Rio de Janeiro (english)

Rio – Impressionen:




Colonial Rio

Rio de Janeiro is the city it is today because of its historical past. Portuguese rulers were the first ones to rule Rio as they landed on the soil of Guanabara Bay on the 1st January 1502. The bay forms the opening of a river, hence the name ‘Rio de Janeiro’ which means ‘River of January’. The French also wanted to make the best of the strategic position of Rio in the Brazilian region and tried to make a foothold in the city but were debarred from the city after two years of intense war. To protect from further invasions, the city was moved to a safer position on a hill, which was later named as Castle Hill.

Rio developed economically as it continued to cultivate its traditional crop; sugarcane. Subsequently, gold and diamonds were found in the Mines Gerais area. After this discovery, many other European countries tried to capture Rio and gain a foothold and in 1763, the capital of the region was shifted from Salvador to Rio.

However, this economic prominence did not last long. As Rio entered the 19th century, sugar cane production faced stiff competition from other South American countries and the gold and diamond reserves also dwindled, leading Rio on the path of an economic crisis. To prevent this situation it started exporting coffee and the Portuguese royal family resettled in Rio. During their thirteen year rule, Rio expanded economically and the city started spreading out to its edges, as new buildings started cropping up with modernized infrastructure. When the Portuguese left, Brazil finally achieved its independence.


Liberated Rio

As Rio achieved independence from the Portuguese rulers, the city expanded politically, culturally, economically and architecturally. Public transportation in the form of horse drawn trolleys allowed transport to places like Botafogo, Sao Cristovao, Tijuca which were somewhat far from the city. Rio became the political, economical and cultural centre of Brazil. Many important artisans, leaders, writers and important people played a significant role in the cultural development of the city. Along with being the busiest port in Brazil, the rail & road infrastructure lead to a development of the trade industry.


Rio as capital of Brazil

When Brazil achieved independence in 1889, Rio was named the capital. With years passing by, Rio has changed, in terms of infrastructure and financially. Central Zone was demolished to expand the city. Land was being reclaimed to build the Central Business District. Hills were being wiped out and were used to fill the marsh areas. The city was divided in three zones. North zone became a industrial area along with being the residence of the working sector while the South Zone was limited for the wealthy people.

After World War II, Rio shifted from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy. Bridges were built between important cities, skyscrapers were constructed and free-ways were developed. The population of the city increased in gigantic proportions and this turned out to be a curse. Even if labour was in need for the industries to develop, labourers were in excess and the number of poor and unskilled people increased. This situation exists even today and puts intense pressure on Rio’s resources. In fact, Rio is one of the most populated cities in the world.


Rio in present

In the 1960’s the capital of Brazil was moved from Rio to Brasilia and later to Sao Paolo, to reduce the economic and financial pressure on Rio. Political power was moved to the interior of the country. Today along with its different ethnic groups, Rio is making its presence felt in the industrial, service and tourism sector. Major multinational companies have their headquarters in Rio and the city does have its influence on the Brazilian economy, as a whole.



Samba City (Cidade Do Samba)

Samba city is a recent addition to Rio’s infrastructure and occupies an area of about 114.000 sq. meters. Constructed by the City Hall, it is located in the adjoining town of Gamboa. The reason for constructing the city in Gambo was that, the city is considered to be sacred, as this was the birthplace of Carioca samba. The city’s architectural design is geometric in shape and includes the districts of Saúde, Santo Cristo and Gamboa. The thought behind the architecture is of accepting and acknowledging the ancestral dance of Samba which came from Africa.

Address: Rua Rivadavia Correia, 60, Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro – RJ

Tel: +55 21 2213 2503

Fax: +55 21 2213 2546

For further information, Visit Samba City.

Christ Redeemer

The statue of Christ Redeemer is a part of the new edition of the Seven Wonders of the World. The statue represents Rio and in 2008 it completed 77 years of its existence. The attraction was built approximately 38 meters high and covers 710 meters of the mountain, the statute was inaugurated in 1931. Situated on top of the Corcovado Mountain, initially one had to climb the 220 steps to reach the statue. Though, today with the help of escalators and elevators one can easily get to the statue.

Address: Estrada de Ferro Corcovado – Rua Cosme Velho, 513, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2558 1329

Sugar Loaf cable car

The Sugar Loaf Cable Car is one of oldest cable cars in world and the first one in Brazil. Launched in 1912, it was Augusto Ferreira a Brazilian engineer who thought of the idea. Millions of tourists have travelled through the cable car which includes some famous names like Roberto Carlos, Brooke Shields and Ronaldinho. The car travels through three stations: Praia Vermelha, Morro da Urca and Pão de Açucar which is interconnected together by four cable cars.

Address: AV Pasteur, 520, Urca, Rio De Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2461 2700

For further information, Visit Sugar Loaf cable car.


