Experience the Best Waterfront Kiosks in Rio
Whether you’re looking for delicious appetizers while watching the stunning sunset in Rio or craving a perfectly cold beer while listening to Brazilian roots music (or both), Rio’s immense coastline has a waterfront kiosk that will match your taste throughout its 6 main beaches. At least one of them will be within walking distance to your luxury rental in Rio, so all you have to do is choose the one that looks most appealing to you.
Watch the sunset at Espetto Carioca
Why it’s cool: To eat, drink and be merry listening to live music. This place definitely tops the list of the best waterfront kiosks in Rio. Not only does this bar boast staggering views of Copacabana, but with live music and delicious treats on the menu – starting with the thousand variations of espetinho, or meat on a stick -, you’ll return to your Leme rental buzzing with Carioca energy.
Where: Pedra do Leme
Tasteful mix at Lido
Why it’s cool: It offers the perfect (and unusual) combination of carpaccio and live samba music. So if you’re into sophisticated food and also want to interact with the local culture this is the place for you.
Where: Copacabana Beach by Avenida Prado Júnior
Gosto de Mar, or Taste of Sea (literally)
Why it’s cool: This is a haven of musical diversity, as they play everything from rock to house music depending on the day of the week. You might also be tempted to try their amazing seafood before walking back to your high-end apartment in Copacabana.
Where: Copacabana Beach by Rua Siqueira Campos
Chill out by the water at Posto 6
Why it’s cool: Posto 6 offers you a rare glimpse of tranquility near the southern end of Copacabana, where hard-working fishermen replace the usual buzz of beachgoers. Order a portion of fried calamari and enjoy the kiosk’s unparalleled proximity to the sea.
Where: Copacabana Beach by Rua Joaquim Nabuco
Pôr do Sol (i.e. Sunset – need we say more?)
Why it’s cool: As its name and the picture above suggest, sunset is this kiosk’s main attraction (pôr-do-sol is the word for that in Portuguese). Parents will be relieved to find a playground for their kids and a changing table for their babies here.
Where: Ipanema Beach between Rua Elizabeth da Bélgica and Rua Joaquim Nabuco
Come to Baixo Bebê with your family
Why it’s cool: This is another great option for those who are traveling with small children and are staying in the calm and charming Leblon. Plus its recent renovation adds up to the greatness of this place.
Where: Leblon Beach by Rua General Venâncio Flores
Tia Sônia‘s unparallaled view
Why it’s cool: On a list of the best waterfront kiosks in Rio, the views from here are worthy of praise and mention. As you sip on Brazil’s famous national drink; the caipirinha, Ipanema and Leblon lie just below you. If it gets too late and you too tipsy you can just hail a cab and return in safety to your fancy housing in Leblon.
Where: Avenida Niemeyer at Mirante do Leblon
Bendita Onda, hip and trendy
Why it’s cool: Packed with hip surfers, Bendita Onda is the newest hot spot in São Conrado Beach, much less crowded than the rest of Zona Sul. You’ll be happy to find out their quite trendy menu is actually full of reinvented traditional dishes and ingredients of the Brazilian cuisine.
Where: Eastern end of São Conrado Beach
Gávea Beach Club & Fun, the celebrities’ bar
Why it’s cool: This place makes it to our selection of best waterfront kiosks in Rio mainly because Brazil’s social elite and most glamorous celebrities think it should. They must be attracted by the amazingly fresh and refined menu in an area that used to lack that. You’ll be at a quick cab ride from either your luxury accommodation in Ipanema or your modern apartment in Barra.
Where: São Conrado Beach by Gávea Golf Club
Italian sophistication at Maialina
Why it’s cool: This small restaurant is ideal for you if you’re looking for a bit of gourmet cuisine while rubbing shoulders with Rio’s most athletic surfers. Seafood in the Mediterranean fashion is what you’ll eat here, even though their menu changes every day according to the chef’s inspirations.
Where: Pepê Beach (Eastern end of Barra Beach) by Tropical Barra Hotel
Enjoy K08 Kite Surf Club, Barra’s most sporty kiosk
Why it’s cool: This is a kind of temple for surfers, as it’s their favorite place to eat an invigorating cup of delicious açaí or other healthy foods. All the excitement around this area is something you definitely can’t miss out.
Where: Pepê Beach
And Clássico Beach Club, its youngest one
Why it’s cool: Its half lounge half nightclub vibe, with a chic drink list and an eclectic repertoire, attracts a lot of young, beautiful people, turning it into one the best waterfront kiosks in Rio very close to your classy Barra rental.
Where: Pepê Beach
Pesqueiro Eco Gourmet and the best seafood in Barra
Why it’s cool: Look at the picture again and you’ll know. Delicious food and live music from Tuesday through Sunday make up the most typical “after-beach” atmosphere, or pós-praia as locals call it. Children won’t be bored as the kiosk has a playground for them.
Where: Reserva Beach (the stretch of Barra Beach in front of the neighborhood’s conservation area)
Infrastructure and nature at Cavalo Marinho
Why it’s cool: It’s a rare spot of great infrastructure in the middle of Barra‘s beautiful conservation area. Shrimp pasteis (typical empanada-like deep-fried dish) are a must, as is the live music you’ll listen to on the weekend. Parents can once again relax while their children have fun in the playground.
Where: Reserva Beach
10 e Meio Beach Club, far away yet worth going
Why it’s cool: It’s the bar with the best infrastructure in Recreio Beach, much wilder and less crowded than neighboring Barra. Enjoy a tasty meat on the stick and a refreshing draft beer (chope) at one of the best waterfront kiosks in Rio.
Where: Recreio Beach