fruit, poultry and fish. They have all around town in different days of the week. Your hotel can tell you where to find one in your neighborhood.