Pão De Açúcar

Situated in the area of Urca, the Pão de Açúcar (sugarloaf) is a spectacular mountain view point of Rio at its best. The view is best appreciated on a clear day so make sure you check the weather forecast. Don’t miss the attractive scenery of the coast and greenery, along with the cicade maravilhosa.

Ipanema beach

Ipanema beach is the place which is jam packed with tourists when the summer season starts in Rio. All over the beach you will see people sun bathing, playing beach volley ball or swimming. Beach events are very famous at Ipanema as tourists and locals come together to play games like beach soccer, beach volleyball, foot volleyball, etc. If you are good at surfing, body boarding, skim boarding, then Ipanema beach is an ideal place to be. Though, stay away if you are a novice, as the waters can be quite rough. If you are eager to visit Capoeira, then Sunday is the best day as the lane is open only for pedestrians. Other highlights include the Hippie Fair where you can buy some Brazilian handicrafts or musical instruments and the Street Carnival.

Copacabana Neighbourhood

The Copacabana neighbourhood which was just a small fishing village till the 1900’s flourished rapidly after the inauguration of the Copacabana Palace Hotel. In fact, the area is divided into two beaches, Leme beach and the actual Copacabana beach. The area is constantly brimming with tourists as they hang around the attractive beach, kiosks, bars and restaurants. What actually made this area famous is the Copacabana fort and the Palace hotel. In fact the hotel has now been declared as part of Brazil’s natural history. The Fort which dates back to 1914 today houses the Army Historical Museum. Ammunitions dating to the early 20th century are displayed here.

Address: Army Historical Museum: Army History Museum and Copacabana Fort, Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1 – Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro

Tel: +55 2521 1032


Morro Do Leme

Morro Do Leme contains a environmental protection area. Located on the Atlantic coast, there is over 10 hectares of rain forest filled with exotic species. Book a tour in advance.

Address: Praça Almirante Julio de Noronha

Tel: +55 21 2275 7696

Tijuca Forest / Tijuca National Park

The Tijuca Forest is the largest urban forest in the world that is home to hundreds of species of animals and living beings from all around the Atlantic Forest. The forest is one of its kinds because it has been replanted by man in the early 1900’s after years of deforestation for coffee plantations. Covering a space of around 3,200 hectares, it was the initiative of Major Gomes Archer where the replanting of seedlings native to Atlantic eco system were made. To attract tourists, over the time restaurants were opened and public baths were instated. Today, it is a leisure area with parks, fountains and lakes and every year millions of tourists pay at least one visit to this forest.

Address: Estrada da Cascatinha, 850, Alto da Boa Vista– Tijuca, Rio De Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2492 2252

Botanical Gardens / Jardim Botanico

The Jardim Botanica is the place where man and nature reside in perfect harmony. This garden is a prefect tourist spot for all ages. A learning ground for children, adults can stroll around the gardens to view some of the amazing and rarest species of plants from Brazil and other countries. There are 8200 species of plants planted here which are categorized according to their species. Various wild animals, birds and other beings also stay comfortably here. One can get the opportunity of being close to these animals and learn more about their daily life. There is also a nearby cafe conveniently situated here where one can admire the garden views, complemented by live music at the weekend.

Address: Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 (pedestres/pedestrians)e 1008 (veículos/cars)- Jardim Botânico/ Jardim Botanico District, Rio De Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 3874 1808, +55 21 3874 1214

Buzios Peninsula

Buzios Peninsula which was once a fishing village has now transformed into a major tourist destination. In the past, it was occupied by European pirates and slaves, with time the diversity in its beauty caught the tourist’s fancy and became a major tourist destination with posh hotels, a buzzing nightlife and an assortment of eco life. There are around 20 beaches which surround the peninsula and many centres which offer facilities for water sports like windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing. An 18 hole golf course, art galleries, and night clubs decorate the attractive peninsula. Buzios can be reached by road from Rio via the Rio-Niteroi toll bridge, or by bus from the Novo Rio Bus Station.

Ilha Fiscal

Fiscal Island, part of the Guanabara Bay, is a small isle which holds a small green castle which was once an important venue for the Brazilian empire. The castle on the Fiscal Island is said to have hosted the last Imperiall ball in 1889. Its architecture has been designed by Adolfo del Vecchio and his creativity can be seen in the form of carved stone work, exceptional mosaic work and ten different types of hard wood used for mosaics. This neo gothic castle can be visited three times a week from Thursday to Sunday.

Address: Av Alfredo Agache, no final da Praça Quinze – Centro, Baía De Guanabara

Tel: +55 21 3870 6992

Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon / Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas mostly known as Lagoa is a lagoon and a district in Rio that is bordered by other districts such as Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea, Jardim Botânico, Copacabana, Botafogo, and Humaitá. The city attracts a lot of tourists during the Christmas season when a special Christmas tree which is erected on a floating platform moves about in the lagoon. Famous tourist areas like Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea, and Jardim Botânico are nearby. The lagoon offers various tourists entertainment like night clubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, and mainly it is the headquarters of the soccer team Flamengo.

