The Olympics have come and gone, but there are plenty of new restaurants and bars to track in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil-based Eater contributor Rafael Tonon has graciously offered up his picks for the buzziest openings of the past 12 months.
Among his selections are several botecos — Cariocas' term for bars with great food — ranging from a Japanese izakaya (Pabu) to a beachside seafood destination (Quiosque Riba). Tonon notes that "Botafogo definitely established itself as one of the coolest neighborhoods in town to eat" (the Slow Bakery, South Ferro, Hocus Pocus DNA), while "Copacabana, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in the city, is also undergoing an interesting revamp" (Venga Chiringuito).
Looking for the essentials? Head to the 38. Want to stick to cheap eats? There's a guide for that, too. Eater's also got you covered when it comes to coffee and cocktails. But for the newest and hottest restaurants, presented in geographical order, here's the first-ever Eater Heatmap to Rio.