Resort

Brazil,
Rio de Janeiro

Introduction

Known for spectacular beaches, carnival, samba and crime, Rio is definitely not dull. The year-round beach weather and friendly, gorgeous locals, the Cariocas, seduce foreigners (literally and figuratively) with all of Rio's magic. Even though the creation of pacifying police units (UPP) in the favelas and the imminent Olympic Games and World Cup has alleviated the feeling of insecurity and social inequality, wealth and poverty still exist side-by-side in this city of contrasts.

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Essentials

  1. Leave your flowered shirts and jewels at home. Avoid looking like a tourist and you will be fine here.
  2. In summer, watch the sunset at the Arpoador rocks.
  3. Ipanema beach is a great meeting place but still not as safe as it looks.
  4. Consider a day trip to the hidden and untouched beaches of Joatinga and Prainha.
  5. Don't miss the central neighborhood of Lapa, packed with pubs dedicated to samba, and the bohemian Santa Teresa with its spectacular view of the city.

Two-hour tour

  • Instituto Moreira Salles — Walther Moreira Salles (father of film-makers Walter and João Moreira Salles) founded this institute to focus on Brazilian arts development and promote cultural programming.

    Rua Marquês de São Vicente 476, Gávea

    +55 21 3284 7400

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  • Jardim Botânico — Created over 200 years ago, this garden was declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco and shelters some 1,500 species of plants.

    Rua Jardim Botânico 1008, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3874 1808

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel Santa Teresa

    Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Santa Teresa

    +55 21 2222 2755

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  • Dependable chain

    Grand Hyatt Rio

    Avenida Lucio Costa 9600, Barra de Tijuca

    +55 11 2838 3346

  • Premium

    Fasano

    Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema

    +55 21 3202 4000

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Da Casa da Táta

    Rua Professor Manoel Ferreira 89, Gávea

    +55 21 2511 0947

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    BB Lanches

    Rua Aristídes Espínola 64, Leblon

    +55 21 2294 1397

  • Picnic spot

    Parque Lage

    Rua Jardim Botânico 414, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3257 1800

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  • Dinner for two

    Roberta Sudbrack

    Rua Lineu de Paula Machado 916, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3874 0139

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  • Lunch with friends

    Aprazível

    Rua Aprazível 62, Santa Teresa

    +55 21 2508 9174

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  • Late drinks

    Astor

    Avenida Vieira Souto 110, Ipanema

    +55 21 2523 0085

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  • Leisurely breakfast

    La Bicyclette

    Espaço Tom Jobim, Rua Jardim Botânico 1008, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3594 2589

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  • Sunset cocktail

    Bar dos Descasados

    Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Santa Teresa

    +55 21 2222 2755

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  • Dinner with friends

    Sushi Leblon

    Rua Dias Ferreira 256, Leblon

    +55 21 2512 7830

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  • Barbecue spot

    Rubaiyat

    Rua Jardim Botânico 971, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3204 999

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  • Big dinner with friends

    Academia da Cachaça

    Avenida Armando Lombardi 800, Barra da Tijuca

    +55 21 2493 7956

  • Late bite

    Jobi

    Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva 1 166, Leblon

    +55 21 2274 0547

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Livraria da Travessa

    Rua Visconde Pirajá 572, Ipanema

    +55 21 3205 9002

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Thank yous

  • Flowers

    Florisbela by Suzana Milman

    Rua Visconde de Pirajá 414, 1F, Ipanema

    +55 21 2287 1241

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    “Made in Brazil” homewares from Poeira

    Rua Dias Ferreira 480, Leblon

    +55 21 2580 0513

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Reserva

    Rua Maria Quitéria 77, Ipanema

    +55 21 2247 5980

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  • Something for the kids

    Knitted toys from Família Ripinica

    Rua Caminhoá 36, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 2246 0230

  • Something for someone you love

    Traditional food treats from Casa Carandaí

    Rua Lopes Quintas 165, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3114 0179

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  • Something for yourself

    Cosmetics from Granado

    Rua Primeiro de Março 16, Centro

    +55 21 3231 6746

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Transport

  • — Take the subway to go downtown but a taxi is the best way to get around.

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    BodyTech

    Avenida das Americas 700, Barra da Tijuca

    +55 21 2132 7222

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