Rio Restaurant Week: the best way to eat great food (begins today!)

Restaurant Week

The 8th edition of the Rio Restaurant Week takes place from TODAY until June 2nd with over 60 registered restaurants!!!

The purpose of the event is to provide a unique opportunity for everyone to appreciate delicious creations of some of the best restaurants in town, at discounted prices. For this, the dishes offered at lunch will cost BRL 34.90 and BRL 47.90 at dinner,  including entry + main course + dessert. Each restaurant registered for the event will offer two options for each item and it’s up to you choose your preference. Drinks, cover charge and service are not included in the price.

In addition, the event also has a social purpose: by giving a (optional) contribution of only BRL 1 (R$1.00 real) per meal, the customers will help the projects of the Ayrton Senna Institute.

See the list of restaurants below. The whole list is really good… All restaurants are well-known. So, it’s difficult to tell you where to go. The best thing is to choose the kind of food you prefer and go to any of the 60 restaurants listed.

Bon appetit!

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Website and restaurants list >>> http://www.restaurantweek.com.br/videos/rj/lista (Only in portuguese, but you can check the name and the address of registered restaurants).

Don’t like tourist programs? Visit Sugar Loaf anyways!

Golden Gate, San Francisco. Empire State Building, NYC. Eiffel Tower, Paris. Pão de Açúcar or Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro.  I know there are some of you – like me! – that just don’t like to do only tourist programs.  I don’t even like knowing a place in a group tour… haha… But visit Sugar Loaf is an obligation in any situation, alone or in a group, if you like or not being a gringo! BTW, there are many tourists from all over the country. The view is soooo beautiful that leaves us breathless. Take a beautiful sunny day to make the most amazing photos of your trip!

WEBSITE

To get more information about the history, tour hours, prices and services, go to http://www.bondinho.com.br/en/.

Bondinho is how we call a glass-walled cable car that runs every 20 minutes between the peaks of Morro da Urca (first stop) and Pão de Açúcar (second stop), with capacity to hold 65 passengers. Each round trip takes 3 minutes and I guess you will want more to appreciate the 360º view of the city, including the Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Flamengo and Leblon beaches; the Pedra da Gávea, Maciço da Tijuca and Corcovado mountains, the Christ statue; the Guanabara Bay; the downtown area; the Santos Dumont Airport; Governador island; the neighboring city of Niterói; the Rio-Niterói bridge; and the Serra do Mar mountain backdrop with the famous Dedo de Deus (God’s Finger) peak.

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ABOUT URCA

The Sugar Loaf is in Praia Vermelha, at Urca neighborhood, one of the most calm and charming area of the city. You can explore it walking by its wooded streets, with beautiful and expensive houses.  One of the things that makes Urca the safest neighborhood of Rio is due to its military base and lack of favelas. You will find much more in the area: the campus of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the Engineering Military Institute (IME), the General Staff Army Command School (ECEME), the War Navy School (EGN) and the Benjamim Constant Institute for the visually impaired.

Urca has been home to some famous residents (not more than Leblon). One of the most famous and beloved singers of Brazil, Roberto Carlos, live there. And you can see Carmem Miranda’s house at Av. São Sebastião #131.

Urca is close to Botafogo – where is Rio Sul Shopping Mall -, Leme and Copacabana.

TO EAT

Just beside the Sugar Loaf entrance, I recommend Zozô Restaurant, contemporary cuisine. Beautiful décor with a huge tree in the middle of the salon and a deck covered in glass where you can see the landscape. During the lunch (Tue-Sun, noon-4pm), there is a nice antipasti buffet with fixed price per person. At night (only on Fri and Sat, 8pm-midnight), you will find an intimist atmosphere with candle lights. After midnight the kitchen closes and it starts the dance floor. Go well dressed at night.

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SERVICE

Time >>>The ticket office opens at 8am and closes at 7:50pm. The Park always closes one hour after the ticket office.

Rates >>> Adults – BRL 53.00; Children 6-12 years of age – BRL 26.00; Children under 6 – Free. The tickets are valid for only one visit on the day they are purchased.

Payment >>> Cash payment R$(real) only. Credit cards and debit cards: Redeshop, MasterCard, Diners, Visa and  American Express. Check not accepted.

Map >>> http://goo.gl/maps/J7Zcu (Av. Pasteur, 520 – Urca)

Zozô Restaurant >>> http://www.zozorio.com.br