There are number of free sport courts, bicycle and jogger’s lanes, a number of playgrounds for children and gourmet food kiosks along with sports facilities for Jogging, cycling, horseback riding, roller-skating, volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis and nautical sports.


Moreira Salles

Located near to the Parque de Cidade is this cultural centre. It holds old photographs of Rio and the rest of Brazil showing how the cities have changed and developed over the years. This informative centre also exhibits work from famous artists and attracts many tourists who are interested in learning about Rio and Brazil’s past.

Address: 476 Rua Marques de Sao Vicente

Tel: +55 21 3284 7400

Joatinga Beach

Joatinga Beach is a beach that is less frequented by tourists and therefore is also ironically the most sought after by those ones who want to relax and want some silence around them. 220 mtrs sq long, this white sandy beach is one of most well protected natural reserves in Rio. The ecological diversity of the Atlantic rainforest, mangroves and the small tribe of Caiçara is not something one should miss. The beach which is a crossover between forests and virgin beaches is also a dream come true for professional surfers.

Barra da Tijuca Beach

Barra da Tijuca Beach is the longest beach in Brazil and stretches about 18 kms from Morro do Joá and to the Recreio dos Bandeirantes neighbourhood. It’s a clear green beach and a hot spot for surfers, wind sailors, and body surfers. The beach also welcomes beginners in water sports and after enjoying the sea waves there are a lot of restaurants, barracas (tents), food and drinks stalls where you can have some snacks. The beach gets crowded during the weekends and is best visited during weekdays. This attraction is accessible by bus, but preferable one should arrange for a car.


Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil

The CCBB is one of Brazil’s most popular cultural centres and is situated in Rio’s financial area of Centro. Attracting millions of visitors per year, the centre includes two theatres, a cinema and various exhibitions such as the evolution of Brazil’s currency. Look out for film and concert listings in O Globo entertainment.

Address: 66 Rua Primeiro de Marco

Maracanã Football Stadium / Estádio do Maracanã

Till recently the Maracanã Football Stadium was the largest football stadium in the world. It can accommodate 200,000 spectators; it was inaugurated during the FIFA World Cup in 1950. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, major football clubs like Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama play their matches here. Experience the feeling of kicking a football in this stadium with your favourite players and you will surely never forget your visit.

Address: Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2299 2941

Museu Chácara Do Céu

The museum was where the art patron and industrialist, Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maysa, used to live. This popular attraction houses a variety of modern art by artists such as Lygia Clark and Portinari. It also contains Brazilian artefacts dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Furthermore, connected to the museum is the Parque das Ruínas which is famously known for staging musical concerts. The park is not only aesthetically pleasing but also contains the ruins of the house which belonged to the Brazilian heiress Laurinda Santos Lobo. Before the heiress died in 1946, professors and some of the best artists from Rio used to gather here. Visitors enjoy coming to this attraction because it is not only a learning portal but also somewhere for entertainment and relaxation.

Address: 93 Rua Murtinho Nobre, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2507 1932




New Year’s

Apart from the Carnival, New Year’s Celebration is also a major part of the festivities in Rio. Most famous among them is the celebration on the Copacabana beach which attracts millions of tourists every year. A major part of this event is the eye catching fireworks display. The display which goes around for about thirty minutes is an absolute delight to watch. Hotels, houses and the whole city are lit up with decorations and various shows, concerts and other entertainment activities are organized to celebrate the event. People throng the streets and enjoy the fireworks. Popping a bottle of chilled Champagne as the clocks strikes at midnight is considered to be lucky.

Rio Carnival

The world famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival has a history of over two centuries old. Rooted in both pagan and religious festivals, the carnival is celebrated during the four days previous to the beginning of Lent. The Rio Carnival has always been the main attraction amongst tourists. Despite all the carnivals that take place in Brazil, it is Rio that is known as the Carnival capital of the world. The festival starts on a Saturday, 40 days before Easter ends on a Fat Tuesday, after which Easter starts on Wednesday. The festival is celebrated in the month of February which is one of the hottest months in Rio.

The Rio Carnival, as we know it today, was born in an attempt to make the festivities more ‘’civilised’’ in the manner of European carnivals. Masks and rich costumes were introduced by the higher classes who paraded them up and down the city streets in their open carriages. The carnival also resembles parties with drinks, food and music that carries on throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning. People come out on to the streets and dance and sing, and all this finally concludes in what is known as the Samba Parade. People participating in the Samba parade are dressed in bright attires and Samba dancers perform the world famous Latin dance forms.

The samba originated from the blend of street music and African slave songs, and today its irresistible beats and rhythms have transformed it into the main dance of the Rio Carnival, and it is an inextricable part of the local identity.

Today the Carnival is the most popular and largest festival in the country, with four days of music and dance, taking place in the streets, as well as several costume gala balls held at the main hotels in the city.

The Samba Schools’ Parade (Desfile das Escolas de Samba) is the high point of the Carnival in Rio, and takes place in the Sambadrome’s Prof.

