Rio de Janeiro, which literally means “January River”, is the second largest city in Brazil and arguably the country’s biggest tourist attraction with its breathtaking landscape and famous beaches. Located on the South Atlantic coast of Brazil, Rio was the country’s capital till 1960. This “Cidade Maravilhosa (marvelous city) remains one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere with its iconic monuments like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Rio is divided into the following districts:
Zona Sul (South Zone)
Zona Norte (North Zone)
Zona Oeste (West Zone)
Rio de Janeiro in 4 days (Source: Frommers)
The cuisine of Rio de Janeiro is a mixture of Portuguese, African and indigenous food and ingredients. Consequently, the food tends to be spicy and intensely flavorful.
Some typical items of “Carioca” cuisine include:
Some noted restaurants serving Rio specialties include:
While Brazil is a meat-dominated country, there are options for vegetarians including “por kilo” restaurants, which are self-service buffet eateries with patrons paying for food by weight. There are also plenty of juice bars offering fresh (and refreshing!) tropical fruit juices.
Some noted restaurants serving vegetarian food include: