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As you can well imagine there are thousands of restaurants in Rio de JaneiroBrazil of all styles, cuisine and prices.

These are my top 5; places I have eaten and delighted in, during recent visits to the city. All are currently popular among Rio’s chattering classes, intellectuals and young set, but you’ll also spot families, more mature couples and groups of friends. All offer good service and delicious high class cuisine at prices (January 2015) a lot cheaper than their equivalent in the smart quarters of London.

1. Aprazivel

This unique, lively restaurant is in an enclosed garden in the arty colonial quarter Santa Teresa. Indoor and outdoor tables, surrounded by foliage, have views over the city. Grab a tree-house table if you can! The caipirinhas are sensational here!


2. Guimas

This is one of Rio’s long-standing traditional restaurants, again ultra-popular, with a large menu of Brazilian dishes. It’s in the university and literary quarter of Gávea, so has an intellectual clientèle among its many regular customers.


3. Porcão Rio's, Flamengo

The Porcão chain of churracarias has branches all over the city, and offers one of the best traditional barbecues in Rio: eat as much meat as your appetite will allow. Your meal is enhanced with an impressive array of side dishes.


4. Riso Galeria de Arte e Bistro

A recent addition to Ipanema’s portfolio of eateries, close to the upmarket residential district around Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas. The restaurant is set in a beautiful glass-roofed internal patio surrounded by objets d’art and original paintings. Italian risotto is its signature dish.

Galeria de Arte Bistro

5. Zuka

One of a streetful of trendy restaurants in Rua Dias Ferreira, Leblon – Rio’s smartest residential quarter and beach. Usually bursting at the seams with an animated clientèle on any day of the week: great for people-watching, but also serving superb Brazilian meat and fish dishes.


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