Restaurante Gaivota, Homemade food in Buzios

IMG_1571 IMG_1561 IMG_1560 IMG_1567 IMG_1568 IMG_1569Sometimes when you are travelling, finding a place to eat that tastes like home can be quite difficult. But in Búzios, this beach town in the state of Rio, to where we go for weekend getaways once in a while, we have already found the perfect place to eat healthy and fresh home-made food tasting like home.

We go to Restaurante Gaivota for quite a long time. It is amazing how this modest family restaurant still remains offering the same standard of delicious food for years. There is no sophistication there.  Just some tables covered with plastic towels, attentive service, fair price and fresh food is enough to keep us faithful to this place over the years.

This last visit was a couple of weekends ago. We were arriving in Búzios by lunchtime after a 3 hour ride from Rio de Janeiro and it looked just perfect to make a pit-stop at Restaurante Gaivota for lunch, before we go to the inn we were staying.

Restaurante Gaivota is located near Geribá Beach, our favourite beach to stay in Búzios. So whenever we go to Buzios we always go there to have the same delicious meal, “Cação” Fillet (“cação” is the commercial name for small shark in Brazil) sided by rice and beans, french fries and salad. They have many options in their menu but  we just order the same dish every time! We just like to keep the tradition!

They like to keep things simple and you won’t find their website or Facebook page, because they just don’t have it. But believe me, if you are planning to visit Buzios, Gaivota is totally worth the visit! Try it and then let me know what did you find!

To know other people’s opinion check some comments on Tripadvisor.

Restaurante Gaivota – Rua Virginia, 24 , Búzios, Rio de Janeiro



Buzios getaway

After all the busy weekends since we moved, last weekend, we finally managed to go on a weekend getaway to Buzios, my favourite beach destiny in Rio de Janeiro state.

It was a quick trip, we arrived there just after the sunset, after spending the day in Saquarema, to stay for the night and enjoy the next day in the beach.

Although Buzios has many beautiful beaches, and some quiet beaches with calm waters perfect for children, my favourite  beach has always been Geribá.

Geribá has a wide sand, and it is the best beach for a walk by the shore, or just to lay down in the sun. The usually cold water is perfect for a jump in the water to recharge the batteries. It is also the favourite beach for surfers, and as my husband loves to surf, that’s the beach where we always choose to stay.

Buzios has always meant to me enjoying the beach during the day and walking along Rua das Pedras in the evening. So last saturday, when we arrived we just left our luggage in our pousada in Geribá and drove right to the city center to enjoy a little bit of the night in Rua das Pedras.

Rua das Pedras (“pedras” in portuguese is the word for “stones”) is a charming cobblestone street where you can find the best restaurants, bars and shops of Buzios.  In Rua das Pedras is where most of Buzios nightlife happens.

We ate crepe in Chez Michou (the most famous and crowded creperie in Buzios in high season), walked along Rua das Pedras and had ice cream.

The next day we woke up early. Had our breakfasts and headed right to the beach to enjoy the most of our day. While my son played in the water, me and my husband relaxed in the sand, taking turns to watch him. It was a perfect day but unfortunately after lunch we had to come back to Rio. The next day was a business day and we don’t like riding highways in the evening.

Those photos make me want to come back soon!

Have a nice weekend!

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