Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, is a sophisticated city full of charm. In this city of contrasts, the Negro and Solimões rivers merge, offering a wonderful natural spectacle. It was founded in 1669 and is currently a major industrial city with sufficient capacity to offer visitors all of the services they could want.
Manaus has restaurants to suit all budgets, from the local establishments on the banks of the Negro and Solimões rivers, to luxurious options. In all of them you can enjoy the regional cuisine, from the popular feijoada (meat and bean stew) to tambaqui, a freshwater fish cooked in the oven on banana leaves. One of the most popular places to eat is the area of the explorers, although La Barca restaurant, which offers a wide variety of seafood dishes, comes highly recommended.
The Brazilian cuisine is very varied and changes drastically from one region to the next. In Manaus they prepare exotic dishes that you will not find in any other part of Brazil, such as the Amazon pato ao tucupi (duck in Tucupi sauce), a real delicacy. It is a dish belonging to the indigenous people of the Amazon, influenced by the slaves, who seasoned the duck with ingredients from the area. Another of the flamboyant local dishes, which can be found in Banzeiro, a restaurant serving gourmet Amazon cuisine, is pirarucú, a freshwater fish which can grow up to three meters in length and whose meat is highly valued. Banzeiro is located at Rua Libertador, 102, Nossa Senhora das Graças.
In the Churrascaria Búfalo, run by a family from Rio Grande do Sul, land of the Brazilian meats, they make one of Manaus’s most traditional grills. Unmissable salad buffet and bar area with great drinks, located at Rua Pará, 491, Conjunto Vieiralves, Nossa Senhora das Graças.
El Toro Loco is a restaurant surrounded by green, which offers an excellent buffet with a fantastic variety, including sophisticated appetizers, meat, fish, dessert and even a sushi bar at midday. Located at Avenida do Turismo 215, Tarumã.
El Bistrô Ananã, with its warm atmosphere and decor, is inspired by the image of a boat, is ideal for romantic dinners. The menu: exotic and contemporary dishes with Amazon ingredients, created by chef Sofía Bendelak. Located at Travessa Padre Ghisland 132.
One of the traditional establishments for lovers of fish, with more than 30 years’ experience, is Canto da Peixada. Exquisite Amazon fish in a very family-oriented atmosphere. Located at Rua Emílio Moreira 1677, Praça 14.
Loppiano is a charming pizzeria with several air-conditioned rooms and a balcony. Varied and unusual tastes, from shrimp to cream of passion fruit. At Rua Major Gabriel 1080, Centro.
Tapioca breads, tacacá soup, fish such as tambaqui, and açai fruit are some of the Amazon’s typical foods. Try these and other Brazilian and international delicacies in the restaurants of Manaus recommended by us and it will be impossible for you to leave the city saying you have not eaten well!
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