Cycling around Lagoa is a great option when the weather, or your head, is cloudy. Estimated Total Time (T): 5h Estimated Total Cost (C): R$ 60 Best on: Cloudy Weekday
Get breakfast at a juice bar: Acai (see page 164) with a misto-quente.
Rent a bike for the whole day. Ask your hotel reception for the nearest bike rental, or consider the Samba Bikes (see page 52).
Make sure you rent the lock too, as you will be leaving it locked here and there.
Cycle around Lagoa
Head over to Lagoa and cycle around it anti-clockwise, stopping at any of the coconut stands for some coconut water.
Stop for lunch at the Gavea mall`s food court. After lunch, check out the rest of the mall.
Once three quarters of the way around Lagoa, you should look for signs for Jardim Botanico. Get over there, lock the bike and walk around for an hour.
Rio’s designer corner, with 4 large stores showcasing dozens of designer creations.
Rua Lopes Quintas, between 87 and 167
Then bike over to Parque Lage, right next door. Nice. Snoop Dogg`s “Beautiful” video was filmed there. Chill at their cafe and soak it all in. Plan out your video clip for your future smash-hit single featuring Placido Domingos.
Get familiar with the various musical styles in Brazilian folklore with this fun dance show.
Time: Sun-Wed 9pm
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Yet another place to have a beer and take in the view of Rio.
Rua Candido Gaffre, 205
A business that started on the beach and quickly developed into a thriving franchise. For those who like chocolate or doce de leite, try the popsicles, which are the best around. A scoop of the mango ice cream in a cup is also almost an obligation at the end of a beach day.
Rua Visconde de Piraja 400
“Churrascarias” offer the famous “rodizio”, an all-you-can eat meat feast. Scores of waiters load your plate till you throw in the towel. The legendary Churrascaria Palace offers the best value in town and the ample buffet also includes ribs, seafood and sushi, as well as side dishes and salads.
Rua Rodolfo Dantas 16, Copacabana
Special deal: climb a mountain and get a view to die for.
tel: 3322-8765 or 9392-9203
The hike is steep, yet not enough to need to climb. Tours whenever the weather seems promising. Bring snacks, outdoor shoes, swim gear and a camera!
Bio-jewelry? That’s right: Jewelry made not from slave gold and blood stones, but exotic seeds and plants. For 20 years, Amazonia-native designer, Maria Oiticica, has been designing jewelry and accessories that attract attention with vibrant designs and a refreshing philosophy.
With Amazonian ingredients and world-class culinary techniques,you’ll be wowed with what Natacha Fink has in store for you. Fish and vegetables are all fresh from the Amazon. Since everything is exotic, let the maitre´D design your experience.
Rua Almirante Alexandrino 264, Santa Teresa
One of those tasteful places you could just hang out in all night: it’s got Rio`s favorite wine list, a varied gourmet cuisine, a hip cocktail bar and a chic lounge crowd after 11pm.
Rua Dias Ferreira 247, Leblon
Scary yet exciting, but, of course, that’s the idea. After a flight, however, your self-confidence will skyrocket and you’ll be thankful you didn’t miss out on the incredible view! Tip: Call a few days ahead, so you can be notified of favorable wind-conditions, helping to guarantee a longer flight time.
Praia do Pepino
tel: Max= 21 8894 9857
The two of them left Bracarense Bar and took their recipes and the expertise on pouring a perfect draft.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 679
tel:2512-0028 | WEBSITE – Leblon
In addition to the dazzling views, Brazil’s largest horse race track can bring about unforgettable thrills! Pick your favorite and feel your heart flutter in the frantic rhythm of the hoofbeats.
Rua Jardim Botânico, 1003 2259-1596 |WEBSITE – Gávea
You can cover most of the city, specially the scenic coast, on a bike. Rent one, or schedule to join a bike touring company like Urban Tours, that takes groups daily.
WEBSITE – Carioquices
Absolutely unforgettable, from start to finish! Ask one hundred Cariocas on which view they prefer, whether from Sugar Loaf or from the Christ Statue, and you will get a draw.
Av Pasteur 520
tel:2461-2700 | WEBSITE – Urca
Aestheticians and dermatologists in Rio are ready to make you look your best. Diode Laser for epilation, Botox, Pixel, IPL device for skin spots and spider veins, Thermage for contouring, fillers and peels or a good old fashion facial are the most requested by tourists, since you can walk in and out in under 2 hours. Call to learn more.
