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Rio de Janeiro/Zona Sul

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The South Zone of Rio de Janeiro is where most tourists usually stay. Lots of hotels, from the fancy 5-stars like Copacabana Palace to hostels, are to be found in the neighborhoods of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, which also have three famous beaches, the latter two just being separated by the canal that drains the Lagoa into the sea.

A little closer to downtown, the Gloria, Catete, Botafogo, and Flamengo neighborhoods are pleasant and full of Carioca character.

Get in[edit]

Most parts of the Zona Sul are easily accessible by bus or metro from Centro or Zona Norte. Line 1 of the subway runs from the Zona Norte and Centro through most of the main neighborhoods of Zona Sul, as far as Praça General Osório at the east end of Ipanema.

Real Auto Onibus offers direct bus connections from both airports to many locations in Zona Sul.

Get around[edit]

Map of Rio de Janeiro/Zona Sul

By metrô[edit]

Line 1 services the Zona Sul as far west as Ipanema. The stops are:

  • Praça General Osório (in Ipanema) - for Ipanema Beach and Arpoador
  • Cantagalo (in Copacabana) - for Arpoador and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon ("Lagoa")
  • Siqueira Campos (in Copacabana) - for Copacabana beach, and coaches to Ipanema, Leblon, and Gávea
  • Cardeal Arcoverde (in Copacabana) - for Copacabana and Leme beaches and Rio Sul mall
  • Botafogo - for Botafogo beach, Botafogo Praia Shopping mall, and indie/art movie theaters; connection (integração) bus to Urca/Sugar Loaf and Jardim Botânico.
  • Flamengo - for Flamengo beach, Guanabara Palace
  • Largo do Machado (in Laranjeiras) - connection (integração) for a bus to the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado
  • Catete - for the Museum of the Republic
  • Glória - for Nossa Senhora da Glória church

By bicycle[edit]

In the end of 2011 with Bike Rio a rental service with 600 bicycles at about 60 stations was launched. A monthly ticket costs R$10 and the 24 hour ticket $R5, where trips up to 60 min are for free. Every further hour costs $R5.

See[edit]

Sugar Loaf by night
  • 1 Arpoador. The rocks at the Copacabana end of Ipanema beach. From here you can see Corcovado, the Sugar Loaf and much more. It is supposed to be the best place to watch the sunset from in Rio. Reputedly a bit dangerous so go there at weekends when there are lots of people and a few police around.
  • 2 Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico), Jardim Botânico +55 21 3874-1808. Daily, 8AM-5PM. Planted in the 1800s, it is both a park and a scientific laboratory. It contains a huge collection of plants from all over the world, not only tropical ones. If you take the bus note that Jardim Botanico is also the name of a neighborhood and the road on which it is found so make sure you go all the way to the entrance. The gardens are well kept and very lush. Not far from the cafe, you are likely to hear swooshing sounds. Look up and you can see small monkeys swinging from tree to tree. $4.
  • 3 Corcovado and Cristo RedentorRua Cosme Velho, 513 (Accessible only by Corcovado Tram from Cosme Velho, or by taxi),  +55 21 2558-1329. Tram 8.30AM-7.00PM, leaving every 30 min. Capped by the 38m statue of Jesus Christ (Cristo Redentor), Corcovado has been the vantage point for countless picture postcards and travel posters through the ages. It provides a sweeping panorama, from the interior of Guanabara Bay to the north, to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (Rodrigo de Freitas' Lagoon) to the south. Corcovado can be reached by car or by train (R$ 36 return), on a ride through Floresta da Tijuca (Tijuca Forest), an island of subtropical rainforest in the middle of one of the most populous cities of South America. Trains can get very busy. Consider a lunchtime or afternoon trip when there are less coach parties. If you take a taxi to the top the driver may expect extra if you will not be using his taxi to go back down. You can also visit the forest, and see its many waterfalls and hiking trails. Most of the paths are well-marked, but you can get maps and guides as well. There are many hiking trails in the city, leading to places like Corcovado, Sugar Loaf and others, all with different views of the city.

    You can buy tram tickets the day before at the kiosk at the Rio Sul shopping centre. This can be advisable, as it can sometimes be several hours before a tram is available to buy tickets on at the Cosme Velho station. Return tram R$51.