The Darcy Riveiro runway takes place during February 22nd and 23rd nights. The show starts at 9 in the evening, lasting until the small hours of the following day. Six special group samba schools perform each night, having up to 80 minutes to march down the runway. The winner of the Samba Parade is elected on Wednesday and the Winners Parade is held on Saturday, February 28th. It includes the six special group schools that made the best score, the winner of the access group, and other special attractions.

The Samba Schools’ rehearsals may also be attended, after paying a small fee (never exceeding the R$ 15). These often turn into parties and this is usually a good way to enjoy some samba music and a magnificent show.

June Bonfire Festivals / Festas Juninas

Festas Juninas is a festival traditionally celebrated in honour of Saint John. Generally this festival is celebrated during the winter season in Brazil and in summer in Europe. The story behind this celebration goes that the Saint John’s mother Elizabeth wanted to announce the arrival of her son. So she lit a fire and erected a pole with a doll placed on the top to announce his birth. Today this festival is celebrated in honour of three saint’s St. John, St. Anthony, and St. Peter who were born during the month of June. The festival is celebrated in churches, schools, city squares by lighting bonfires, playing games, dancing and singing.

Brazil’s Independence Day

Brazil’s Independence Day which falls on September 7 is a public holiday for all nationals. Rio natives celebrate their independence with lot of excitement and joy. Thousands of people come out on the streets to celebrate out their freedom from Portugal. There are various kinds of embellishments all around like balloons, streamers and banners decorating every nook and corner. There are parades in schools and the Brazilian flag is hoisted in all public and government organizations with great pride. In the evening there are fireworks displays in the city square which are worth watching.



NightClubs, Bars & Cafes


Try cocktails as well as sushi.

Uniqueness: The bar is located in the upmarket location of Ipanema. It has attractive interiors with a dance floor and DJ’s that play American music.

Address: 354 Rua Barão da Torre Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2247 0351

Nuth Lounge Bar

Caipirinhas, Sticks de Frutas Tropicais, Caprioska de limao, Bluenuth, Steak ao poiure vert, Caprioska Morango.

Uniqueness: Lounge and bar with tropical interiors based on the theme of Atlantic forests of Brazil. Green plants and palms decorate the lounge giving it a jungle feel.

Address: Lonunge: Av. Armando Lombardi, 999 Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Club: Av. Epitácio Pessoa, 1244 Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 3153 8595

For further information, Visit Nuth Lounge Bar.



This bar makes its own beer, such as pale ale, dark & light beer with a touch of coffee and wheat beer.

Uniqueness: This two floored beer hall serves possibly the best beer in Rio.

Address: Rua General San Martin, 1241, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2259 8271

00 (Zero Zero)

Brazilian cuisine along with cosmopolitan dishes. Sushi bar, entradinhas, delicious salads, fish, meat and pasta are also worth a mention.

Uniqueness: Contemporary cuisine with a relaxing and cosy interiors. Perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine alone as well as a being a family restaurant.

Address: Avenida Padre Leonel Franca, 240 – Gávea, Planetário, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2540 8041

For further information, Visit 00 (Zero Zero).


Braseiro Da Gávea

This is one of the most popular bars in Rio, especially at the weekends.

Uniqueness: Commonly known as Baixo da Gávea, this bar will certainly make your celebrations unforgettable.

Address: Praca Santos Dumont, 116, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2239 7494

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub

Irish food with a mug of cold beer. Try Tap Beer, conventional bottled beer, wines and champagnes, whiskeys and shots. Also available some tasty snacks like sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas, burgers and desserts.

Uniqueness: A lot of variety in alcoholic drinks. Specializes in serving Irish beers.

Address: Ipanema – Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 112 A, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2267 5860

For further information, Visit Shenanigan’s Irish Pub.

Bar d’Hotel

Italian cuisine with cocktails. Try the ‘Sake Caipirinha’, ‘Champagne cocktail’ or the ‘Lemon sorbet mixer’.

Uniqueness: Fancy and high class with a beautiful oceanic view available from the bar.

Address: 696 Avenida Delfim Moreira Marina Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2540 4990


Palaphita Kitch

This is a popular nightspot offering great cocktails in a romantic setting.

Uniqueness: This is an open air bar with a difference, its bamboo furniture, flickering light torches and its location next to the lake gives it a very chilled atmosphere.

Address: Av Epitacio Pessoa, Kosk 20, Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2227 0837

Academia da Cachaca

North East Brazilian food with some great cocktails. About 500 varieties of cocktails and Caiparinhas served by expert bartenders. Try the passion fruit Caiparinha.

Uniqueness: Large variety available in alcoholic drinks along with Brazilian lunch, snacks and appetizers.

Address: 26 Rua Conde de Bernadotte Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Address: Condomínio Condado dos Cascais, Av. Armando Lombardi, 800 – Loja 65 L, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2529 2680

For further information, Visit Academia da Cachaca.


Cosmopolitan menu combining American and Mexican cuisine. Try the cocktails, Belgian beers, Caiparoskas.

