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Food Lover's Guide to Rio de Janeiro

By Viator, March 2018

5 28 Reviews | Add your review

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, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Rio de Janeiro Small-Group Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 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
Half Day Brazilian Flavors Walking Food Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Cooking Classes
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Half Day Brazilian Flavors Walking Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This culinary walking, guided tour will take you through the neighborhoods of Lapa, Glória, Flamengo and Laranjeiras. Taste Amazonian fruit juices, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Bike and Cook in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Food Tours
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Bike and Cook in Rio de Janeiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Hop on your bike and come see why Rio de Janeiro is the most photogenic city in the world. Let the sea breeze flow through your hair as you casually ride ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.99
Food Tour in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Cooking Classes
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Food Tour in Santa Teresa

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

In this fantastic Santa Teresa Food Tour you will try over 10 samples of Brazilian food/snacks/drinks that we carefully selected... while you visit one of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $35.50
All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Food Tours
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All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro

Churrascaria is an all-you-can-eat style service in Brazilian restaurants. In most areas of the world outside of Brazil, they are commonly known as a ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $67.00
Caipirinha Class with Santa Teresa and Lapa Neighbohood, Rio de Janeiro, Dining Experiences
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Caipirinha Class with Santa Teresa and Lapa Neighbohood

Start the day in the idyllic , inspirational Santa Teresa neighbourhood. Here take a relaxing walk while taking in beautiful views, street-art murals, ...  Read more

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

From USD $65.00
CHRIST PLUS FARMER'S MARKET AND SELARON'S STAIRCASE, Rio de Janeiro, Food Tours
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CHRIST PLUS FARMER'S MARKET AND SELARON'S STAIRCASE

Covers Rio’s main highlight, Farmer’s Market and a visit to a Farmer's Market in just a few hours, but no rush. The tour is conducted at your pace; It ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.67
Get ready to 2019 New Year Eve in Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Market Tours
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Get ready to 2019 New Year Eve in Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana

The greatest New Year’s Eve in the world has become even more special. To celebrate the arrival of 2019, the party in Copacabana will have a long firework , ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $200.00
Rio de Janeiro Special Group Carnival Parade, Rio de Janeiro, Food Tours
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Rio de Janeiro Special Group Carnival Parade

Dont' miss the event of year! Special Group Carnival Parade! The highlight of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival is definitely the Samba Schools' Parade, an one of a ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 to 10 hrs

From USD $165.00
Tour tradicional São Cristóvão Fair in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Food Tours
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Tour tradicional São Cristóvão Fair in Rio de Janeiro

How about knowing a little about the diversity of brazilian northeastern culture without leaving Rio? In São Cristóvão you can find a little ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $80.00

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