You do not always have to eat grilled meat! Choose something a bit lighter from these restaurants

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A Light Meal to Settle Your Stomach

Something for the more delicate stomachs

After spending a few days in Río de Janeiro your stomach might be weighed down by all the barbequed meat. For something a bit lighter, you can not beat a visit to one of the numerous Gula Gula ( restaurants. Although there is no business connection with its Spanish counterpart, this chain was inspired by Madrid’s famous restaurants of the same name. It has premises in Río’s city centre (1st de Março Street and Senador Danta Street), as well as in the Jardim Botânico (Avenida Alexandre Ferreira), Ipanema (Henrique Dumont Street) and Leblon (Avenida General San Martin) neighbourhoods, amongst many others. The common denominator is its selection of light meals, predominantly made up of various delicious salads. On Prado do Júnior Street in Copacabana, you will find Cervantes (, a restaurant that, as its name indicates, has Hispanic roots. Opened in 1955, it was taken over a decade later by two Spanish partners who popularised their pork and pineapple sandwiches and chicken salads. Recently they have experienced a huge surge in popularity, allowing the owners to open two new branches in Via Parque Shopping Centre (Avenida Ayrton Senna) and Comercial Parque Palace Shopping Centre (Avenida das Américas), both in the Tijuca neighbourhood.

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