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Carnival Guide to Rio de Janeiro

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For five days every year, the streets and tropical beaches of Rio de Janeiro are filled with the sounds of samba as revelers celebrate the city's most infamous event: Carnival. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival, marking the beginning of Catholic Lent with five days of festivities taking place across every inch of the city. By day, neighborhood-organized block parties ("blocos") parade through the streets, with live samba music and skilled-local drummers inviting anyone to join them. At night, a world-class parade takes place in the Sambodrome, where different groups compete for the winning title with some of the most elaborate costumes, dancing, and parade floats you'll ever see. Evening balls also take place in some of the city's finest hotels, catering to those looking for more upscale revelry. While Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is often described as a wild experience, the truth is, there is something for every type of traveler — you just have to know where to find it. Expect to see young and old, families and friends, rich and poor, locals and foreigners, partying together — gathering everywhere from big venues to tiny backstreets. In this guide, I've included many options for joining the celebrations, and experiencing them in the way that suits you best. (You'll also find the top city attractions that you should make sure to fit in between all of the samba!) Stay for the entire five days, and Rio will feel like an old friend by the time you leave.

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47 Places

13 City Tips

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47 Places

Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai

Arenas & Stadiums

Ipanema Beach

Beaches

Arpoador beach

Beaches

Sugarloaf Mountain

Tramways, Mountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Hotels

Aterro Do Flamengo

Parks

Academia da Cachaca

Restaurants

Bibi Sucos

Restaurants

Porcao Rio's

Restaurants

Santa Teresa

Neighbourhoods

Parque Lage

Historic Sites, Parks

Praia do Leme

Beaches

Prainha Beach

Beaches

Pedra Bonita

Lookouts, Mountains

Tijuca National Park

Forests, National Parks

Leblon Beach

Beaches, Lookouts

Escadaria Selaron

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Arcos Da Lapa

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lagoon

Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Saara Shopping District

Neighbourhoods

Favela Santa Marta Turismo

Sightseeing Tours

Rio Scenarium

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

Morro Dois Irmaos

Observation Decks & Towers, Parks

Copacabana Beach

Beaches

Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

Gardens

Sushi Leblon

Restaurants

Pedra da Gavea

Mountains

Pedra do Sal

Geologic Formations

Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museums

Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro

Gardens, Theatres

Barra Beach

Beaches

Rocinha

Neighbourhoods

BB Lanches

Restaurants

Mr. Lam

Restaurants

Zaza Bistro Tropical

Restaurants

Bar do David

Restaurants

Delirio Tropical

Restaurants

Braz Pizzaria

Restaurants

Carretao Classic Grill Ipanema

Restaurants

Polis Sucos

Restaurants

Carioca da Gema

Bars & Clubs

Felice Caffe

Restaurants

Cacau Show

Restaurants

Bar do Mineiro

Restaurants

Praca Sao Salvador

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ipanema City Center

Gift & Speciality Shops

Botafogo Bay

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Megan S's City Tips

  • Try to arrive a full day before (Wednesday night or Thursday morning). By Thursday night, some parades will have begun, and taxis from the airport are always stalled in traffic!
  • If you can, fly to the National Airport (Santos Dumont) instead of the International (GIG/Galeao). GIG lies far outside the city, while the domestic is close to everything!
  • Bring plenty of US dollars and use the designated currency exchange houses. (I recommend using ATMs as little as possible as they're notorious for copying cards.)
  • During the times when major street parades are happening, use the metro. It gets packed, but road closures often lead to taxis and buses not getting through at all.
  • Want to sit out a day of Carnival festivities? Still check out which major street events are happening so you can avoid those areas (other areas will tend to vacate — great for sightseeing!).
  • Drink plenty of water at street events! It gets really hot during this time, and many visitors forget to drink enough water to stay hydrated.
  • In some restaurants in Rio, a 10% tip will be added as a line item. It is actually optional, but usually paid unless service was bad or nonexistent.
  • Going to a street parade? Take the minimum with you: cash, water, sunscreen, and camera. Leave credit cards or phones you won't use at home, and keep an eye on your valuables in massive crowds.
  • Planning on riding the metro? While it's very convenient, be sure to load a card with about 20-30 BRL at the start of the week. (The line to buy a ticket can take forever during Carnival!)
  • Don't bring too much beach gear! The bathing suits, sandals, hats, and towels you can buy here are great, unique, relatively cheap, and available everywhere. Save space in your suitcase!
  • Drinking alcohol in public is legal in Brazil, but don't take any glass onto the beach!
  • Going to the beach? All the umbrellas and chairs laid out are for rent, not for free public use: if you sit, you'll be expected to pay when you leave! (Usually just a few dollars.)
  • Everything is for sale on the beach so don't worry about bringing drinks or snacks with you. Vendors of every type will walk along the sand with anything you could possibly need!
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    Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Megan S Says:

    This is the center of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, where the famous evening parade takes place. It takes place over three nights of Carnival until the winner is announced. Expect to see over-the-top parade floats, elaborate and colorful costumes, impressive samba dancing, and hear a lot of passionate samba music! (This is a real spectacle, compared to the street parties.)

