Best Restaurants near Rio de Janeiro's Cruise Port

With work in progress on Rio's ambitious 'Marvellous Port' project, cruise visitors calling at Rio de Janeiro's cruise port currently need to take a quick cab ride in order to make the best of nearby eating options. The city's port zone is currently the subject of a major regeneration project ahead of the 2016 Olympics but remains a little run-down at present, so it's best to head to nearby Centro - where Confeitaria Colombo is a grand reminder of Rio's Belle Epoque, and a plethero of fairly-priced buffet restaurants catering to a business crowd offer the opportunity to tuck into everything from steak to sushi and salads. Alternatively, take a 10 -minute cab ride  into the hills of Santa Teresa, where culinary adventures await at local favourites such as Bar do Arnaudo and Sobrenatural. Those looking for something romantic can find al-fresco dining with glorious views at Aprazivel, while Cafecito is a great bet for a quick coffee and a tasty toasted ciabatta. Rio de Janeiro's cruise port is also located close to the neighborhoods of Gloria, where there are many simple snack bars and good buffet spots with a local flavor, and to Flamengo where one of Rio's real culinary gems can be found in the form of the legendary all-you-can-eat meat restaurant, Porcao Rio's.  Bon appetite!



Seafood fans should make a beeline for this popular spot in leafy Santa Teresa. Located right in the middle of the main drinking, dining and shopping strip in this artsy neigjborhood, Sobrenatural specialises in fish and seafood dishes- served...  Read More



It doesn't look like much, but this unpretentious little spot in leafy Santa Teresa offers vast portions of delicious Northeastern Brazilian food at more than reasonable prices. The walls are hung with paintings by Chilean artist Selaron -...  Read More



In the historic heart of Lapa, this reformed colonial mansion home has received a colorful makeover with illuminated artworks on the brick walls, vibrantly-colored cocktails and an equally bright and breezy playlist. An eclectic musical menu...  Read More



Located high on a jungle-clad hillside in Santa Teresa, Aprazivel is worth a visit for the views alone. Wisely making the most of the sweeping vistas over downtown Rio, the owners have made al-fresco dining the order of the day, here, with...  Read More



Set in a vast space that doubles as an antiques warehouse, Rio Scenarium's appeal lies in its intriguing fixtures and fittings as well as its quality food and nightly live music performances. Locals and tourists alike flock here to samba the...  Read More



The down-town branch of Pampa Grill (the original branch, in Barra, has been in business some 30 years) is a popular choice among local business people, who head here for the excellent cuts of meat on offer, along with the vast range of hot and...  Read More

Rua do Lavradio
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Visitors looking for the historic heart of Rio won't find it by the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, but in the heart of downtown Lapa. Rua do Lavradio was one of the first streets to be built in Rio de Janeiro back in the 1770s, and its...  Read More



For a taste of Rio's Belle Epoque past, head to this historic cafe-restaurant in downtown Rio. Ornate chandeliers and jacaranda wood mirrors make an elegant setting for breakfasts, brunches and afternoon teas, and this is the ideal place to...  Read More



Located just a few steps from Catete Palace, with its pleasant gardens and interesting museum, this unassuming spot is the only place in Rio to sample food from Macau - a region of Southern China settled by the Portuguese. The result is an...  Read More



This downtown vegetarian lunch spot is slightly hidden above a backstreet store, but it's well worth seeking out. A popular choice with local workers - whether veggie or just looking for a healthy and budget-friendly lunch. Each day there's 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.