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
Breakfast Get breakfast at a juice bar: Acai (see page 164) with a misto-quente.
Rent bike 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.
Lunch Stop for lunch at the Gavea mall`s food court. After lunch, check out the rest of the mall.
Jardim Botânico 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.
Designer street Rio’s designer corner, with 4 large stores showcasing dozens of designer creations. Rua Lopes Quintas, between 87 and 167
Parque Lage 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nirvana Spa Praca Santos Dumont 31 (inside the Jockey Club), Gávea tel: 2187-0100 nirvana [at] enirvana.com.br www.enirvana.com.br Prices start at roughly R$100 for 1 hour, depending on the service.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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.