Authentic Foods & Drinks in Brazil
Brazil Food & Drink
Brazilian cuisine is heavily influenced by African as well as Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Iberian cuisine. You can easily find traditional restaurants, street markets, and cafes around the country for delicious dishes and treats!
The Centro- São Paulo, Brazil: Stroll along the streets of Praça da República and its Sunday market, a perfect place to find Brazilian street food. Try a pastel, a huge dumpling stuffed with different local ingredients. Or opt for sweet treat, such as a traditional Brazilian cake.
São Paulo: São Paulo continues to compete with culinary capitals like Lima, Peru, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. You won’t have trouble finding a restaurant here, as they line the city streets. Choose from their particularly famous neighborhoods such as Pinheiros or Vila Madalena. And check out a rodizio in a Churrascaría. The rodizio is an all-you-can-eat barbeque buffet, where servers bring meat to your table and slice it off for you. Take note that Japanese food is common in São Paulo, due to the large population of Japanese residents.
Bahia Region: The northeast coast of Brazil has the most obvious African influence in its cuisine. Seafood dishes are commonly found here, and dishes with a lot of pepper are the norm.
- Aracaje is a classic dish made from peeled beans formed into a ball, deep fried and stuffed with shrimp, cashews, palm oil and other ingredients. It is typical to find this dish in the state of Bahia.
- Try feijoada, the national dish of Brazil. It is a stew full of beef, beans, rice, and pork. It is tradition to eat this dish on a Saturday and is often served on Wednesday’s as well.
- Wash any Brazilian dish down with a Caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil.
- The national liquor is cachaça (pronounced cah-shah-sah). It is the ingredient in the caipirinha cocktail. Açai and other fruit juices are found at many juice stands in Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere. Brazil also has some good beer, due to the influx of German immigrants. Check out our Brazil Oktoberfest Tour for a taste!
Restaurants in Brazil:
- Marius Restaurant: Dine in a unique atmosphere, and choose from a buffet of vegetables and 15 different types of meat freshly cut for you at your table.
- Lapa Rio Scenarium: Learn how to make a caipirinha cocktail, listen to live music, dance the night away, and enjoy delicious Brazilian cuisine all at this world-renowned dinner show destination.
- The Bar & Restaurant Urca: A popular neighborhood bar where you can enjoy good beer and seafood plates right next to Botafogo Bay.
- Churrascaria Palace: This restaurant is internationally known and it is the most traditional Brazilian barbecue place in town.
- Nova Capela: As one of the best restaurants in Rio, Nova Capela serves custom dishes with great service.
- Zaza Bistro Tropical: This restaurant combines South American and Asian food, using quality organic ingredients.
- Note that most meals are big enough for two people, and that a 10% service charge will usually be added to your bill.
Check out our Rio de Janeiro Restaurant Recommendations!