Rio's most visited neighborhood has an enormous variety of restaurants, from award-winning dining rooms to charming old bistros from the 1950s, as well as creperies, churrascarias (traditional barbecue restaurants), sushi bars and other ethnic haunts. In general, you will encounter less experimentation, but if you're looking for excellent traditional cuisine – both Brazilian and international – you will find plenty of delectable options in Copacabana.
The Kiosks of Copacabana
The quiosque (kiosk) has long been a presence on the beachfront of Rio. It's where cold drinks and snacks are doled out to cariocas (residents of Rio) on the move, and where plastic tables and chairs provide a fine vantage point for contemplating the watery horizon. In recent years Copacabana Beach has seen a new crop of flashy kiosks replacing the old-fashioned wooden ones. Now it's possible to get a decent meal (the kitchens are cleverly concealed underground), an ice-cold draft beer or gourmet snacks without ever leaving the sand.
The new kiosks are sprinkled all along Copacabana Beach, with most options roughly between Rua Siqueira Campos and the Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel.