The vibrant and lively streets of Rio are just the right speed for an unforgettable getaway. Get ready for your own escape with our top picks for what to eat, see and do in Rio de Janeiro.

Flytographer: Claudia in Rio de Janeiro

Best Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

Get your fix of classic Brazilian sweets at Confeitaria Colombo, which has been around for over a century.

Carb load at La Bicyclette before a long day of exploring Rio’s botanical gardens just next door. This artisan bakery serves up fresh loaves in their bistro and via bicycle delivery.

After living abroad, Brazilian chef Rafa Costa e Silva decided to bring his talents back to his hometown. Since then, his restaurant Lasai has garnered accolades, such as being named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and receiving one Michelin Star. Reservations are required.

Get your sushi and sashimi fix at Sushi Leblon, one of the pioneers to bring Japanese cuisine to Rio. The spot is just as appropriate for a romantic dinner for two as it is for a group gathering – just be sure to plan ahead and reserve a table!

When in Rio, you must enjoy a sunset from the beach. At Riba Bar on Ipanema Beach, you can do just that with a drinks and a casual meal. Think sandwiches, burgers and drinks with an unbeatable view.

Rio is known for its views, and Bar Urca is in a prime position to enjoy a view of Guanabara Bay with a cold one in hand. From Bar Urca, you can enjoy views of the granite peak of Corcovado and the Rio–Niterói Bridge, as well.

Flytographer: Claudia in Rio de Janeiro

Must See Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

Skip Copacabana Beach, which is frequented only by tourists, and head to Ipanema for the true Carioca beach scene and the best people watching in town.

Rio’s uber modern Museum of Tomorrow (Museo do Amanha) is a must visit. The museum, which is closed on Mondays and offers free admission on Tuesdays, considers the future through questions, exploration and reflection while remaining focused on sustainability. How’s that for an afternoon well spent?

The Santa Teresa neighbourhood, perched atop the Santa Teresa hill, has always attracted those of the artistic bunch and is now a trendy hotspot filled with galleries, shops, restaurants and bars. Get lost down its narrow, winding streets for a day filled with discovery.

Flytographer: Claudia in Rio de Janeiro

Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana posto 6 is one of Rio’s best spots for stand up paddleboarding, thanks to the ultra calm sea there. Surf Rio offers board rental with instruction or private lessons every day. Simply get in touch via phone or Whatsapp to schedule.

One of the best ways to get your bearings in a new city is to hire a tour guide for a day. Context Travel’s History of Rio walking tour is led by a local historian and perfect for first-time visitors.


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