Here is our list of favourite post-midnight eats in Rio de Janeiro for a satisfying snack before heading back home. Some of these stay open until the early hours of the morning; others are open 24-hours, 7 days a week
Bar, Restaurant, Brazilian, $$$
Based in Copacabana, Cervantes attracts the post-party crowd that stop by for their signature meat and pineapple sandwiches. These are not ordinary sandwiches though. A doorstep layer of meat is feebly held together by two slices of French bread with a trademark slice of pineapple and cheese squished inside. The popular venue is mostly standing-only, yet there is a sitting-down, connecting restaurant just around the corner.
Stalos opens 24-hours, 7-days a week and offers some of the most satisfying late night snacks in the city. From a wide option of Brazilian snacks such as coxinhas and joelhas to appetite-busting dinners such as burgers and steaks, there is something to satisfy any apetite. One of the most noteworthy options is the pizza. One slice is like a meal in itself with a thick base, cream cheese-filled crust and a generous portion of toppings. It is one of the most-ordered after-hours snacks on their menu. There are also ice-creams and cakes for those craving sweets.
Bar, Restaurant, Bistro, French, Brazilian, Vegetarian, $$$
Paris 6 Bistro is a 1920s themed restaurant and attracts guests – from after-party-goers to celebrities –that stop by to enjoy the large variety of French-inspired food on the menu. Open 24-hours a day, it is an ideal spot for a late-night snack or meal. The desserts are the most talked-about item on the menu and range from crepes with chocolate and strawberries, to gateau with ice-cream seductively placed on top.
The famous after-party meeting spot in Leblon, Pizzaria Guanabara gets crowded around 2am and draws in a vast mix of crowds to its casual and understated settings. While the food may not be defined as exceptional, it hits a spot and comes with reasonable prices, something not common for Rio’s wealthiest neighbourhood.
Vezpa is a chain of good quality pizzas that are served in a relaxed and low-key setting. There are several venues in Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Botafogo, as well as other points in the city. The pizzas come in a variety of delicious toppings, including sweet options, and there are often promotions on pizza with soft drinks or beers.
Fornalha is a snack bar that opens 24-hours every day of the week. In addition to cakes and Brazilian sweets, it sells the whole spectrum of Brazilian snacks such as crocantes, pão de queijo and quibes. The most popular item on the menu is their trademark coxinhas, i.e. shredded chicken surrounded by dough before being deep-fried. Try the ones with Catupiry (cream-cheese) inside for extra juiciness.
Being under the same ownership as Stalos, the food options are equal to its sister restaurant. Whereas Stalos pinpoints its focus on snacks, Eclipse keeps its bar well-stocked and attracts late-night drinkers that can enjoy the live piano music at any time of day and night. Luckily, Eclipse also serves a wide range of pizzas that are just as big, sinful and yet completely divine as Stalos as well as cooling, sweet ice-cream. There are also breakfast, lunch and dinner options available 24-hours.
Boteco Cabidinho is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no exception. In addition to a well-stocked bar with extra-cold beers, it serves meals all around the clock. The most popular after-hours snacks are the prawn pies that has a soft crust that holds together a generous portion of prawns and the ham sandwich that comes with a satisfying wedge of meat.
Another snack bar open 24-hours a day, Catarina Doces e Salgados serves a mix of traditional Brazilian sweet and savoury snacks. Located on Praia de Botafogo, it is an easy option to swing by before taking the subway to other parts of the city. The joelhas (a soft pastry filled with cheese and ham) are especially satisfying, largely in part for its borderline-bread type of pastry and so are the coxinhas.
One of the most traditional juice bars in Rio, Big Bi in Copacabana is open 24 hours a day and serves typical snacks such as sandwiches, acai, breakfast options and freshly-squeezed juices. There is also a wide range of salgados (Brazilian snacks) such as coxinhas and pao de queijo.
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