The famously lively Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Lapa is best known for its buzzing bars, raucous street party and live music venues, but there's plenty here to keep foodies happy too. Brazilians rarely drink on an empty stomach, so there's food to be found at the abundant bars of this downtown party district. Food is served right up until closing time at most bars in Lapa, and even nightclubs take their food seriously - samba institution Carioca da Gema has its own highly-regarded pizzaria, while Rio Scenarium - one of the best-known live music clubs in the city - serves full sit-down meals to be enjoyed before or after taking a spin around the dancefloor.
Even the famous Lapa Street Party - which bursts into noisy life around midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays - is as notable for its foodie offerings as its boozy ones. Hungry revellers tuck into giant X-Tudo (with everything) burgers and hotdogs, freshly made pizzas, delicious acaraje from northeastern Brazil, and barbequed hunks of cheese and meat.
By day, the neighborhood caters to a lunchtime crowd with several pay-by-weight buffet restaurants, several of which can be found on Rua do Lavradio, the historic street at the heart of Lapa, whose handsome colonial buildings have been transformed into cafes, bars, restaurants and - fittingly - antiques stores.