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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: The best restaurants, bars and clubs
Rio de Janeiro restarant Aparazivel.
The editors at ELLE Brasil share their favourite spots to go out for dinner, drinks and beyond.
The ELLE Brasil editors are:
Susana Barbosa –
Editor in Chief & Fashion Director, ELLE Brasil
Ines Néspoli –
Creative Director, ELLE Brasil
Renata Piza –
Managing Editor, ELLE Brasil
Eliana Sanchez –
Managing Editor, ELLE Brasil
Nana Caetano –
Culture & Lifestyle Editor, ELLE Brasil
Chantal Sordi –
Fashion Features Editor, ELLE Brasil
Marcell Maia –
Assistant Fashion Editor, ELLE Brasil
Rua Aprazível, 62 – Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20241-270
55 21 2508-9174
Located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, this family-owned restaurant is a must both for the food and the amazing view. Its tropical decor with individual huts, wooden furniture and trees make you feel as if you are in the rainforest. The restaurant started out gathering just friends and family, and then quickly grew in order to receive the public. The ingredients come from all over Brazil, and they propose a great selection of wines, including excellent Brazilians. The galinhada, a chicken-based dish, is a must-try and has been on the menu ever since the restaurant opened.
“Good food and nice view in the charming Santa Teresa District.”
Culture & Lifestyle Editor
“The view to the Guanabara Bay is breathtaking and the food is also very good, with family recipes mixed with an exotic touch. It is the perfect excuse to visit this historical area.”
Fashion Features Editor
Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 660 – Santa Teresa – Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 20241-260
55 21 3380-0220 / 55 21 3380-0200
Reservations recommended .
Located in the quaint Santa Teresa neighborhood, Tereze is Hotel Santa Teresa’s restaurant, the perfect spot to enjoy creative Brazilian gastronomy and world cuisine in a chic yet relaxed atmosphere. Its floor-to-ceiling windows offer a picturesque view of the rooftops of colonial houses surrounding the hotel. The impressive wine list will undoubtely help compliment your delicious dish of choice.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 64 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22431-050
55 21 2239-9322
Pipo is the famous Brazilian chef Felipe Bronze’s newest restaurant, named after the chef’s childhood nickname. This laid-back restaurant is great with family and friends. Several typical Carioca dishes have been reinvented with a modern twist, such as the Brazilian bean broth “caldinho de feijão”, topped with a kale froth. Pipo also has its own beer that comes in a light or strong version, which go well with dishes like “Cervantes” (a take on the famous Cervantes restaurant’s sandwich) and the “Camarão com Catipury”(sweet and sour shrimp covered with Catipury cheese served in a look-a-like porcelain cheese box). A cool gastronomic experience.
“This is famous chef Felipe Bronze’s gastrobar. I absolutely love the black beans soup with kale foam – a traditional Brazilian dish with a contemporary touch.”
Culture & Lifestyle Editor
Rua Dias Ferreira, 256 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
55 21 2512-7830
This Japanese restaurant is very popular among Cariocas, and local celebrities come here to enjoy fresh sushi made with the best ingredients: salmon comes from Chile whereas eel and octopus come directly from Japan. Everything from uramakis, temakis, sushis, sashimis, tirashis, yakissobas to tempuras are on the menu. This is the restaurant to go to in Rio for excellent Japanese cuisine.
“I love Japanese food and this is the best place to have it in Rio. It is also a celebrity hot spot.”
Fashion Features Editor
Rua Dias Ferreira, 636 – Leblon – Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22431-050
55 21 2529-2329
CT Boucherie is set in a butcher shop decor and is heaven on earth for any meat lover. Every dish revolves around meat and only the best from Brazil and Argentina is served here. Don’t forget to order the delicious sides and great wines to compliment your meal.
“Claude Troisgros is a very well known chef. This restaurant is all about meat.”
Editor in Chief & Fashion Director
Read about the trendiest place in Rio de Janeiro on the next page…
Rio de Janeiro restaurant Miam Miam.
Rua General Góes Monteiro, 34 – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
55 21 2244-0125
Miam Miam is an award-winning Carioca comfort food restaurant which opened in 2005. Its kitchen is led by famous chef Roberta Ciasca who graduated from the prestigious French culinary school Cordon Bleu. The menu showcases a selection of traditional dishes reinvented with an innovative and contemporary touch. Set in an old house that belonged to the chef’s grandmother, the decorative items all around date from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, and are for sale. Therefore, you can enjoy your meal and buy decoration items at the same time – how efficient!
