The year-round hot (often scorching) sunny weather and spectacular natural landscape make outdoor dining in Rio de Janeiro an extremely enticing option. And there's no shortage of opportunity to enjoy a bite to eat by the beach or a romantic meal under the stars in Rio.
The beachfronts of Ipanema and Copacabana are lined with eating opportunities that range from smart bar-restaurants to simple kiosks selling sardines, French fries and bargain caipirinhas, while up in the hills of Santa Teresa diners can enjoy a meal in a magical setting at the tropical gardens of Aprazivel or an informal meal on the leafy patios of Cafecito or Rustico.
Sidewalk tables and chairs offer a chance to people-watch, admire the scenery and enjoy a meal at the same time, and even the most simple of establishments in Rio will usually offer a few outdoor tables - these tend to be hotly contested when the weather is fine (yes, it does rain in Rio, so make the most of sunny days and dry evenings) so arrive early to grab one if you have a specific destination in mind. Otherwise, simply stroll along busy drinking and dining strips such as Rua do Lavradio, downtown, or Rua Dias Ferreira, in Leblon, until you come across somewhere that takes your fancy.