Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio-born-and-bred Bernardo sells strictly contemporary jewelry designs, many in his signature matte finish. Earrings go for about $2,000, but the... Read More

The Marina All Suites Hotel bar is a Technicolor pastiche of ice-blue and orange walls and Jetsons-style bar stools—all occupied by tall, tan,... Read More

Dancer and choreographer Carlinhos de Jesus heads this Rio ballroom dance school, where teachers give instruction in typical Brazilian rhythms like... Read More

The Christ the Redeemer statue, high atop Corcovado mountain, is the most famous icon of Rio—and one of the best-known attractions in the world. The... Read More

Brazil's most venerable chocolatier (founded in 1894) is hidden on a narrow street in chaotic Centro. The sweets, coffees, and tropical marmalades come... Read More

Thousands of tourists flock to this world-famous beach each year to sun themselves among the sea of Cariocas in Brazilian bikinis. The beach runs for 2... Read More

Atop one of the city's highest peaks, the world-renowned statue of Christ the Redeemer gives way to 360-degree views. Take the 123-year-old Corcovado... Read More

Part of Rio's charm lies in the fact that its landmark treasures range from the classic (Christ the Redeemer) to the quirky—best exemplified by this... Read More

The bar where, legend has it, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Morais wrote the song The Girl from Ipanema, and where you can still hear live... Read More

Ipanema Beach, the stretch of white sand on Rio's coast between Arpoador and Leblon beaches, is considered the jewel in the city's crown. The area... Read More

Rio's botanical gardens feature more than 8,000 plant species and date back to 1808. The space features awe-inspiring spectacles of nature, starting... Read More

Above the city's fray in the boho-chic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa sits a tiny shop specializing in native crafts. Loosely woven cotton rugs in... Read More

A luxurious haven for locals, Lagoa is one of Rio's most desirable neighborhoods. Nestled under the peaks of Corcovado Mountain, visitors will find a... Read More

Famous for its Bohemian culture, architecture, and music, Lapa is, in many ways, the soul of Rio. Pass through the neighborhood's colonial aqueduct and... Read More

Maracanã is one of the biggest soccer stadiums in the world and an icon in soccer-obsessed Brazil. If you can score tickets, and are brave enough to mix... Read More

Skinny pants, diaphanous camis, and slinky tube dresses in eye-popping orange and fuchsia fill the racks at this younger, hipper sister to Brazilian... Read More

Although not quite a thousand, there are more than a hundred flavors of natural ice creams and sorbets at this shop near the Jardim Botânico. Mil... Read More

Rio's newest museum—opened in March 2013 and known as MAR by locals—is part of the revitalization of the port area of the city. Just the architecture... Read More

The Museum of Modern Art Rio, or MAM Rio, was started in 1948 in a room of the Baovista Bank, and moved in 1967 to a Modernist building where it remains... Read More

Designed by world-famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Museu de Arte Contemporanea Niteroi is an architectural masterpiece that houses a massive,... Read More

Oscar Niemeyer's architectural masterpiece was completed late in his life—1996—but has the same fantastic improbability and masterful... Read More

Designer Oskar Metsavaht's clothes, wave-riding gear, and microscopic bikinis are a sleek, no-frills marriage of Miu Miu and Quicksilver—and come... Read More

Petropolis, just over an hour away from Rio, is a perfect day trip. The "Imperial City of Brazil" is best experienced through a visit to the Imperial... Read More

Nightclub?Bar?Furniture warehouse?It defies description, but if you go to only one place, check out Rio Scenarium—two adjacent three-story... Read More

Once a place for upper-class homes, the neighborhood of Santa Teresa has recently been revived as a cultural hot spot. Artists' studios and galleries... Read More

Some of Rio's most beautiful—and well-preserved—colonial architecture can be found in these adjacent up-and-coming neighborhoods. The... Read More

Sugarloaf Mountain, or Pão de Açúcar, is a must-visit for anyone exploring Rio. Like most view-oriented attractions, it's best taken in on a cloudless... Read More

This Oscar Niemeyer-designed theater holds 400 as part of an eight-building cultural complex overlooking Guanabara Bay and Rio. The complex will include... Read More

Widely known as the best place in Rio to explore nature, this lush Atlantic rain forest has spectacular views, unusual trees, beautiful waterfalls ... Read More

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