Rua Lineu de Paulo Machado, 916 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
55 21 3874-0139
This restaurant is held by the famous chef Roberta Sudbrack, who was the first female chef for a Brazilian president. On the upper level, guests can see her at work through a glass wall. Sudbrack embraces classical Brazilian recipes but adds a touch of modernity to them, making her restaurant the perfect place for an amazing culinary experience.
“Roberta Sudbrack is one of the best chefs in Brazil.” -Nana Caetano, Culture & Lifestyle Editor
THE TRENDIEST MUST-SEE GALLERY-RESTAURANT-SHOP
Rua Sorocaba, 585 – Botafogo – Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22271-110
55 21 2225-0362
Inside this multi-functional space, you’ll find an art gallery, a bar/restaurant and a clothing shop. Comuna has become popular among Cariocas as concept stores are still quite new in Brazil. The owner’s objective is to bring new concepts to the city and maintain a close relationship with Rio. The bar/restaurant is known for its delicious hamburgers and serves amazing drinks, while the art gallery showcases new talents in the world of contemporary art. And the clothing shop “Sala de estar” is the perfect place to discover up and coming Brazilian designers.
“The art gallery, restaurant and clothes shop is the place everybody is talking about right now in Rio. The hamburgers are very good.” -Nana Caetano, Culture & Lifestyle Editor
“Created by a collective of multitalented artists, Comuna is located in a historical Botafogo house and it quickly became a hostpot for the indie-chic scene. All the coolest exhibitions, concerts and even movie festivals are happening there. There is also a shop called Sala de Estar where you will find the newest talents in fashion.” -Chantal Sordi, Fashion Features Editor
On the next page, read about the best place to have happy hour drinks…
Rio de Janeiro bar Venga.
FOR DRINKS / HAPPY HOUR
Hotel Arpoador Inn, Rua Francisco Otaviano 177 – Arpoador – Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22080-040
55 21 2513-5014
Located on the beachfront, Azul Marinho is a simple yet perfect place to have a drink in the evening and watch the sun set into the ocean. The drinks menu is very complete, and they have a very tempting selection of different flavored caipirinhas which are all worth trying.
Rua Cândido Gaffrée, 205 – Urca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
55 21 2295-8744
Open since 1939, this street corner bar is one of the oldest bars in Rio and is considered as culture heritage. It sells typical Brazilian snacks such as the bolinho de bacalhau (codfish balls), empanadas and Brazilian beer. It’s the perfect place to grab something to eat and savor it whilst enjoying the view right by the water, especially as the sun is setting.
“Bar Urca is located in front of the calm waters of Urca beach. Perfect for a beer at sunset.” -Nana Caetano, Culture & Lifestyle Editor
Rua Dias Ferreira, 113-B – Leblon – Rio de Janeiro – RJ 22431-050
55 21 2512-9826
This small tapas bar will make you feel as if you’re in Spain. There are several tapas to choose from and share with friends. Among the best are: “Pulpo a la Gallega” (octopus), “Gambas al ajillo”, “Revueltos de Bacalao” (scrambled cod). Make sure to try one of the sangrias for the full Spanish experience.
Avenida Bartolomeu Mitre, 1314 – Leblon – Rio de Janeiro, RJ
55 21 3114-0853
Set in a tropical decor at the end of the racing tracks of the Jockey Club, this 1,500-square-metre, almost entirely outdoor, space is like no other. The trees are lit with coloured light bulbs and the wooden benches make you feel as if you’re in the Amazonian rainforest. The cocktails are amazing and the caipirinhas come in 20 tropical flavours.
Rua dos Arcos – Centro – Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20230-060
55 21 2533-0354
Circo Voador is a concert venue located in Lapa which hosts some of the best Brazilian singers and bands under its royal palms. It is a great place to experience Brazilian nightlife with the Cariocas.
“Rio doesn’t have many clubs so I choose this concert venue, which hosts the best gigs from amazing bands, big or independent.” -Chantal Sordi, Fashion Features Editor