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Nova Capela, Rio de Janeiro

Comfort food.


The opposite of ritzy, Rio de Janeiro’s Nova Capela is a 100-year-old bar/diner that serves cheap and great comfort food.

The cuisine is Brazilian with a tinge of Portuguese and the décor is an old school ‘70s vibe. It’s all kind of world-weary inside, which is just what we like about it. There is a true sense of everyday history in this place.

As always, we recommend taking tips from locals and your wait staff, but if you don’t trust them (you should) and you only trust us, here are some suggestions. Maybe hit up the Namorado which is a fish local to Brazil, deep fried cod dumplings, and the roast goat with brussel sprouts and rice.

We’re salivating at the thought.

Nova Capela is at Rua Mem de SA, 96 Lapa, Rio de Janeiro.

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