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    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Rest up before — some nights, the parade continues way past the official 2am "end" (some years until 7am!). Many people don't stick it out to the end though, so don't feel compeled to stay!
    • You'll see Brazilians of all ages here, including families. Note that many of the performers' costumes are quite revealing, so some foreigners may not consider it "family friendly" however.
    • Buy tickets in advance! As soon as you know you will attend, get booking. Many people buy as early as six months before Carnival, but some tickets are usually available until the month of. (Note however that these are more expensive, limited seats.)
    • Staying until the weekend after Carnival ends? This is when the winner's parade takes place; a much cheaper event, showcasing just the five best groups. Great if you can't get tickets to the main event!
    • Check the weather before you head here — sometimes it rains and as it's uncovered, you'll need a poncho!
    • Luxury travelers should book a VIP box months in advance. Budget travelers can snag seats in the stands up to the last minute. (Prices and comfort levels of seating range greatly, so do your research beforehand.)
    • The cheap seats are for watching the parade. The VIP/Camarote boxes are where Brazilians throw private parties! They're the only places permitted for drinking alcohol.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a quick call 14/11/2017
    • MUST SEE WHILE IN RIO 21/06/2017
    • Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai
    Address:
    Rua Marques de Sapucai
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22640-100
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55(21)2976-7310
    Other:
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    Ipanema Beach
    Beaches
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    Megan S Says:

    The most popular beach in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema is an icon of the city, and a beautiful spot for laying out, swimming in the waves, and even socializing. During Carnival, some spots turn into beach parties, and some are left alone for beach-goers.

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    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can buy drinks and food on the beach at the little stalls.
    • Barraca do Uruguai (Post 9) is the most popular spot for young people looking to drink and hang out. They also have a DJ during Carnival.
    • Some block parties take place along this beach — Banda de Ipanema is the most famous "bloco" here.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach culture in Rio 15/12/2017
    • Happiness 06/12/2017
    • Ipanema Beach
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    Arpoador beach
    Beaches
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    Megan S Says:

    At the end of Ipanema Beach, you'll find this jutting rock and bit of beach, offering beautiful views back on Rio. Definitely worth the stroll!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • During the day, this is a popular place to stand-up paddleboard and surf. Huts here offer rentals and lessons.
    • Come here one night for sunset to fully appreciate the beauty of Rio de Janeiro.
    • Those who don't want to venture onto the sand or rocks can grab a drink at one of the restaurants above and get the same great view.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful surf spot + view 11/12/2017
    • Beautiful 08/12/2017
    • Arpoador beach
    Address:
    Avenida Francisco Bhering
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22080-050
    Brazil
    Phone:
    51993878800
    Other:
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    Sugarloaf Mountain
    Tramways, Mountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
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    Megan S Says:

    The second most popular site in Rio de Janeiro, this is my personal favorite! The Sugarloaf offers incredible views over all of Rio (including the beaches, Botafogo Bay, and the Christ Statue — which it faces), plus the perspective is stunning.

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    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Adventurous types can follow the hiking trail up the first mountain, then take the cable car to the top! (Buy your cable car ticket at the base before you set off).
    • There's always a great view (and smaller crowds) at sunset!
    • The beach right beside the Sugarloaf, Praia Vermelha, is beautiful and off the beaten path for most tourists.
    • Student? Bring your ID for half off the ticket!
    • Hard-core budgeters can just climb up the first mountain and then ride down in the cable car for free! (No need to go right to the top.)
    • Make sure to explore the trails along the back of the mountain once you reach the top! New views, peaceful greenery, and monkeys await.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WOW a view to remember, for ever 18/12/2017
    • The best view I’ve ever seen. A MUST DO 17/12/2017
    • Sugarloaf Mountain
    Address:
    Av. Pasteur, 520
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-255
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2546 8433
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 19:45
    Other:
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    Belmond Copacabana Palace
    Hotels
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    Megan S Says:

    A classic hotel on Rio's famous Copacabana Beach, the impressive Copacabana Palace is hard to miss. I mention it here because it also hosts the most popular Carnival Ball in Rio. If you plan to attend one, this classy affair is hard to beat, featuring a night of music and dancing in the hotel's elegant ballroom.

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    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Dress code: Ball gowns, tuxedos, and masks or more elaborate costumes.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 286 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 05/12/2017
    • Landmark in Rio 02/12/2017
    • Belmond Copacabana Palace
    Address:
    Avenida Atlantica, 1702
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-001
    Brazil
    Phone:
    011 55 21 2548-7070
    Other:
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    Aterro Do Flamengo
    Parks
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    Megan S Says:

