Wandering around the streets in the Historical Center of Paraty means you will surely find good restaurants with a colonial vibe. And so I did every day, I would go for a walk and stop somewhere that grabbed my attention. On the main avenue there are lots of more affordable restaurants, but I ended up being caught up by the vibe in the cobblestone streets with dimmed lights.
From the candies sold on stalls to the restaurants with typical Caiçara food, everything was delicious. There was even a restaurant-school which I peeked through the window, dying to go inside. Too bad I did not find out sooner how to be part of it, and the entrance was only for those who had reservations.
I still have a lot of places to discover in Paraty, below a list of the ones I like and recommend:
ICE PARATY ICECREAM – on the corner of Comércio Street, Historical Center. I have been there more than once and liked everything I tried, specially the nuts and fig icecream.
CAFÉ DO CANAL was a great tip from the people at the Inn. Everytime I passed by, on my way to the beach or coming back from parties, it was open. It serves coffee, pizza and grilled meat, with a contemporary menu and well served dishes. They suggested the pizzas, but we chose seafood; the squid was divine. It is in the neighbourhood of Cabore, Otavio Gama Ave. on the corner of Ponte Nova.
GALERIA DO ENGENHO is a traditional restaurant with generous portions at reasonable prices – the meat was very tender. There I made some new friends and came back with them to have Patrícia, a Uruguayan beer. It is on 18 Lapa St., Historical Center.
ARPOARDOR is my favorite. I went there because I was given a flyer with a discount, and it was pretty fun, with live Brazilian Popular Music. We ordered spaghetti and shrimp risotto, which was delicious. The waiter convinced me to return before leaving, to try the seafood moqueca. It was very much worth it! It is near the river, 7 Matriz St., Historical Center.