Rio de Janeiro is a food-focused city, and night owls can easily sate their appetite no matter what time hunger strikes. Rio locals don't like to drink on an empty stomach, so where there's alcohol, there's usually food too.
Rio's bohemian botecos (relaxed bar-restaurants) are among the culinary high points of the city. Some fine examples of the genre are Leblon's Jobi and Santa Teresa's Simplesmente, both of which offer tasty food and drinks until the wee small hours. Rio's street party scene is another great bet for late night eating options, and the legendary weekend gathering by the Arcos da Lapa sees all manner of stalls offering goodies that range from Bahian acaraje to wood-fired pizzas and generously-topped hotdogs and burgers. It's a little more difficult to find formal dining in Rio after midnight, but smart bars such as Stuzzi, in Leblon and Leviano, in Lapa, serve sophisticated nibbles and finger foods until well past the witching hour.
Copacabana Beach is a top spot for all-hours eating, too - many of the kiosks that line the legendary beach are open virtually 24/7. Whether it's an afternoon snack or a late-night pitstop, it's hard to beat the ocean backdrop for that ultimate 'I'm in Rio' dining experience.