Rio de Janeiro: Tips

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brasil.

It is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, its laid back beaches and its annual Carnival.

To do/see:

  • Sugar Loaf, known as Pão de Açucar
  • Cristo Redentor (Christ the Reedeemer)  at the Corcovado Mountain
  • Beaches: Leblon (Posto 12), Ipanema (Posto 10), Copacabana, Arpoador
  • Arpoador: Sunset spot
  • Maracanã Stadium: Largest soccer stadium in South America
  • Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
  • Jardim Botânico
  • Parque Lage
  • Teatro Municipal
  • Arcos da Lapa: Lapa aqueduct, colonial structure that brought water from springs to downtown
  • Palácio Guanabara: Former Palace of the Imperial Princess, now Governor’s office
  • Santa Tereza / Escadaria Selaron

Parks:

  • Parque Lage
  • Parque do Flamengo
  • Quinta da Boa Vista
  • Parque Nacional da Tijuca: Hiking spot

Museums:

  • Museu de Arte Moderna – MAM
  • Museu do Amanhã
  • Museu de Arte Contemporânea Niterói – MAC
  • Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – CCBB
  • Centro Cultural Municipal Parque da Ruínas
  • Museu de Imagem e Som
  • Instituto Moreira Salles (Collection of Brasilian Art)
  • Fundação Oscar Niemeyer
  • Museu Villa-Lobos

Churches:

  • Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência
  • Cathedral Metropolitana: A modern, cone-shaped Cathedral
  • Monastério São Bento

Others:

  • Toca do Vinícius: Music and books
  • Bossa Nova e cia: Music related
  • Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro: Library
  • Real Gabinete Português de Literatura: Library

Hiking and trekking:

  • Parque Lage – Corcovado Mountain
  • Sugar Loaf
  • Pedra da Gávea

Brasilian food:

  • Coxinha: Shredded chicken, covered in dough (Must try)
  • Açai: Brasilian fruit from the Amazon (You usually eat it frozen like an ice cream, with granola, banana and honey. Super healthy)
  • Feijoada: Stew of beans, with beef and pork
  • Churrasco: Barbecue
  • Tapioca: Looks like a pancake, made of manioca flour

Brasilian drinks:

  • Guaraná: Made from the seeds of the fruit from the Amazon (soft drink)
  • Caipirinha: Made with Cachaça (Sugar Cane Liquor), sugar and lime
  • Caipiroska: Vodka + fresh fruits
  • Caipisake: Sake + fresh fruits
  • Fresh Juices
  • Chopp: Beer which is not pasteurized

Restaurants:

  • Aprazível – Santa Tereza
  • Antiquarius
  • Braseiro da Gávea (Barbecue)
  • BB Lanches (Sandwich / Juices)
  • Cervantes (Sandwich)
  • Cipriani – Copacabana Palace
  • Colombo (Breakfast) – Copacabana
  • Comuna (Burguer)
  • CT Boucherie (Barbecue) – Leblon
  • Filé do Lira (Barbecue) – Leblon
  • Gero
  • Irajá
  • La Nave
  • Pizzaria Guanabara (Pizza)
  • Quadrucci – Leblon
  • Restô
  • Sawadee (Thai) – Leblon
  • Tereze – Santa Tereza
  • Togu (Japonese)
  • Tretonti (Barbecue)
  • Venga (Spanish) – Leblon
  • Yumê (Japonese)
  • Zuka – Leblon

Bars:

  • Bar Urca
  • Bar do Lado (Leblon)
  • Belmonte
  • Bukowski Bar
  • Bar do Copa – Copacabana Palace
  • Casa da Matriz
  • Palaphita: By the beach
  • Jobi Bar
  • Riba Bar
  • Yndu Bar
  • LAPA: A bunch of Bars (Must go)

Clubs:

  • Fosfobox
  • Cave
  • D-Edge Under Construction