São Paulo now has fourteen starred restaurants, and Rio de Janeiro has four.
Michelin has released its fourth annual guide to two of Brazil's biggest food destinations, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and we're officially Googling plane tickets.
The changes from last year's list are subtle, but not insignificant. Two restaurants have been awarded two stars, with one new addition, and another two hotspots were given their first stars. 33 restaurants were awarded the Bib Gourmand designation—four more than 2017—and the new spots included are Fitó, Piccolo, Petí Panamericana, and Bio.
D.O.M., one of our favorite restaurants in São Paulo, held onto its two stars, while Tuju, one of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants, joined it as the only other restaurant to claim two stars among the Brazilian cities.
"The 2018 selection of the MICHELIN Guide Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo reinforces the potential of the two cities to become international gastronomic destinations in their own right," said Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guides, in a statement. "Local and international chefs increasingly offer diners the opportunity to experience a high quality and unique culinary experience not found elsewhere.
São Paulo now has fourteen starred restaurants, while Rio de Janeiro has four. If street food operations were more recognized by the tire company, we're sure that Rio de Janeiro would have racked up more stars; the city's street food scene is one of the best in the world. If you go, keep an eye out for stands selling churrasquinhos (skewered meats), pão de queijo (cheese bread) and pastels (deep-fried meat pockets.)
See below for the full list of starred restaurants.
The two cities still don't have any restaurants that earned the highest three-Michelin-star rating, but we suspect that could change by next year as the calibre of dining continues to elevate.