Rio de Janeiro: Beaches, Art and Cuisine

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  • Rio de Janeiro

  • Beaches

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Relaxation

  • Entertainment

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Curator’s statement

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. With its unique combination of culture, natural beauty and athletic prowess, Rio de Janeiro is an extraordinary destination in South America. Nicknamed "Cidade Maravilhosa" (“Marvellous City”), Rio de Janeiro is home to iconic landmarks, such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Visitors here can explore centuries-old neighbourhoods, traditional architecture, natural sights, culinary delights and countless adventures. The city also boasts some of the world’s best beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. On a hot day, the beautiful stretches of sand are packed with people sunbathing, playing beach volleyball and indulging in caipirinhas, a traditional drink made with local cachaça (sugar cane liquor) and limes.

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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Are you looking for something to do in Rio de Janeiro? With its stunning scenery, vibrant nightlife, and plentiful activities, Rio is a great destination for travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for cultural attractions, natural wonders, or outdoor activities, Rio has something for everyone!

Take a stroll along the famous Copacabana Beach and admire the city’s iconic coastline. As you walk along the sand, enjoy the local vendors selling craft goods, as well as the sound of Samba music that pervades the air. Then take a cable car up the Corcovado Mountain to see the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

For more adventure, take a boat tour of Guanabara Bay for a chance to see the many islands that make up this remarkable landscape. You can also explore the city’s amazing street art, visit iconic sites such as Sugarloaf Mountain, or take a day trip to the Maracanã Stadium where you can learn about Brazil’s rich football history.

At night, explore Rio’s nightlife at one of its many clubs and bars. Enjoy traditional Brazilian cuisine, listen to the rhythms of Samba music, or dance to the beats of reggae and funk. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, explore one of the city’s many theatres or concerts.

No matter what brings you to Rio de Janeiro, you’ll never be short of things to do. From its stunning beaches and vibrant culture to its unique wildlife and exciting outdoor activities, Rio de Janeiro offers an unforgettable experience. Discover it today!

Places to eat & drink in Rio de Janeiro

Pão de Queijo (cheese bread) in a basket in Brazil

When it comes to finding places to eat and drink, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you prefer Brazilian cuisine, international dishes or something a little more eclectic, Rio de Janeiro has something for everyone.

For a classic Brazilian experience, head to Bar do Mineiro. This delicious spot is located in the Santa Teresa district of the city and dishes up traditional churrasco, served with sides such as grilled vegetables, black beans and fluffy white rice. To accompany your meal, there’s a great selection of fresh fruit juices and cachaça-based cocktails.

For something a bit more exotic, check out Miam Miam Bistro. Located in the Jardim Botanico neighborhood, this eatery is inspired by French bistro-style cooking. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, the menu includes everything from escargot to mussels prepared in white wine and cream. To sip on while dining, there’s an impressive selection of wines and craft beers.

If you’re looking for a lively place to hang out, look no further than Bar Urca. This sprawling space is located near Rio’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and offers stunning views of the city. It’s ideal for grabbing a drink and catching up with friends; try the signature caipirinha or choose from an extensive selection of imported beers.

Regardless of what you choose, you’ll have an unforgettable time exploring Rio de Janeiro’s diverse food and drink scene. From traditional Brazilian eats to French-inspired bistros, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Need to Know

For more Brazil travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Aprille Muscara's guide, 9-Day Itinerary in Brazil: City, Beach, and Nature and Fora guide, First-Timer's Guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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