Top Choice Gastronomy in Botafogo & Urca


Inside an elegant early-20th-century house in Humaitá, Lasai dazzles critics and foodies with its deliciously inventive cuisine. The award-winning carioca chef Rafa Costa e Silva earned his chops in some of the worl…
Cafe in Botafogo & Urca


This multipurpose space operates as a cafe, bar and minimarket. The owner’s French roots show through on the menu and store shelves, with the excellent cheese, bread and coffee. The carefully selected ingredients an…
Asian in Botafogo & Urca

South Ferro

Chef Sei Shiroma made his name with Ferro e Farinha, widely regarded as Rio’s best pizza place. South Ferro, Shiroma’s second restaurant, adds a healthy pinch of Asian spice in vegetable dumplings, tempura, fish cur…
Gastronomy in Botafogo & Urca


Much to the delight of cariocas, celebrated São Paulo chef Alberto Landgraf recently moved to Rio and opened this small, beautifully designed restaurant, complete with a theatrically lit open kitchen. The menu chang…
Brazilian in Botafogo & Urca

Bar Urca

Upstairs from Bar Urca's popular snack stand, you'll find an elegantly set dining room with memorable views across the bay. The seafood is first rate, with scrumptious caldeirada (seafood stew), moqueca and grilled …
Bakery in Botafogo & Urca

Slow Bakery

The sourdough revolution has yet to take hold in Rio, so this modern bakery is something of a pioneer. A range of superb sourdough loaves are baked on-site and available both for takeaway purchase and as chunky sand…
Tapas in Botafogo & Urca

Meza Bar

Humaitá’s see-and-be-seen hot spot serves delectable, Brazilian-slanted tapas to a sophisticated and trendy crowd. Creative cocktails and delightful staff round out the fun.
International in Botafogo & Urca

Void – House of Food

This venue has two halves: on one side is Void, a store and cafe/bar selling sneakers, T-shirts, baseball caps, brownies and drinks. On the other side of the divide is House of Food, a ‘guest kitchen’ hosting chefs,…
Ceviche in Botafogo & Urca

Ceviche RJ

This simple Peruvian-run restaurant serves arguably the best ceviche in Rio. Although there is some seating inside the restaurant, most diners sit outside in what is essentially a car park. The sublime ceviche is th…
Cafe in Botafogo & Urca

Le Depanneur

This buzzing cafe and deli serves juices, waffles, crepes, salads, antipasti plates and specialty sandwiches. On weekends the large plant-trimmed front patio fills with brunching locals and makes a good people-watch…