  • 4 Guanabara Palace (Palácio Guanabara), Rua Pinheiro Machado - Laranjeiras. Former palace of the Imperial Princess, now the governor's office. Eclectic architecture. Not open to the public.
  • 5 Glória Inlet (Enseada da Glória). A beautiful spot for a stroll along the bank of Guanabara Bay.
  • 6 Largo do BoticárioRua Cosme Velho (just up the hill from the Corcovado train station). A delightful square of well-preserved colonial style houses that date back to 1831.
  • 7 Laranjeiras Palace (Palacio das Laranjeiras, literally Palace of the Orange Trees), Parque Eduardo Guinle (From M1, 2: Largo do Machado go west about a half km). This is the official residence of the Governor of the State of the Rio de Janeiro
  • 8 Memorial Monument of Opening Ports - Trade (Monumento Comemorativo da Abertura dos Portos), Rua do Russel/Praça Luiz de Camões, Glória (M: Glória 400m away).
  • 9 Saint Joachim Palace (Palacio São Joaqim) (R. Benjamin Constant and Rue Glória Corner. - M: Glória right there).
  • 10 Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açucar), Av. Pasteur 520, Urca +55 (21) 2546-8400. One of the defining landmarks of the city. The cable cars take you up for a breathtaking view of much of Zona Sul and the center, and also the city of Niteroi, just across Guanabara Bay. You can stop half way if the ride is too frightening. You can also walk up an unsigned trail to this point (ask for directions) and take the cable cars to the top for R$ 22. At the half way point, you can take a sightseeing helicopter trip, if you can afford it. The area is pretty secure, thanks to the various military institutions nearby. R$71.

Churches[edit]

  • 11 Gloria Church (Igreja Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro), Glória (Metrô Glória). Small but interesting church built in 1739. It is more correctly known as the Outeira da Gloria, outeira in Portuguese meaning “knoll” or small hill. The church was well sited to be seen by arriving sailors sailing into Guanabara Bay. The layout consists of two intertwined octagonal prisms. There are some interesting wooden engravings and tiles from Portugal. Best accessed by one of the world’s shortest funiculars from Rua do Russel. The ride is free. Nice views.
  • 12 Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on the Botafogo Beach (Basílica Imaculada Conceição na Praia de Botafogo), Praia de Botafogo, 266 (Between M: Botafogo and Flamengo),  2551-7948.
  • 13 Monastery of Saint Theresa (Convento de Santa Teresa, Carmelitas), Ladeira de Santa Teresa (Near Morro de Santa Teresa. SW half km from Cinelândia). Baroque
  • 14 Convent of Our Lady of Help (Convento de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda), Praça Barão de Drumond, Vila Isabel (M: Maracana).
  • 15 Church of Saint Cecilia (Igreja Sao Cécile ?), 185, Rua da Feira, Bangu (South one km from M:Bangu, at corner of Rua Francisco Franco).
  • 16 Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church (Igreja / Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Rosario), 164, R. Gen. Ribeiro da Costa, Leme (M1: Cardeal Arcoverde one km west).
  • 17 Church of Our Lady (Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Glória), ~19, Rua Gago Coutinho, Rua das Laranjeiras, s/n°, Largo do Machado (M1, 2: Largo do Machado right there). Schedule of Masses: M-F: 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 17:00, 18:00; Sa: 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 15:00, 17:00; Su: 07:30, 09:30, 10:30, 12:00, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00; All Mondays, 10:00-15:00, the Church closes for cleaning..
  • 18 Church Our Lady of La Salette (Igreja Nossa Senhora da Salette), Rua do Catumbi (Tram terminal Largo de Neves 300m East,). Founded in 1914. It has neo Gothic arches. One of the most beautiful church in Rio de Janeiro.

Museums[edit]

  • 19 Museu do AçudeEstrada do Açude, 764 - Alto da Boa Vista (in the center of the Floresta da Tijuca park). Th-Su 11AM-5PM. The former residence of one of the founders of the Modern Art Museum, this museum hosts a collection of items from the history of Portuguese rule, including furniture, kitchenware, and an array of azulejos, or Portuguese blue tiles. There are also separate collections of Oriental art and Brazilian pop art.
  • 20 Casa das CanoasEstrada das Canoas 1246 - São Conrado +55 21 3322-3581. Tu-F afternoons. The former residence of architect Oscar Niemeyer. Call in advance. Adults R$10..
  • 21 Museum of Folklore Edison Carrero (Museu de Folklore Edison Carrero), R. Ferreira Viana, ? (M: Catete. - Park of the Museum of the Republic).
  • 22 Indian Museum (Museu do Índio), Rua das Palmeiras 55 - Botafogo +55 21 3214-8700. Tu-F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa-Su 1PM-5PM. Focusing on the history of Native Brazilians, with many artifacts including a recently acquired home of the Umé culture. The gift shop has authentic handicrafts.
  • 23 [dead link]Museu Carmen MirandaAv. Rui Barbosa (in Flamengo Park),  +55 21 2299-5586. Here you'll find an amusing collection of photographs, posters, musical recordings, and, of course, gigantic fruity hats worn by the singing star. The building looks like an abandoned space capsule in the middle of the park.
  • 24 Army History Museum of Copacabana Fort (Museu Histórico do Exército e Forte de Copacabana), Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1 - Posto 6 - Copacabana (M1: Ipanema/General Osório, further five blocks east),  +55 21 2521-1032, e-mail: . Open: Exhibition Halls: Tu-Su: 10 -18. - Observatories, Souvenir Vitacura, Colombo Confectionery and 18 do Forte Coffee Shop:Tu-Su: 10-20.. Entrance fees: Adults – R$ 6,00, Over 60 years old – R$ 3,00, Students with Student ID – R$ 3,00.
  • 25 Museum of Naïve ArtRua Cosme Velho, 561 - Cosme Velho (west of Laranjeiras). The largest museum of its type in the world, with over 8000 pieces, representative of over 130 countries, with many pieces for sale.
  • 26 [dead link]Museum of the Republic (Museu da República), Rua do Catete, 153 - Catete (Metrô Catete),  +55 21 285-6350. The former presidential palace (1893-1960), now hosts a museum of recent history and nice gardens, with an adjacent art gallery and small theatre that occasionally shows free movies. One of main features is the room where president Getúlio Vargas shot himself in 1954.
  • 27 Museu Villa-LobosRua Sorocaba, 200 - Botafogo (Six blocks of west from M: Botafogo),  +55 21 2266-1024, e-mail: . M-F 10AM-5:30PM. Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote about 1000 pieces and is considered one of the world's greatest composers. This small collection includes a number of personal items, musical instruments, pictures and hand-written work by Villa-Lobos. Free.
  • 28 Oi Futuro (formerly Centro Cultural Telemar), Rua Dois de Dezembro, 63 - Flamengo +55 21 3131-3060. Formerly a telephone museum, it now hosts a fine gallery with temporary exhibitions of digital art or art with interactive medias; it is sponsored by the local phone company.
  • 29 Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS)Rua Marques de São Vicente 476, Gavea +55 21 3284-7400. Cultural Centre - at these days hosting a photo exhibition of the construction of Brasilia. Guided tours: Tu-F at 5PM, free entrance.

