Hello everyone!

I started posting about my experience in Brazil, including recommendations on what to see & eat, and where to stay. Here are my posts about (WHERE TO STAY IN RIO DE JANEIRO) and (HOW TO PLAN A TRIP TO BRAZIL) in case you’re organizing a trip and need some help. Today, I’ll talk about the places we enjoyed eating at!

Breakfast/Lunch

Bibi Sucos

A nice place if you’re looking for a quick and healthy menu. They have some of the best acai in town, seriously. I also had a shredded beef and “Brazilian cream cheese” crepe that was to die for.

It’s a good spot for breakfast and lunch.

Menu: bibiemcasa.com.br
Address: There are many locations available, check in the website bibisucos.com.br
Price: $

 

Riba

Located in Leblon Beach (check post about areas to stay in Rio de Janeiro), Riba is the perfect place to stop and refresh with a cold coconut water and quick snack. It’s along the beach, so it’s easy to get to and has a private restroom in case you need.

Menu: www.ribabotecagem.com.br
Address: Av. Delfim Moreira, 96 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
Price: $

 

Cafeina

For a quick breakfast, Cafeina is good choice. Many vegan and gluten free options available on the menu.

Menu: www.cafeina.com.br
Address: Rua Constante Ramos, 44 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Price: $

 

Pergula brunch at Copacabana Palace

I won’t talk too much about Pergula since it deserves its own post, haha, but I couldn’t leave it off this initial list. Copacabana Palace is the most famous luxury hotel in Brazil. It’s absolutely beautiful and very classy. There are several restaurants available in the hotel (including the famous Italian restaurant, Cipriani), but Pergula is famous for its brunch offered every Sunday. The restaurant is opened every day for regular lunch and dinner, but the brunch is only served on Sundays. I’ll post details about Pergola very soon, but trust me, this will be the best brunch you’ve ever had in your life.

Menu: www.belmond.com 
Address: 1702 Avenida Atlântica, Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro
Price: $$$$

 

Apetite Cafe

The place is super cozy and the food is good. They offer a variety of breakfast combos (think juice / coffee, bread and some meats / cheeses) for a good price.

Menu: No menu available
Address: Rua Sousa Lima, 68 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Price: $$

 

Lunch/Dinner

Zaza Bistro

A renowned Arabic/Brazilian restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. Very traditional to the Arabic culture, be ready to eat barefoot and sit on a very low sofa as you dine.

The mixed appetizers is a MUST try. It comes with 4 different starters (2 of each), which was delicious. I also loved the green grass juice - I know it sounds a little weird, but the taste is very unique. The lamb with truffle potato ravioli was AWESOME, and it was definitely my favorite dish! Highly recommend!

Menu: zazabistro.com.br
Address: R. Joana Angélica, 40 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Price: $$$

 

Boteco Belmonte

A CLASSIC in Rio de Janeiro, Belmonte is a bar and restaurant with a long list of beers and live music on the weekends. The food is delicious, and during the day they offer a prix-fix menu for lunch for very reasonable prices.

It’s a must go in the city, and they have multiple locations in Rio de Janeiro. it’s hard to get a table during prime time hours on the weekend, so try to get there before the rush.

Menu: No menu online available
Address: R. Domingos Ferreira, 242 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Price: $$

 

Bar do Adao

This place won many rewards for the best “pastel” in Rio de Janeiro. The size of the “pastel” is small, so you’ll be able to taste a few different types. The pastel was really good, but the service was AWFUL. I don’t know if it’s like that in general, or we just weren’t lucky. Bar do Adao is located in Lapa, a bohemian neighborhood with a buzzing night scene full of bars and clubs.

Menu: bardoadao.com.br
Address: Av. Gomes Freire, 602 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro
Price: $

 

Cervantes Bar

An old, popular restaurant in the city, Cervantes is famous for its sandwiches with pineapple. They offer an infinite amount of combinations, all with chicken, pork, and beef. Everything is delicious and the sweetness of the pineapple gives it a very unique taste.

Menu: restaurantecervantes.com.br
Address: Rua Barata Ribeiro, 7 – Lj. B (address for the bar, go to the website to check the address for the other locations)
Price: $$

 

Fratelli

Fratelli is an Italian restaurant in the high class area of Leblon, offering traditional Italian dishes and a nice decor.  

Menu: www.fratellirestaurante.com.br
Address: Av. General San Martin 98, Leblon - Rio de Janeiro
Price: $$$

 

We stayed in Rio de Janeiro for just 4 days, so we didn’t have time to try more places, but these were all great spots, especially if you want to try local food (perhaps except for the Italian restaurant). The service in the restaurants in Rio is typically slow and don’t give you much attention, so don’t take it personally! There were only a few places where you felt genuinely welcome and had a speedy service. Check out the videos from these restaurants saved in my highlighted stories on my Instagram @eat_travel_andlove.