    Known year-round as a beautiful stretch of land for walking and running along, this area transforms during Carnival time, into one of the most popular sites for the city's famous street parties ('blocos'). Check the official schedule for times and days, and don't miss attending at least one!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The events here are usually huge, but not all are crowded. On the schedule it will tell you the number of people who usually attend to give you an idea.
    • The "blocos" here are big street parties with lots of drinking. The events with more attendees are usually too wild for families, but the smaller ones are suitable.
    • Bloco Sargento Pimenta is the most popular. Its great, Beatles-themed music features samba-style covers of well-known Beatles songs. Very fun!
    • Most locals dress up in costumes — similar to Halloween — which do not need to be carnival-style (masks, etc.). Anything goes!
    • All events here are free!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An ecletic place to go 03/11/2016
    • Perfect for biking 18/10/2016
    • Aterro Do Flamengo
    Address:
    Baia De Guanabara
    Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22210-065
    Brazil
    Other:
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    Academia da Cachaca
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Latin, Bar, South American)
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    Megan S Says:

    For those who would like to celebrate in a bar rather than on the street, check out the historic Academia da Cachaca. Try Brazil's national drink, the caipirinha, and experiment with the many types of the drink's key ingredient — sugar-cane rum called Cachaca — on offer here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try a caipirinha de maracuya (passion fruit).
    • Ask your server for recommendations; they usually know best!
    • Food is available here. Though they're more appetizer style, many dishes are quite filling.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #237 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing feijoada and caipirinha 12/11/2017
    • Get to know real cachaça! 06/11/2017
    • Academia da Cachaca
    Address:
    Rua Conde Bernadotte 26
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (21) 2529-2680
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Bibi Sucos
    Restaurants (Brazilian, South American)
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    Megan S Says:

    Like any tropical country, Brazil is full of amazing fresh fruits, and you'll see snack shops on every corner offering fresh juices of any fruit or veggie your heart could desire! Bibi Sucos is my personal favorite.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't leave Brazil without trying Acai! (A sort of creamy sorbet made with Amazonian berries of the same name, and usually served topped with granola and chopped banana.) Great for breakfast or an all-day snack.
    • Feeling under the weather? They have cure-all juices for whatever you're suffering from, just ask them! (Antigripal is great for colds and flus.)
    • They serve a ton of tasty snacks here!
    • Most people eat at the counter — it's not a full restaurant!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #141 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great juices and food 01/07/2017
    • The best açai in town 01/06/2017
    • Bibi Sucos
    Address:
    Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva 591-A
    Leblon
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22440-032
    Brazil
    Phone:
    021 2259-0000
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Porcao Rio's
    Restaurants (Japanese, Steakhouse, Brazilian, Latin, Barbecue, Sushi, South American)
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    Megan S Says:

    Brazil's most famous cuisine is its all-you-can-eat barbecue (aka 'churrascao'). This reknowned 'churrascaria' is my personal favorite, and even though it's a splurge by Brazilian standards, you more than get what you pay for here — with endless high-end cuts of meat. If you want a great Brazilian meal, this is it!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are a couple locations, but this one has the best views, over the Sugarloaf Mountain. Make reservations!
    • Come hungry!
    • Drinks are not included in the price.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The time has passed 26/11/2016
    • Churascaria with view 07/11/2016
    • Porcao Rio's
    Address:
    Avenida Infante Dom Henrique s/n
    Aterro do Flamengo
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-140
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 3389-8989
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$139
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 00:30
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    Santa Teresa
    Neighbourhoods
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    Megan S Says:

    My favorite neighborhood in Rio (and most other people's too), the hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa is full of winding streets, colorful homes, endless street art, boutique hotels, and charming cafes and restaurants. While it isn't the easiest to access (you need a car or taxi to get here, and not all are willing to take you up), it's well worth the effort.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Some of the best street parties take place here during Carnival! They are very local affairs, and more intimate as the streets are small.
    • Coming to a "bloco" here? Arrive early! Some start at 7 or 8am, usually moving down to the rest of the city by 11am.
    • You'll find great restaurants here with amazing views, and nice local bars as well.
    • During the day you can walk up to Santa Teresa but it's a workout!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good trip up on the tram with a slow walk down 16/11/2017
    • Great place in perfect safe neighboorhood 26/09/2017
    • Santa Teresa
    Address:
    Rua Aurea
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-210
    Brazil
    Other:
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    Parque Lage
    Historic Sites, Parks
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    Megan S Says:

    This classic building in the middle of a lush park is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Definitely worth checking out, it's a little oasis in the midst of the rampant Carnival buzz.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Come have lunch in the waterside cafe for a relaxing meal!
    • The historic site now operates as an art school, and art lovers will enjoy seeing the students' ongoing projects.
    • Adventurous travelers and budgeters can hike up to the Christ statue from here (rather than take the shuttle and train up the mountain). The trail head is located behind the art school, and the hike up takes approximately three hours.
    • Combine this with a visit to the botanical gardens and lagoon for a really relaxing day.
    • Entrance to the grounds is free, and the cafe onsite is mid-priced.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old park. Great getaway for a hot afternoon 06/12/2017
    • grand old mansion at the edge of a rainforest 27/11/2017
    • Parque Lage
    Address:
    Rua Jardim Botanico 414
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22461-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55(21) 3257-1800
    Other:
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    Praia do Leme
    Beaches
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    Megan S Says:

