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Rio de Janeiro's Best Food and Places to Eat

By Viator, April 2016

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From hearty meat dishes to a kaleidoscope of tropical fruit, eating out in Rio de Janeiro is never boring and you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the city’s restaurants. Borrowing inspiration from Portuguese, Bahian and African cuisine, Brazil’s traditional dishes bring together unique flavors and local ingredients, with popular menu additions including Feijoada (a thick strew of meat and black beans made in a traditional clay pot), Bahian classic Moqueca (seafood stew) and Coxinha (fried chicken dumplings). Head to the famous Casa da Feijoada in Ipanema for the best Feijoada in town; tuck into delicious Carne de sol (sun-dried beef steak) at Porcão, a franchise of churrascarias (grill houses) favored by Cariocas; sample Caipirinhas at the legendary Academia de Cachaça; or take a peek inside a traditional Brazilian kitchen with a cooking class in Rio. 

Much of Rio’s best and cheapest fare can be found on the street and hundreds of Barzhinhos de Praia (beach bars), Lanchonetes (self-serve bars) and Botecos (street bars) can be found along the waterfront and through the central districts. Pick up a sugary Caipirinha, sip on a fresh água de côco (coconut water), sample local seafood, or tuck into snacks like boiled sweetcorn cobs, empadinhas (meat, cheese or vegetable filled pastries) and tapioca sandwiches. Many food stalls also double up as fresh juice bars, where you can try native superfoods like Açaí berry and Guaraná whipped up into smoothies or breakfast granola.

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Rio de Janeiro Small-Group Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Take some time out of your Rio de Janeiro vacation and learn about the local Brazilian culinary scene. Located in the Centro neighborhood of Rio, this small ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 216 Reviews

Revel in the excitement of Rio’s Carnival year-round at a nightly Platforma show, complete with samba music and professional dancers. Enjoy prime seating and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 to 5 hours

From USD $89.09
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Rio de Janeiro Food Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Get a real taste of Rio on this 3-hour food walking tour of Santa Teresa. An in-the-know guide takes your small group, limited to just 14, around the hilly ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99

Culinary Soul Tour of Old Rio de Janeiro

Brazil and its cuisine are a wild and sometimes baffling stew of influences and cultures. This walk dives right into that mix by taking you through the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.00

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