Mercearia da Praça

Brazilian in Ipanema & Leblon

This photogenic newcomer evokes more than a hint of old-world Portugal with its tiled walls, bottle-filled shelves and gourmet items tantalizingly displayed in glass counters. Creamy bacalhau (codfish), duck with rice and octopus salad are best followed by a rich pastel de nata (custard tart). The buzzing space also functions as a deli and a wine shop.