Parks[edit]

  • 30 Flamengo Park (Parque do Flamengo), along the bay between Flamengo and Glória. 1.2 million square metres with broad walkways, Flamengo Beach, various monuments, and over 10,000 trees. To its north is the Museum of Modern Art (see Centro).
  • 31 [dead link]Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional (Floresta) da Tijuca), Estrada da Cascatinha, 850 - Alto da Boa Vista (access from São Conrado and Tijuca). Situated just a few km north of the beach this mountainous subtropical forest is Brazil's smallest national park. It is largely hand-planted as much of the original forest was destroyed to make way for coffee plantations. Despite this it contains hundres of species, many of which are threatened with extinction. Corcovado is to the east of the park but if you really want to appreciate what the park has to offer you have to drive along some windy, hilly roads. It can be reached from Zona Norte via Rua Boa Vista, and from São Conrado in Zona Oeste.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Cláudio Coutinho Trail (Pista Cláudio Coutinho), Urca (from the entrance to the Pão de Açucar cable car). This pleasant walk circles Urca Hill (Morro da Urca), and side trails lead to various points on the hill, offering lush vegetation, monkeys, and nice views of the bay.
  • 2 Planetarium Espaço Museu do UniversoRua Vice-Governador Rubens Berardo, 100 – Gávea (Buses 125, 157, 170, 410, 432 or 435),  +55 21 2529-2146. Open: M-F: 9-17. Sa, Su and public holidays: 14:30-17. There are shows, mainly for kids, in the planetarium itself on weekends. These are targeted at different age groups so it is essential to check the age the show you plan to attend is for or you may get stuck with one that is totally unsuitable. From Weds to Fridays the space is also open without shows and there are around 60 hands-on scientific experiments to entertain kids.
  • 3 [dead link]Parque LageRua Jardim Botânico 414 - Jardim Botânico. A small park, once a private mansion, where now a school of fine arts works. Contains some interesting plants and wildlife as well as strange and entertaining concrete structures. The park is the beginning of a path up Corcovado, through sub-tropical rain forest.
  • 4 Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas). You can run, walk, skate or cycle the 7.5km around this freshwater lake and then retire to your luxurious Ipanema penthouse apartment, or just imagine it! Some have been known to swim in it although pollution levels are very high. Around Lagoa you can rent cycles, swan-shaped pedalos and, on the western side near where the helicopters take off, electric cars for younger kids.
  • Pedalboats (pedalinhos), on Lake Rodrigo de Freitas - Ipanema (near Cantagalo Park). Pedal the lake in these swan-shaped boats for 2-5 people. $R10/half hour.
  • Quadracycle (at the north end of the lake). Take a ride around the lake on one of these unique contraptions, like a bicycle for two side-by-side riders under a little canopy. $R10/hour.
  • Hanggliding and ParaglidingSão Conrado. From the ramp atop Pedra Bonita, qualified instructors offer tandem flight courses in hang gliding, paragliding, and ultralight. Wind conditions are typically safe and offer splendid views of the surrounding beaches and mountains. Helicopter rides also available. Various clubs offer the experience: [1] and [skycenter@skycenter.com.br]. R$250.
  • [dead link]Panoramic helicopter rides. These are noisy and drive Rio's residents mad as the helicopters circle the statue of Christ, but if you can live with that and can afford it, a helicopter trip is likely to be the most memorable experience of your visit to Rio. You can catch a copter at the first stage of the cable car ride up the Sugar Loaf or, alternatively, on the west edge of Lagoa. The basic trip takes in Sugar Loaf, Corcovado and Zona Sul (R$230 per person, minimum three people); longer, and more expensive, trips will take you to places such as the Maracana football stadium (R$350 per person). Prices quoted are web site prices. They may be negotiable on the day but no chance if a cruise ship is in town.

