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9 Local Items You Need from Rio de Janeiro

February 5, 2016

Brazil really does have it all and is known worldwide for its variety of natural wonders. Brazilians usually enjoy bringing back goods from other countries during their travels, but there are some products that are worth grabbing while visiting the lovely city of Rio de Janeiro. We’ve picked 9 must-have Brazilian foods, souvenirs, and more that you should bring home to share with friends and family. Buy these goods locally or order them onGrabr for the best price.

1. Brazilian coffeeSanta Clara, around $35 per 500g.

Brands that are usually available everywhere are Santa Clara, Sao Braz and Pilao. It is vacuum-packed. You can find it in local grocery stores.

2. СachaçaPitu, $15

Cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice and is perfect for making Caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail. Pitu is a light, aromatic and flavorful Cachaça.

3. Goiabadaguava paste, $15

Goiabada, or guava, is a common fruit in Brazil that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. A popular dessert fruit, the guava is used to make a guava paste, or guava cheese, called goiabada, and is often eaten with Minas cheese in a combination that is called “Romeo and Juliet” because of how well they go together.

4. Guarana, Guarana Antarctica, pack of 12, $22

This berry-like fruit is sweet and juicy. It has a high concentration of caffeine – about twice the amount found in a coffee seed. This makes it a very popular fruit to use as a stimulant and you’ll see it often as an ingredient in Brazilian sodas.

5. Pão de queijo, tapioca-flour cheese bread, $13

Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, these gluten-free breads are made with tapioca flour, eggs, and grated queijo Minas (a cow’s milk cheese from the state of Minas Gerais), then rolled into small balls.

6. Açaí, freeze-dried açaí powder, $17

These small round purple berries, grown on açaí palm trees, are a designated superfruit. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, they’re popular in smoothies, ice creams, juices, energy drinks, and weight loss products. In Rio, you can get açaí just about everywhere, including on the beach.

7. Beijinho de Coco, a brazilian coconut sweet

These little ball-shaped sweets, similar to truffles, are very popular Brazilian treats traditionally served during special events, particularly at children’s birthday parties.

8. Superfino Soap Ball, Granado Pharmácias, $6

Enriched with murumuru butter, this soap has a highly moisturizing formula. Adorned with classic artwork, it comes with a practical cotton handle, perfect for hanging in the shower or on a tap.

9. Moqueca Pot, around $20

The Moqueca pot is made by hand and is designed to cook soups, seafood and vegetable stew, with no addition of water. The most famous dish cooked in the Moqueca pot is the “moqueca Capixaba”. Yes, it is a bit large and heavy to bring back home, but it’s worth it!

If you aren’t traveling to Rio de Janeiro soon, order your taste of this vibrant city through Grabr! We’ll connect you with a traveler who can bring these unique goods home to you.

Don’t forget to stay caught up on our blog; you’ll find even more amazing must-haves from all over the world!

This article was written by Olga Feoktistova.

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