Skyscanner recommends 7 of the best places to eat in Rio

The latest venture is owned by Claude Troisgrois, a French chef who runs a few other trendy restaurants in town.

June 23, 2014 5:03 IST | India Infoline News Service
Apart from the stretch of gorgeous mountains, white-sand beaches and verdant rainforests fronting deep blue sea, Rio de Janeiro has restaurants which are destinations in and of themselves. Skyscanner a leading global travel search site, recommends the best places to eat and drink in Rio,during the worlds largest and most popular football tournament,after taking a gastronomic tour of the whole city.

1. CT Boucherie
The latest venture is owned by Claude Troisgrois, a French chef who runs a few other trendy restaurants in town. Meat specialist with a difference type of 'Brazilianrodizio': it's all about the vegetables! Burgers are great and all vegetables that come as sides are incredibly fresh and varied. Steaks are not to be missed too!

Rua Dias Ferreira 636
(21) 2529 2329
noon-4pm Mon-Fri & 7pm-1am; noon-1am Sat-Sun

Decoration is definitely one of the highlights here! Modern, with plenty of candlelight and great lounge, bossa nova or jazz music. The menu is imaginative and well presented: Italian-influenced Brazilian dishes with touches from the Far East. A fine selection of international cookery books are sold inside the restaurant together with their own brand of sauces for your delight. Its location couldnt be better: in the heart of Ipanema.

Rua Baro de Torre 538 - check site for more locations
(21) 3202 2884
Mon-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-5pm

3. Delirio Tropical
Fresh salads, quiches and varieties of healthy food are displayed at the buffet. Its price is affordable according to the menu set you choose. If you are looking for a quick lunch, during weekdays at lunch hours or on weekends after the beach, this is the place! The main branch is right at Ipanema beach or in the city centre, if you are touring around there.
Rua Garcia Dvila 48

(21) 3624 8164
9am-9pm daily
R$25-$45; sandwiches R$6-$12

4. Shirley
Originally owned by a Spanish family, this restaurant strongly specialises in seafood, which is freshly displayed at the entrance. Portions are big, prices are fair and the atmosphere is typical from a traditional cozy restaurant. Politicians can be found there during lunchtime, which is always a good sign as they know how to eat well everywhere in the world. Try the mixed paella or the seafood spaghetti!
Rua Gustavo Sampaio 610
(21) 2275 1398
Noon-1am daily

5. Bar do mineiro
On the heart of Santa Terezas main street, bar do mineiro offers one of the bestfeijoadain town. Its recipe comes from Minas, a state in Brazil known for its great culinary, and its where the bar gets its name from. Consequently, the traditional drink here, from the same region, is the famouscachaa. Its interior is nicely decorated with black and white photos of local greats like Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa vie for space with vividly coloured paintings of small town Brazilian life. If you cant get a table just linger on the pavement with the locals with your ice-cold beer in hand, and youll get a true taste of Santas life.

Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 99
(21) 2221 9227
11am-midnight Tue-Thu; 11am-2am Fri-Sat; 11am-1am Sun
Feijoada (serves two) R$65. Caipirinha R$9.50; 600ml of beer R$5,50

Charming and original, Miami Miam is one of the most trendy restaurants in town, Miam Miam is located in Botafogo, a student-friendly neighbourhood attached to crowded Copacabana .The menu gives a Brazilian twist to the obvious French and Asian influences. The decor is retro, the atmosphere a mixture of New Yorker hype and Berlin caf. Dont miss the extensive cocktail menu, while you wait to be seated.

Rua General Gis Monteiro 34
(21) 2244 0125
7.30pm-1am Tue-Fri; 8pm-1.30am Sat
Mains R$28-$57

7. Gourmet Tropical
Gourmet Tropical is a local hidden gem restaurant-caf and plant nursery. A veritable forest of tropical plants, bonsai trees and flowers (for sale) offer a genuine refuge from the heat of the city, in Barra neighbourhood. The atmosphere is authentic yet surprisingly refined and so is the food. Rustic furniture inspired. In the same space there is a nice deli and bakery shop, with some great deal of wine, fresh bread and stylish Brazilian handicrafts. Also open for breakfast and afternoon tea, Gourmet Tropical will fit the bill perfectly for a brunch before enjoying the beach nearby.

Rua Dom Rosalvo da Costa Rgo 420, Barra da Tijuca
(21) 2493 0394
Mon-Sat 8am-5.30pm, Sun 9am-2.30pm
Local foodie Alice Kuntz Moura fromRent a Local Friend.com helped us to list the best places to eat and drink in Brazil.

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