10 Things to eat in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and where

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It is one of the best known cultural and tourist jewels of South America, a real one postcard place with its beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean (the most famous are Copacabana and Ipanema) and its Sugar Loaf Mountain on top of which is the Cristo Redentor.

Also called "Cidade Maravilhosa", the city offers a multitude of architectural styles, as well as theart and culinary culture are affected by different influences and ethnic groups thanks to the extremely strategic position of this metropolis: it is the absolute protagonist of a crossroads of European and African peoples.
For this reason the Carioca city is able to offer a unique and unrepeatable experience.

You can often come across kiosks and street vendors who, at any time of day or night, sell delicacies such as the famous Bolinho de bacalau. If you want to know more about the cuisine and typical dishes, here are the 10 things to eat in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil!!


  1. Feijoada
  2. Barbecue
  3. Coxinha de galinha
  4. Codfish ball
  5. Leão Veloso Soup
  6. Brigadeiro
  7. Pastel
  8. Filé à Osvaldo Aranha
  9. Croquetes de camarão
  10. Cheese bread
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Feijoada

This is the most emblematic and typical dish: a soup of black beans and meat (smoked sausage, pork loin, beef or "less noble" parts of pork), boiled together and flavored with local spices, then served in a large clay pot.

To prepare this delicacy (which in Italian could be called beans) takes about 12 hours in all, in fact the meat and beans are soaked in the evening before serving, and then cooked for at least 3 hours.

Very often in the various places it is customary to serve this soup together with a bowl of white rice (farofa, prepared with sautéed garlic, onion, smoked bacon, hard-boiled eggs and diced banana) and slices of orange.
According to tradition, this delicious dish would have been invented by slaves, in fact, their meal consisted of rice and beans, to which sometimes pieces of meat were added to them when they did a good job; from here the recipe was also taken up by the most famous restaurants in Rio starting from the th century.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: black beans, smoked sausage, pork loin, beef or "less noble" parts of pork

2 - Churrasco

Extremely popular dish in the city of Rio, it involves the use of various types of meats that are roasted on a large skewer (called espeto); the meat is cooked with a very slow method, that is, by smoking it lightly and gradually.

The most common types of meat are linguiça (sausage), Maminha de alcatra (beef spinach), Picanha (beef codon cut into a triangle), coração de frango (chicken heart) and costela de porco (pork ribs ).

In addition, tradition, in particular, provides that in restaurants every diner is given one green and one red slip, so you can let the waiters know about stop the meat dishes which otherwise would continue to arrive relentlessly.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: various kinds of meat (chicken heart, pork ribs, beef etc.)

3 - Coxinha de galinha

It has the shape of a Sicilian arancina, only that the external dough is made of milk, butter, 00 flour and egg yolks and inside it is stuffed with thinly sliced ​​peppers, chopped onions, tomato puree, parsley and chicken meat.

The procedures for its preparation are really elaborate. It is the custom of Brazilian women to prepare them and then freeze them raw, they come fried at the moment, when consumed.

The history of this simple croquette has its roots in the times of Count D'Eu Gastone D'Orleans, who to satisfy his son who always wanted to eat chicken meat, had this delicacy developed up to the present day.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: peppers, onions, tomato sauce, parsley and chicken meat

4 - Bolinho de bacalhau

The best known and most consumed fish is cod, called cod because it is subjected to salting. Carioca cuisine includes many recipes with this type of fish: the best known is certainly the Bolinho de bacalhau, i.e. cod croquettes.

Obviously they are prepared with desalted and boiled cod previously, then with its cooking water the potatoes which are then joined to onion, garlic, eggs and parsley, Then then the meatballs are fried in corn oil.
Originally, according to the elderly, the onion was even used raw!

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: cod, eggs, onions, garlic, potatoes

5 - Leão Veloso soup

Called by the Carioca population "Sopa Leão Veloso", it is a Brazilian version of the well-known Marseille bouillabaisse, or a tasty soup with seafood such as shrimp, lobster, lobster, squid, crustaceans and molluscs. The peculiarity is certainly the fact that its broth is made with sautéed onion, tomato, ginger, shrimp heads and other fish waste; this dish is more typical of the north of Brazil, however also in Rio de Janeiro it has found its fortune and several variations have even been made by adding fruit such as banana and plantain.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: shrimp, lobster, lobster, squid, crustaceans and molluscs

6 - Brigadeiro

One of the most typical sweets: it is a chocolate ball which has the distinction of being crunchy on the outside and extremely soft on the inside.

It is prepared with the bitter cocoa, butter and condensed milk, melted and then blended together, then the resulting paste is worked very carefully and then divided into small balls that are rolled onto the chocolate sprinkles.

This tasty dessert was first prepared back in 1940 and was given this name in honor of the famous politician in Brazil, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes.

