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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 aerial shot
  • 1 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 from 1 Praia Vermelha station 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. Sugarloaf Mountain on Wikipedia Sugarloaf Mountain (Q210722) on Wikidata
Zona Sul seen from Corcovado
  • 2 Corcovado and Cristo Redentor, Rua Cosme Velho, 513 (Accessible only by Corcovado Tram from Cosme Velho, or by taxi), +55 21 2558 1329. Tram 8:00-19:00, 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. There are different options to go up to the top:

    1. By taxi. The driver may expect extra if you will not be using his taxi to go back down.

    2. Hiking. Most of the paths are well-marked, but you can get maps and guides as well.

    3. By train. On a ride from 2 Cosme Velho station 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. You can buy tram tickets the day before at the kiosk at the Rio Sul shopping centre or via the official website. The ticket office of the Corcovado's train is no longer selling tickets to be used on the same day. Return tram R$61 (low season), R$71 (high season), R$48 concessions. Corcovado on Wikipedia Corcovado (Q506938) on Wikidata

  • 3 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. Arpoador on Wikipedia Arpoador (Q775787) on Wikidata
  • 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. pt:Palácio Guanabara on Wikipedia (Q3813706) on Wikidata
  • 5 Largo do Boticário, Rua 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. Largo do Boticário on Wikipedia Largo do Boticário (Q10316367) on Wikidata
  • 6 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 Palácio Laranjeiras on Wikipedia Palácio Laranjeiras (Q10343955) on Wikidata
  • 7 Monumento a Estácio de Sá (Espaço Cultural do Monumento Estácio de Sá), Av. Infante Dom Henrique - Gloria (Near to Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes). Erected in 1973. Homage to Estácio de Sá, the founder of Rio de Janeiro

Churches[edit]

  • 8 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), +55 21 2551-7948.
  • 9 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).
  • 10 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..

Museums[edit]

  • 11 Casa das Canoas, Estrada das Canoas 1246 - São Conrado, +55 21 3322-3581. Tu-F afternoons. The former residence of architect Oscar Niemeyer. Call in advance. Adults R$10. pt:Casa das Canoas on Wikipedia (Q6816788) on Wikidata
  • 12 Museum of Folklore Edison Carrero (Museu de Folklore Edison Carrero), Rua do Catete 179 (M: Catete. - Park of the Museum of the Republic), +552122850441. Part of the National Centre for Folklore and Popular Culture (CNFCP). Currently closed due to reorganization of displays.
  • 13 Indian Museum (Museu do Índio), Rua das Palmeiras 55 - Botafogo, +55 21 3214-8700. Tu-F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa-Su 1PM-5PM. Focusing on the history of Native Brazilians, with many artifacts including a recently acquired home of the Umé culture. The gift shop has authentic handicrafts. Museu do Índio on Wikipedia Museu do Índio (Q6940631) on Wikidata
  • 14 Carmen Miranda Museum (Museu Carmen Miranda), Av. Rui Barbosa (in Flamengo Park), +55 21 2299-5586. Here you'll find an amusing collection of photographs, posters, musical recordings, and, of course, gigantic fruity hats worn by the singing star. The building looks like an abandoned space capsule in the middle of the park. Carmen Miranda Museum on Wikipedia Carmen Miranda Museum (Q10333423) on Wikidata
  • 15 Army History Museum of Copacabana Fort (Museu Histórico do Exército e Forte de Copacabana), Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1 - Posto 6 - Copacabana (M1: Ipanema/General Osório, further five blocks east), +55 21 2521-1032, e-mail: . Open: Exhibition Halls: Tu-Su: 10 -18. - Observatories, Souvenir Vitacura, Colombo Confectionery and 18 do Forte Coffee Shop:Tu-Su: 10-20.. Entrance fees: Adults – R$ 6,00, Over 60 years old – R$ 3,00, Students with Student ID – R$ 3,00. Fort Copacabana on Wikipedia Fort Copacabana (Q5470982) on Wikidata
  • 16 Museum of Naïve Art (closed due to lack of sponsors), Rua 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. Attention: The museum is closed since late 2016 due to lack of financing.
  • 17 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. Catete Palace on Wikipedia Catete Palace (Q1142766) on Wikidata
  • 18 Museu Villa-Lobos, Rua 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.
  • 19 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.
  • 20 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. Instituto Moreira Salles on Wikipedia Instituto Moreira Salles (Q6041378) on Wikidata

