Food Lover's Guide to Rio de Janeiro
Barbecued meats with white rice and black beans, salty bar snacks to help the caipirinhas flow, fresh tropical fruits: all are synonymous with Rio de Janeiro. And although the city may be most famous for its beaches and nightlife, Rio is also a marvelous, if oft-overlooked, food destination. Here are some of the best gastronomic offerings to sample on your next trip.
Ask any local to make a lunch recommendation, and you’re bound to hear a chorus singing the praises of theBrasilerinho, a steak with French fries, rice, beans, farofa (toasted seasoned cassava flour), and a fried egg. On weekends, it’s customary to eatfeijoida***, a comforting pork-and–black bean stew that’s served with rice, farofa, collard greens, and orange slices (and usually followed by a nap).**Vegetarianfeijoadasmade with tofu can be found in an increasing number of restaurants. In the evening, Cariocas (Rio locals) accompany their cold beer withpetiscos, salty fried bar snacks. Juice bars, with their freshly squeezed pineapple and mint ororange and acerola juices*, are another favorite, as is anything made withacai, a Brazilian superfruit.
Discover the region’s fruits, vegetables, grains, and flours on atour of a local market.
Master the feijoada, Brazil’s national dish, in acooking class.
Try a bunch of new dishes (some suitable for vegetarians) at akilo buffet restaurant, where you just pay for what you put on your plate.
Challenge yourself to an all-you-can-eat feast at achurrasceria, which specializes in grilled and roasted meats.
Explore the city’sbohemian neighborhoodsand learn the secret to a greatcaipirinha.
Walk along the beach and try anacaiat one of the many juice bars.