Rio’s cuisine is very distinct, evolving as it has from three discrete cultures: native Indians, Portuguese colonisers and African slaves. Fresh ingredients, rich stews and plenty of rice and pulses are accompanied by zesty sauces and crisp salads, to create the perfect balance. There are countless authentic restaurants to choose from, but for a truly authentic meal, follow the cariocas! The restaurants may not be as glamourous as their tourist-driven neighbours, but they will be cheaper and more traditional. Barbecues are popular – just follow your nose, as the scents of smoky grilled meat wafts through the streets. The barbecues, known as churrascaria, tend to be all-you-can-eat affairs, where you pay a set price and can fill up on a range of barbecued meats and a selection of salads.
Your trip to Rio won’t be complete without experiencing street food from the many vendors, whose sweet and savoury snacks are simply irresistible. Sweet tooths will love the range of pastries and cakes, which have evolved over the centuries, from traditional Portuguese recipes to exquisite Brazilian takes on Portuguese classics, such as the silken custard tart. Depending on the time of day, your meal will be perfectly complemented by a glass of sugar cane juice or a caipirinha, Brazil’s moreish lime and rum-based cocktail.
Rio’s allure and beauty is so complex and colourful that it is almost impossible to describe. Every step, every sight, every taste, enchants and delights, leaving you desperate to return, again and again.
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