Beaches[edit]

Ipanema Beach

Perhaps the best thing to do in Rio is nothing, while sitting on its glorious beaches. Of the two most famous, Copacabana and Ipanema, the former gets a bit more crowded (perhaps that will change now the Metro has been extended to Ipanema). Both have spectacular mountains to the side -- Sugar Loaf to the east of Copacabana, and Dois Irmãos ("The Two Brothers") to the west of Ipanema. Though famous, the water at South Zone beaches may not always be clean enough for swimming. Water quality goes down after heavy rain that washes pollution out to the sea-- it is advisable to ask your lifeguard. Leblon and Ipanema are usually OK; Copacabana sometimes has problems, especially after very rainy days. The seas at Leblon and Ipanema are also somewhat rougher than at Copacabana. Even when they appear calm this can be deceptive. A common problem is when swimmers venture out beyond the breakers and then cannot get back. There are lifeguards at all of the ``postos´´ and surfers can be relied on to help out swimmers in trouble. There is also a rescue helicopter that pulls people out of the water in a net. But you don´t really want to suffer the embarrassment of this happening to you so even if you are a strong swimmer, take care!

Along Copacabana and Ipanema-Leblon there are ´´postos´´ (lifeguard watchtowers with toilets and changing facilities). Posto 6 is unaccountably missing, although it is generally considered to be opposite Rua Francisco Sá when Cariocas arrange to meet on the beach. Although beaches are often considered a plural, democratic space, there are still some informal (and not too strict) "social area" divisions.

Beginning at Glória and winding outward toward the south and southwest, the beaches are:

On Guanabara Bay[edit]

Beaches on the bay are generally less popular, as they are relatively narrow and with smaller waves.

  • 5 Ramos (Praia de Ramos/Piscinae Ramos), Ave.Brasil, Maré, Zona Norte. - a popular beach where the government built an artificial pool on the sand (piscinão). This area is not recommended for foreigners to visit.
  • 6 Flamengo Beach (Praia do Flamengo), Av. Infante Dom Henrique.
  • 7 Botafogo Beach (Praia do).
  • 8 Urca Beach (Praia do Urca).
  • 9 Vermelha Beach (Praia do Vermelha).

Oceanic[edit]

  • 10 Leme Beach (Praia do Leme) (East of Copacabana). Somewhat less crowded as the Copacabana Beach
  • 11 Copacabana Beach (Praia do Copacabana). Among the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana attracts many tourists, both foreign and national. In summer, there are occasional free evening concerts of big name acts which draw huge crowds.
  • 12 Arpoador Beach (Praia do Arpoador) (Between Copacabana and Ipanema.).
  • 13 Ipanema Beach (Praia do Ipanema). The main beach for the middle-class, and specifically the Posto 9 section (watchtower #9) is preferred by left-wingers, intellectuals, artists, journalists and similar beach-goers. You can easily walk into a politician or someone famous here. The area close to the Farme de Amoedo street in Ipanema is known to attract the gay crowd of the city, who show off openly their sexuality.
  • 14 Leblon Beach (Praia do Leblon) (West of Ipanema and similar, but less crowded.).
  • 15 São Conrado Beach (Praia do São Conrado). On the other side of the Dois Irmãos mountain west of Leblon, this beach is popular with middle class people and favela dwellers alike. Good surfing and hang-gliding opportunities.

Samba schools[edit]

Leblon Beach

Learn[edit]

  • Cook in RioRua Ronald Carvalho 154 - Copacabana +55 21 98761-3653, e-mail: . Daily 11AM-4PM. Learn some of the most traditional and delicious Brazilian meals and drinks, like cassava sticks, shrimp moqueca, batida de coco, caipirinhas and pé de moleque peanut brittle. Ideal for cloudy or rainy weather. R$120.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 [dead link]Brasil & CiaRua Maria Quitéria 27 - Ipanema (Rue. Visc. de Pirajá corner. - Take bus to stop BRS 1, 3 - Vinícius de Moraes),  +55 21 2267-4603. An arts and crafts shop where the biggest concern is to keep the Brazilian identity in all that is sold, with many unique items. They also support artists who didn’t have any kind of art education and have difficulty selling their art.
  • Hippie FairPraça Osário - Ipanema. Every Sunday. Here you will find everything from soapstone Redentor statues to swizzle sticks carved with Amazonian birds. There are several vendors selling the same thing so you can have fun bargaining.
  • 2 Hype BabaloniaRua Jardim Botânico 971, Gávea (at the Jockey Club race trackn). Sat and Sun 14:00-22:00. This market has some more upscale merchandise and you will find fewer tourists. It is a place where middle class Cariocas do some bargain shopping.
  • 3 Shopping Cidade CopacabanaR. Siqueira Campos, 138 (M1: Siqueira Campos).
  • 4 [dead link]Modern SoundRua Barata Ribeiro 502 - Copacabana (Rua Santa Clara corner. - From M1: Siqueira Campos walk to SW two blocks). One of Brazil's biggest music shops. Sometimes there's also live music in the café.
  • 5 Pé de BóiRua Ipiranga 55 - Laranjeiras (Rua Esteves Júnior cnr. Between M1, 2: Flamengo and Largo do Machado),  +55 21 2285-4395. M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa 9AM-1PM. One of the best places to get authentic local handicrafts. A lovely store with many great gift ideas. There are two floors, the first full of items for sale, such as pieces made from wood, ceramic and fibre, fit to decorate any living room space. The second floor is where they sometimes have art exhibits, usually related to Brazilian history, culture or customs from various regions that are distinctly scattered throughout the country.

