Rio de Janeiro – lunch in Lapa land

Only had few hours before my flight so took the train up to Cinelandia in the centre and walked about 10 minutes to Lapa.

LapaLapa is one of the oldest neighbourhoods and has as old Roman style aqueduct running through it dating from before 1750. It no longer holds water but instead carries the ‘bonde’, an old tram which would have been a fun ride if I’d had more time.

The area is run down and a bit edgy but stick to the main streets where there are lots of people and you should be ok.

Nova CapellaNova Capella interiorI had lunch at Novel Capel, another old-school dining room with waiters in white tunics. Apparently they are famous for their bad tempers but mine were fine. The restaurant is one large room with seating for about 80 (it was packed and noisy when I went) and the decor doesn’t seem to have been renovated since it opened in 1967.

CabritoI went for the house special of Cabrito (roast goat) which came with roast potatoes and broccoli rice, a new concept for me. It was ok (B) but nothing special and the portions were too big for me to finish, as usual.

Cab Sauv MerlotWith this a half bottle of Brazilian Cab Sauv Merlot (Miolo ‘Selecao’ 2009), my first taste of Brazilian wine. It was drinkable (C) but not something I would get again. Chilean and Argentinian labels dominated the wine list. With a beer and a water it cost me the equivalent of about £40, yikes! All in all prices are pretty expensive in Rio, much more than I expected. Don’t expect to eat and drink cheaply and well.

Stairs 1Stairs 2Stairs 3Stairs 4Stairs 5Stairs 6My main reason for coming here was to see the Escadaria Selaron (thanks for the tip Kat),  a stairway going up the hill to Santa Teresa, which has been decorated in multi-coloured tiles by the Chilean artist Selaron as his personal tribute to the Brazilian people.

Tile 1Tile 2Tile 3Tile 4Tile 5Tile 6Tile 7Tile 9Tile 12Tile 20Tile 11Tile 13Tile 16Tile 14Tile 15Tile 18Tile 19Visitors from all over the world bring him tiles to add to the ever-expanding instillation which was started in 2000.

The artist is there most mornings so you can meet him and have a chat.  2013 update: very sadly Selaron has since died in mysterious circumstances. To my knowledge even now we still don’t know the cause of death.



2 thoughts on “Rio de Janeiro – lunch in Lapa land”

    1. Thanks hun. Much nicer in reality of course. Can’t capture it in just a few photos. Funny thing is when you get to the top and look back you can hardly see any of it. Just looks like everywhere else in the area. Just added the last two photos so you can see what I mean,

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