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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mountain
“The view of this place is amazing. You don't need a tour guide to visit it but try to go earlier as you can because the whole year is a lot of people visiting this place. ”
  • 871 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The monument overlooking Rio de Janeiro have beyond breathtaking views. It is considered one of the seven new wonders of the world. There are three ways to get to it. You can take a train, van or hike. The train is the most famous and traditional way. The train will take you through Atlantic Forest almost to the top of the Corcovado Mountain. Make sure to have you camera ready and look to the right when the train is almost in the top. I suggest to pick a beautiful sunny day, so you don't miss any of the spectaculars views. ”
  • 650 locals recommend
Shoe Repair
“10 min by car. A very complete and luxurious shopping mall. One of the biggest in Rio! Presence of all major brands and wide variety of bars and restaurants.”
  • 520 locals recommend
Science Museum
“If you are taking a day to visit downtown Rio, Museu do Amanha is a nice place to stop. If you are short on time, the museum inside is not a must, but take a walk around the museum and Praça Mauá. Weekends have a lively vibe.”
  • 459 locals recommend
Park
“Maybe the most beautiful place in Rio and in the world. Just go. The café is not great but the store has beautiful indigenous craft.”
  • 509 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“I like to go there on nice days and rent pedal boats. Its also a beautiful view”
  • 611 locals recommend
Military Base
“Visit the Fort for incredible views as well as a history lesson on Rio. There are two restaurants, including an outpost of Confeitaria Colombo, inside the Fort Grounds.”
  • 533 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“A hot spot for good restaurants and bars as well. Have lunch/ dinner at Puro or Jojo's and at night go up the road to the bars on rua Pacheco Leao. Or to have a typical Brazilian meal/ delicious meat, go to Rubayat, the restaurant where you look out over horse races at the inner city jockey club. In the same area you have the beautiful open-for-all art school Parque lage which is worth a visit, they have recently opened a good relaxed restaurant inside. ”
  • 390 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Is it raining? Or way to hot for the beach? Shopping Leblon is an upscale mall with shops, a kids' play area, a food court, and movie theather.”
  • 315 locals recommend
Wine Shop
“One of the biggest shopping malls in South America. You'll find everything you need. ”
  • 363 locals recommend
Beach
“Excellent for sightseeing and spend some time. There are 2 metro stations close. ”
  • 311 locals recommend
Beach
“Have breakfast, lunch or dinner at Arp (Restaurant) - at Arpoador Inn - in front of the beach.”
  • 421 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Lapa is a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is located in the centre of Rio and is famous for its historical monuments and nightlife. The neighborhood is home to the Arcos da Lapa, an impressive aqueduct constructed in the mid-18th century by colonial authorities. Another important historical attraction is the Passeio Público, the first public park of the city, built in the 1780s. Since the early 1950s, Lapa has been known for its lively cultural life where there is a concentration of many restaurants and bars where Brazilian artists and intellectuals would meet. It was, and still is, famous for its many restaurants, bars and clubs where the various forms of Brazilian music can be appreciated, like the Asa Branca bar and the Fundição Progresso. The Sala Cecília Meireles, an important venue for chamber music, is also located in Lapa. ”
  • 374 locals recommend
Hotel
“A brazilian beach famous for the song Garota de Ipanema. It has some bars by the beach.”
  • 279 locals recommend
Art Museum
“MAM - Rio Modern art Museum. Located at the Aterro do Flamengo park, next to the beautiful Guanabara bay.”
  • 261 locals recommend
Theater
“It is an Opera House , Orchestra and Ballet in Downtown Area. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and Important Theaters in Latin America. Check it out and also get informed about the guide visit and/or events. ”
  • 274 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Music Venue
“A little expensive, and catering to tourists, but this place really is a MUST SEE for anyone that would like to see live Brazilian music of various styles in a beautiful setting. The club is in a historic building, several stories tall, with an incredible assortment of antiques for decoration.”
  • 324 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
“Outpost of Confeitaria Colombo located inside the Copacabana fort. Excellent coffee, pastries, snacks and light lunch. And a view!”
  • 244 locals recommend
Bar
“Sit outside on the “wall” for a cold year and “pastel”! Inside may be quite cramped depending on the day...”
  • 240 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“It doesn’t get more carioca than this place. Located in a charming street near the beach, it serves great local food combined with great atmosphere. Definitely recommend!”
  • 183 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Great sushi, and a scene to see and be seen. Be ready to wait outside in line, always packed every day of the week. Order a drink while you wait. ”
  • 162 locals recommend
Bistro
“Despite the fact that most of the patrons are “gringos”, serves excellent food with typical Brazilian ingredients. Drinks are also good, as are the vegetarian alternatives. Very cool atmosphere.”
  • 133 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Cervantes is often called a Copacabana "institution", which happens to be a very accurate description. Older male waiters wearing white coats and black bow ties serve large sandwiches to hungry, often intoxicated diners, from noon until 3-5am every day of the week.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
“This is the botequim where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote their most famous song "The Girl from Ipanema", for which the botequim is now named. Legend has it that a "..tall and tan and young and lovely girl from Ipanema went walking.." by this bar on her way to the beach.”
  • 141 locals recommend

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