Books[edit]

  • Livreria ArgumentoRua Dias Ferreira 417 - Leblon +55 21 2239-5294. M-F 9AM-12:30AM, Sa-Su 10AM-12:30AM. Good selection of English books. Popular with local intellectuals and artists.
  • Livraria Letras & ExpressõesAtaulfo de Paiva 1292 - Leblon +55 21 2511-5085. Decent English section, and a good selection of international magazines. Café with internet access.
  • Livraria Letras & ExpressõesRua Visconde de Pirajá 276 +55 21 2521-6110. Good bookshop with a popular Cafe Ubaldo on the first floor that serves coffee and pastries. Small internet cafe.
  • Livraria da TravessaRua Visconde de Pirajá 572 - Ipanema +55 21 3205-9002. Daily 12AM-12PM. Nice bookshop which allows you to choose a book to peruse while you sip coffee in the café. Small section of foreign-language books.

Shopping malls[edit]

Shopping da Gávea
  • 6 Botafogo Praia ShoppingPraia de Botafogo 400 - Botafogo (From M1,2: Botafogo two blocks north),  +55 21 3171-9559. Has a food court with a panoramic view.
  • [dead link]Rio Plaza ShoppingRua General Severiano 97 - Botafogo +55 21 2542-5693.
  • 7 Shopping Cassino AtlânticoAv. Atlântica 4240 - Copacabana (Take a bus 360, 382, 455, 484, 557 to stop BRS 3 - Joaquim Nabuco),  +55 21 2523-8709.
  • 8 Shopping LeblonAv. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290, Leblon. A new and sophisticated mall with 200 stores, 4 cinema screens and a food court that looks out on the Lagoa.
  • 9 São Conrado Fashion MallEstrada da Gávea, 899 - São Conrado (Next to Gavea Golf & Country Club),  +55 21 2111-4444. High-end mall with 140 stores including brand names like Diesel, Fendi, and Emporio Armani.
  • Shopping Rio Sul (Torre Rio Sul), Rua Lauro Sodré, 446 - Botafogo (just north of the tunnel from Botafogo to Copacabana),  +55 21 3527-7257, +55 21 2122-8070. The largest mall in the Zona Sul, with 4 floors and 450 stores.
  • 10 Shopping da GáveaRua Marquês de São Vicente 52 - Gávea (Rua das Acacias corner.),  +55 21 2294-1096. Opening times: stores M-Sa: 10:00-22:00, Su: 13:00-21:00, Holidays: 14:00-21:00. Food and Leisure: M-Sa: 10:00-23:00, Su and holidays: 12:00-23:00. 200 stores and a movie theater. - Services: Free Wifi, Family bathrooms; 'Torres' loading ChargeBox, recharge your mobile for free within 30 minutes; carts available for children , motorized wheel chairs; available for withdrawals and payments: Banco do Brasil, Itaú, Caixa e Banco 24h; English Support Services for tourist information about the city of Rio de Janeiro; Valet parking .

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 CervantesAv Prado Junior 335B - Copacabana (M1: Cardeal Arcoverde). Famous for making their classic filet mignon and pineapple sandwich in the blink of an eye.
  • 2 [dead link]Galeria CondorLargo do Machado, 29 - Catete. This two-story shopping arcade has a number of inexpensive Middle Eastern restaurants on the ground floor.

