Picture the scene: being seated in an airy yet cozy restaurant, pouring over a to-die-for menu while sipping on chilled wine and taking in the dazzling view of a silver-white beach that stretches into a sparkling turquoise ocean. This is Fernando de Noronha, a picturesque tropical island that lies about 350 kilometers off Brazil’s northeast coast. The island is famously untouched and a protected national park, which preserves its jaw-dropping natural beauty and provides astonishing backdrops for a dining experience to remember. Here’s some of the best places to eat in Fernando de Noronha.
With an outdoor terrace surrounded by palm trees and the vivid blue ocean in the background, Restaurante Varanda is open-air dining at its finest and lets diners enjoy the Noronha’s splendid views while eating some of the island’s freshest, most delicious cuisine. From comforting paella and Parmigiana, to delicate prawns and indulgent desserts—all of which are just as pretty as they are tasty—the menu is truly a treat for both the eyes and the taste buds.
For the paradisical scene of dining on delicious food accompanied by a smooth wine with a picturesque tropical backdrop, there are few finer spots than Mergulhão. From the superb menu that considers every last detail, to the splendid outdoor terrace with its ocean views, Mergulhão has everything for the perfect dinner-date setting. The trick here is to arrive for a late lunch followed by a bottle of fine wine and wait for the sunset.
For a picturesque yet casual setting to eat some of the island’s best seafood, there are few better spots than Restaurante Xica da Silva, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The star on the menu is the camarão na morango, a whole roasted pumpkin filled with prawns in a creamy sauce which easily serves two or more people. Other highlights to look out for are the coconut-breaded prawns and the moqueca (a traditional fish stew from the northeast of Brazil) with lobster.
For perfect beachside drinks and flawless food, head to Bar do Meio Noronha that sits right next to the beach. The wooden terrace with a simple thatched roof provides a simple yet cozy setting to settle down with some chilled cocktails, some delicious aperitifs, and listen to the calming rhythms of the live band. The best time to go is in the late afternoon to get the best seat on the terrace to watch the sunset.
This charming restaurant, provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for a casual dining experience where seafood is the main focus of the menu. The ceviche is one of the most popular items for its soft, succulent fish and garnish of thinly-sliced red onions, as are the breaded prawns served with a sweet, sticky dip, the lobster pastels and the moqueca de peixe (fish stew).