The leafy, upper middle-class suburb of Jardim Botanico, in Rio de Janeiro's affluent Zona Sul (the scenic South Zone of the city) is something of a gastronomic hub. Two of the city's most acclaimed restaurants in the form of the much-lauded Olympe, and the ultra-modern Oro, both of which are ideal 'special occasion' restaurants. For more affordable and less formal dining, the cafe at the Botanical Gardens themselves is a lovely setting for relaxing with a light lunch and a glass of wine.
The Jardim Botanico neighborhood also benefits from being just a few minutes' walk from lovely Lagoa - Rio's vast city lake - which itself is circled with cafes and bars. Pizza lovers are well catered for in Jardim Botanico, too, with the always-lively Mamma Jamma offering authentic Italian bases topped with any combination of ingredient, from fresh vegetables and buffalo mozzerella to Italian ham and quail eggs. This well-heeled neighborhood is not awash with budget options, but the breakfast at Cafe Lage's cafe is relatively budget-friendly, while stylish buffet restaurant Couve Flor offers such a diverse range of tempting options at its vast buffet and grill that even the fussiest of eaters will be happy. Whether it's an informal lunch with friends or fine dining at a formal restaurant, Jardim Botanico has you covered.