Romance and Rio de Janeiro go together like lime and sugar cane rum, and loved-up visitors to the city will find ample opportunity to wine and dine in some of the most romantic settings imaginable.
And while fine dining in Rio is undeniably expensive, the good news for couples on a budget is that even the most simple of spots can become infused with romance as long as it offers a view – after all, Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful cities.
There are few more romantic ways to enjoy a meal here than right in front of the crashing waves at Copacabana or Ipanema, and beachfront dining is often very inexpensive. While there are some chic, upscale kiosks right on the sands at Copacabana, there are plenty of simple family-run spots too, offering fresh seafood and tangy caipirinha cocktails.
For something more sophisticated, Rio's high-end hotels offer some of the city's best fine dining -there's upscale Italian at Fasano Rio's Al Mare and Copacabana Palace's elegant Cipriani, as well as some of the best French cuisine in town at Sofitel's Le Pre Catelan. Alternatively, take a cab to Santa Teresa’s Aprazivel restaurant, which is so well hidden that taxi drivers almost always have to ask direction from locals. Here, diners can eat al-fresco in tropical gardens lit by twinkling fairy lights and visited by monkeys and toucans, while enjoying delicious French-Brazilian cuisine and taking in equally appetizing views over the city below. Wherever you choose to eat in Rio, the city’s balmy heat and sensual atmosphere are sure to have you feeling romantic.