Mid-range[edit]

  • BenkeiAvenida Henrique Dumont 71 - Ipanema +55 21 2540-4829. A popular all-you-can-eat sushi bar.
  • BerbigãoRua Catete, 150 - Catete (next to Metro Catete),  +55 21 2205-7245. Seafood restaurant with good selection.
  • Cantina DonannaRua Domingos Ferreira 63-B - Copacabana. Italian cuisine. $R10-20.
  • Casa da FeijoadaRua Prudente Morais 10 - Ipanema +55 21 2247-2776. Serves nothing but traditional, authentic Brazilian feijoada
  • Filé de OuroRua Jardim Botânico 731 - Jardim Botânico +55 21 2259-2396. A good alternative to churrascarias, this steakhouse is simple and cozy. During the weekends there are usually big lines, but the steak is delicious. Try Filé à Oswaldo Aranha, with toasted garlic.
  • Gula GulaRua Anibal de Mendonça 132 - Ipanema +55 21 2259-3084. A trendy restaurant with excellent salads, main dishes and deserts. $R20-35.
  • CarretãoRua Siqueiro Campos 23 - Copacabana. Good-value rodizio-- all-you-can-eat salad and barbecue. R$53.
  • Nam ThaiRua Rainha Guilhermina 95 B - Leblon +55 21 2259-2962. Fairly authentic and very popular Thai restaurant. Reservations essential at weekends. R$50-100.
  • New NaturalRua Barão do Torre 173 - Ipanema. A good per-kilo restaurant. It is attached to a whole foods shop and has a good buffet selection, including sushi.

Splurge[edit]

  • 3 Manekineko LeblonRua Dias Ferreira, 410 - Leblon +55 21 2540-7641. Sushi.
  • Marius CarnesAvenida Atlântica 290 - Leme +55 21 2104-9000. Arguably the best churrascaria in town.
  • 4 Restaurante MonchiqueAv. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 796 - Copacabana +55 21 2548-5140. Very good all-you-can-eat rodizio.
  • 5 PorcãoRua Barão da Torre 218 - Ipanema +55 21 3202-9150. Churrasco restaurant with an attractive salad bar with sushi and prepared seafood dishes as well. R$54.
  • 6 Sushi LeblonRua Dias Ferreira, 256 - Leblon +55 21 2512-7830.
  • 7 Zazá Bistrô TropicalRua Joana Angélica, 40 - Ipanema +55 21 2247-9101. A trendy, sexy and exotic place with great South Asian dishes. Good to go as a couple.
  • 8 ZukaRua Dias Ferreira 233, - Leblon +55 21 3205-7154. Hip and contemporary restaurant where chef Ludmila creates many original recipes.

Drink[edit]

Bars[edit]

  • Academia da CachaçaRua Conde de Bernadotte 26 - Leblon. With over 500 varieties, this is the place to start your studies of Brazil's national drink.
  • Bip BipRua Almirante Gonçalves 50D - Copacabana +55 21 2267-9696. 7PM-1AM. This unpretentious and thoroughly un-touristy hole-in-the-wall botequim has been a favorite hang-out of top local musicians for decades and hosts regular live choro, samba, and bossanova performances.
  • EmpórioRua Maria Quitéria 37 - Ipanema. Popular with the younger crowd, that hangs out there to listen to DJs playing rock. Most of the crowd hangs out there because they are underage and can't get in the underground nightclubs. Gets packed with foreigners during summer.
  • Garota de IpanemaRua Vinicius de Moraes and Rua Prudente de Morais - Ipanema. There's no better place in Rio, Brazil, or even the world to watch bathing beauties stroll by than this cafe-bar, named after the song which according to legend was written here in 1962.
  • Bar GetúlioAvenida Atlântica, 2334 - Copacabana +55 21 2255-5272.
  • The Irish PubRua Jangadeiros 14A, Praça General Osório (Ipanema),  +55 21 2513-3044. Best on Monday nights.
  • Saturnino Lounge & BarRua Saturno de Brito, 50 (Jardim Botanico),  +55 21 3874-0064. 6PM-2AM. Saturnino bar is perfect to go with friends or on a date, it’s very romantic for a candlelight dinner, and since it´s in an open area, you can see the moon. The ambient is very pleasant. There's a wide variety of different drinks and several options of appetizers that go from seafood to Japanese to burgers. They are open until late hours.
  • Shenanigans Irish Pub & Sports BarRua Visconde de Pirajá 112A - Ipanema (on the Praça General Osório, Ipanema). Great any day but best on Wednesdays, this second-story Irish bar shows only a green awning at street level. Has imported beer(bottles and draught), American pool and a variety of sports on the big screen (NFL, NCAA, NHL, MLB, Football(soccer), Rugby and all local Brazilian sports.

Clubs[edit]