    My favorite part of Copacabana Beach, this beautiful spot is a nice refuge from the packed central area of the stretch. Also, during Carnival, a ton of street parties ('blocos') take place here, so you can combine beach time with great music!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • "Blocos" here usually begin the night before Carnival, and continue until a night or two after.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beach 02/08/2017
    • Calmed end of Copacabana beach 25/04/2017
    • Praia do Leme
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    Prainha Beach
    Beaches
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    Megan S Says:

    Lying much further from the center of Rio than the other spots in this guide, Prainha is great because of exactly that. A pristine beach for laying out and surfing, few travelers know about (or make the trek out to) Prainha, so you can be sure to have the peaceful break that you need here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to rent a car or take the "Rio Surf Bus" here. It can be accessed by public bus, but it's inconvenient.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant but not perfect 15/12/2017
    • great place 07/11/2017
    • Prainha Beach
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    Pedra Bonita
    Lookouts, Mountains
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    Megan S Says:

    Even though Rio is mainly known for its beaches, it also has amazing hiking opportunities. Pedra Bonita is one of the city's shorter hikes (Rio has some very challenging ones), but the views are still incredible.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Want the ultimate Rio experience? Go hangliding from Pedra Bonita!
    • This trail is manageable for just about anyone.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Paragliding paradise! 07/11/2017
    • Hang- and paragliding galore ! 06/11/2017
    • Pedra Bonita
    Address:
    Estrada da Cascatinha
    Tijuca National Park
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-590
    Brazil
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    Tijuca National Park
    Forests, National Parks
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    Megan S Says:

    Many of Rio's most amazing hiking trails lie inside the Tijuca National Park. Here you'll find waterfalls, mountain peaks, monkeys, and amazing views. Plus, almost all the hiking is under the shade of the rainforest canopy so it stays relatively cool! Great for a health detox — if you've been indulging during Carnival — or for those who want something other than partying to do.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pedra Bonita is a great family trail, Pedra de Gavea is the most challenging (involves lots of climbing), and Pico de Tijuca is a good intermediate hike. All offer amazing views!
    • The park is huge and there are four entrances, each accessed from totally different parts of the city. Make sure you enter through the right one for the trail you want!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tijcua Jeep Tour 20/11/2017
    • Hiked Pico da Tijuca 12/11/2017
    • Tijuca National Park
    Address:
    Estrada da Cascatinha 850
    Alto da Boa Vista
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-590
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 (21) 96864-6470
    Other:
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    Leblon Beach
    Beaches, Lookouts
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    Megan S Says:

    The beach corresponding to Rio's most high-end neighborhood, Leblon hosts a few Carnival festivities, but remains a calm haven overall for those wanting a break from the madness. Come here if you want a beach day away from the constant activity!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The further from Ipanema and closer to the Dois Irmaos mountain you go, the calmer the beach gets.
    • Getting here: Take the metro/bus combo from Ipanema or a taxi from General Osorio metro station (if coming from another part of the city).
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My favourite in Rio 17/12/2017
    • More upmarket. 11/12/2017
    • Leblon Beach
    Address:
    Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Escadaria Selaron
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Megan S Says:

    Also known as the Lapa Stairs, this landmark is a very unique part of the city. Walk up the stairs covered in mosaic tiles from all over the world; a tribute by Chilean artist Jorge Selaron to his beloved adopted home of Rio. He spent years working on the stairs, and both lived and died on them! A great spot for colorful photos, for those who know the history, and for anyone interested in seeing a unique take on street art.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early in the day — it gets very crowded later, making it harder to get a good photo!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Colorful and Bohemian 17/12/2017
    • Amazing site 16/12/2017
    • Escadaria Selaron
    Address:
    Rua Joaquim Silva
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-120
    Brazil
    Phone:
    21-96437-2680
    Other:
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    Arcos Da Lapa
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Megan S Says:

    Considered an important downtown city landmark, the 'Arches' are much more than just a sight to see. They mark the entrance to Lapa, the bohemian nightlife center of Rio, and the action all starts in the plaza, below the arches themselves. During Carnival, many 'blocos' take place on the plaza by day, while more official concerts happen there at night. Once you walk under the Arches, you'll see a street full of different restaurants, music venues, bars, and clubs. These rain from dive and cheap to very high end, so there really is something for everyone!

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Travelers who want to participate in the street parties ("blocos") should head for the Arches, and then walk on into Lapa to explore.
    • Those who want to avoid the street crowds should ask their taxi to deliver them directly to their Lapa club/bar/restaurant of choice.
    • The Arches are two minutes from the colorful Escadaria Selaron/Lapa Stairs.
    • This area is great for live samba music in the evenings.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    • Cool experience 10/12/2017
    • Passed the area as part of a walking tour 01/12/2017
    • Arcos Da Lapa
    Address:
    Rua Riachuelo 27
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-010
    Brazil
    Phone:
    21-2222-2334
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    Lagoon
    Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Megan S Says:

