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Dinner in BÚzios is late, al least after 8:30 p.m.
There's enogh time to take a nap before you go out.
Have a late snack at the beach. If you eat seafood, it's all fresh. Vegans can request their made-to-order French fries, or a portion of Aipim (a crustier local spud).
Just go easy on the caipirinhas, though. They are sweet, but very strong. People eat late in Rio, and Búzios is no exception. We are talking at least after 8:30, 9 p.m., so take your time. Even a half-hour nap is OK, as far as we are concerned. When you are ready, join us on a night tour to Rua das Pedras, in the center of Armação de Búzios.
A stroll along the Orla Bardot in the center
Getting there is half the fun
If your hotel or inn is near the city center, there's nothing more agreeable than walking to the center along Orla Bardot. This beach strip on the way to Praia da Armação is urbanized in a lovely way. There are great views to the docks, anchored boats. Just follow the pedestrian walk, and across the street there are excellent restaurants.
Arriving at Rua das Pedras
Keep in mind: cobblestones and high heels do not agree!
As you go past the docks, you reach the city center, a pedestrian area. The first street to your left is where you find Cine Bardot. This art movie theater is home to an international movie festival, and it's open throughout the year. Check out what is playing, and you may be tempted to buy a ticket for the next and only session of the night.
But we are diverting you. Proceed to the pedestrian street known as Rua das Pedras. It is named after the irregular cobbled stones that pave it, so watch out if you are on high heels! Sensible shoes are always part of the Búzios experience. Cross-streets and first street running parallel to Rua das Pedras are also worth checking out.
Shopping in BÚzios
This is the right beach if you like to be pampered
This is what you can expect to see at Rua das Pedras. Boutiques are open until very late, usually 10 p.m. Owners know that visitors are way too busy with their day activities to stop and shop during the day, so they keep special hours. Some don't open until noon. There are many bikini boutiques, surf shops, and stores offering everything from local handcraft to good-quality casual clothing. Many of the big brands from Rio have branches here. It's almost as prestigious as keeping a shop in Ipanema on street level.
Eating Out in BÚzios
Gourmet or casual? Decisions, decisions...
Chez Michou, with its selection of crepes made to order, has been around for quite a while. It's a sure bet if you are hungry and do not want to spend much. On special soccer games it turns almost into a sports bar, with large flat-screens and enthusiastic patrons. Most restaurants post the the menus and the prices outside.
If you are in more of a dressy mode, there are many sophisticated restaurants, and menus usually give away the origins of the owner. French, Argentinean, Brazilian... take your pick. They may hire local help, but this is such an international destination, that language will not be a barrier. There are ice-cream parlors, and places where the dessert is the number one attraction. Don't leave Brazil before trying a brigadeiro, the local version of chocolate fudge.
CafÉs, Pubs & Theme Bars
And if you feel like staying a bit longer...
The cafés and pubs are perfect for you to enjoy a chilled beer, make friends. Watch people go by from the outside smoker's tables. If you don't have much time in your hands, move on. Watch a gig at one bar, have a special beer or drink in another. Eventually you will find your favorite and stay.