Foodies fear not! Cuisine in Rio has come a long way in recent years. Options like fresh seafood, vegetarian, French, and of course, the legendary churrascarias are all found throughout the city. Check out our guide below for your introduction to gastronomy in Rio de Janeiro.
One of the most well known types of Rio cuisine, churrascarias is a barbeque smorgasbord. Waiters will come to your table with various cuts and types of meat and you simply say sim or não, depending on what you’d like. Meats include a range of everything from beef and lamb to pork and duck. Note: the most expensive cuts of meat usually come towards the end, so be sure to save room.
As you might imagine, tropical fruits are plentiful in Rio. Be sure to try an acai (aaah-sai-eee) smoothie at the beach, and take advantage of its ‘super food’ qualities. Acai comes from the acai palm tree, and is loaded with antioxidants. It is said to have even more than strawberries and blueberries.
Found all over Rio, botecos are casual, fast-food restaurants. Typically small, they only hold 3 or 4 tables, and serve all kinds of fried foods and the famous Brazilian coffee. Truly local delights, you must visit a boteco or two during your visit. Open very late, they could be just what you need after a night of samba in Lapa.
The national cocktail of Brazil, caipirinhas are made with sugar, lime juice, ice, and cachaça. Made from distilled sugarcane juice, cachaça is much like a tequila or vodka. You should expect to have many of these throughout your stay as caipirinhas are a national treasure.
Feijoada is the national dish in Brazil, and it dates back to origins of the slave trade in Brazil. It is a stew made with (almost) every thing one might imagine – snout, pig ears, tails, bacon, sausage, pork, oranges, kale. The stew is typically served over black beans and rice. Popular throughout Brazil, you can find feijoada dishes everywhere from botecos to the finest restaurants.