Uniqueness: Located in the posh location of Carioca. Striking interiors inspired by New York lounge bars, with a dance floor and pumping music that will keep you dancing all night long.

Address: 47 Rua Rita Ludolf Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 3686 6465


Wine and Whisky. Also do try the local drink, Caiparinhas.

Uniqueness: Happy hour on Mondays. Locals are permitted to play the saxophone for the crowd

Address: 247 Rua Dias Ferreira Leblon, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2274 5590



This is one of the greatest nightclubs in Rio attracting the locals as well as many tourists.

Uniqueness: Hosting ome of the best parties throughout the week, with three rooms featuring an eclectic range of music, this nightclub surely satisfies all tastes. Get there before 1am to guarantee entry on weekends.

Address: Rua Raul Pompeia, 94, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 3813 0300

Hard Rock Café

Mexican food like fajitas, pasta, sirloin, ad other grilled, smoked meat dishes. Also available are various types of burgers and desserts.

Uniqueness: Located near the Barra da Tijuca beach. International artists like Bono & Aerosmith perform live at Hard Rock.

Address: Shopping Cittá América Av. das América, 700 – 3rd flr Barra da Tijuca – 22640-100 Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2132 8000

For further information, Visit Hard Rock Café.

Live Music

Rio de Janeiro is well known for its vivacious nightlife and live music is an integral part of it. There are many good places which play some great music and are open throughout the week.

Casa da Matriz

Visited by the young crowd. Located in a small house with two dance floors, bars and lounge rooms. The clubs plays music like indie rock, pop-rock, R&B music, funk, hip hop, samba, Brazilian popular music, drum and bass, reggae and break beat.

Uniqueness: Variety in music and plenty of alcoholic drinks. Large enough to accommodate many visitors as there are two dance floors. Also offers a t-shirt store to buy one and keep as a memory from Brazil.

Address: Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2226 6342

For further information, Visit Casa da Matriz.


Clube Guanabara

Live samba & Choro.

Uniqueness: Attracting a young and old crowd, this club is full of life featuring live bands and a DJ to keep the crowd jamming at intervals. The beer is great and the music rocks.

Address: 42 Avenida Reporter, Nestor Moreira, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2295 2597

Carioca da Gema

Famous in Rio for its live music. The place starts kicking only after 11 p.m. Mostly it plays Samba & Chorniho music from Monday to Saturday. All kinds of appetizers, snacks and beverages are also available.

Address: Rua Mem de Sá, nº 79, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2221 0043

For further information, Visit Carioca da Gema.

Rio Scenarium

This club plays live music. Spread over three floors, the ground floor has a restaurant and the second level is a club. Plays Samba Chorniho music from Tuesday to Saturday.

Address: Rua do Lavradio, 20- Centro Antigo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 3147 9005

For further information, Visit Rio Scenarium.

Clube dos Democraticos

Plays Samba, Chorinho and Forro Music from Thursday to Saturday

Address: Rua do Riachuelo 91, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2233 3239

For further information, Visit Clube dos Democraticos.


Trapiche Gamboa

Live Samba, a casual crowd and nice appetizers.

Uniqueness: Opened in 2004, this nightclub features live musicians on the ground floor with dancers surrounding them.

Address: Rua Sacadura Cabral, 155, Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2516 0868




Rio de Janeiro offers a variety of cuisines in expensive hotel restaurants where the service and food is fabulous. However, for those who prefer economical restaurants, there are many small cafes and restaurants lined up along the beaches and neighbourhoods where the menu may be limited and the interior may be basic but the food is equally tasty.

Marius – Steakhouse

Type of Cuisine Served: Brazilian cuisine which includes grilled meat dishes, salads, fish, veg combos.

Uniqueness: Meat served comes from organically fed cattle. 30 different meat dishes available on the menu. Salad bar also included in restaurant where one can experiment with fish, veg combos and meat.

Address: Av Atlântica 290, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2543 1097


Type of Cuisine Served: Barbecue and steakhouse restaurant serving different kinds of beef, pork, mutton and chicken dishes. Seafood and salads are also available.

Uniqueness: Branches all over the world which include cities like New York, Miami and Brazil. Favoured by many celebrities.

Address: Barao da Torre, 218, Ipanema, 22411-000 Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 31 3389 8989



Type of Cuisine Served: Delicious pizza’s made from the freshest and finest ingredients.

Uniqueness: Known as the best Pizza restaurant in the neighbourhood and it only opened in 2007.

Address: Rua Maria Angelica, 129, Jardim Botânico.

Tel: +55 21 2535 0687

Satyricon – Seafood

Type of Cuisine Served: Grilled seafood served in flavoursome sauces. Try the ‘couvert’ which can turn out to be a whole fulfilling tasty meal. Serves one of the best tiramisu in Rio. On Saturdays the restaurant also serves a seafood buffet.

Uniqueness: Favoured place for businessmen, artists and politicians. Valet parking is available.

