The Top 10 Restaurants In Paraty, Brazil

Istanbul Paraty
Istanbul Paraty | © Istanbul Paraty
Sarah Brown

For a small coastal town, Paraty has a surprisingly large number of restaurants that offer impeccable service, diverse menus with fresh ingredients, and a wonderful, historical atmosphere from the surrounding colonial architecture. Aside from the obvious number of Brazilian cuisine restaurants, there are also international options such as Turkish, Thai and Italian.

Loved by over 40s

Restaurante Banana da Terra

Restaurant, Seafood, Cocktails, Brazilian, South American

Cod main course
© Banana da Terra

Set in the historical center, Banana da Terra has built up a reputation as one of the best restaurants in town for its impeccable service, diverse wine and cocktail menu, and its wonderful food. Unique flavor combinations and Brazilian-sourced produce are the two notable features on the menu, with mouth-watering options such as Amazon duck, Brazilian beef and fresh seafood. The cod with banana terra (plantain) is one of the top-selling dishes.

Restaurante La Luna

Restaurant, Brazilian, Seafood

With the gentle sound of waves breaking on the nearby shoreline and candles flickering on the tables, La Luna is Paraty’s top romantic spot, making a picturesque setting for a date night. The service is friendly yet distant, the staff drifting in to take your order before disappearing again. The food is excellent, as is the wine selection. Try the steak platter which comes served on a hot grill with grilled vegetables and fruit decorations. The seafood options are wonderful too.

Casa Coupê Restaurante

Restaurant, Brazilian, European, American

This restaurant spills out onto the pavement of the historical center, offering a wonderful space to absorb the colonial atmosphere and participate in a spot of people-watching. Unsurprisingly for a coastal town, the seafood is one of the most popular items on the menu. The appetizers are also worth trying, such as the prawn pastel, the pork ribs coquette and the deep-fried bean balls. Save room for their warm, gooey chocolate brownie.

Refúgio Restaurante Lounge Cafe

Restaurant, Brazilian, Seafood

Seafood main
© Refúgio restaurante

The exposed brickwork of this restaurant and the tempting menu make Refúgio Restaurante Lounge Cafe wonderfully charming and an easy way to spend a few hours at dinner with excellent food and delicious wine. The busiest time is during happy hour when drinks have attractive discounts. The most popular items on the menu are the entire seafood range, including big, chunky prawns, and the diverse cheese plate.

Margarida Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Brazilian, Italian, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian

Maintaining the colonial vibe of the historical center of Paraty, Margarida Café is a charming and cozy spot that is perfect for brunch, with options such as fresh breads, local cheese and several cuts of ham. For dinner, one of the stars of the menu is the shrimp moqueca, a traditional Brazilian dish with fresh prawns caught from the waters of Paraty.

Restaurante Sancho Pança

Restaurant, Brazilian, South American

© Restaurante Sancho Pança

Exposed brickwork, wide open windows and mild wooden furnishings give the restaurant a rustic setting – the perfect accompaniment to the wholesome, farmhouse-sized portions of food served. The food aims to satisfy with big, rich flavors and a wonderfully straightforward menu. The burgers are chunky and huge, but don’t forget to try the house feijoada (Brazilian bean stew) which is an excellent representative of this famous national dish.

Sabor da Terra

Restaurant, Brazilian, Seafood

A solid budget-traveller choice, the simple restaurant Sabor da Terra has two options of food service – pay a fixed price and enjoy all the food available as a buffet, or select what you want before getting the plate weighed by the kilo. It is a good pit-stop for a filling lunch before going off to sightsee. Food options include rice, various meats and a diverse salad bar.

Thai Brasil

Restaurant, Thai, Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian

Thai Brasil
© Thai Brasil Paraty

Thai Brasil offers the perfect escape for those looking for relief from Brazilian food. The interior decoration gives the restaurant an authentic Thai feel that is further enhanced by the carefully-prepared food, providing a slice of Thailand on a plate. The live saxophone music warms the atmosphere and lets it drift into a mellow vibe. The green papaya salad is a wonderful starter, and the beef massaman curry is a good main choice.

Istanbul Paraty

Cafe, Restaurant, Turkish, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Istanbul Paraty |© Istanbul Paraty
© Istanbul Paraty

It is not always easy to find a vegetarian-friendly restaurant in meat-loving Brazil, yet this cozy Turkish restaurant not only serves vegetarian food, but can also prepare fresh, healthy options that are gluten-free and vegan-friendly. The Flying Carpet falafel platter is a wonderful choice to sample various options. They also serve kebabs, yogurt drinks and fresh juices.

Viva La Pizza

Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Brazilian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

For casual dining with friends, Viva La Pizza is a good spot. The pizzas are the real Italian deal with thin, crunchy crusts, a home-made tomato base and a good amount of fresh toppings. There are a number of choices available, with the margarita and pepperoni the two most popular choices off the menu.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.