Brazil

Brazil Travel Guide

The three-story shop features cutting-edge local Brazilian clothing designs, luxe wood interiors, and a bird aviary.

Opened in 1985, this institution draws fans of cachaça, the potent sugarcane liquor that's the base for Rio's most famous export, the caipirinha.

The 25,000-square-foot store is the city’s gargantuan temple of chic - dealing in everything from cars to carry-alls.

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What to Expect: Majestic granite peaks jut from a jungle-covered range to create a spectacular backdrop for this mile-long, 300-foot-deep white-sand beach, which is covered in brightly colored umbrellas year-round.

The famous bar serves up a vast selection of cachaças and other local, traditional drinks.

This small artistic shop features a rotating selection of colorful wearable art and kitschy home wares, preserved in resin.

Espelho is one of Bahia’s loveliest beaches, a vivid collage of blue water, creamy yellow sand, red cliffs, and lush green forest. Driftwood and coconuts wash up with the tide. Rivers and streams emerge from nowhere to snake into the sea.

Dancer and choreographer Carlinhos de Jesus heads this Rio ballroom dance school, where teachers give instruction in typical Brazilian rhythms like forro, lambada, xaxado, and (of course) samba.

Brazil's most venerable chocolatier (founded in 1894) is hidden on a narrow street in chaotic Centro. The sweets, coffees, and tropical marmalades come in hand-painted packages, and the soaring frescoed ceilings seem lifted from a Viennese fantasy.

A nightclub-cum-antiques store.