Foodies visiting Rio de Janeiro will be in for a treat at the city's abundant street stands.
The tropical climate and culinary melting pot of influences from Africa, Europe and the Middle East mean that there is a wealth of edible delights just waiting to uncovered during a trip to Rio.
And, happily for budget visitors to the city, many of the 'must-eats' for gourmands are inexpensive and readily available street snacks. Cariocas love to eat (the super-skinny look has never really caught on in this land where ample curves are celebrated), and there is opportunity to do so at every corner. Vendors stroll the sands of the city's famous beaches selling all manner of sweet and savory treats, while the streets are lined with vendors hawking tasty culinary wares.
Make a point of trying acaraje - a fried bean patty filled with shrimp, chili and tomato that hails from Brazil's north east, and tapioca, a pancake made from manioc flour that may be stuffed with anything from sundried beef to chocolate and banana.
Cariocas rarely drink on an empty stomach, so where there is booze, there is food. A great example is the weekend street party beneath the Arcos da Lapa in the downtown party district, where stands selling burgers, hot dogs and pizza jostle for space with those selling potent fruit cocktails.