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.
Monday from Midday – 4pm / 7pm 1:30am
Tuesday to Saturday from Midday – 1:30am
Sunday from 1pm – Midnight
Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 256 – Leblon / Tel: (21) 25127830
Giuseppe is one of the best options for a restaurant which features meat and fish. Their fish is caught daily and the wine list is one of the best in Rio. The service is excellent.
Open daily from 12pm -4pm / 7pm – 12 am
Address: Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 370 – Leblon / Tel: (21)22493055
Rubaiyat is the most famous steak house in Rio, located in the middle of the Jockey Club. They offer breathtaking views and a huge range of steaks and wines. A place to see and to be seen at!
Open Monday to Saturday from 12pm – 12am
Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Address: R. Jardim Botanico, 971 – Jardim Botanico / Tel: (21) 32049999
Zuka is located on the charming Rua Dias Ferreira street in Leblon. It’s a delightful restaurant with excellent cuisine. The dishes bring out many Brazilian flavors. Good food in a cozy atmosphere.
Open Monday from 7pm – 1:30am
Tuesday to Friday from 12pm – 4pm
Saturday to Sunday from 1pm – 12am
Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 233B – Leblon / Tel: (21) 32057154
Irajá has its own distinctive cuisine with a strong Brazilian influence.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 pm – 1 am
Address: R. Condé de Irajá, 109 – Botafogo / Tel: (21) 22461395
Zazá Bistrô offers a mix of contemporary and international cuisine fused into Brazilian food.
Open Monday to Tuesday from 7:30 pm – 12:30 am
Wednesday to Sunday from 12 pm – 12:30 am
Address: Rua Joana Angelica, 40 – Ipanema / Tel: (21) 22479101
Bazzar has a contemporary Brazilian twist. It has a Champagne bar, cozy ambiance, and a chick design.
Open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 pm – 12 am
Sunday from 12pm – 6pm
Address: R. Barão da Torre, 538 – Ipanema / Tel: (02) 32022884
This little restaurant offers a great variety of Japanese cuisine. Has the option of all you can eat or order from the menu. Conveniently located, one street back from Ipanema beach.
Rua Garcia D’Ávila, 83 map, tel 21 2239-3947.
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.
Rua Garcia D Ávila, 48 map, tel 21 3624-8164
From great Açai bowls, fresh juices, to sandwiches and burgers. Great little lunch spot. Busy with locals and tourists.
R. Maria Quitéria, 70 map, tel 21 2247-2518
Beach Food Huts
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.
Coffee Shops – Copacabana
The best place in Rio for an afternoon, with beautiful views of the famous bend of Copacabana
Forte de Copacabana map.
Amazing little café! Great deserts.
R. Santa Clara 86 map, tel 3209-1212.
Coffee Shops – Other
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.
R. Jardim Botânico 414 map, tel 2226-8125
Zona Sul – A smaller supermarket located throughout Rio; including Ipanema and Copacabana. They vary in size and stock and unfortunately some of them are better than others.
Pao de Acucar – A major supermarket chain in Copacabana. Good quality food, with some organic produce and home delivery. Well laid out and a little more sophisticated than Zona Sul.