Rio de Janeiro's mighty Maracana Soccer Stadium is a major tourist attraction. But the immediate surrounds have little to offer by way of fine dining or chic supper spots. It's not the most salubrious neighborhood in town, but the stadium's very own Metro station puts it in easy reach of downtown Rio. Closer at hand, the pleasant residential neighborhood of Tijuca has some nice spots, and the lively Feira Nordestina offers a chance to chow down on dishes from Brazil's northeast.
Known as Centro, downtown Rio offers a wealth of drinking and dining options, with hotspots including the kooky Rio Scenarium, where patrons can dine and dance samba in the unusual setting of an antiques store/movie props warehouse. Nearby Q Bar and Leviano are hot with the hipster crowd, while pre-match lunches at the grand, historic Confeitaria Colombo are always a pleasure.
Alternatively, hungry soccer fans can grab a cab to leafy Santa Teresa for good food and refreshing breezes at al-fresco favourtes Cafecito or Aprazivel, or stay on the metro a couple more stops to reach meat-lovers' favorite Porcao Rio's.
Weekday games at Maracana Stadium tend to start and finish late, so it's a smart move to eat before the match if you don't want to pay a fortune for potato chips or hotdogs within the stadium.
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