The Maracanã Stadium
attracts massive amounts of people each year. However, the surrounding area is truly Brazilian with few tourist spots making it the perfect place to check out and experience the authentic side to Rio. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best places to grab a bite to eat around Maracanã.
Cafe, Italian, Brazilian, Thai, Argentina, South American, $$$
Sometimes, a light and healthy option is all that will do and Intervalo Cafe gives exactly that. The menu has a wide variety of options, from salads to quiches, it doesn’t disappoint. The ricotta salad with mustard and honey dressing is among highly recommended menu items. It can also satisfy the most persistent of sweet tooths with a delicious creamy hot chocolate and their wonderful brigadeiros, a typical Brazilian sweet made with condensed milk and chocolate topped with chocolate sprinkles.
Intervalo Cafe, Rua Isidro de Figueiredo, 01, Maracana, RJ, Brazil +55 21 3264-3983
Show De Bola
Perfectly located near to the Maracanã Stadium, Show de Bola, which translates roughly to ‘awesome’ and has worked hard to stay true to its name, and it’s done it well. Great, wholesome food with a wide variety makes up the per kilo option where customers pick what they want from a huge selection before getting weighed up and priced based on a set kilogram price. It’s a popular place to stop in for lunch or dinner with reasonable prices and a comfortable atmosphere.
Show de Bola, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 341, Maracanã, RJ, Brazil +21 3872-2099
Os Renatos Pizzeria
Restaurant, Italian, Brazilian, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
Os Renatos Pizzeria
A highly popular restaurant with the locals, Os Renatos Pizzeria is tucked out of the way but worth seeking. A crispy base and generous amount of toppings is their recipe for a great pizza, and if you can’t decide between two toppings, just order meia-meia (half-half), one pizza comes split with two different toppings. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and friendly with classic rock playing in the background and regular bursts of laughter from customers.
Os Renatos Pizzeria, Rua Isidro de Figueiredo, 5, Maracana, RJ, Brazil
Casa Da Ostra
Restaurant, Seafood, South American, $$$
Casa Da Ostra
Casa da Ostra (House of the Oyster) is a seafood restaurant located near the Maracanã Stadium that offers fresh, locally sourced sea food. It is one of the pricier restaurants nearby, but with an all-you-can-eat option and delicacies such as lobster, oysters, prawns and roasted fish, it’s worth the splurge. There is also sushi available.
Casa da Ostra, R. Barão de Mesquita, 58, Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2254-1925
Petisco Da Vila
Famous for its lively atmosphere that pulls crowds in on any given day, Petisco da Vila serves a wonderful selection of appetizers that satisfy either as a dinner option or a hearty snack. With indoor and outdoor seating available, it is a great option on sunny days, but outdoor seats fill up quickly! It has a delicious menu for lunch and dinner, as well as a per kilogram option that gives customers a substantial selection of food.
Boulevard 28 de Setembro, 238, Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2576-6321
Classicos Do Maraca
Classicos do Maraca serves good, honest food, cold beer, and is just the place to fuel up for the next game on your list. The roasted meat meal is homemade daily and highly recommended. The service is friendly and efficient, which is the least customers can hope for on match days when the pressure is on. Prices are reasonable, making it a cheaper option for those looking for budget friendly restaurants.
R. São Francisco Xavier, 445, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2569-4467
Declared by many locals as the ‘best Japanese restaurant in Rio’, this place certainly has won over a strong crowd of fans. With a diverse selection of fresh fish, chef Eduardo Nakahara and his team lovingly and carefully prepare plate after wonderful plate of sushi and other traditional Japanese dishes. It’s a small local establishment so it’s best to arrive early to grab a table. The karasumi, which is a salted mullet roe, is highly recommended.
R. São Francisco Xavier, 170, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2264-0274
Feira De Sao Cristovão
Shopping Mall, Market, Shop, Store
Feira De Sao Cristovão
Rather than a restaurant, Feira de Sao Cristovão is a large, contained market and has dozens of options to choose from and all at reasonable prices. Go with an empty stomach and prepare yourself for a feast of Brazilian foods from all across the country, made authentically by locals and served in ample portions. The most popular dishes are from the northeast, so expect lots of fresh fish, meat, cassava and sometimes a bit of chili. Visitors can walk off their huge lunches by strolling around the many stalls there that sells various home-made crafts and souvenirs.
Campo de Sao Cristovao, Sao Cristovao, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Restaurant, Fast Food, Street Food, Brazilian, $$$
As the names suggests, a viking theme is predominant in this steak and burger restaurant. Vikings serves up fantastic burgers and delicious American-style appetizers such as onion rings, ribs and cheesy fries. The service here is one of the best in the area with attentive, friendly staff. Try to save room for dessert, the brownie vulcan is the ultimate indulgence for chocolate lovers. It’s a tower of chocolate brownies topped with chocolate sauce and cream. Another classic dessert featured on the menu is the apple pie with ice cream. Get there early as queues start forming around eight at night.
Rua Almeida Joao Candido Brasil, 86, Maracana, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
One of the delicious desserts at Vikings | courtesy of Vikings | courtesy of Vikings
Feitico da Vila
This place famously serves a galeto (roasted small chicken) that is enough to serve the whole street. Made for two people, the chicken comes with fries, beans, farofa (a Brazilian cassava flour) and a mushroom sauce, guaranteeing it to be more than sufficient to satisfy even the most ravenous appetites. Feitico da Vila also has a well-stocked beer and wine collection to pair with their house hamburgers.
Boulevard 28 de Setembro, 330, Vila Isabel, Rio de Janiero, Brazil +55 21 2577-8670