Top Spots for Late-Night Eats in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a food-focused city, and night owls can easily sate their appetite no matter what time hunger strikes. Rio locals don't like to drink on an empty stomach, so where there's alcohol, there's usually food too.

Rio's bohemian botecos (relaxed bar-restaurants) are among the culinary high points of the city. Some fine examples of the genre are Leblon's Jobi and Santa Teresa's Simplesmente, both of which offer tasty food and drinks until the wee small hours. Rio's street party scene is another great bet for late night eating options, and the legendary weekend gathering by the Arcos da Lapa sees all manner of stalls offering goodies that range from Bahian acaraje to wood-fired pizzas and generously-topped hotdogs and burgers. It's a little more difficult to find formal dining in Rio after midnight, but smart bars such as Stuzzi, in Leblon and Leviano, in Lapa, serve sophisticated nibbles and finger foods until well past the witching hour.

Copacabana Beach is a top spot for all-hours eating, too - many of the kiosks that line the legendary beach are open virtually 24/7. Whether it's an afternoon snack or a late-night pitstop, it's hard to beat the ocean backdrop for that ultimate 'I'm in Rio' dining experience. 

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Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana beach is lined with bars and restaurants that range from super-simple kiosks with plastic tables and chairs to sleek and chic glass kiosks serving upscale food and drink. There are options to suit every taste and wallet, and many are...  Read More

With a prime location on the main drinking and dining strip in leafy, artsy Santa Teresa, Bar do Mineiro is the focal point for the neighborhood's famously lively social scene. As the name suggests, the menu bears the culinary influences of...  Read More

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Feira Nordestina de Sao Cristovao
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This appealingly laidback bar at the heart of Santa Teresa´s nightlife strip is a long-standing favorite among locals and visitors alike, with its late opening hours making it a top spot for end-of-the-night drinks. Prices are reasonable, the...  Read More

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In a neighborhood where many bars are formal and a little stuffy, Jobi is a breath of fresh air. The early-opening, late-closing Leblon institution is a fine example of the Rio boteco - botecos being informal bars serving food and good company...  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.