Address: Ipanema: Rua Barao da Torre,192, Rio de Janeiro; Buzios: Orla Bardot, 500, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2521 0627, +55 22 2623 2691

Fax: +55 21 2827 7010, +55 22 2623 2081

Madame Butterfly

Type of Cuisine Served: Japanese Cuisine. Try the fish with shimji mushrooms in sake and ginger sauce.

Uniqueness:Elected one of the best Japanese restaurants in Rio. Offers different types of sushi’s and rolls in different shapes.

Address: Rua Barão de Torre 472, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2267 4347



Type of Cuisine Served: Middle Eastern. Tasty platters of hummus, koftes, kibbe, falafel as well as other delicious meats and salads.

Uniqueness: Located near the beach with a very relaxed atmosphere.

Address: Rua Ronald de Carvalho, 55C, Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2275 5596

Cafe Lamas

Type of Cuisine Served: Barbecue restaurant that serves seafood and steaks.

Uniqueness: Centrally air conditioned. Interior is traditionally designed, simple yet artistic. One of the oldest restaurants in Rio and favoured by presidents, writers, actors and poets.

Address: Rua Marquês de Abrantes, 18 – Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2556 0799

Hotel Cipriani Restaurant

Type of Cuisine Served: Traditional Italian Cuisine. Some innovative dishes include Carpaccio with classic Cipriani’s sauce, Eggplant gnocchi with tomato and basil sauce and Carlina’s style scampi with rice and curry.

Uniqueness: Restaurant is part of Copacabana Palace Hotel. A romantically designed interiors with hanging chandeliers, high ceilings and candlelight dinners.

Address: Avenida Atlântica 1702, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2548 7070

Fax: +55 21 2235 7330



Type of Cuisine Served: Bahian. Specialities include the moqueca with shrimp and coconut blend.

Uniqueness: The restaurant presents an incredible atmosphere with candles flickering along with leaves scattered across the ground.

Address: Rua Arnaldo Quintela, 94, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2541 9387

Zazá Bistrô Tropical

Type of Cuisine Served: Thai, South American and International cuisine. Try namorado fish fillet served with a purée of banana and palm heart or prawn ravioli served with grilled salmon in a saffron sauce

Uniqueness: Original and excellent food. Interior designed for an enigmatic and romantic evening. An Arabian designed restaurant where everyone sits on the floor resting on silk pillows, enjoying candlelight dinners.

Address: Rua Joana Angelica 40, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2247 9101


Type of Cuisine Served: Italian food. Try the unusual raviolis like the ‘ravioli de maça ao creme e semente de papoula’ which includes apple ravioli with cream and poppy seed sauce.

Uniqueness: Considered to be one of the best Italian restaurant in Rio. Food is really tasty and service is immaculate. Desserts from this restaurant are also popular.

Address: Rua JJ Seabra 19, Jardim Botânico, 22470-130 Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2294 1433


Casa Da Suica

Type of Cuisine Served: Swiss. Deliciously cooked steaks, as well as fantastic fondues.

Uniqueness: The restaurant is housed inside the Swiss Embassy which also includes the St Moritz bar where live music can be heard.

Address: Rua Candido Mendes, 157, Gloria, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2509 3870

Siri Mole e Companhia

Type of Cuisine Served: Bahian seafood. Try the moquecas either with coconut milk and cilantro or with prawns, fish or octopus.

Uniqueness: Very popular with the Brazilian young crowd as well as celebrities. Restaurant also serves a Lunch Buffet during Saturdays which attracts a lot of customers.

Address: Rua Francisco Otaviano 50, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2267 0894

Garcia e Rodrigues

Type of Cuisine Served: Bistro and bakery complete with a simple menu that includes dishes like sandwiches, cheese plates from the café. Some famous servings from the Bistro include pastas, risottos, grilled steak and seafood. Try the grilled salmon in orange-saffron sauce.

Uniqueness: This restaurant serves some of the best baked delicacies in Rio.

Address: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1251, Leblon, Ipanema/Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2512 8188


Da Silva

Type of Cuisine Served: Portuguese. Offers salads, seafood and meats as well as many bacalhau dishes.

Uniqueness: This is one of the best lunch buffet restaurants in Rio. Also located in Ipanema, Rio.

Address: 4th floor Av Graca Aranha, 187, Centro, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2524 1010

Siri Mole e Companhia

Type of Cuisine Served: Bahian seafood. Try the moquecas either with coconut milk and cilantro or with prawns, fish or octopus.

Uniqueness: Very popular with the Brazilian young crowd as well as celebrities. Restaurant also serves a Lunch Buffet during Saturdays which attracts a lot of customers.

Address: Rua Francisco Otaviano 50, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2267 0894

Garcia e Rodrigues

Type of Cuisine Served: Bistro and bakery complete with a simple menu that includes dishes like sandwiches, cheese plates from the café. Some famous servings from the Bistro include pastas, risottos, grilled steak and seafood. Try the grilled salmon in orange-saffron sauce.

