Brazil is the land of the foodies. With all-you-can-eat cookouts, a variety of cheesy pizzas and sugary sweets available at every corner; Rio de Janeiro ought to be best experienced via food tours. It might seem hard to find restaurants that cater to specific dietary needs. However, there are now plenty of eateries all around the city which are using fresh, locally sourced, organic ingredients to create healthy and delicious courses. Here are some great restaurants suited to cater to those looking for some gluten-free fare.
Enjoy a vegetarian buffet at this pay-by-weight restaurant; absolutely loaded with scrumptious salads, soups and sushi. Their food is as pretty as it is gratifying. They also have a health foods shop which sells various products that cater to dietary needs including a diverse range of gluten-free.
Address: R. Barão da Torre, 171 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
This restaurant focuses on lactose-free, egg-free and gluten-free creations. They also feature a lot of yummy homemade vegan options, shattering the myth that vegan food is bland. Patrons can watch chefs prepare their food and pick up a few tips and tricks to try at home.
Address: Rua Xavier da Silveira, 28, Rio de Janeiro
This chilled-out eatery has an easy-going vibe where you can enjoy some amazing vegetarian and organic food. We absolutely loved their smoked ricotta with heart of palm, and leek and brie quiche. The staff is multilingual and they have an English menu which will help you pick out a dish you’d really like to try. It is also one of the few restaurants in Rio that serves free, filtered water.
Address: R. Lopes Quintas, 37 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro
In a pleasant and elegant setting with views of Guanabara Bay, Térèze is known for its contemporary Brazilian cuisine. Restaurante Térèze is set in a large dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Santa Teresa’s treetops and colonial houses. Recycled wooden furniture and potted flowers on each table create an eco-chic yet tranquil ambience. The restaurant also offers some amazing vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. It also has an extensive wine collection, so make sure to pair one of their 200 wines with any of their divine fare.
Address: Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 660, 20241-260 Rio de Janeiro