Our best restaurants in Sao Paulo and Rio list!

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One of the most important countries in the world – and economies right now – is the beautiful Brazil… There’s a lot to say, see and do in Brazil… But in this post I’m going to focus on the food of two of the biggest cities: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

If you think that Brazil is all about meat, you are not entirely mistaken. However, there’s so much more! We’ve had the best pizza and the best sushi of our lives in Sao Paulo and some of the best seafood in Rio!

Below you will find two lists of restaurants, one for places to go in Sao Paulo and the other for restaurants in Rio.

We have been to the majority of these restaurants but there are a few that we can’t wait to try. Yes, we can spend all our time in Brazil eating.

And no worries, you won’t gain that much weight… The food in Brazil is super fresh, no preservatives or anything artificial, so is, at the end, very healthy. But be careful with the caipirinhas and the cheese bread (pao de queijo)!!!  They are addictive!

 In Sao Paulo 

1) Figueira – Brazilian food with a gourmet twist. Beautiful restaurant! Great feijoada on Saturdays. - http://www.rubaiyat.com.br/introducao-figueira


2) Bella Paulista – best pastries and sandwiches - http://bellapaulista.com/
3) Hotel Unique and Sky Bar – Sushi and awesome bar at night - http://www.hotelunique.com.br/interna.php?s=skye
4) Veridiana – Best pizza ever! - http://www.veridiana.com.br/
5) Kaa Restaurante – fusion cuisine – best risotto di mare - www.kaarestaurante.com.br
6) Pao de Queijo Haddock Lobo – is a little pastry shop where you can buy cheese bread and brigadeiros. Yum!
7) Spot – best lunch spot in busy Ave. Paulista - http://www.restaurantespot.com.br/
8) Lellis Trattoria – Very good Italian, family style – near hotel. - http://www.lellis.com.br/in/home.htm
9) Figo – new restaurant – can’t wait to try it! - http://www.figogastronomia.com.br/palco/
10) Nagayama – yummy Sushi! - http://www.nagayama.com.br/
11) Bar des Arts – great place for fusion cuisine. www.bardesarts.com.br
12) Terraco Italia – not the best food but def one of the best views - http://www.terracoitalia.com.br/

In Rio

13) Sushi Leblon – a very popular restaurant. Make reservations ahead of time as it is always busy.  http://www.sushileblon.com/
14) Rio Scenarium – Lapa, is a club and a restaurant. Great live music! - www.rioscenarium.com.br

Rio Scenarium

15) Restaurante Aprazivel – great Brazilian cuisine with a view – great for lunch. http://www.aprazivel.com.br/aprazivel.htm
16) Restaurante Marius – awesome seafood. http://www.marius.com.br/2012/
17) Café do forte/Confeitaria Colombo – Great for breakfast and lunch. Is located at the Fort in Copacabana with a great view of the beach. To enter, have to pay the fee to get into the fort but that is really cheap. http://www.confeitariacolombo.com.br/site/
18) Bar d’ Hotel – restaurant with a view of Ipanema – is located on the 2nd floor of a chic hotel. http://www.marinaallsuites.com.br/allsuites/portugues/bar-hotel.asp
19) Porcao Botafogo  – churrasqueria – with a great view of the Sugar Loaf. There are several locations around the city but this one is the best!  http://www.porcao.com.br/
20) Fogo de Chao – another churrasqueria in Botafogo with view of the Sugar Loaf. http://www.fogodechao.com/index.php?id=159
21) Copacabana Palace Bar – best bar in Rio, be there to be seen and see the view of the beach. Better to go at Sunset or early evening to avoid paying entrance fee. http://www.copacabanapalace.com/web/orio/bar_do_copa.jsp
22) Restaurante Skinna – one of the hidden treasures of Rio! Located in Barra de Tijuca, this cozy restaurant has some of the best seafood dishes in Brazil and it is not that expensive!! http://www.skinna.com.br/

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