Three days in Rio de Janeiro is probably a bit too short to wander around and immerse oneself in the post Olympic atmosphere. However, we tried our best to see a maximum and enjoy every minute of this first stop of our trip. We take you to the Selaron Steps, Copacaban and Ipanema beaches, a football game, the Corcovado and the Sugar loaf. Hope you enjoy the journey with us.
RIO ! First stop of our long wishing list in South America. Only 3 days, but filled up with lots of visits, stories and discoveries. Continued
Here we are. Going to South America. At first Brazil was not on our list but since the only affordable flights were in direction of Rio we did not really have any other choice. We therefore decided to spend a few days wandering around the streets of Rio de Janeiro and see with our own eyes what we admired on TV during the Games. An surprisingly unforgettable experience !
Breakfast : El Magnifico
Right in the fashionable area of “El Born”, El Magnifico prepares one of the best speciality coffees in Barcelona. The beans are sourced straight from Central and South America and are roasted in the shop. Whatever your choice: V60, Chemex, Aeropress or espresso, this is a great place to start off your day.
Lunch : Sagardi
The Basque tapas bar in the area El Born (east of Gothic) offers a range of hot and cold tapas. The cold tapas – Anchovies, Tortilla, Iberic ham, Cheese, etc. – are displayed on the bar and you pick the ones you like. Make sure to keep the “pinxo” (sticks) as you will be charged per units : 2.10€. Waiters also walk around the wooden tables with hot tapas as they are cooked offering options like mini hamburger, hot chorizo, Sausages, etc. Be quick to grab one !
For a light lunch, we would recommend to go for 5 pinxo (Steven overindulged with 7) and a cerveza, “Cana” (half) or “Jarra” (Pint). Lunch time during the week tends to be quickly filled with the great atmosphere of the locals.
Diner : La Paradeta
This Catalan chain has opened 7 restaurants across Barcelona since 1993. It’s like going to a fishmonger. You choose your shellfish and/or fish, they weigh it and you pay. One more thing, you also let them know how you want it cooked ! Go grab a seat and wait for you number to be called. Ideally, order with the aim of sharing all of the dishes. They will come one after one as they are cooked. We paid between 15€ to 17€ per person every time we went there (wine or beer included).
Choice : Mussel, Oysters, Squid, Cuttlefish, Razor fish, Pulpitos, Chipirones, Tuna, Cod, Prawn, Langoustinas, Octopus etc. We recommend the Navajas and Calamari a la planxa (razor fish and squid cooked on a hot plate) and Chipirones frios (small squid deep fried). If you like white wine, try the Pescador which is a bit sparkling and goes very well with seafood (about 10€ the bottle).
Still space for a snack on the go ?
- Something sweet : Chok. Very yummy chocolate, donut, cronut to pick and go or eat in (limited space). www.chockbarcelona.com
- Something salty : La Fabrica. Large choice of homemade Empenadas. www.lafabrica-bcn.com
This was a perfect snack to get us excited for our upcoming trip to South America.