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This unpretentious bar in the heart of Lapa is a lifeline for hungry party-goers. Open 18 hours a day, seven days a week, the 100-year-old bar serves wonderful bar snacks such as crispy bolinhos do bacalhau (codfish balls) as well as hearty main meals. The lamb with brocolli rice and garlic has been named best bar dish in Rio by the Brazilian guidebook Guia Quatro Rodas and makes a perfect stomach-filler before a night out in the clubs and bars of Lapa. Head here at the start of the night for a tasty dinner, then do as the locals do and pop back in again at 4a for a sunrise beer and snack before making your way home.
With a clientele of artists, poets and musicians, this restaurant is famous for serving late night meals. After an evening out, people come from all over to enjoy the sandwiches. Established in 1959, Cervantes offers what some people say are the best sandwiches in Rio, especially the ham/pork with pineapple filling. The décor is simple, with a counter for sandwiches at the front and a sitting area in the back for hot meals.
Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, Stalos cafe is open all day and night serving delicious sumptuous meals. The menu features an extensive range of local and international dishes. Take your pick from grilled meat, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and various meat and seafood preparations. Fruit juices, health drinks and local coffees are available to accompany your food. Located at one end of Copacabana, this cafe is an ideal place to refuel yourself after a joyful day at the beach.
The prime location, relaxed ambiance and delicious bar snacks have combined to make Jobi one of the best-loved bars in Leblon. And you've no excuse not to visit the place – with opening hours that extend from 9am to 4am (5am at weekends), there's always a chance to fit in a drink here. The bar has been a favorite post-beach haunt since it opened in 1956, and its location in the lively nightlife strip of Baixo Leblon means Jobi remains packed right into the small hours. Many people rate the bar snacks here as the best in the city – don't miss the bolinhos do bacalhau (deep-fried cod and potato balls).
Located a few blocks down from the Pepê beach, this is a great place for a delicious start, or relaxing end, to the day. Menu options include breakfast, lunch and anytime foods, with several varieties of sandwiches (chicken and other types) and hamburgers, in addition to healthier options such as salads, pastas and natural, fresh-squeezed juices. Don't let the relaxed attitude fool you, though, as the food is always well-prepared and tasty. Seating is available inside and out. - Mark Bures
Located amidst a quiet, sedate woods in Vargem Grande, Don Pascual is a charming place serving up delicious rustic Italian feast. Done up in whimsical, almost fairytale-like fashion, the restaurant is actually a part of a Bed and Breakfast with the same name. Often reserved for private events, Don Pascual is a delight, both, visually and gastronomically!