  • Recommended to: any meal
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: bitter cocoa, butter and condensed milk

7 - Pastel

It is one typical snack throughout Brazil, generally crescent-shaped or rectangular, crunchy on the outside, while inside stuffed with cheese, meat and pizza. These particular "pancakes" are sold both in bars, in the market and on the beach.

Brazilians very often eat them while sipping an excellent one cup of sugar cane juice frozen both on the beach and having an aperitif with friends in the center.

  • Recommended to: appetizer
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: cheese, meat and pizza

8 - Filé à Osvaldo Aranha

It is a dish named after the Brazilian politician and former minister of the 30s, Osvaldo Aranha.

It is a high filet mignon (or counter thread), topped with fried garlic and then served with Portuguese potatoes, egg crumbs and white rice.

It is said that it was the politician Aranha, who was in a restaurant in Lapa, who asked to put fried garlic filet on top; from that moment this recipe was developed in this way and acquired so much fame throughout Rio that it even became one of the most famous symbols in the world.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: fillet, garlic, potatoes, white rice and eggs

9 - Croquetes de camarão

One of the most popular dishes throughout the west coast of Brazil and they are none other than shrimp croquettes. There are several variants, but the best known and original one requires that each croquette has a stuffed with shrimp, onion, butter, boiled potatoes, garlic, tomato, parsley and chilli; another type also has olives and cheese inside.

To flavor further these delicacies then is the fish stock, that is the narrow and tasty broth in which fish and vegetables are boiled, in which the potatoes that will go into the filling will be boiled, then the croquettes will be passed in the egg and in the breadcrumbs, then fried in corn oil.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: shrimp, potatoes, butter, copolla, garlic, tomato, egg, breadcrumbs, parsley

10 - Pão de queljo

The Pão de queljo is none other than a cheese ball, which many in Rio also eat for breakfast, made in particular of cassava flour, oil, salt, eggs, milk and cow's milk cheese.

It is a delicacy that certainly has Portuguese origins (it is evident from the name attributed to it), in particular it dates back to the th century and has become very famous in Brazil since the fifties.

  • Recommended to: Breakfast
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: cow's milk cheese, oil, salt, milk, cassava flour

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

One of the aspects that make this city truly unique in the world is precisely the gastronomic one: the inhabitants of the city are really proud of it and everyone, even businessmen and entrepreneurs, loves to stop at one of the particular traveling trucks that sell delicacies of all kinds. !

Moreover, there are also high-class restaurants but, if you want to try the true essence of carioca cuisine you have to turn in the heart of Rio, in its most lively and historical part, where the tradition has remained alive over the decades.

It is a cuisine that does not require excessively expensive or refined ingredients, on the contrary Rio is precisely the cradle where ethnic groups with different eating habits have merged and created unique dishes.

In particular, this kitchen suffers from three influences, the kitchen of Portuguese tradition, That of slaves of African origin and that of the Indians: the first introduced eggs, bread, chickens, wine, honey, sugar and salt, from Africa the South American population learned the art of broths, the use of palm oil and coconut, in African women in particular were considered to be much better cooks, especially for their ability to combine sweet and savory. Finally, the wise use of forest vegetables and fish from the area derives from the Indian cuisine.

The absolute secret of this cuisine is above all the spices: mix of onion, rosemary, coriander, dried carrots and garlic, pepper, cumin, mustard seeds are the ingredients that enrich every traditional dish and give that Brazilian touch to every dish.

1 - Angu do Gomes

  • Description- Authentic Brazilian restaurant serving lunch, dinner and snacks at budget prices, vegetarian dishes are also prepared
  • specialty: feijoada and the traditional angu
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: R. Sacadura Cabral, 75 - Get directions / tel: +55 21 2233-4561

2 - Majórica

  • Description: churrascaria, that is a restaurant specializing in grilled meat cooked exclusively on a charcoal grill, still retains the furnishings dating back to the early 30s
  • specialty: churrasco
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Rua Senador Vergueiro, 11/15 - Get Directions / Tel: +55 21 2205 6820

3 - Nova Capela

  • Description: Rio's legendary restaurant open until late at night, boasts 40 years of activity and serves typical dishes of Rio de Janeiro such as bolinhos de bacalhau, roast lamb with broccoli rice and roast potatoes
  • specialty: roasted lamb
  • Average price: from € 17,00 per person
  • Address: Avenida Mem de Sá, 96 - Get Directions / Tel: +55 21 2252-6228

4 - Bar Varnhagen

  • Description: a small bar very popular with locals that serves cachaça (traditional liqueur made from sugar cane) and rabada com agrião, roasted oxtail, or bolinhos de bacalhau, codfish croquettes.
  • specialty: rabada com agrião
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Praça Varnhagen, 14 A - Get Directions / Tel: +55 21 2254 3062

5 - Antigamente

  • Description: located in a pedestrianized and very eccentric street, well known among locals and business people, it is a restaurant that offers outdoor seating and traditional and authentic cuisine
  • specialty: Bean stew
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Rua do Ouvidor, 43 - Get Directions / Tel: +55 21 2507 5040

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