Eating

  • Giuseppe Grill Meals are always memorable at this Leblon icon.
  • Zazá Bistrô Tropical Handsomely converted Ipanema mansion with contemporary Asian-inspired fare.
  • Aprazível In a beautiful Santa Teresa setting with magical views over the city.
  • Oteque Haute cuisine in an atmospheric spot in Botafogo.
  • Ferro e Farinha Wonderful pizza in an atmospheric but hard-to-find space in Catete.
  • Espírito Santa Superb Amazonian dishes and creative cocktails in Santa Teresa.

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  • Talho Capixaba Delectable sandwiches and antipasti.
  • Slow Bakery The best bakery (and pastries) in Rio.
  • Vezpa Satisfying, creatively topped pizza served by the slice.

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  • TT Burger Outstanding burgers a short stroll from the beach.
  • Mironga Stylish and good-value lunch spot in Centro.
  • Frontera Excellent per-kilo joint in Rio, with a huge variety of dishes.

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  • Churrascaria Palace Rio's best all-you-can-eat joint, with sizzling cuts of meat in an elegant setting.
  • Olympe An imaginative fusion of Brazilian and French cooking.
  • Térèze French decadence at the plush Hotel Santa Teresa.
  • Zuka Brilliantly executed dishes on Leblon's main eat street.
  • CT Boucherie Juicy grilled dishes and limitless servings of creative sides.

Seafood

Views

  • Xian Asian jewel with mesmerizing views over the bay.
  • Espaço 7zero6 Top-floor restaurant overlooking Ipanema Beach, with amazing brunches.
  • Bar Urca Sit on the sea wall, nibble great snacks and admire the view.
  • Cafe Colombo Unbeatable views across Copacabana Beach.

Atmosphere

  • Plage Café Outdoor dining in an elegant courtyard with views of Corcovado.
  • Bar do Mineiro An old-fashioned favorite for traditional Brazilian cooking and lively ambience.
  • Cais do Oriente Delicious fare in a stylish 19th-century setting.
  • Formidable A classy bistro that evokes a bit of old Paris.

Vegetarians

Snacks

  • Sírio Libaneza Rio's best Middle Eastern snacks.
  • Tacacá do Norte Simple tiled lunch counter with mind-blowing tacacá (an Amazonian soup).
  • Bibi Sucos Sandwiches and snacks that go nicely with the huge variety of Brazilian juices.
  • Vero Creamy, rich gelato in Ipanema.

Sharing Plates

  • Venga! Buzzing atmosphere and satisfying tapas.
  • El Born Great tapas and beer that pay homage to Barcelona.
  • Casa Momus Delicious Mediterranean fare in a picturesque setting in Lapa.
  • Meza Bar A trendy spot in Rio's most food-centric neighborhood.
  • Bar do David Tasty bar snacks and first-rate seafood in the Chapéu Mangueira favela.
  • Stuzzi Italian stuzzichini (sharing plates), great wine and a festive atmosphere.

Eat Streets

  • Conde de Irajá Several top-class dining rooms tucked close together on a leafy street in Humaitá.
  • Barão da Torre Intriguing variety of creative eating spots between Aníbal de Mendonça and Joana Angélica.
  • Dias Ferreira Leblon's best restaurants, with open-air spots transitioning into party spaces as the night wears on.
  • Garcia D'Ávila Ipanema's high-end shopping strip also has good cafes and bistros.
  • Almirante Alexandrino Follow the bonde (tram) tracks a few blocks in either direction from Largo do Guimarães in Santa Teresa to reach the neighborhood's best eateries.