Healthy, vegan, functional, raw, organic food. Rio de Janeiro is a full plate for whoever likes to eat well and keep in shape even when travelling. In this post, we list some of the fit places to eat breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.
R. Ererê, 11D – Cosme Velho
+55 21 2245-7643
PRANA: (www.pranavegetariano.com) The restaurant offers two main dishes for lunch, with salad to start. There are versions of bobó, feijoada (two typical Brazilian dishes) and kibbeh with no meat and lots of flavours. After 4 p.m., the restaurant serves healthy snacks and baked crisps.
Where: Rua Ererê, 11 D – Praça São Judas Tadeu, Cosme Velho. | Phone: +55 21 3298 9816 and +55 21 2245 7643.
When: Lunch is served from Monday to Saturday, from 12 PM to 3 PM, and snacks are served from Monday to Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
R. Prudente de Morais, 729 – Ipanema
+55 21 2513-4050
SPAZZIANO: (www.ipanema.spamariabonita.com.br/spazziano): The restaurant is located inside the Spa Maria Bonita, at Ipanema. The 100% vegetarian buffet, with vegan options, offers a good variety to appeal to all tastes: salads, hot plates, desserts and energy boosters. The stars of the menu are the vegetarian feijoada and the juices.
Where: Rua Prudente de Morais 729 – Ipanema. | Phone: +55 21 2513-4050
When: Lunch is served from Monday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. 4 p.m. Dinner is served from Tuesday to Thursday, from 7 p.m.
Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 458 – Leblon
+55 21 3437-4989
VERDIN: (www.eatverdin.com.br): a new and popular restaurant that opened in Leblon based on the concept of good, healthy and fast foods. It features functional recipes like beetroot, quinoa and linseed hamburger, accompanied with curd cream with wasabi; carrot and zucchini spaghetti in red sauce with nut crunch and baked coxinha with sweet potato dough. The establishment also has the most delicious detox juices of the city.
Where: Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva 458 – Leblon | Phone: +55 21 3437-4989
When: Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rua Pacheco Leão, 102
+55 21 3559-0102
RÓ RAW: (www.ro-raw.com) A heat-less cuisine, but without limits: Ró offers a contemporary and sophisticated raw food menu. At dinner, they feature an “a la carte” menu or a tasting menu with five or eight dishes. At lunch, the options are “a la carte”. Among the delights, trademarked by chef Inês Braconnot, are the peach palm fruit marinated on bonnet pepper chutney, chive olive oil, fleur de sel and flowers, cashew ceviche with fermented coconut milk and beetroot mille-feuille.
Where: Rua Pacheco Leão 102, Jardim Botânico. +55 21 3559-0102
When: Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, from 12 p.m.to 5 p.m. Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Friday and Saturday, from 7 p.m.to 1 a.m.
R. Joana Angélica, 40 – Ipanema
+55 21 2247-9101
ZAZA BISTRÔ: (http://www.zazabistro.com.br)
At night, what about getting acquainted with one of the most celebrated restaurants in the city? Zazá Bistrô has a romantic atmosphere, but it’s also family friendly, besides being one of the best places to eat in Rio de Janeiro. The second floor has poufs, futons and low tables, and the menu has a section with conservative-free products that are, whenever possible, organic as well. Taste the Moroccan pastillas, the cashew and leaves salad, the fish with banana and curry and the seafood feijoada. For dessert, go for the fruit salad with lemongrass scent, ginger crisps and soursop sorbet. It is our favourite here.
Where: Rua Joana Angélica, 40 – Ipanema. | Phone: +55 21 2247-9101.
When: Monday to Friday, from 12 p.m. to midnight. Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to midnight.