    Just a few blocks from the ocean sits this beautiful, expansive lagoon. Those who want exercise away from the crowds can run around the perimeter on the designated jogging track; luxury travelers will love the high-end bars, restaurants, lounges, and clubs that line the water; while others will enjoy simply taking in the views. All venues here offer special events for Carnival too — ask your hotel for information!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sit along the water and have a drink at sunset!
    • Going to one of the nightlife venues here? Make sure to ask about the dress code, all are very high-end!
    • Coming during the day? Combine this spot with a visit to Parque Lage and the Botanical Gardens.
    • You can rent kayaks, paddleboats, or stand-up paddleboards here to go out on the water.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #158 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent outdoor food court with amazing views 21/07/2017
    • Nice views and food 02/01/2017
    • Lagoon
    Address:
    Avenida Borges de Medeiros 1424
    Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22470-003
    Brazil
    Other:
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    Saara Shopping District
    Neighbourhoods
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    The bustling Saara Shopping District is mayhem all year round, but its collection of 'everything under the sun' comes particularly in handy during Carnival time. Here you'll find everything at very cheap prices: Clothes, shoes, Havianas (Brazilian flip flop brand), beach towels, souvenirs, home decor, art, cheap electronics, you name it! For Carnival, it's the perfect spot to grab costumes and any other party supplies you might need — from foghorns to confetti to portable drinking cups.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to come before Carnival starts for the best selection!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • crowded, selling cheap stuff 20/07/2017
    • Has the atmosphere of a bazaar mixed with a flea market. 03/03/2017
    • Saara Shopping District
    Address:
    Rua Uruguaiana
    Centro
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Phone:
    2124689547
    Other:
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    Favela Santa Marta Turismo
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Megan S Says:

    For those hoping to see another side to Rio de Janeiro, look beyond its beaches and natural landmarks. The Santa Marta favela was the first slum in the city to undergo the pacification process, and is considered the model for Rio's attempts to make these areas safer. Now teeming with multiple art projects, tours through the favela are a great way to learn about the community, give back to those in need, and see how 1.4 million people in the city really live.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to research your tour company in advance. Look for one run by members of the favela, and which reinvests its profits into the community.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #182 of 519 Tours in Rio de Janeiro
    • Eyeopening 21/11/2017
    • Blown away!! 20/11/2017
    • Favela Santa Marta Turismo
    Address:
    Rua Sao Clemente - Favela Santa Marta
    Praça Corumbá
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22260-140
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +(55)21 99102-0037
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Other:
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    Rio Scenarium
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    Rio Scenarium has long been the most popular evening venue in the city, and with good reason. The quirky, art-filled, classic building offers three stories of dancefloors and different music. Start on the bottom floor, which hosts a live samba band most nights, as well as serving quality drinks and food earlier in the evening.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Arrive early!! The line builds quickly, and people regularly wait for 1-2 hours to get in.
    • Go for dinner (when there is no line) and then stay until the night kicks off!
    • You'll find a huge range of ages and types of people here, making for a very eclectic and fun crowd.
    • There is always a cover fee, check online for updated prices (these vary during Carnival).
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 144 Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good craic 25/11/2017
    • Beautiful scenery 21/11/2017
    • Rio Scenarium
    Address:
    Rua do Lavradio, 20
    Centro Antigo
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 3147-9000
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    19:30 - 02:30
    Thu
    19:30 - 03:00
    Fri
    19:30 - 04:30
    Sat
    20:00 - 04:30
    Other:
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    Morro Dois Irmaos
    Observation Decks & Towers, Parks
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    The iconic rocky outcrop at the end of Leblon and Ipanema, the Two Brothers Mountain (Morro Dois Irmaos) also has a trail up to the top with one of the best views in the city!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You must pass through the Vidigal favela to access the trail. (You can take a van or motorcycle taxi from the base of Vidigal to the trailhead.)
    • The hike to the top takes under an hour, and is steep in parts but still fairly easy.
    • Wear bug spray and sunscreen!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome hike 21/11/2017
    • Fantastic view of Rio's southzone 06/11/2017
    • Morro Dois Irmaos
    Address:
    Parque Do Penhasco Dois Irmaos
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Phone:
    21983944928
    Other:
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    Copacabana Beach
    Beaches
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    Along with Ipanema, this is one of Brazil's most beloved beaches. While several 'blocos' (street parties) take place in the Copacabana neighborhood during Carnival, the beach itself stays mainly filled with beachgoers. Walk along the promenade to buy souvenirs, listen to music, or have a snack and drink; or head onto the sand to lay out on the beach all day and enjoy some swimming.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The chairs and umbrellas laid out are for rent. If you sit down by one, you'll be asked to pay when you leave (even if nobody came up to you when you arrived).
    • Currents can get strong in the late afternoon, so be vigilant in the water.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Packed 18/12/2017
    • Amazing beach. 15/12/2017
    • Copacabana Beach
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    Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)
    Gardens
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    Some of the most expansive botanical gardens you're likely to come across, nature lovers won't want to miss this beautiful, peaceful destination. Amazing flora and fauna — including an Atlantic Forest trail — and massive grounds await you!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to go early in the day to avoid traffic from the street parties ("blocos").
    • Can be accessed by either bus or taxi; there is no metro station nearby.
    • There is a small entrance fee.
    • Combine this spot with a trip to the nearby Lagoon and Parque Lage.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • All tourists to Rio must visit this Garden 15/12/2017
    • You must go there! 14/12/2017
    • Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)
    Address:
    Rua Jardim Botanico 1008
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22460-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    2138741808
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$1
    Hours:
    Mon
    12:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sun
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Sushi Leblon
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    Sushi may not seem like an obvious item on your Rio de Janeiro bucket list, but it should be! After traditional Brazilian cuisine, it's the most popular food in the country — Brazil has a huge number of Japanese immigrants, and Rio is currently obsessed with sushi. Sushi Leblon serves up world-class sushi, on a par with the best restaurants in New York or London, and while the prices reflect this, you won't regret dining here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Reserve a table well in advance! (Many luxury travelers will be dying to visit here during Carnival.)
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #145 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful japanese restaurant 08/12/2017
    • Best Sushi in Rio! 25/11/2017
    • Sushi Leblon
    Address:
    Rua Dias Ferreira 256
    Leblon
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22431-050
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2512-7830
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 00:00
    Mon
    12:00 - 16:00
    19:00 - 01:30
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 - 01:30
    Other:
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    Pedra da Gavea
    Mountains
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    The most challenging hike in Rio, I would be doing a disservice to nature lovers by not mentioning it in this guide. While you need to set aside a full day to tackle Pedra da Gavea, it makes for a great pre- or post-Carnival outing: The views are outstanding, and the trail itself holds several world records for its height and rock formations.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go with a guide unless you are a very experienced climber. You will have to scale at one point.
    • This trail is not recommended for anyone not in great shape.
    • Bring water and food with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • excellent 21/11/2017
    • Hiking and some easy climbing 06/11/2017
    • Pedra da Gavea
    Address:
    Parque Nacional da Tijuca
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22451-261
    Brazil
    Phone:
    2178411348
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Pedra do Sal
    Geologic Formations
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    This historic spot downtown may have a long history as a former slave trading center, but locals have turned this dark history on its head, by making the rock home to Rio's most popular street event. Every Monday and Friday, you'll find live samba here, plenty of fellow revelers, and a year-round Carnival atmosphere!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Tell your taxi to drop you at "Praca Maua."
    • The rock can be slippery to stand on - stick to the stairs or flat ground to avoid slipping! (It happens... a lot.)
    • Bring cash: most drink vendors here are DIY stalls set up on the street.
    • Don't stray into the surrounding neighborhood after the party ends. The area is deserted at night.
    • It's free!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Local street party 29/08/2017
    • Real samba from locals; place was flocked out around 10 p.m.! 17/08/2017
    • Pedra do Sal
    Address:
    Largo Joao da Baiana
    Saude
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20081-120
    Brazil
    Phone:
    021420420420
    Other:
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    Museum of Contemporary Art
    Art Museums
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    Megan S Says:

    A famous structure by iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Neimeyer, a visit to the MAC museum will also give you a glimpse at a very local neighborhood: Niteroi. While the art inside struggles to compete with the impressive building, there are always a few pieces worth seeing, as well as a great view back on Rio.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the public ferry to Niteroi from downtown Rio — way quicker (and more fun) than driving across the bridge!
    • There is a small entrance fee.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 100 things to do in Niteroi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • UFO has landed 14/10/2017
    • Dissapointing 28/09/2017
    • Museum of Contemporary Art
    Address:
    Mirante da Boa Viagem
    Boa Viagem
    Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24210-470
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2620 2400
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
    Gardens, Theatres
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    One of the most beautiful buildings in Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Theater is definitely worth a visit while you're downtown. Although impressive from the outside — and great for photos — tours of the inside are also available.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets in advance online! Prices range greatly, but once a month there are community seats for less than $1.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great architecture 15/12/2017
    • You MUST go if you can get tickets 30/11/2017
    • Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
    Address:
    Praca Floriano
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-050
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55(21)2332-9191
    Other:
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    Barra Beach
    Beaches
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    Barra is a nice, clean suburb of Rio de Janeiro, and its 13-mile beach has plenty of space for everyone. It's also very clean, and particularly popular for surfing!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Traffic getting to and from Barra can be horrible throughout the day, but the beach is worth the effort.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place 01/12/2017
    • Nice 01/12/2017
    • Barra Beach
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    Rocinha
    Neighbourhoods
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    Another favela that is popular to visit for an eye-opening experience, Rocinha is the city's largest slum, and offers travelers a whole new look at the city and how many people in Rio de Janeiro live.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Do not explore on your own — only with a guide — and make sure your tour guide is from Rocinha and gives back to the community.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Comunidade Carioca 24/09/2017
    • Mixed Feelings 08/09/2017
    • Rocinha
    Other:
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    BB Lanches
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Fast food, South American, Healthy)
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    Megan S Says:

    A classic snack and juice bar, BB Lanches is an affordable spot for a typical Brazilian snack. Try a fruit juice of your choice, and a savory ('salgado') pastry such as 'pao de queijo' (cheese bread). You'll see outlets all over the city!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Coxinhas are my favorite "salgado" (tear-drop-shaped, deep-fried, and filled with spicy, shredded chicken).
    • Pastel are lighter snacks than coxinha, and also very typical (usually filled with cheese or meat).
    • Don't leave Brazil without trying Acai!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous food ! 16/11/2017
    • Best juice place in Leblon 04/07/2017
    • BB Lanches
    Address:
    Rua Aristides Espinola 64
    Loja A
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22440-050
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2294-1397
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    08:30 - 03:30
    Fri - Sat
    08:30 - 05:00
    Other:
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    Mr. Lam
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    Luxury travelers will love the high-end Chinese cuisine on offer at Mr. Lam. Unique dishes and a nice atmosphere are two of the highlights, but what makes it especially pleasant is its tucked away location — providing a much-needed break from the crowds of Ipanema and Copacabana.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make a reservation!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • First class chinese restaurant 21/07/2017
    • They should be embarrassed 01/04/2017
    • Mr. Lam
    Address:
    Rua Maria Angelica 21
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22470-201
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 22866661
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    19:00 - 00:30
    Fri - Sat
    19:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Zaza Bistro Tropical
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fusion, Brazilian, Mediterranean, South American)
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    A funky little spot a block away from Ipanema Beach, Zaza serves up great tropical fusion food. It's perfect for stepping off the beach for a meal, snack or cocktail, and has a cozy, creative atmosphere that most travelers are bound to enjoy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Prices are mid-range.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really worth a visit! 11/12/2017
    • Must Eat Place 28/11/2017
    • Zaza Bistro Tropical
    Address:
    Rua Joana Angelica 40
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-030
    Brazil
    Phone:
    552122479101
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$60
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 00:30
    Mon - Tue
    19:30 - 00:30
    Wed - Thu
    12:00 - 00:30
    Fri
    12:00 - 01:30
    Sat
    13:00 - 01:30
    Other:
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    Bar do David
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Bar, Seafood, South American)
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    Megan S Says:

    Looking for an authentic dose of Brazilian cuisine, served up in an even more traditional environment? Bar do David — at the entrance to a favela — is the best spot for home-cooked Brazilian dishes and tapas that you've never heard of! Don't worry about choosing your dish either, as David is happy to order for you if you prefer. Simply sit down and get ready for some of the best food you'll have in Rio!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Order several different dishes, and be sure to ask David for recommendations!
    • The bar doesn't stay open very late: plan to go for lunch or an early dinner.
    • You can walk up to the bar from Copacabana or take a taxi up the hill.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food and good service 15/12/2017
    • Great local vibe 19/11/2017
    • Bar do David
    Address:
    Ladeira Ari Barroso
    66 Loja 03, Chapeu Mangueira - Leme
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22010-060
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 96483-1046
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Delirio Tropical
    Restaurants (Brazilian, South American)
    See more photos
    Megan S Says:

    With Rio's beach lifestyle comes a love of fresh, healthy food, and Delirio Tropical brings it to you in locations across the city. Simply pick your own combination of salads, proteins, and sides at the front, and then find your own seat. Quick, delicious, and a great price for such healthy food!

    Tips
    • It may be healthy, but the desserts are just as rich as anywhere else!
    • It gets packed at lunch time!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect for the health conscious. 27/11/2017
    • Nice meal, great price, long lines 24/10/2017
    • Delirio Tropical
    Address:
    Rua Garcia d'Avila 48
    Ipanema
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22421-010
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +5521997660544
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Braz Pizzaria
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Megan S Says:

    Sao Paulo, the NYC of Brazil, is well known for its amazing Italian pizza restaurants, and Braz is the best of the bunch. Luckily, there's now a branch in Rio, so you can try the pizza lauded as 'better than in Sicily,' and see for yourself! (Easily the best pizza in Rio in my opinion.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They offer gluten-free bases here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • SUCH good Pizza 30/07/2017
    • The best pizza while travelling through South America. 03/06/2017
    • Braz Pizzaria
    Address:
    Rua Maria Angelica, 129
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22470-201
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 3563-1760
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    18:30 - 00:30
    Wed
    00:00 - 23:59
    Thu
    18:30 - 00:30
    Fri - Sat
    18:30 - 01:30
    Other:
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    Carretao Classic Grill Ipanema
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Brazilian, Barbecue, Sushi)
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    Megan S Says:

    For those who want churrascao (Brazilian BBQ) quick and easy, check out Carretao right next to the General Osorio metro station. One of the best in Rio, they manage it well so that you can often walk in without a reservation and still be served quickly (though during Carnival, I would suggest a reservation).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Call ahead if visiting during Carnival!
    • This restaurant is slightly lower in price than Porcao (though of comparable quality).
    • Great for families with younger kids and large groups of young people.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #148 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Superb food and great service 06/12/2017
    • Wow! How much food can you eat! 02/12/2017
    • Carretao Classic Grill Ipanema
    Address:
    Rua Visconde de Piraja 112
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22410-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2267-3965
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$52
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Polis Sucos
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Fast food)
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    Megan S Says:

    This popular juice spot is great for refreshments on the go: everything is fresh-squeezed in front of you!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the fresh juices, acai, and any of the fried, savory snacks on offer here.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #163 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Killerawesome!!!! 07/12/2017
    • Amazing burger 03/12/2017
    • Polis Sucos
    Address:
    Rua Maria Quiteria 70
    Ipanema
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22410-040
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (21) 2247 2518
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    07:00 - 00:00
    Thu - Sun
    07:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Carioca da Gema
    Bars & Clubs
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    Megan S Says:

    Looking for live samba music in a nice setting? The streets aren't the only place to hear it! Come to Carioca da Gema and enjoy drinks and samba any night of the week.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Make sure to order a caipirinha — Brazil's national drink!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 144 Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great night and super music 06/12/2017
    • Amazing and Authentic 03/11/2017
    • Carioca da Gema
    Address:
    Avenida Mem de Sa 79
    Lapa - Centro
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-150
    Brazil
    Phone:
    21 22210043
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    21:00 - 05:00
    Other:
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    Felice Caffe
    Restaurants (Cafe, Grill, Contemporary)
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    Megan S Says:

    If you've just spent the day on the beach and are craving a good meal, stop by at Felice. With plenty of light and healthy options, Felice is very accommodating to locals and visitors alike!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Vegetarians will love the falafel!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • italian restaurant Ipanema 01/12/2017
    • Another Great Food Find 28/11/2017
    • Felice Caffe
    Address:
    Rua Gomes Carneiro 30
    Ipanema
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22071-110
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2522-7749
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    12:00 - 01:00
    Sat
    12:00 - 01:01
    Other:
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    Cacau Show
    Restaurants
    Megan S Says:

    Brazil specializes in amazing gourmet chocolate, and Cacau Show is one of the best places to try it. You can buy individual chocolates, or get some great souvenirs to take home with you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sample the different flavors — the small chocolates come in every variation imaginable!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,322 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    • Vale la pena visitarllo !!! 08/11/2017
    • Excelentes capuccinos 13/03/2017
    • Cacau Show
    Address:
    Rua Visconde de Piraja 180
    Ipanema
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22410-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (021)22876342
    Other:
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    Bar do Mineiro
    Restaurants (Brazilian, Bar, South American)
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    Megan S Says:

    A very local bar up in quaint Santa Teresa, Bar do Mineiro is always bustling with locals looking for a good, homestyle meal, and a strong drink in this very classic spot.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • They make great feijoada here (black beans cooked with meat, one of Rio's most typical dishes).
    • Try a few different cachaca shots — they have tons of unique versions of this sugar-cane rum here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #107 of 9,559 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Feijoada- This is the place to eat it, that is all you need to know 07/12/2017
    • Good Brazilian place 06/12/2017
    • Bar do Mineiro
    Address:
    Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 99
    Santa Teresa
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-290
    Brazil
    Phone:
    021/2221-9227
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Praca Sao Salvador
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Megan S Says:

    This little plaza is always bustling with activity. By day, you'll find families barbecuing here, and at night, the bars around it come alive and it transforms into a popular meeting point. It's especially lively during Carnival — come see where the locals hang out!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • All of the bars here have full kitchens!
    • On weekends, there are art fairs here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #138 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit, if you love real Brazilian music 11/09/2017
    • For hanging out 27/05/2017
    • Praca Sao Salvador
    Other:
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    Ipanema City Center
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Megan S Says:

    The neighborhood where most tourists stay, hang out, eat, and shop, Ipanema has a little of everything — so whenever you aren't sure of where to go, Ipanema is a good bet! Walk along its major avenues for amazing (though often high-end) shopping, souvenirs, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife spots.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The LGBT bar scene is on Rua Farme de Amoedo.
    • The Hippie Fair on Sundays at Praca General Osorio is great for shopping!
    • During Carnival, several major "blocos" pass through here, always accompanied by energetic crowds!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 124 Shopping in Rio de Janeiro
    • Good food but watch you bill... 02/08/2017
    • Great shopping 04/06/2015
    • Ipanema City Center
    Address:
    Rua Visconde de Piraja
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Botafogo Bay
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Megan S Says:

    While Botafogo Bay itself is beautiful, the neighborhood as a whole makes for a great chilled-out Carnival experience. A low-key, yet safe and upscale neighborhood, Botafogo is just one metro stop from Copacabana (and just a few from Ipanema), but feels like a world away. Right near the Botafogo metro stop you'll find the plaza surrounded by local bars and restaurants; a place many locals enjoy celebrating Carnival in a more laid-back manner. The street parties here during Carnival are more family-oriented than the ones in Ipanema, and the slower pace of life makes them all the more enjoyable too. For a more local experience, make sure to spend some of your Carnival (at least!) in homey Botafogo.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is the closest major neighborhood to the Sugarloaf Mountain (great for combining your visits).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #122 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    • terrible 11/10/2017
    • Botafogo Bay Lunch 28/08/2017
    • Botafogo Bay
    Address:
    Praia de Botafogo, 400
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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