  • 1 [dead link]ClandestinoRua Barata Ribeiro 111 - Copacabana. A European-style underground club: dark, dungeony and has a basement with a compact dance floor. What´s cool is that every Friday is Black Friday, which is when Brazilians and foreigners get down to hip-hop, Brazilian funk and other types of "black music". A great place to meet people. International beers and mixed drinks. They´ve got rock n´roll parties called Benflogin and also electronic partiers like LBF and Partiers Angels.
  • 2 Casa da MatrizRua Henrique Novaes 126 - Botafogo +55 21 2226-6342. An 18th century house turned into a two-floor nightclub. Because the walls of the original structure are all there, it is regarded as small. It has a weekly schedule that never changes. On Fridays there's a Brazilian music party (Brazooka) which is must-go in town. On Saturdays, there's rock on the first floor, with occasional appearances by local and even foreign bands (Paradiso). On Mondays has a very indie and prestigious rock party (Maldita), though never a really crowded one (except on Holidays).
  • Dama de FerroRua Vinicius de Moraes 288 - Gávea. Electronic-only club, with two floors. Mostly has electro, minimal and house parties, with well-known DJs from Rio, Brazil and foreigners. A "must" with the electronic-loving community.
  • 3 FosfoboxRua Siqueira Campos 143 - Copacabana +55 21 2548-7498. "Fosfo" as it's nicknamed by the goers has a strong Saturday rock-oriented party. Young, trendy crowd with djs playing mostly indie rock, discopunk and electro-rock. After 4AM it has a more electronic after-party. Different parties happen on Fridays, but it's usually electronic, with favorite genres being electro, house and minimal. Other nights are usually more electronic also, but has had Rock parties also on Thursdays. On Tuesdays there's a dub/reggaeton party.

Samba clubs[edit]

  • CariocandoRua Silveira Martins, 139 - Catete (100m from Metro Catete, away from the beach),  +55 21 2557-3646. A fairly new establishment, offering a bit of Lapa in the Zona Sul. Live music (samba, choro, MPB) Tu-Su. They seem to have a knack for booking the lesser-known offspring and siblings of more famous musicians. R$12-15 cover.
  • Casa RosaRua Alice 550 - Laranjeiras. F-Su. This place is quite special: back in the '60s, '70s and '80s it used to be a well known exclusive brothel, so that's why it is named Casa Rosa. The big pink eclectic style mansion was closed for several years and after a face-lift restoration now houses the officially known Centro Cultural Casa Rosa. Sundays are the best day to go there, especially because they do a great combination of serving the national dish of Brazil - Feijoada - with samba. There are always nice local musicians, and the atmosphere is laid back and friendly. Get there early since the music starts at 7PM and they stop serving the feijoada at around 9. Dress down. R$10 before 7PM, R$20 after 7PM; with feijoada, R$25.

Concert venues[edit]

