From wood-fired, eat-with-your-hands fare at a two-Michelin-starred kitchen, to octopus rice and caipirinhas at a trendy boteco, here’s where to eat in the cidade maravilhosa (wonderful city)
The iconic statue Christ the Redeemer stands over Rio, receiving visitors with open arms to the cidade maravilhosa (“wonderful city”). It’s a sign of welcome to a geographically dramatic pocket of Brazil, a friendly tropical oasis tucked into the rainforest and surrounded by mountains.
Rio excels at hospitality, including friendly dining experiences that tend to range from relaxed to no-fuss. You’ll find great meals all over the city, but especially in the booming Botafogo neighborhood, perpetually popular Leblon area, tree-lined Ipanema, and densely populated Tijuca. The fine dining scene is strong with multiple Michelin-starred icons among the ranks, but many of the best meals are found outside fancy restaurants. Delicious bites are hidden on every corner, on bakery shelves, and at beach vendors’ carts. When in doubt, head to a beloved boteco, a traditional dive bar, for lots of tira-gostos (snacks) and of course a caipirinha.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.