10 Best Restaurants in and around Rio's Beautiful Jardim Botanico Neighborhood

The leafy, upper middle-class suburb of Jardim Botanico, in Rio de Janeiro's affluent Zona Sul (the scenic South Zone of the city) is something of a gastronomic hub. Two of the city's most acclaimed restaurants in the form of the much-lauded Olympe, and the ultra-modern Oro, both of which are ideal  'special occasion' restaurants. For more affordable and less formal dining, the cafe at the Botanical Gardens themselves is a lovely setting for relaxing with a light lunch and a glass of wine.

The Jardim Botanico neighborhood also benefits from being just a few minutes' walk from lovely Lagoa - Rio's vast city lake - which itself is circled with cafes and bars. Pizza lovers are well catered for in Jardim Botanico, too, with the always-lively Mamma Jamma offering authentic Italian bases topped with any combination of ingredient, from fresh vegetables and buffalo mozzerella to Italian ham and quail eggs. This well-heeled neighborhood is not awash with budget options, but the breakfast at Cafe Lage's cafe is relatively budget-friendly, while stylish buffet restaurant Couve Flor offers such a diverse range of tempting options at its vast buffet and grill that even the fussiest of eaters will be happy. Whether it's an informal lunch with friends or fine dining at a formal restaurant, Jardim Botanico has you covered. 

Da Casa da Tata frequently crops up in food and drink magazines' 'Best of' lists, with its breakfasts in particular garnering rave reviews. The range of home-made breads is in itself a reason to visit, and the fresh-out-of-the-oven smell...  Read More

Along with the beaches, the Christ Statue and Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro's vast city lake is another of those landmark images of the city that will really take your breath away. Flanked by jungle-clad mountains, the vast stretch of water makes a...  Read More

Botanical Gardens
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The informal restaurant inside the leafy gardens that give Jardim Botanico its name is one of the most pleasant spots in the city to enjoy a sandwich, salad and a coffee or glass of wine. This shady botanical garden is a must-visit for...  Read More

This beautiful park, located right next door to Rio de Janeiro´s famous Botanical Gardens, is largely overlooked by tourists. More fool them, as the park is home to one of the most spectacular builldings in the city, framed by the figure of...  Read More

WIth a kitchen led by Thomas Troisgros, son of Rio's most celebrated chef, Claude Troisgros, Bistro 66 brings fine French cuisine to those who don't have the budget to dine at Troisgros Senior's acclaimed restaurant Olympe. Buffet 66 has won a...  Read More

The atmosphere may be lighthearted at this lively pizza restaurant in leafy Jardim Botanico, but the art of pizza-making is taken very seriously. The dough is left to rise for five days, resulting in a wonderfully light and crisp base for any...  Read More

A spot for those who take their coffee seriously, Alle Cafe offers some 50 types of blends to its discerning customers. Along with coffees made from the beans of small farms in the interior of Brazil, the cafe offers its clientele the chance to...  Read More

Somewhat hidden away on a quiet Jardim Botanico street near the botanical gardens themselves, this Japanese restaurant prides itself of marrying simplicity with sophistication. Certainly, the art of sushi-making is taken seriously, and the...  Read More

This top-end French restaurant is arguably the most celebrated eatery in Rio de Janeiro, and is manned by celebrity chef Claude Troisgros - of the multi Michelin-starred Troisgras family of France. The award-strewn restaurant offers such...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Oro/Tomas Rangel

Brazilian celebrity Chef Felipe Bronze performs culinary alchemy at this super-trendy Jardim Botanico restaurant. The menu largely eschews main dishes in favor of a dazzling array of small plates, and Brazilian ingredients are given a...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.