One of our top recommendations in Urca is the Boteco Belmonte, a classic choice in a typical Carioca style. We find other delicious items on the menu, such as emblematic feijoada, empanadas and pastries. Try the seafood varieties like shrimp and cheese – a good starter to wash down with ice-cold beer. The house also serves meat dishes such as chorizo and the very popular Oswaldo Aranha steak. A varied selection of cachaça is a plus.
Boteco Belmonte, Urca, Avenida Portugal, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2543-1268
A traditional venue, Flor da Urca dates back to the 1940s and is a must. It brings together a wide-ranging public, from penniless students to journalists who mix together and bring a charming aura to the place. Arrive early for lunch, as getting a table is competitive. Note that they don’t serve appetizers, only a selection of daily specials, thus keeping the rhythm of the old days. So what about Brazilian typical staple dishes like steak with french fries and toasted cassava floor, the farofa? Don’t go unless you’re seriously hungry: the portions are more than hearty.
Flor da Urca, Rua Marechal Cantuária, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2541-7674
Situated at the first stop of the cable car in Morro da Urca, Abençoado offers one of the best views of Rio de Janeiro. It was opened in February 2010 and since then attracts tourists and locals who go there for a drink, a snack, or a meal, all with a breathtaking view of the Sugar Loaf. The tall picanha hamburger is generous and very tasty. To drink, ask for the local beers and appreciate the moment.
If you go to Rio and don’t sit in a table of a bohemian pé sujo, you missed the point. These simple, popular bars serve staple dishes, blonde beer, and a friendly smile. By the end of the day the waiter will probably be your new best friend. The Urca Grill is one of those Brazilian institutions. We recommend the caldinho de fruits do mar, a seafood broth. The location is great – you can grab your drink and sit on the low wall facing the Marina da Glória. The view is wonderful and the spot is one of the best for watching the sunset that Rio is famous for.
Urca Grill, Rua Marechal Cantuária, 10, Urca Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3209-1623