Rio de Janeiro

By Scott Mitchem, published in Holland America Line’s award-winning Mariner Magazine
Açai Berry

Açai for the Active - One part juice bar, one part lunch counter, Rio’s lanchonetes are a way of life for locals, and the best places for a bowl of açaí, the energy-boosting Amazonian berry with incredible antioxidant properties. Visit Poli Sucos in Ipanema for açaí the traditional Brazilian way, blended with bananas and topped with granola.


Bounty of Botecos - Botequims, or botecos for short, are lively pub-like cafés that serve draft beer and savory bar snacks, called salgadinhos. Popular chains include Botequim Informal and Devassa. In Leblon, Chico e Alaíde has advanced the concept, taking a decidedly gourmet approach to the traditional menu. Don’t miss the empada de bobo de camarao, a type of pastry filled with shrimp stew.

Churrascarias & Caipirinha - Rio would hardly be Rio without is signature churrascarias (steak houses). Visit Porcão in beautiful Flemengo Park, with its stunning views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. And be sure to order a caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, made of muddled limes, sugar, and cachaça.