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Things to Do in Rio This Week - Best Brazilian Meals for R$35 or less

Credit: Refeitório Orgânico
Credit: Refeitório Orgânico
Rio is sizzling as ever - the sands, the people, and the food! Take a dip into Brazil's culinary train, and ride the wave of succulent dishes, rich flavors, and affordable finds! Here are some of Rio's top restaurants and cafes to satisfy your brazen hunger, all for no more than R$35.
Credit: Restaurante Oui Oui
Credit: Restaurante Oui Oui
Restaurante Oui Oui
Chef Roberta Ciasca whips up inspired dishes with a splash of international fare, including Indian and Japanese, into Restaurante Oui Oui's sophisticated menu. Enjoy a casual to semi-formal vibe inside the restaurant, depending on where you're seated. But generally it's a chill-out place to dine. The entry commands a more refined, traditional furnishing, with neutral colors and wooden tables. Further inside, colorful sets of blue and green seats and tables put guests on cheery mode. Whichever is good because patrons come for the food, and they're always a winner!

Lunches from R$35
Mon midday-3pm
Tue-Fri midday-3pm, 7.30pm-1am
Sat 8am-1.30pm

Restaurante Oui Oui
Rua Conde de Irajá 85, Humaitá
Tel: +55 21 2527 3539


Credit: Azteka Bistro Rio
Credit: Azteka Bistro Rio
Azteka Bistro Rio
Ipanema's Azteka Bistro Rio offers some cool interiors featuring askew walls with glorified back-lights. It's a bar-slash-cafe with a high energy feel. The narrow yet vibrant place adopts the fitting glass wall on one side. People come and go with their much coveted burritos, wraps, rolls, and quesadillas. Be sure to try the chili sauce variants and pick your fave!

Burritos from R$29
Mon-Sat: midday-midnight
Sun: midday-11.30pm

Azteka Bistro Rio
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 156, Ipanema
Tel: +55 21 3489 8900


Credit: Refeitório Orgânico
Credit: Refeitório Orgânico
Refeitório Orgânico
Here's to long and healthy life! The iconic Buddha with flowing water fountain greets guests upon entry. The wood-and-brick interiors bring the outside in, and creates a very relaxing ambiance, modest, and family-friendly. Vegetarians unite under the rustic Refeitório Orgânico. Don't miss their delicious sushi choices, mini-burgers, healthy fruit shakes, and noodles.

Buffet Rate:
Mon-Fri R$ 26.50
Sat/Holidays R$35
Hours: Mon-Sat, midday-4pm

Refeitório Orgânico
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro 120, Botafogo
Tel: +55 21 2537 0750


Credit: Amazônia Soul
Credit: Amazônia Soul
Amazônia Soul

It's the only place to get your fix of Brazil's infamous superfruit, the açaí berry. Rich in nutrients, naturally sweet, and perfectly blended in its creamy form, trust Amazônia Soul to provide you with Rio's best açaí dish. The friendly, cafe-resto extends al fresco, and can easily be spotted with its striking purple canopy. Aside from devouring açaí, you can explore regional meals and other tasty snacks they offer.

Comidas Típicas / Meals from R$24; Açaí from R$15-19
Open daily, 11am-9pm

Amazônia Soul
Rua Teixeira de Melo 37, Ipanema
Tel: +55 21 2247 1028


Credit: Maya Café
Credit: Maya Café
Maya Café
A hearty breakfast will make everything better! Maya Café adopts yellow hues, and a sunny disposition. Smell the brewing coffee as you hear crisp, crunches of breads in this chaming market-cafe within the bounds of Laranjeiras residential area. The walls are filled with bottled spices, wines, freshly baked breads, all ready for take-away.

Breakfast from R$15-22, Sandwiches from R$14
Tue-Thu, from 9am

Maya Café
Rua Ortiz Monteiro 15b, Laranjeiras
Tel: +55 21 2205 4950


Credit: DRI Cafe
Credit: DRI Cafe
DRI Café
Take your pick with DRI Café's two beautiful locations - one in Ipanema at Casa de Cultura, which faces the long coastal road and the perfect beach; and another at the courtyard of picturesque Parque Lage. DRI has perfected the pairing of gorgeous surroundings with filling meals. Their fares inlude freshly bkaed goods, hot soups, yummy sandwiches, desserts, and salads.

Sandwiches from R$15, Desserts from R$8, salads R$22
Open Mon-Thu, 9am-11pm; Fri-Sun, 9am-5pm

DRI Cafe
Av. Vieira Souto, 176 - Ipanema - Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim
Tel: +55 21 2513 3835

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