Rustico, Rio

If you are in Rio and get sick of the Copacabana, Ipanema scene, head up to the amazing little neighborhood of Santa Teresa. A 15 minute cab ride from the beach and a world away, Santa Teresa is a montaintop village full of bars, art galleries and amazing restaurants. Away from the tourists and the malls of the beach, it feels like you stepped back to 1920s Brazil.

Rustico is housed in an old mansion and feels a lot like eating in someone's home how happens to be an amazing cook. Get there early, put your name on the list and wander the galleries until your table is ready.

Be sure to also grab a beer at Bar Minero just down the street as well.

Zuka Rio, Brazil

Mindblowing is how I would describe chef Ludmilla Soeiro's Brazillion-ish restaurant set in the adorable neighborhood of LeBlon, sandwiched between Copacabana and Ipanema. Dropped in with a few friends for lunch and couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised at the modern food the open kitchen turns out. Check out the Foie Gras with mousse or the Foie Gras with pancakes(sensing a them here?) The octopus is amazing as well. Not cheap but worth every reais. Afterwards, take a stroll in the cute little neighborhood of LeBlon and spend the next hour trying to figure out why you don't live there.