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Ipanema is one of the fantastic neighborhoods of Rio with its beautiful beach and vibrant vibe. Whilst it has all the buzz of a city, it also has the coziness of a small town so its easy to fall into the local lifestyle. It has plenty of good food joints to choose from; we round-up the best 10 restaurants in Ipanema that are a must-visit.
For a healthy, organic alternative, Delirio Tropical is the best option in Ipanema, arguably in Rio. The food is fresh, tasty and offers a wide selection to give diners exactly what they want. There are always queues lining up outside but that is not only from popularity, it’s from the style of the service. It’s not table service but a pass-the-counter and select what you want, hence the queue moves quickly. Drinking options include a variety of organic juices for the ultimate health kick.
A large restaurant which offers two options of foods; self-service or buffet style with one fixed price yet all you can eat. The food selection is widely varied and of high quality including various salads, rices, potatoes, fish, chicken, and meats. You can also get freshly cooked meats from the barbecue which includes one of Brazil’s finest cuts, picanha, as well as a huge variety of other choices. The sophisticated environment contrasts the casual attire of beach-goers dropping in to fill up after a day of sun, sand and surf.
This is a large bistro that serves Asian and Moroccan food, giving a novel experience away from typically Brazilian food. The space is bright and laid back with a buzzing vibe, making the atmosphere just as good as the food. Each dish is spicy and delicious and offers great alternatives for vegetarians, something that is hard to find in Rio de Janeiro. It is a place for romance with hot and cold starters to share and delicious cocktails so makes for a fantastic date; likewise, it is casual enough for a meetup with friends.
Not quite a restaurant but definitely one of the most popular places to eat in Ipanema, Polis Sucos is the drop-in spot for both pre- and post-beach food. With a huge selection of typical Brazilian snacks and light lunches, it provides the necessary fuel to spend the whole day on the beach and gives a boast for those feeling sleepy after a day of sun. Some of the best snacks include the classic pão de queijo (cheese bread) or açai, a purple fruit mixed with ice and sweetened with sugar: a must-try in Brazil.
This upscale joint has an indoor garden and a fish counter to provide the best and freshest seafood in Ipanema. Whilst on the pricey side, the food is top quality with delicious seafood dishes and an extensive wine menu. The desserts are well worth saving room for, with the creamy and smooth Tiramisu one of the most popular sweets on the menu.
Rua Barão da Torre, 192, Ipanema, RJ, Brazil, +55 21 2521 0627