Home to the Rio 2016 Olympic Village, Rio de Janeiro's Barra da Tijuca neighborhood is famous for its gorgeous beach, US-style shopping malls, its affluent residents and its many upmarket restaurants. With hotels - including Rio's first Hilton - springing up here in the run up to the August 2016 Olympics, it is set to receive more tourists than ever before, and a new metro link is improving access to the rest of the city.
Foodies in Barra have plenty of options - many of them located inside the food courts of the neighborhood's many malls - and there are dozens of grills and carveries here. Among the best are Fogo de Chao or, for Argentine-style parilla - Pobre Juan.
Beachfront kiosks such as Barraca do Pepe serve drinks and wholesome light meals aimed at the sporty crowd that frequents the beach, while at nearby Recreio das Bandeirantes, there are simple beach bars offering a laid back alternative to formal dining. For a real treat, make advance bookings and take the little boat across the river to Laguna, a seafood restaurant sitting on a little island.