Rio de Janeiro is a city that offers boundless opportunities for new culinary experiences, and a good way to sample the true taste of Brazil is to grab food on the hoof from an inexpensive juice bar or street stand. Two absolute must-tries for the culinarily curious are pao de queijo and acai. The former is a delicious little bread roll made from cheese and manioc flour (meaning it is naturally gluten free), and the version served at Santa Teresa's organic haven Cultivar Brazil is truly a thing of joy when served piping hot from the oven. The latter is a Brazilian power berry sourced from the Amazon, which is classed as a 'super fruit' and has made its way into super-expensive juices and smoothies in the USA and Europe. Here, it is served crushed and frozen as a kind of sorbet, whose intriguing taste somehow calls to mind nuts, ice cream and bubble gum. Acai is considered a potent energy booster but is often served so stiff with added sugar that any extra energy may simply be a sufr rush - try the version at Amazonia Soul, where the berry is served at its pure, antioxidant-packed best.
Also keep an eye out for acaraje - a northeastern Brazilian speciality that can be grabbed to go at several spots including a great one in Santa Teresa
The deliciousl toasted sandwiches at Cafecito and Cafeina can be ordered 'pra viagem' (to go), while Rio's buffet restaurants also offer take away options.