Rio de Janeiro may not be known as a top gastronomic destination, but foodie’s rejoice over Brazilian cuisine’s use of exotic ingredients and its juicy steaks and fresh seafood dishes which borrow ingredients from both the country’s European and African roots. Eating in Rio is not like say, Paris, where it feels as if any restaurant you walk into will likely be delicious. But with some local knowledge and recommendations from this food lover’s guide to Rio, you’ll get the best of the city’s food scene.
Cariocas (residents of Rio) are known for taking advantage of all their city has to offer, from the year-round warm weather to the beautiful shoreline, incredible music scene and wealth of parks and open spaces. Want to experience Brazil’s cultural capital and its stunning landscape like the locals? Once you’ve checked off the city’s top attractions, like Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf, try out these 18 essential local experiences in Rio de Janeiro.
Millions of beachgoers head to the famous shores of Ipanema and Copacabana every year. Tall apartment buildings and hotels rise above the sand at these iconic urban beaches, and tourists and locals alike fill up the shores daily. But it’s worth it to explore other parts of Rio’s expansive coastline, which include long white-sand beaches, fantastic views and nature reserves which make you feel as if you’re anywhere but a bustling urban metropolis. Experience the city’s lesser-known slices of paradise at these six Rio beaches.
Rio is where urban metropolis meets tropical jungle, dramatic mountains and white-sand beaches, making it one of the best places for urban hiking and climbing. Smack in the center of the city lies the Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban rainforest, with trails that afford some of the best views of Rio’s striking landscape. Explore this nature-lover’s haven within the city on one of these six urban hikes in Rio de Janeiro.
Aside from its spectacular beaches, thrilling nightlife, and stunning landscape, Rio de Janeiro is also known as one of South America’s most gay-friendly destinations. Known for a laissez-faire attitude towards sexuality, especially during raucous events like Carnival, Rio is fabled for its cruisy hotspots and sensual atmosphere. Between its enormous Pride celebration, its salacious gay […]
One of the most iconic pieces of music ever written is forever associated with the Marvelous City, Rio de Janeiro: “The Girl from Ipanema.” You know the one: Tall and tan and young and lovely The girl from Ipanema goes walking And when she passes, each one she passes Goes “Aaaaaah!” But do you know […]
Succulent and satisfying, feijoada is Brazil’s world-famous dish. The hearty stew, made with black beans (called feijão), thick cuts of salted beef or pork meats (including offal), and sometimes cachaça (sugar cane hard-liquor) for an extra kick, is served with rice, bitter kale greens, juicy orange wedges, and dried manioc ground to a powdery finish. […]
Christmastime in Brazil happens at the height of summer, and from sizzling beaches to one-of-a-kind shopping to holiday parties, there is no place hotter than Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the season. This year, the Marvellous City boasts the world’s largest floating Christmas tree, perched atop Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and standing the equivalent of […]
In-the-know visitors to Rio de Janeiro often venture into the more central districts when they want a bohemian afternoon of alfresco dining in Santa Teresa or a night of samba-fueled debauchery in Lapa. But between all-day beach bumming and adventure sports in the area, it’s easy to forget that downtown Rio — called Centro — offers a mix of history and culture that can only be found in what was once the only imperial European capital in the Americas. Here are a few treasures.