Rio de Janeiro beaches are the stuff of legend, and dining with a sea view at any beachfront restaurant is sure to be a memorable experience for the views alone. And while there are tourist traps to be wary of - plenty of restaurants are happy to rest on the laurels of their enviable locations and pay scant attention to the quality of their food and service - there is some genuinely fine dining to be found along the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, as well as at less internationally-celebrated beaches such as Arpoador and Urca.
While visitors with deep pockets will find some top-notch restaurants at Copacabana Palace and Sofitel Rio, both located on Copacabana beachfront, budget travelers have plenty of options open to them, too. Simply take a stroll along the iconic black and white tiled promenades of Ipanema and Copacabana and you'll come across a seemingly endless parade of beach kiosks that range from simple spots serving cool beer and fresh sardines to more sophisticated kiosks offering imported wines and extensive cocktail lists.
Where you choose to pull up a chair is entirely up to you, your tastes and your budget. And if you take a seat and are unimpressed by the menu, don't be too shy to get up and try somewhere else.
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