Manaus, the capital city of the state of Amazonas, and its most populated city, is located exactly in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. This means it remains quite distant from the buzz of the other regions of the cosmopolitan country. This distance has been the key in preserving its rich culture and heritage, the roots of which are still based on its tribal origins.
Like any other place in the world, half of the experience of Manaus comes from its food, which is as varied as it is colourful. So today, we take a brief look at some of the best places to eat while in the beautiful region of Manaus:
- La Parrilla – This family restaurant is located a few minutes from the centre of the heart of Manaus, which means it remains busy almost the entire week. Since meat is a little hard to find in Manaus, people who crave it, pop into this restaurant. Not only is the menu also written in English for the benefit of the visitors, but the food is extremely affordable, and the desserts come highly recommended if you have a sweet tooth.
- Tacacá da Gisela- This food stall is permanently situated opposite the Teatro Amazonas or the Amazon Theatre, which means it is situated in the cultural hub of the region. For years, the stall has been run by the extremely friendly couple Joaquim and his wife Rosa Maria, and is open every day of the week from 4pm to 10pm. If you visit on Wednesdays, you’ll also get to listen to some live music by some local bands. Their signature dish is the tacacá, a dried shrimp broth.
- Abare SUP and Food- This bar specializes in Amazonian fish of a wide range, and most of their dishes are local in nature, made from fresh ingredients. You can order a few chilled drinks, some fish dishes and enjoy yourself during a hot Manaus day, all the while listening to some pop music. But if you are feeling adventurous, you can take dip in the river or lend a boat and go on a short ride.
- Bar do Armando- This eatery too is situated within walking distance of the Amazon Theatre, which means you can have a bite after a local tour. This is your typical local restaurant which is packed almost all the time, especially since it is situated in the colonial heart of the city. It has seating arrangements inside but the best part are the plastic seats out on the pavement, where you can drink some chilled beer and munch on the signature pork sandwich.
Sax Bar and Restaurant-
This is a little more glamorous than your average local restaurants. The star here is their 25 types of beautiful aged wines, their farofa and grilled tambaqui with rice. What makes them special is their music- they have live piano, live performances by local bands, and of course, jazz forms an important part of their theme.