Rio de Janeiro, known for its postcard scenery, has not only some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and people, but also an incredible gastronomic tradition. With influences from Portugal, Africa, and indigenous peoples, Rio de Janeiro’s cuisine is full of exciting flavors and spices. Here’s our guide to 10 of its most stunning restaurants.
Located in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, Leblon, CT Boucherie is a steakhouse like no other. The restaurant was founded by the well known and talented French chef Claude Troisgros, and is now run by his children; Thomas and Carolina. The meat cuts are always fresh and tender. But not only is the meat delicious, so are the all-you-can-eat sides that are continuously brought to the table. The service is also exquisite.
On the banks of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, between Ipanema and Copacabana, lies Palaphita Kitch, a traditional Amazonian canteen. In the heart of Rio de Janeiro. This eco-friendly restaurant promotes a beautiful vision; to build without destroying, to recycle not to pollute, and above all, to be a simple place where city inhabitants can relax and feel at peace. Together with a variety of tropical dishes, guests can enjoy delicious caipirinhas made with various types of alcohol including cachaça, vodka, saké and whisky among others, and with flavors including rambutan, mango, kiwi, pineapple and tamarind.
Zazá Bistrô is inspired by the owners’ worldwide travels and the flavors they encountered along the way. Following the statement that ‘you are what you eat’, they only offer healthy food, and use organic ingredients as much as possible. Dishes here are very different to the ones usually encountered in Rio’s restaurants, but just as delicious, if not more so. The drinks are excellent too.
Zazá Bistrô, 40 Rua Joana Angélica, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2247 9101
Sushi Leblon: fresh fish, great atmosphere, trendy location and excellent service. Sushi Leblon is by far one of the most fashionable restaurants in Rio de Janeiro. Every night, both cariocas and foreigners queue in front of the door and reservations are hard to come by. Sushi Leblon is one the best sushi restaurants in town.
Sushi Leblon, 256 Rua Dias Ferreira, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2512 7830
Prana Vegetariano offers delicious, sophisticated vegetarian dishes. Every day, chef Marcos Freitas, a native carioca and healthy food lover, uses his creativity to combine a variety of flavors to create the perfect recipes. The freshly squeezed juices are incredible and the açais are also a must try while in Rio.