Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Rio have seen a surge in popularity over the last couple of years. Catering to body-conscious, health-conscious and eco-conscious locals and visitors, veggie eating establishments can now be found across the city, and range from simple lunch spots to chic bistro-style restaurants. And while the city has long held a reputation as a meat-lover's paradise, there are actually some long-standing restaurants that have been favorites with veggies and vegans for decades. Top spots include Green - providing tasty meat-free lunches downtown for well over 30 years, and enduringly popular Leblon hangout Vegetariana Social Clube. Many vegetarian restaurants are located downtown, and as such tend to be lunch-only, as they cater to local workers. More chic options can be found in the touristic heartland of the Zona Sul (Rio's picturesque South Zone), and while not all are entirely vegetarian, there are lots of veggie options here. The health conscious, body-worshipping types that frequent the beaches of Rio are increasingly demanding wholesome alternatives to the standard meat, rice and beans diet of many Brazilians, and as such there are many wholefood restaurants, with a largely vegetarian offering, cropping up across the city.
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