Rua Visconde de Piraja 433 / 5th floor
tel:2287-9696 | WEBSITE – Ipanema
Congregates most of the Brazilian styles of foods: mineira, carioca, bahiana, gaucha, northeastern. Draft beers acompany classic finger food.
Av. Atlantica 3564 | WEBSITE – Copacabana
Rainy Rio? All right! Latin America´s largest urban spa offers half and full day packages for you to choose between 18 massages, foot reflexology, clay body-therapy, lymphatic drainage, body peel, and aroma-therapy bath.
Praca Santos Dumont 31 (inside
the Jockey Club), Gávea
nirvana [at] enirvana.com.br
Prices start at roughly R$100 for
1 hour, depending on the service.
The stone slab pathway leads visitors to the cozy inner courtyard. Have a cup of coffee, watch a movie or play.
Av. Vieira Souto, 176
tel:2247-6946 | WEBSITE – Ipanema
There isn´t anything more traditional and refined in Brazil than drinking tea at Colombo Confectionery downtown. History adorns every detail. While trying the portuguese desserts and pastries, let the century old mirrors and decor sink in.
Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32
tel: 2505-1500 | WEBSITE – Centro
Every day, even before the first rays of sun, it welcomes its first guests: rowers, cyclists, joggers. Little by little, others join in: babies, mothers, nannies, sailors, lovers. All of them a dedicated supporting cast to a daily spectacle starred by waters which sparkle 24 hours a day.
A museum of Brazilian gemstones. Shows everything from the mining process to the design of each jewelry. Free entrance.
Rua Garcia D’Ávila, 105 WEBSITE – Ipanema
Do you want to see Reynaldo Gianecchini? Carolina Ferraz? Malu Mader? Any other gorgeous Brazilian actor or actress? Go to the hottest Japanese restaurant in town.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 256
tel:2512-7830 | WEBSITE – Leblon
One of the most romantic restaurants in Rio, where the decor helps season the dishes. Tip: Don’t order an entrée, order from the finger foods or a degustation. And don’t order beer or wine, you fool! Their drinks are famously creative. Open for lunch friday thru sunday.
Rua Joana Angélica, 40
tel: 2247-9101 | WEBSITE – Ipanema
A temple to Bossa Nova built into a store! Tip: music sheet, songbooks, CDs and DVDs are not all: original t-shirts have a lot to say.
Rua Vinícius Moraes, 129
tel:2247-5227 | WEBSITE – Ipanema
Original design turns simplicity into sheer sophistication. An internationally acclaimed brand, it has become a symbol for prestige and style. Men’s and women’s, shoes and accessories.
Rua Maria Quitéria, 85
tel:2227-6256 | WEBSITE – Ipanema
Cultural program to please all. Cinema, theater, library, lectures, recitals—all in a lavish historical building, with a central atrium topped by a magnificent skylight cupola bathing the interior of the building in natural light. In here, Art never rests!
Rua 1º de Março, 66
tel:3808-2020 | WEBSITE – Centro
In Brazilian Baroque style, with a gilded wood interior, it is visually imposing. Mass, said daily and supported by Gregorian Chant, is an attraction by itself.
Rua D Gerardo, 40
tel: 2206-8100 | – Centro
The waterfront building is already a piece of art on its own that any Rio De Janeiro Travel group should visit, but there is more! Art exhibits, large and lofty halls, gourmet restaurant, movie theater, design objects store… Well worth the visit, no matter what is in exhibition.
Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85
tel:2240-4944 | WEBSITE – Flamengo
Wandering through these paths leads the mind towards harmony. The smell of green freshness invades every nook and cranny of your lungs with a bewildering sensation. The world changes, everything gains new meaning!
R. Jardim Botânico, 1008
tel:2239-5340 | – Jardim Botânico
At the base of Corcovado mountain,
you´ll in fall in love for this place! Snoop Dogg did, and shot his “Beautiful” video here.
Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 3257-1800 | – Jardim Botânico
Ever since the Army granted access to the public, people have been won over by the unexpected and novel views of Copacabana, Arpoador, Ipanema and Leblon. From high up on the hill, right beside the cannons, the view is breathtaking!
