WHERE TO EAT IN RIO: RESTAURANTS, COFFEE SHOPS & GROCERIES
It’s not often Courtney, and I get to travel without the kids, and even though triathlon was our focus I was super excited! I had so many extra plans; beach, shops, sightseeing followed by drinks at sunset and dinner at Rio’s ‘IT’ restaurants and bars.
Unfortunately jet lag put a damper on my plans. I was able to enjoy Rio’s daylight activities but struggled to keep my eyes open past 8 pm.
‘Jet lag extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones.’
Unfortunately, the change in time zones from Australia to Brazil wasn’t in our favor. But for those who can conquer the dreaded early night, here are some places that I was hoping to try. The hotel’s concierge recommended the restaurants and referred to them as the IT places. Enjoy!
I have also included Ipanema’s and Copacabana’s Grocery Stores, Coffee Shops, and places for lunch.
Sushi Leblon is one of the most ‘it’ restaurants of Rio de Janeiro, attracting famous actors and people who like to be seen.
Easy little lunch spot with english menus. This restaurant chain specializes in salads and overall healthy food, lots of vegetarian options. Gets busy, but don’t let the long lines put you off. Short walk from Ipanema beach.
The ‘Food Huts’ along the beach are perfect for when you need a snack. Some are better than others, but they all offer great views and delicious fresh coconuts! Very cheap.
Coffee Shops – Ipanema
Good coffee was a little difficult to find as many places only do Nespresso Pod Coffee. We were lucky as our hotel’s (Caesar Park Hotel) lobby bar had great views a Nespresso machine. The most recommended coffee shops by Google and Trip Adviser are listed below.
Armazém do Café
Good coffee and excellent cakes. Located on the main avenue in Ipanema.
This was my favorite coffee stop. Located in something that resembled an old Roman Villa in a beautiful rainforest at the foot of Corcovado Mountain. The cafeteria tables surround an old Rome like pool. Absolutely stunning! It offers cakes and light lunch options at a very reasonable price. Playground and other ‘nature attractions’ also located within the grounds.