While biking in Rio de Janeiro with Rio by Bike you'll pass through the neighborhoods Humaita and Botafogo. Often these lesser known neighborhoods are overlooked by travelers, but Humaita and Botafogo are perhaps the most exciting gastronomic quarters of Rio. The variety of bars and restaurants is impressive. Streets like Rua Capitão Salmão and Visconde de Caravelas know an unprecedented eclectic array of bars and restaurants. There are Luso-Brazilian, Argentinian, Japanese, Spanish and Peruvian restaurants. Even the Jewish cuisine is represented.
Nowadays, there is as well a good Chinese restaurant, the pan-Asian Wei Ming, open since last year. Owner is Yu Chen, who emigrated to Brazil with his parents from China when he was only 9 years old. The menu is characterized by influences from Thailand, India, China and Vietnam.
Also nearby is the Peruvian restaurant Lima Restobar, a spin off of the successful Peruvian restaurant Taypá Sabores del Peru, located in the capital Brasilia. During the Urban Tour we always cycle by Lima Restobar, located in a pleasant street, Rua Visconde de Caravelas, with many other restaurants and bars.
The staff of the restaurant comes from the Peruvian capital Lima, known today for its culinary prominence, with its famous local chefs. The menu of Lima Restobar is a combination of traditional and modern kitchen, where indigenous influences are unmistakable present. There is even a special employee, who received his training at the famous Cordon Bleu school of Peru, responsible for the desserts. Food is taken seriously here.
Biking through Rio you’ll always pass by places that you probably wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Especially for foodies is a visit, whether by bicycle or not, to Botafogo or Humaita, a must.