  • [dead link]CanecãoAv. Wenceslau Brás 215 - Leme (close to the tunnel that connects the Sugar Loaf to Copacabana). Apart from the really big names, who perform in Maracanã or on the beach, this is the main venue for Brazilian music and visiting stars.
  • Bar do TomRua Adalberto Ferreira 32 - Leblon +55 21 2274-4022. Hosts lesser names, mainly performing Brazilian music.
  • ViniciusRua Vinicius de Moraes 39 - Ipanema +55 21 2523-4757. A small bar with nightly Bossa Nova shows.
  • [dead link]Sala Cecilia MeirelesLargo da Lapa 47 - Lapa +55 21 2224-3913. The city's main venue for classical performances.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Ace HostelRua São Clemente 23 - Botafogo +55 21 2527-7452. Basic accommodations in large dormitories. Fabulous breakfast buffet. Excellent value. Right at the beach of Botafogo. From R$25.
  • 2 Adventure HostelNo.174. Rua Vinícius de Moraes - Ipanema +55 21 3813-2726. Dorm-style hostel, a member of Hostelling International. From R$40.
  • 3 [dead link]Ananab Guesthouse RioRua Alice 681 - Larajeiras. On a quiet street in a historical house built in 1917. Although it's location is in the middle of the city, you feel as if you are away from it all with views of the Statue of Christ the Reedemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Atlantic Forest.
  • 4 [dead link]Arpoador InnRua Francisco Otaviano 177 - Ipanema +55 21 2523-0060. Clean place, older interior, only a sidewalk apart from the beach. Singles/doubles from R$190/212.
  • 5 Art Hostel RioRua Silveira Martins 135 - Catete (One block from Metro Catete),  +55 21 2205-1983. Fairly new hostel in what used to be the Hotel Hispano Brasileiro.
  • 6 Beija FlorRua Ferreira Viana, 20 - Flamengo (A block southeast of Metro Catete),  +55 21 2285-2492. Typical budget hotel in Catete district. The rooms have no exterior windows and just open into the hallway, so take a look before deciding.
  • 7 CabanaCopa HostelTravessa Guimarães Natal 12 - Copacabana (Three blocks from the beach),  +55 21 3988-9912. A, unique hostel in the safest part of Copacabana. A large colonial house, fully renovated with spacious ensuite dorms, excellent social areas, great breakfast and friendly, helpful staff.
  • 8 [dead link]Casa 6Rua Barão da Torre 175, no.6 - Ipanema +55 21 2247-1384. Has a double room and some dormitories. Dorms from R$40.
  • 9 Casa Carioka Rio Hostel (Rio de Janeiro Hostel), Rua Emilio Berla, 180 (Metrô Cantagalo),  +55 21 3734-2235, e-mail: . A hostel with breakfast, kitchen, laundry, WiFi, security lockers and hot showers. Tours can also be arranged to the main tourist attractions.
  • 10 Che Lagarto Hostel CopacabanaRua Barata Ribeiro, 111 +55 21 3209-0348, e-mail: . One of the most popular backpackers spots in Copacabana. It is located two blocks away from the beach. From 16USD.
  • 11 Che Lagarto Hostel IpanemaPaul Redfern, 48 +55 21 2512-8076, e-mail: . Has both private and shared rooms. It is located one block away from the beach. You have access to WIFI, a public kitchen and the bar. The breakfast is included. From 19USD.
  • [dead link]Copinha HostelRua Felipe de Oliveira, 11 - Copacabana +55 21 2275-8520, e-mail: . Check-in: 12PM, check-out: 11AM. 4- and 2- bed rooms, clean place. Friendly staff. Dorms from R$40.
  • El Misti Hostel BotafogoPraia Botafogo 462, no. 9 - Botafogo (in front of Botafogo Beach),  +55 21 2226-0991, e-mail: . U$12.
  • El Misti Hostel Rio de JaneiroFrederico Pamplona 20 - Copacabana (Next to Hospital São Lucas),  +55 21 2547-0800, e-mail: . Free pickup from the airport, breakfast. Dorms from $13.
  • 12 Contemporano HostelRua Bambina, 158 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, 22251-050 +55 21 3495-1027.
  • 13 Ferreira VianaRua Ferreira Viana, 58 - Flamengo (One block south of Metro Catete),  +55 21 2205-7396. As long as you don't mind climbing three flights of stairs (no elevator), this is as good a value as any among the budget hotels in the area, with friendly service.
  • 14 IBIS BotafogoRua Prof. Álvaro Rodrigues, 313 - Botafogo.
  • 15 Hotel InglêsRua Silveira Martins, 20 - Flamengo (At the end of block towards the beach from Metro Catete),  +55 21 2558-3052. Nice location next to the park, but a bit overpriced compared to similar accommodation in the area.
  • 16 JucatiRua Tenente Marones de Gusmão 85 +55 21 2547-5422. Well equipped apartments with free internet Wifi available. R$120.
  • 17 One Love HostelRua Barao da Torre 125 - Ipanema +55 21 98809-3456. 4-8 bed dormitories. Breakfast buffet. From R$40.
  • 18 Pousada FavelinhaRua Almirante Alexandrino 2023 - between Laranjeiras and Santa Teresa (on the entrance road to the Vila Pereira da Silva favela),  +55 21 98854-3401. Might be your choice if staying in a favela is your cup of tea.
  • 19 [dead link]Riazor (formerly Monte Blanco)Rua do Catete 160 - Catete (just steps away from Metro Catete),  +55 21 2225-0121. Excellent location and cheap, but the rooms could be nicer.
  • 20 Rio BackpackersTravessa Santa Leocádia 38 - Copacabana +55 21 2236-3803, e-mail: .
  • 21 [dead link]Stone of a BeachRua Barata Ribeiro 111 - Copacabana +55 21 3209-0348. Big, airy rooms and great common areas, is staffed with very cool young people who know everything that is going on. They have amazing New Year's and Carnaval events, as well as their own cool bar next door where they have live music.
  • 22 Terasse HostelRua Farme de Amoedo 35 - Ipanema (one block from the beach),  +55 21 2247-6130. R$40 in dormitory, R$140 for a couple..
  • 23 Walk On The Beach HostelRua Dias da Rocha 85 - Copacabana +55 21 2545-7500, e-mail: .

Mid-range[edit]

  • 24 Astoria Copacabana HotelRua Republica do Peru, 345 - Copacabana (Two blocks south of Metro Cardeal Arcoverde),  +55 21 2545-9090. Good mid-range hotel. Not to be confused with the more upscale Astoria Palace (below), operated by the same owners. Sgl USD100/110.
  • 25 Hotel PortinariRua Francisco Sá 17 - Copacabana +55 21 3222-8800, e-mail: . This calls itself a Design Hotel. Each floor has a different style but that is really all the difference to a normal hotel. Top floor restaurant for breakfast and a good view of local favelas. From USD160 (2014).
  • 26 Rio GuesthouseRua Francisco Sá 5 - Copacabana +55 21 2521-8568, e-mail: . A boutique guest house located on the beachfront, in a 1200 sq metre penthouse. Beautifully decorated, very comfortable.
  • 27 Hotel VermontRua Visconde de Piraja 254 - Ipanema +55 21 3202-5500. Affiliated with the nearby San Marco Hotel and Hotel Carlton in Leblon. Very friendly and helpful service. Sgl just from From USD160 (2014).
  • 28 Che Lagarto Suites Copacabana AnitaRua Anita Garibaldi, 87 +55 21 2256-2776, e-mail: . The Suites has two types of rooms: Private and Private Low Cost. It is located 4 blocks away from the beach. From 100USD.
  • 29 Che Lagarto Suites Copacabana Santa ClaraRua Santa Clara, 304 +55 21 3495-3133, e-mail: . The Suites has two types of rooms: Private and Private Low Cost. Breakfast, public kitchen and WIFI included. From 95USD.

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