Parks[edit]

  • 21 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. Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro on Wikipedia Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro (Q2383714) on Wikidata
Mansion within Parque Enrique Lage
  • 22 Parque Enrique Lage (Parque Lage), Rua Jardim Botânico, 414, +55 21 3257 1800. Public park with walking trails through subtropical forest. A cafe offers drinks and meals. A trail goes up to Corcovado mountain from here. The land was formerly the residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriella Besanzoni. During the 1920s Lage had the mansion remodeled by Italian architect Mario Vodrel, with interior paintings by Salvador Payols Sabaté. The mansion was notably featured in the 2003 music video for Snoop Dogg's single "Beautiful." Parque Lage on Wikipedia Parque Lage (Q7139641) on Wikidata
  • 23 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). Flamengo Park on Wikipedia Flamengo Park (Q5457206) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

  • 1 Cláudio Coutinho Trail (Pista Cláudio Coutinho), Urca (from the entrance to the Pão de Açucar cable car). 6AM–6PM daily. 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. Free. Pista Cláudio Coutinho on Wikipedia Pista Cláudio Coutinho (Q7198446) on Wikidata
  • 2 Planetarium Espaço Museu do Universo, Rua 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 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. Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon on Wikipedia Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (Q429897) on Wikidata
  • 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.
  • 4 Hanggliding and Paragliding, São 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.
  • 5 [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. There are 2 operators in the city:

    * Helisight: 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.

    * Panoramic Flight RJ in Barra da Tijuca.

View from Pedra da Gávea
  • 6 Pedra da Gávea (A taxi is the most convenient option to reach the 3 trailhead. Alternatively take bus 557 towards Rio das Pedras and get off at 4 Avenida Vítor Konder bus stop. From there it is just another 800m walk to the trailhead. Alternatively take metro line L4 to Jardim Oceânico and walk 2.4km to the trailhead). Hike up this monolith of 844m and enjoy one of the most spectacular city views in the world. It can be done either by booking a tour or on your own. The round trip takes roughly 4-5 hours and is strenuous and challenging with a stretch of light rock climbing ("Carrasqueira"). Bring enough water and food and wear proper shoes. Attention: There are stories online of people, who got robbed on the hike up. Pedra da Gávea on Wikipedia Pedra da Gávea (Q2066357) on Wikidata

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]

Vermelha Beach

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

  • 7 Flamengo Beach (Praia do Flamengo), Av. Infante Dom Henrique.
  • 8 Botafogo Beach (Praia de Botafogo). pt:Praia de Botafogo on Wikipedia (Q10352741) on Wikidata
  • 9 Urca Beach (Praia do Urca).
  • 10 Vermelha Beach (Praia Vermelha). The "red beach". Very safe due to military base, which is located nearby. Praia Vermelha (Rio de Janeiro) on Wikipedia Praia Vermelha (Q203325) on Wikidata

Oceanic[edit]

  • 11 Leme Beach (Praia do Leme) (East of Copacabana). Somewhat less crowded as the Copacabana Beach
  • 12 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. Copacabana Beach on Wikipedia Copacabana Beach (Q21956705) on Wikidata
  • 13 Arpoador Beach (Praia do Arpoador) (Between Copacabana and Ipanema.).
  • 14 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. Ipanema#Beach on Wikipedia
  • 15 Leblon Beach (Praia do Leblon) (West of Ipanema and similar, but less crowded.).
  • 16 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. pt:Praia de São Conrado on Wikipedia (Q10352894) on Wikidata

Samba schools[edit]

Leblon Beach

Learn[edit]

  • Cook in Rio, Rua 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 & Cia, Rua 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 Fair, Praça 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 Babalonia, Rua 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 Copacabana, R. Siqueira Campos, 138 (M1: Siqueira Campos).
  • 4 [dead link]Modern Sound, Rua 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 Bói, Rua 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 Argumento, Rua 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 & Expressões, Ataulfo de Paiva 1292 - Leblon, +55 21 2511-5085. Decent English section, and a good selection of international magazines. Café with internet access.
  • Livraria Letras & Expressões, Rua 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 Travessa, Rua 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 Shopping, Praia de Botafogo 400 - Botafogo (From M1,2: Botafogo two blocks north), +55 21 3171-9559. Has a food court with a panoramic view.
  • 7 Casa & Gourmet Shopping, Rua General Severiano, 97 Botafogo, +55 21 2542 5693. Mo-Sa 10:00-22:00; Su 15:00-21:00; PH 15:00-21:00. This little mall has good restaurants and shops specialized in things for home from furniture to glasses.
  • 8 Shopping Cassino Atlântico, Av. Atlântica 4240 - Copacabana (Take a bus 360, 382, 455, 484, 557 to stop BRS 3 - Joaquim Nabuco), +55 21 2523-8709.
  • 9 Shopping Leblon, Av. 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.
  • 10 São Conrado Fashion Mall, Estrada 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.
  • 11 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 7 floors and 400 stores. pt:Shopping Rio Sul on Wikipedia (Q10371190) on Wikidata
  • 12 Shopping da Gávea, Rua 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. pt:Shopping da Gávea on Wikipedia (Q10371205) on Wikidata