Av Atlântica Posto 6
tel:2287-3781 | – Copacabana
A festival of good-looking people! Here you can check the city’s tightest, most ripped bodies. Celebrities or unknown, all could very well grace a magazine cover or centerfold. Tip: Be discreet with the camera, you paparazzo wannabe you!
Av. do Pepê – Barra
Don’t think it over. Just go. It’s mandatory
and wonderful. Tip: rent a beach chair and umbrella and bask in the congenial niceness of the barraqueiros (cabana boys).
Av Vieira Souto – Ipanema
So sumptuous that, by entering it, you undergo a transformation. You feel like nobility and act like it too. Concerts, ballet, recitals, opera. Pick your favorite and let yourself go.
Praca Marechal Floriano
tel:2262-3501 | WEBSITE – Centro
Ideal for kids and grown-ups jonesing for an adrenaline rush. Not just for kids! You’ll test your intestinal fortitude with the zipline and tree top adventure, even with all safety gear on…
Av Epitácio Pessoa 3000 Pq. da Catacumba
tel: 4105-0079 | WEBSITE – Lagoa
Worthy of a visit by any ‘carnivore’. Whenever
you take meat away from the plate, you start to pay attention to the rest, which usually goes mostly unnoticed.
Rua Cde Bernadotte, 26
tel:2294-5200 | WEBSITE – Leblon
Swiss chef Volkmar Wendlinger is Casa da Suíça. A superb chef, as well as a diplomat and a seasoned host. Don’t order from the menu, don’t order the fondue either. Ask Volkmar to cook you something he is in the mood of cooking and he’ll do it right in front of you. Entertaining and delicious.
Rua Cândido Mendes, 157
tel:2252-2406 | WEBSITE – Gloria
It doesn’t even feel like you’re in Rio, as the vegetation of the sand bar helps hide the condos from view.
The very best shrimp turnover in Brazil, perhaps in the World. We challenge anyone to find one with more shrimpfullness.
Rua Domingos Ferreira, 242
tel: 2548-7385 | WEBSITE – Copacabana
E-ve-ry-thing is gorgeous and delicious! Take a camera, photograph the food, print it wallet-size and keep it with you, even if you need to put it in front of your kids’ pic.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 233
tel: 2249-7550 | WEBSITE – Leblon
Other restaurants in Rio de Janeiro:
Ice cream parlor slash bar slash lounge slash restaurant with a lot of sophistication.
Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30
tel:2522-7749 | WEBSITE – Ipanema
Feijoada served with all due ritual, ideal for a rainy afternoon.
Rua Prudente Morais, 10
tel: 2247-2776 | – Ipanema
Traditional gay club in Copa.
Rua Raul Pompéia, 102
tel:2247-8342 | WEBSITE – Copacabana
Looks like a house party, especially because it kinda is: a family house adapted to be a night club. Very rad, 2 dance floors, it opens late. Don’t wear D&G, wear a Che Guevara tee.
Rua Henrique Novaes, 155
tel:2286-5257 | – Botafogo
A full house, with billiards, lounge, bar, stage with some major performers. If you see Carlinhos de Jesus (a famous dancer and choreographer, as well as partner in the club), show him your camera and ask him to take a picture of you—he loves that gag!
Rua do Riachuelo, 97
tel: 3970-1338 | – Lapa
In the last years it has become the center of Rio De Janeiro nightlife, with 30 gafieiras (dance halls), 40 bars, a few night clubs and three show venues. Every city should follow suit, setting up a night scene in historic, non-residential areas, with room for growth and no neighbors to complain of the noise.
The hippest and most swankily decorated place in Rio. A hit with all demographics, from college kids to their great-great-granmas. Get in really early, 8PM early, and have dinner there. Otherwise you may face ‘round the block lines.
Rua do Lavradio, 20
tel:3147-9005 | WEBSITE – Lapa
An elegant, tasteful place, ideal for those who want to party, but are in the mood for refined lounging to indulge in conversation.
Av. Padre Leonel França, 240
tel:2540-8041 | WEBSITE – Gávea
Raining? Take a one-day (4 hour) cooking class at Cook in Rio and learn how to cook Bahian seafood moqueca or the traditional black bean feijoada, as well as Brazilian cocktails and appetizers . US$ 75 per person includes food and drinks.
whatsapp: 98894 9857