Foodies from around the world, are you planning to visit Rio de Janeiro on your next sojourn! A real treat awaits you in this majestic Brazilian city. The tropical climate here and culinary melting pot of influences from diverse regions such as the Middle East, Europe and Africa ensures that a wide assortment of delicious cuisine is just waiting to be discovered. Whether you are traveling on a budget or a business traveler, the city is going to delight you with its delectable offerings.
There are numerous restaurants catering to business travelers. But gorging on street food is quite enjoyable as well, and you will simply love them. Street food is practically available in every corner of the city. Visit the famous beaches in the city, and you will discover many vendors strolling on the sands selling all kinds of sweet and savory treats. Just sample the kinds of street foods and places where these are available.
Acai is renowned as Amazonia Soul. It is pronounced as Ah-sigh-ee. It is a ‘power berry’ exclusively native to the Brazilian Amazon. Acai is widely known to boost energy levels and preserve youthful looks. It is sold at a number of spots across the city. The vendors usually serve Acai as a frozen pulp, sorbet-style. The purple berry is served in bowls with great quantity of sugar. Fruit and granola can also be added to it to boost energy levels even more. Consider trying your hands at Acai and just see the adrenalin rush in you.
X Tudo Burger
The term ‘X Tudo’ means ‘cheese with everything’. The X Tudo Burger is essentially a cheeseburger on steroids. It is available across the city. You will find this delicacy being sold on vans and street stands. Order for an X Tudo Burger from the vendor, and you will be mighty pleased to see it loaded with salad, matchstick potatoes, a fried egg and cheese bacon. This is a popular post-drinking snack often sold cheap. This quick-eat is perfectly the best to recharge your energy.
The Tapioca is one of the real joys of the street food scene in Rio de Janeiro. It is made from specially-treated manioc flour, which is naturally gluten-free. The Tapioca is usually prepared into a hot pan in the form of a pancake and loaded with the filling of your choice. It is available in both sweet and savory form. Tapiocas with Nutella and banana fillings are popular sweet options, while sun-dried beef, cheese or chicken Tapiocas are available with savory fillings. You will discover Tapioca stands across the city of Rio de Janeiro. Try out the Tapiocas and you will soon find yourself become addicted to it.
Acaraje da Nega Teresa
The Acaraje da Nega Teresa is a popular chandelier-lit stall where authentic Bahian acaraje (pronouced ah-kah-rah-gay) is sold by its lady owner Nega Teresa. The stall is set up each weekend on a hillside in the boho historic neighborhood of Santa Teresa. These savory treats are essentially bean patties fried in palm oil and split open to be filled with delicious okra paste, chopped tomatoes, hot pepper sauce and shrimp. If you are a veggie, then ask not to include the shrimp. The hot sauce can be had many times as per your requirement. Nega Teresa's stall is situated just next to the famous local hangout Bar do Bonde, which is renowned for its caipirinhas, which can be complemented to the delectable Bahian acaraje.
Cultivar Brazil is the best place in the heart of Santa Teresa for delicious gluten-free dishes prepared from natural, organic ingredients. A wide range of snacks are available here. These include biscuits, pastas, wholemeal sweet and savory tarts, gluten-free cakes, pies and yummy sandwiches. The Pao de Queijo (little cheese breads made with manioc flour) is its popular snack and a great favorite with the natives of Rio de Janeiro. It’s absolutely worth trying out.
Feira Nordestina de Sao Cristovao
The Feira Nordestina de Sao Cristovao is a huge market where you will find all things dedicated to Northeastern. This is a favorite haunt for foodies in Rio de Janeiro. Many restaurants as well as food and drink stalls are found here. You will also discover craft and clothing stores as well. The Feira Nordestina de Sao Cristovao is the best place in Rio de Janeiro to relish spicy cuisines from the arid north of Brazil. If you find some of the food in the city to be bland, then this is absolutely a great place to have a spicy treat with many colorful chili peppers and pepper sauces. This place is also renowned for its delicious seafood. Eating opportunities abound here and you can enjoy quick snacks, hearty meals or heavy buffets. The food served here is priced by its weight, and not its type.