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Cervantes, Av 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 Condor, Largo do Machado, 29 - Catete. This two-story shopping arcade has a number of inexpensive Middle Eastern restaurants on the ground floor.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Benkei, Avenida Henrique Dumont 71 - Ipanema, +55 21 2540-4829. A popular all-you-can-eat sushi bar.
  • Berbigão, Rua Catete, 150 - Catete (next to Metro Catete), +55 21 2205-7245. Seafood restaurant with good selection.
  • Cantina Donanna, Rua Domingos Ferreira 63-B - Copacabana. Italian cuisine. $R10-20.
  • Casa da Feijoada, Rua Prudente Morais 10 - Ipanema, +55 21 2247-2776. Serves nothing but traditional, authentic Brazilian feijoada
  • Filé de Ouro, Rua 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 Gula, Rua Anibal de Mendonça 132 - Ipanema, +55 21 2259-3084. A trendy restaurant with excellent salads, main dishes and deserts. $R20-35.
  • Carretão, Rua Siqueiro Campos 23 - Copacabana. Good-value rodizio-- all-you-can-eat salad and barbecue. R$53.
  • Nam Thai, Rua Rainha Guilhermina 95 B - Leblon, +55 21 2259-2962. Fairly authentic and very popular Thai restaurant. Reservations essential at weekends. R$50-100.
  • New Natural, Rua 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 Leblon, Rua Dias Ferreira, 410 - Leblon, +55 21 2540-7641. Sushi.
  • Marius Carnes, Avenida Atlântica 290 - Leme, +55 21 2104-9000. Arguably the best churrascaria in town.
  • 4 Restaurante Monchique, Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 796 - Copacabana, +55 21 2548-5140. Very good all-you-can-eat rodizio.
  • 5 Porcão, Rua 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 Leblon, Rua Dias Ferreira, 256 - Leblon, +55 21 2512-7830.
  • 7 Zazá Bistrô Tropical, Rua 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 Zuka, Rua 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 Cachaça, Rua Conde de Bernadotte 26 - Leblon. With over 500 varieties, this is the place to start your studies of Brazil's national drink.
  • Bip Bip, Rua 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.
  • Empório, Rua 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 Ipanema, Rua 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 Getúlio, Avenida Atlântica, 2334 - Copacabana, +55 21 2255-5272.
  • The Irish Pub, Rua Jangadeiros 14A, Praça General Osório (Ipanema), +55 21 2513-3044. Best on Monday nights.
  • Saturnino Lounge & Bar, Rua 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 Bar, Rua 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]Clandestino, Rua 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 Matriz, Rua 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 Ferro, Rua 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 Fosfobox, Rua 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]

  • Cariocando, Rua 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 Rosa, Rua 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]Canecão, Av. 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 Tom, Rua Adalberto Ferreira 32 - Leblon, +55 21 2274-4022. Hosts lesser names, mainly performing Brazilian music.
  • Vinicius, Rua Vinicius de Moraes 39 - Ipanema, +55 21 2523-4757. A small bar with nightly Bossa Nova shows.
  • [dead link]Sala Cecilia Meireles, Largo da Lapa 47 - Lapa, +55 21 2224-3913. The city's main venue for classical performances.

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Mid-range[edit]

  • 22 Astoria Copacabana Hotel, Rua 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.
  • 23 Hotel Portinari, Rua 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).
  • 24 Rio Guesthouse, Rua 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.
  • 25 Hotel Vermont, Rua 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).
  • 26 Che Lagarto Suites Copacabana Anita, Rua 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.
  • 27 Che Lagarto Suites Copacabana Santa Clara, Rua 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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