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Rio city guide: Finally a way to share my obsession

Have I mentioned that I’m an obsessive-compulsive holiday planner? I think it could be a sickness. Lately I’ve rocked my own world by coming up with this amazing new way of planning holidays with Google Maps. I simply research the restaurants, galleries, shop and sights I want to see and drop a pin into the … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Bar e Restaurante URCA

Rio Hotspot Find: Bar e Restaurante URCA | meltingbutter.com

Locals spill out of the bar and sit on the wall outside to enjoy the harbour views with ice-cold beers and fried cod balls. Best bit: The restaurant is outstanding. We had serious food envy when we saw another table order the grilled octopus. http://www.barurca.com.br/   R. Cândido Gaffrée, 205 Urca  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 22291-080, … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Rio Scenarium

Rio Hotspot Find: Rio Scenarium | meltingbutter.com

This famous antique store turns into a great live samba club at night. Enjoy caipirinhas and dancing with a nice mix of locals and travellers. Best bit: The interiors of this old mansion are special – a real treat for the eyes. http://www.rioscenarium.com.br/   R. do Lavrádio, 20 Centro  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 20230-070, Brazil +55 … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Aprazivel

Rio Hotspot Find: Aprazivel | meltingbutter.com

The ambience of this restaurant alone is reason enough to go – it’s on top of the Santa Teresa hills and you dine outside amongst friends, food and nature. Best bit: Roasted heart of palm served to you still in the palm! http://www.aprazivel.com.br   R. Aprazível, 62 Santa Teresa  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 20241-270, Brazil +55 … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Bar do Mineiro

Rio Hotspot Find: Bar do Mineiro | meltingbutter.com

This was the source of my inspiration to cook Brazilian food. An old school bar where a local friend would take you if you were lucky. Best bit: Get a pot of feijoada (pork and black bean stew) with rice, steamed thinly sliced kale and pork crackling. You’ll be addicted. http://bardomineiro.net/   R. Paschoal Carlos … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Galitos Grill

Rio Hotspot Find: Galitos Grill | meltingbutter.com

Ate here 3 times in 2 weeks and ordered the same thing every time – you would too if you tried it. Best bit: Grilled spring chicken in an amazingly spicy, zesty and buttery sauce with broccoli rice, fresh salad and some hot chips if you’ve got the room. I’m literally craving it now. http://www.galitos.com.br/ … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Sushi Leblon

Rio Hotspot Find: Sushi Leblon | meltingbutter.com

Believe the hype that Sushi Leblon has the best sushi in Rio but be prepared to line up for it. Best bit: The grilled asparagus sounds simple and boring but it’s juicy and charred to perfection. http://www.sushileblon.com/   R. Dias Ferreira, 256 Leblon  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 22431-050, Brazil +55 21 2512-7830   LETS GET SOCIAL! … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Via Sete

A bustling lunchtime pit-stop for healthy, gourmet, organic salads, wraps and burgers (without the bun). Best bit: Get a seat outside – you’re on the best street in Ipanema for people watching http://www.viasete.com.br/   Rua Garcia D’ Ávila, 125 Ipanema  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 22421-010, Brazil +55 21 2512-8100   LETS GET SOCIAL! Follow meltingbutter.com on … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Porcao Brazilian BBQ

Rio Hotspot Find: Porcao Brazilian BBQ | meltingbutter.com

Starve yourself for at least a day before you eat here but you can expect to be rewarded with as much high quality meat as you can eat – a proper meat feast. There’s a salad bar if you need a break. Best bit: No need to say you’re ready for more meat – simply … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Market Ipanema Restaurant

Rio Hotspot Find: Market Ipanema Restaurant

The words “best lunch ever” were uttered as a result of the creative menu, fresh ingredients, young beautiful crowd and urban summer setting. Best bit: The strawberry, goat cheese, candied almond and green leaf salad with a pineapple mint and ginger juice. http://www.marketipanema.com.br/ Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 452 – Loja 01 Ipanema – Rio de … Continue reading