Belmonte

Boteco in Flamengo & Around
Tom Le Mesurier

One of the classic botecos in Rio, Belmonte is a vision of Rio from the '50s. Globe lights hang overhead as patrons down ice-cold drafts from the narrow bar. Meanwhile, hurried waiters make their way across the tile floors, carrying plates of pasteis de camarão (shrimp pasties) or steak sandwiches. The hugely successful chain, born here, is now widespread across Rio.