Uniqueness: This restaurant serves some of the best baked delicacies in Rio.

Address: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1251, Leblon, Ipanema/Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2512 8188


Da Silva

Type of Cuisine Served: Portuguese. Offers salads, seafood and meats as well as many bacalhau dishes.

Uniqueness: This is one of the best lunch buffet restaurants in Rio. Also located in Ipanema, Rio.

Address: 4th floor Av Graca Aranha, 187, Centro, Rio de Janeiro.

Tel: +55 21 2524 1010


Type of Cuisine Served: Italian Cuisine. Try the pasta at Gero’s and speciality dishes such as lamb cutlets stuffed with folie grass and farfalle pasta bow-ties.

Uniqueness: Part of the famous Fasano Group of Hotel’s. The restaurant has won many awards and is the favoured venue for socialites, journalists, and high society.

Address: Rua Anibal De Mendonca, 157 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2239 8158


Nova Capela

Type of Cuisine Served: Traditional Portuguese dishes. Specialities include the goat (cabrito).

Uniqueness: This restaurant has been running since the early 20th century and usually stays open till late offering a variety of musical entertainment.

Address: Av Mem de Sa, 96, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2252 6228


Type of Cuisine Served: Manly French delicacies but the menu also includes a mix of French and Brazilian cuisine.

Uniqueness: Owned by Chef Claude Troisgros who is supposed to one of best chefs in Brazil.

Address: Rua Custódio Serrão, nº 62 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2539 4542


Tia Palmira

Type of Cuisine Served: Exquisite seafood such as crabmeat, grilled fish and shrimp pastries.

Uniqueness: Do not miss out on the fabulous Cariocas feast which only occurs on the weekends and involves an outside buffet overlooking the beautiful ocean.

Address: Caminho do Souza, 18, Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2410 8169


Shopping Centres


For the shopaholics, Rio is literally a dream destination. There are many shopping stores which sell all kinds of products ranging from the latest fashion accessories that are trendy but may be a little expensive compared to weekend markets where you can buy cheap merchandise at a throw away price. Those who are visitors should definitely invest in Brazilian handicrafts, jewellery, leather & suede products as well as souvenirs.


Siqueira Campos

Uniqueness: This is one of Rio’s very first shopping centres. Here you can pick up some original crafts, intriguing antiques, wonderful jewellery and much more. There is also a fascinating art gallery, a pet shop plus a supermarket for all your food needs.

Address: 143, Rua Siqueira Campos, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2549 0650

Barra Shopping

Uniqueness: This is Rio’s biggest shopping centre in Latin America with 577 stores spread over 120,000 m² of area. It has plenty of shops with additional entertainment services like cinema theatres, restaurants, an indoor theme park and a bowling alley. Over 25 million shoppers visit Barra every year.

Address: Av. Das. Americas, 4666 Barra De Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 4003 4131

For further information, Visit Barra Shopping.


Praia Shopping, Botafogo

Uniqueness: This shopping store is the largest in Rio’s neighbourhood, Botafogo. It is especially known to house some of the best designer shops offering all types of brand named clothing. This shopping centre also includes several food outlets and a cinemma.

Address: 400 Praia de Botafogo, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2259 9880

Condomínio São Conrado Fashion Mall

Uniqueness: This beautiful shopping centre features over 100 shops selling local and international styles. Some of the top known brands that are available here are Emporio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton and Petit Lippe. The shopping mall has an in built cinema theatre along with a food café.

Address: Est da Gávea 899 São Conrado, 22610001 Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +51 21 3083 0300

For further information, Visit Condomínio São Conrado Fashion Mall.


Rio Design Centre

Uniqueness: This is a homestore centre featuring many shops with stylish furnishings, such as lamp shades, vases, bed side tables and many other designer decor.

Address: Av. Das. Americas, 7770, Barra De Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2461 9999

Shopping Cidade Copacabana

Uniqueness: The ideal place to find clothing, accessories, carpets, watches, souvenirs, and furniture made by well known designers. Spread over 32,000 square metres of area it houses 270 stores.

Address: Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana

For further information, Visit Shopping Cidade Copacabana.


Shopping da Gávea

Uniqueness: At this shopping centre you will be spoilt for choice as there are over 200 shops to explore selling almost anything imaginable. It also includes entertainment facilities such as theatres and restaurants.

Address: Rua Marques de Sao Vicente, 52, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2274 9896

The Babilônia Hype Fair

Uniqueness: Located at Jockey Club, this ‘hippie’ market stalls sells products related to decorative art & craft pieces. There are shops where you can get a typical ‘hippie’ tattoo carved or a nose ring pierced.

Address: Hipódromo do Jóquei Clube Brasileiro, Rua Jardim Botânico s/n, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2236 7195

The Hippie Fair

Uniqueness: A vivacious street market, it sets up its stalls every Sunday on a large city square. Products available are of much better quality than those at other street markets. One tends to buy items like clothing, leather goods, art and jewellery. If you want to buy something from Brazil as a memoir then this is the best place.

