10 Best Spots to Eat and Drink in Rio´s Trendy Ipanema Neighborhood

The affluent Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Ipanema offers plenty of tempting reasons for foodies of all tastes and budgets to visit.

Ipanema is a favorite hang out for the young and the beautiful, and there are plenty of health-food spots for those intent on keeping their beach bodies in shape - there's energy-boosting acai at Amazonia Soul, while New Natural is another favorite with body conscious locals and hungry tourists alike. 

For those looking for something meatier, the Ipanema branch of enduringly popular churrascaria (grilled meat restaurant) Porcao offers an opportunity to tuck into as much steak and other carnivorous treats as you can handle, while Casa de Feijoada serves Brazil's national dish - a hearty meat and bean stew - every day of the week. For more sophisticated fare, our top pick - Fasano Al Mare - is an elegant spot serving high-end Italian fare.

Dining at beach kiosks is one of the most relaxed ways to eat in Ipanema, and is surprisingly inexpensive if you stick to simple dishes such as fried sardines, while beach vendors stroll along the sands selling everything from grilled cheese and shrimp to low-cal sandwiches and ice-creams. 

And when in Rio, be sure to sample Acai - an Amazonian 'power berry' served frozen and topped with fruit and granola for an antioxidant-rich energy boost. Most vendors sell it stiff with sugar, but the version at Amazonia Soul is virtually sugar free. 

Acai (pronounced Ah-sigh-ee) is a ´power berry´ native to the Brazilian Amazon that has been credited with everything from boosting energy levels to preserving youthful looks. While there are any number of spots purporting to sell acai...  Read More

The Porcao chain is the best known of Rio de Janeiro´s many excellent all-you-can-eat grilled meat restaurants, and with good reason. For a set price of R$100 (half that for children) diners can feast on an endless array of cuts of meat, all of...  Read More


The Devassa chain brews its own beers in a range of flavors and alcohol strengths, and while their marketing is playful, they take their brewing seriously. Here you might want to try a malt beer or a --loira--(blonde) beer, which are served ice...  Read More

Located a few blocks from Ipanema beach and right next door to the strip of backpacker lodgings dubbed 'Hostel Alley', this health food store, buffet restaurant and snack bar offers a huge range of wholesome ingredients for self caterers as well...  Read More

Garota de Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema) is the spot where the legendary bossa nova song of the same name was penned. The songwriters Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes were inspired by a beautiful girl who passed by the window of the bar as they...  Read More

While Copacabana wins out as the most picture-perfect city beach in Rio, Ipanema is easily the more chic of the two neighboring stretches of sand. Less flanked by high rise hotels than its neighbor, Ipanema is the ideal place to while away...  Read More

Feijoada - a hearty bean and meat feast - is Brazil's national dish, and no foodie worth their salt will want to leave Rio without having tried it. Traditionally served only on Saturdays, Casa da Feijoada is one spot where you can feast on...  Read More

Gringo Cafe
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Aimed squarely at North Americans with a hankering for taste of their homeland, Gringo Cafe does a roaring trade in US Diner-style favorites such as hash browns, bottomless coffees, pancakes, waffles and French toast, as well as delicious cakes,...  Read More

Fresh, handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas are the stars of the menu at this authentic Italian restaurant located at the meeting point between Ipanema and Leblon. The restaurant specialises in dishes from the Emilia Romana region of Italy,...  Read More

This elegant seafood-focused Italian restaurant at the super-chic Fasano Rio hotel is a favorite among business people looking to impress clients, as well as with romantic types looking to impress their dates. The Phillipe-Starck designed...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.

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