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Rio de Janeiro City Guide

Just seeing this photo really brings me back to the beautiful days and nights I spent exploring Rio during Carnival with a group of close friends. We stayed in Ipanema, and I marveled each morning how well the shop owners cleaned the streets and sidewalks after a night of music and dancing. One night I walked to our neighborhood grocery store, and as I was leaving I got swept up in a street parade with live musicians playing on the back of trucks and followed along with everyone pied piper style to a public park where we all just kept dancing. Rio during Carnival is joyful, full of infectious music, tasty food, great shopping, adventures like hang gliding (which I did too!), great museums and street art, and fascinating history and culture all waiting to be discovered. I'd love to help you experience Rio in style! 

Excerpt below from 3/22/2022 Virtuoso article by Juliana A. Saad can found here. 


This coastal Brazilian metropolis is hotter than ever. Rio has always drawn travelers with its sexy beaches, lush tropical forests, and curvy mountains. Lately, it’s added the renewed charm of Botafogo, a traditional beachfront neighborhood now attracting creative types and alive with cool restaurants and shops. And throughout the rest of the city, restaurants are redefining the culinary scene with contemporary flavors.




Sustainable ingredients, vegetables grown in its own gardens, and dishes such as pork belly with roasted pumpkin make dining at one-Michelin-starred Lasai in Botafogo a memorable experience. Its seasonal tasting menus (and optional wine pairings) are served in a historic 1902 house with modern decor and terraces.


Also in Botafogo, Oteque, with its contemporary cuisine and sophisticated setting, highlights fresh local seafood – including picks from the dining room’s own aquarium. The eight-dish tasting menu offers daring combinations, such as onion stuffed with uni and topped with a mussel emulsion.




For more than 60 years, Jobi, in upscale Leblon, has captured the city’s essence. A typical Brazilian boteco (simple bar) with a down-to-earth atmosphere, it’s known for its chope (draft beer with a creamy head) and tasty petiscos (finger food), such as cod fritters.At another boteco-style Carioca institution in Leblon, Bar Bracarense, patrons wash down the famous cassava shrimp balls with ice-cold chopes.An event in itself, Casa Camolese encompasses a restaurant, cocktail bar, brewpub, coffee shop, and jazz club, and gives visitors a view of the Jockey Club racetrack.




Stop by Farm Rio for breezy printed dresses and other colorful pieces. The Ipanema flagship is an ode to summer, but there are Farm stores all around Rio.Fashion-world favorite Nannacay recently opened its flagship store at the Shopping Leblon mall, where patrons stock up on the brand’s beloved handbags and accessories, made of straw and other natural fibers by female artisans around the globe.


Where to Stay in Rio


Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

At Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, views of Ipanema and Arpoador stretch out beyond the pool bar. Inside, Philippe Starck-designed spaces and 89 rooms with private terraces beckon. Don’t miss sunset drinks at the newly opened Marea beach bar. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily, a $100 spa credit, and more. 


Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro

In Barra da Tijuca, where the Atlantic’s white-sand beaches meet the Marapendi Lagoon, Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro’s 436 balconied rooms are decorated with Brazilian accents. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily, a $100 spa credit, and more.


Emiliano Rio

The 90-room Emiliano Rio brings contemporary flair to Copacabana Beach, with its striking white cobogó facade standing tall against Rio’s famous zigzag boardwalk. Floor-to-ceiling windows, lush vertical gardens, and the terrace bar with its infinity pool overlooking Copacabana and Copacabana Fort complete the experience. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.


Belmond Copacabana Palace

The white, art deco Belmond Copacabana Palace, perched on its namesake beach, houses 239 elegantly appointed rooms. A drink at Pérgula, the chef’s table at Ristorante Hotel Cipriani, and the Michelin-starred pan-Asian fare at Mee are de rigueur. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.



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