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The gateway to the Amazon, the city of Manaus, though secluded by its exotic location and reached mainly by air and water, is a major tourist attraction in Northern Brazil. Manaus builds its history on a mix of cultures, of native Brazilian tribes and European settlers. Its gastronomic tradition offers a great cultural voyage, and our handpicked guide to 10 must-try restaurants in Manaus showcases some of the best dining venues in the city.
Boasting a solid 40 years of activity, Canto da Peixada is a reference restaurant in Manaus as Pope John Paul II ate here during his Brazil visit in the 1980s. This event left such a long-lasting influence that the traditional dishes ordered by the pope more than two decades ago are still the most popular items on the menu. Canto da Peixada and is a definite must for those looking for a more local experience and traditional fish-based recipes.
Choupana is yet another venue for visitors with a passion for the fish-based cuisine that characterizes the region around Manaus. Conveniently located in the city center, Choupama has won numerous awards over the years that are testament to the high quality of its gastronomic offer and the experience of eating there. The menu builds on fresh local and regional ingredients, inviting visitors to discover the Amazon’s typical culture, with specialties such as duck in traditional Brazilian tucupi sauce, fillet of tucunaré in tile, seafood risotto, or fish fillet in tile with shrimp sauce.
Choupana, Recife 790, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, +55 92 3248 3636
Right in front of the Amazonas Theater, a notable cultural venue, Casa do Pensador has one of the best outdoor locations in Manaus. The perfect place to spend some quality time after a long stroll through this constantly changing Brazilian city, Casa do Pensador offers a simple, yet nevertheless, complete experience, perfect for visitors who prefer spending their evenings outside. With additional vegetarian options and natural fruit juices, for the health-conscious, Casa do Pensador is a great local option for those looking for good quality in low-key locations.
Casa do Pensador, Jose Clemente 632, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, +55 92 3087 9798