Restaurants in Jericoacoara
The culmination of many foreigners both living and visiting Jericoacoara has given rise to a very eclectic cuisine scene. While most restaurant menus include regional, national and international dishes; there are an astonishing number of international cooking styles to choose from including Italian, French, Japanese, Spanish, and Mexican - not to mention the delicious brick oven pizzerias. Throw in the steady supply of fresh fish, lobster, crabs, and shrimp from local fishermen, and you have a highly satisfying list of selections for eating out in Jericoacoara.
The fresh seafood in Jericoacoara is the main event for dining out!
You are sure to love the delicious local food and cuisine in Jericoacoara, and our Jericoacoara restaurant guide below tells you where to find the best Jeri restaurants and what to eat. We also have some general information and suggestions on eating out in Brazil. So after a fun filled day on the gorgeous beaches or shopping in Jericoacoara, kick back and enjoy the variety of local food and cuisine in Jericoacoara.
Jericoacoara Restaurant Guide
Fish features prominently on any menu in Jericoacoara, and it can be cooked, steamed, baked, or fried in countless ways. Fish stew can be served with dough balls or it is grilled or mixed with seafood like crabs, lobsters and shrimp. Although Jericoacoara has only four main streets, it has a variety of restaurants and cafés. You can find pizza, pasta and crepes alongside fresh seafood and meats. All sorts of cuisines are available in Jeri, from ceviche to sashimi! The seasoning used is strong and it may need some getting used to.
Cafes in Jericoacoara are very popular for their breakfasts and sandwiches, which are made with homemade bread. It is quite pleasant to sit alfresco and enjoy meals around here. Jeri restaurants have a lovely ambience with music and wood-fired ovens.
What to eat…
There are some Brazilian specialties that should not be missed in Jeri. Moqueca de arraia is sting ray that is cooked in a very poplar stew, and usually served with a mixture of manioc flower and fish sauce called pirao. Carne do sol is shredded sun-dried meat cooked in butter and onions and served with a manioc flower and dried beef mixture with indigenous origins named paçoca. Or, the typical baiao de dois (rice and beans) is always a tasty mainstay.
Tapioca is most popular for breakfast, but also served as a snack; it is extracted from the root of the manioc plant and toasted in a pan. Tapioca is most often served with butter or cheese. You can enjoy a variety of delicious ice-creams too. Try homemade ice-creams like acai na tigela which is served with cereals and banana or tapioca filled with coconut, chocolate, banana or cheese. The traditional Brazilian desert “torta de banana” has slowly evolved in the isolated village to be what the locals are appropriately calling the “torta de banana Jericoacoara.” The general consensus is that it is simply delicious!
After dinner, stroll down to the bars at the end of Rua Principal for a caipirinha, the Brazilian national cocktail; it’s a mixture of lemon juice, sugar and cachaça. Cachaça is a strong rum distilled from sugar cane. The local rum is also mixed in batidos, a concoction of cachaça and fruit juice. You could try batido de coco which is cachaça and coconut juice or batido de maracujá, which is cachaça mixed with passion fruit juice.
There are other local thirst-quenchers that are perfect for Jeri’s hot climate. Beer is one of the most consumed drinks around here. Aqua de coco or fresh coconut water is also refreshing on a hot day; you can find street vendors selling it all around Jeri. Fresh fruit juices made from an array of tropical fruits are also delightful.
By and large, the food in Jericoacoara is reasonably priced. Even if you are not carrying cash around, there’s no problem – cards are accepted almost everywhere. We hope to see you lazing back one of the Jericoacoara beaches soon, with tapioca and a freshly squeezed juice in hand!