Budget restaurants serving tourist-friendly food are ubiquitous in Rio, and while great restaurants are rather harder to find, you may want to simply snack at the many stand-up bars and cafes in this most laidback of cities.

You’ll find the best of the upmarket restaurants, serving high quality international food to designer-clad bods, in Ipanema.

For those with tighter purse strings, look out for good value set lunches, called prato feito, that usually include a few courses and a drink, or serve yourself buffet restaurants that charge by weight.

Churrascarias are a great place to indulge in the Brazilian passion for barbecued meat. Churrascaria Palace in Copacabana and Porcão in Ipanema are recommended.

Head to Casa da Feijoda in Ipanema to try Brazil’s national dish of Feijoda – a meat and black bean stew,

Stand-up juice bars serve up ice-cold concoctions made from many of Brazil’s tropical fruits – be sure to try tropical fruit ice creams as well.



Santa Teresa has some cool bohemian bars that are great for sundowners.

Evening drinks, dancing and live music aren’t hard to find in Rio, Lapa, just south of Centro was until recently on the dangerous side of edgy, but a regeneration program has transformed it, and it’s now home to some of the best nightlife in town.