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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Rio de Janeiro is complete without tasting the traditional Rio de Janeiro food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Rio de Janeiro to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.




Main courses


Fast food

  • Bauru (sandwich): a sandwich made with melted cheese, roast beef, tomato and pickled cucumber in a French bun.
  • Sanduíche natural: simple sandwich lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and ham and or variations of these, without any condiments.

Street food

  • Acaraje: peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in palm oil.
  • Bolinho de Aipim: deep-fried cassava dough with a ground beef center.
  • Cachorro Quente de Forno: oven baked hotdog in croissant shaped bread.
  • Croquete de Carne: oven baked whole-wheat dough with ground beef center.
  • Pão de Batata: potato bread with chicken, sausage, or ground beef center.
  • Pao de Queijo: Brazilian cheese buns, or cheese breads made of cassava manioc or corn flour.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Ades: tasty soy milk juices made from various fruits, found in supermarkets.
  • Caldo de Cana: juice of raw sugar cane. Sugar cane juice with lemon or pineapples.
  • Coconut water: the clear liquid inside young coconuts.
  • Guarana: soft drink from guarana.
  • Mate gelado: iced mate tea.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Batida: is a Brazilian cocktail made with the national alcoholic drink cachaça.
  • Batida de Côco: coconut milk, rum, sugar and other stuff blended into a milkshake.
  • Cachaca: he most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil.
  • Caipirinha: is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime.
  • Cerpa: traditional beer.
  • Devassa beer: popular beer in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Skol: is the most popular beer in Brazil.

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