Address: Avenida Afonso Pena, Rio de Janeiro

Pé de Boi

Uniqueness: You can find a collection of artefacts, not just from Brazil but also from neighbouring countries like Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala. This is an excellent place to buy rare handicrafts from adjoining Brazilian regions of Amazon, Pernambuco, and Minas Gerais.

Address: Rua Ipiranga, 55 – Laranjeiras – 22231-120 Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2285 4395

Fax: +55 21 2285 5833

For further information, Visit Pé de Boi.


Leblon Shopping

Uniqueness: This is a fairly new shopping centre featuring all the latest local and international trends, filled with dozens of fashionable designer shops. The shopping centre also includes a stylish cafe, a cinema and some very tempting restaurants.

Address: Av. Afranio de Melo Franco, 290, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 3138 8000

Modern Sound

Uniqueness: Located in the locality of Copacabana, this store offers an amazing and vast collection in music. It has on stock all CD’s and DVD’s of all kinds of music ranging from rock, reggae to jazz and country. The store also offers the latest equipment in music like home theatres.

Address: Rua Barata Ribeiro 502, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2548 5005


Uniqueness: XPTO is visited by the young and trendy crowd who want the latest fashions for themselves. Clothes include both casual, formal and semi formal and are suitable for people of all ages.

Address: Rua Gonçalves Dias 55, Centro, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2252 3100

For further information, Visit XPTO.

Rio Sul Shopping Centre

Uniqueness: This large shopping centre features hundreds of departmental stores where all kinds of fashion accessories, clothes, perfumes, homeware and much more. The centre also has a Kinoplex cinema theatre with six screens, a café and a restaurant.

Address: Rua Lauro Müller 116 RJ – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2545 7200

For further information, Visit Rio Sul.


Off Price Shopping, Rio

Uniqueness: This offers designer clothes at affordable prices , similar to a factory outlet shopping centre.

Address: Rua General Severiano, 97, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2542 5693

Maria Oiticica

Uniqueness: At Maria Oiticica you will find some of the best jewellery and silverware in town. The jewellery is made from Brazilian trees and Amazonian fibres and the shop is known for being environment friendly.

Address: Av. Afrânio de Mello Franco 290 loja 112b – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Address: Rua Elvira Machado 18 – casa Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2275 4197

Fax: +55 21 2275 4197

For further information, Visit Maria Oiticica.

Constança Basto

Uniqueness: If you want to buy shoes in Rio, then Constança Basto is the place. Many famous celebrities support this boutique and buy their shoes from here. A little expensive, but worth every penny.

Address: Av. N Sra Copacabana 769/1101, 22050 002 Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 2549 2432

For further information, Visit Constança Basto.


Rio de Janeiro safety

Safety in Rio de Janeiro has shown great progress. The development of the city led the immigration of millions who failed to find their opportunities and settled on the outskirts of the city, better known as “favelas.” The favelas are part of life in Rio de Janeiro. From a very luxurious apartment, you can always look through the window to a nearby favela.

The favelas of Rio de Janeiro were popular for their crime rates, where violence was imposed by drug cartels. Today this has changed. The government has implemented a security project named UPP. The UPPs are Units of Peacekeeping Police, which remain inside the favelas. As a result, the inhabitants of the favelas can now enjoy a normal and secure life. The favela’s infrastructure has been improved, while progress in education and employment are positive signs of a better quality of life in Rio.

However, those living in Rio must take certain precautions. The following are some safety tips already incorporated in the carioca’s routine:

– Driving at night with closed windows
– Do not stop at traffic lights at night
– Taking care of your belongings all the time
– Do not drive sparsely populated areas at night (e.g. the city center)

People around the world are still choosing Rio de Janeiro as their home, showing that it is not necessary to be Brazilian to enjoy this beautiful city.

Working in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest economy in Brazil. However, Rio is the most representative city regarding Brazilian lifestyle, often acting as the image of Brazil to the world. Major companies have established their headquarters in Rio, and a comprehensive system of colleges and universities generates high competitiveness.

Everybody can find their opportunity in the emerging Rio de Janeiro. The city is getting prepared for the upcoming World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games, thus the labor market demand skilled people every day especially for infrastructure and services industries. The competition for skilled jobs is high. Most companies ask higher education and in many cases a postgraduate specialization. The highest paid sectors in Rio de Janeiro are finance, international trade, banking, legal services and consulting. Tourism in Rio de Janeiro is also a very important industry and NGOs play an important role. Minimum wages in general can cover the costs of a good quality of life in Rio. While the minimum wage is around $R 600 (Brazilian reais), it is reasonable to find wages over $R 1500 per month.

The work environment in Rio de Janeiro is relaxing. After a hard day, the beach breaks are the best reward. Years ago, business activity and companies were concentrated in the city downtown (Avenida Presidente Vargas, Rio Branco, etc) but currently several companies have settled in Barra da Tijuca, in clusters of 8-10 business buildings, with lot of green, gourmet areas and open places.