Rio is the most touristic city in Brazil and to defend its status it needs to reinvent itself the whole time. Thanks to recent changes in some favelas of the city after the near-military occupation of the territories by the police, new business opportunities have emerged in what can only be described as tourist no-go areas not than long ago. Tourism has benefited from the new-found peace.
In this context is where the emergence of home-run restaurants in the favelas should be seen. They offer a basic and honest fare and base their success on the authenticity of the experience. Newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo wrote recently about the phenomenon in With the police occupation, homestyle restaurants have become a tourist attraction.
destination: Rio de Janeiro
Category: Destination: Rio