Bar and Restaurant Urca takes inspiration from both Portuguese and Brazilian cuisines, the delicious dishes and snacks that this place offers will satisfy the most demanding of palates. Located in a postcard setting at the banks of Guanabara Bay, overlooking Christ the Redeemer, Urca is perfect for a picturesque meal. Their specialty is seafood and fish which always comes fresh and includes tasty dishes such as the shrimp bobo, seafood broth and beans and fried sardines, Portuguese stew, and much more.
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.
CT Boucherie, 636 Rua Dias Ferreira, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2529 2329
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.