Hidden Gem Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro – “A Favela Secret”

Among a shanty city of brick homes and dead ends, two wonderful restaurants hide, waiting to be discovered.

Column By Henry Montalto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thinking about how many restaurants exist all across Rio de Janeiro is easy, and it is not very hard to have a decent meal just about anywhere.

However, up in the hills of Rio's Cidade Maravilhosa, lies a different story, a story of difficulty and challenges one must overcome to be successful.

It's not about surviving taxes, wages, and the workload. As many say, a day here can quickly turn into survival mode. Gunshots, police operations and trafficking can turn running a restaurant into an almost impossible task . . .

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