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 |

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.   R. Cândido Gaffrée, 205 Urca  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 22291-080, … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Rio Scenarium

Rio Hotspot Find: Rio Scenarium |

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.   R. do Lavrádio, 20 Centro  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 20230-070, Brazil +55 … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Aprazivel

Rio Hotspot Find: Aprazivel |

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!   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 |

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.   R. Paschoal Carlos … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Galitos Grill

Rio Hotspot Find: Galitos Grill |

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. … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Sushi Leblon

Rio Hotspot Find: Sushi Leblon |

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.   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   Rua Garcia D’ Ávila, 125 Ipanema  Rio de Janeiro RJ, 22421-010, Brazil +55 21 2512-8100   LETS GET SOCIAL! Follow on … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Porcao Brazilian BBQ

Rio Hotspot Find: Porcao Brazilian BBQ |

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. Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 452 – Loja 01 Ipanema – Rio de … Continue reading