One of the reasons I LOVE TRAVELING is that it challenges your PERSPECTIVE and OPENS your EYES to a WHOLE NEW WORLD. This season, I’m EXPLORING RIO DE JANEIRO through the EYES of the LUXURY TRAVEL experts at INDAGARE.
…Head to Ipanema Beach for the full Brazilian beach scene—beautiful couples, lively music, people-watching. You won’t get bored. And don’t forget to grab an agua de coco—stands 9 and 21 are the best.
…Enjoy a more tranquil day of sand and sun at Joatinga Beach.
…Spend an hour watching the sunset at Arpoador—the rock that divides Ipanema and Leblon beaches. You won’t be alone, but it’s worth it.
…Explore the Jardim Botânico neighborhood. With a royal history, rainforest, charming café and the Dona Coisa boutique, it’s a great way to spend the day.
…Dance and shop at the Rio Scenarium. There are no words to explain this furniture-warehouse-meets-club—it must be experienced.
….A sunset snack at Aprazível—the restaurant is like a tree house perched on top of Santa Teresa, providing awe-inducing views.
…Refined Italian cuisine at Gero, owned by the family behind the Fasano Hotel. A sleek yet rustic environment, it’s the restaurant to go to when you want to see and be seen.
…At CT Boucherie—a Brazilian steakhouse with a modern twist. Be sure to order the beloved Brazilian dish, roasted hearts of palm.
…At Roberta Sudbrack—the restaurant pushing the gastronomic boundaries of Brazil—for a true foodie experience.
…A bowl of feijoada, Brazil’s national dish, at Casa de Feijoada. It’s a favorite among locals and on Sundays families eat, drink and talk for hours.
…Breakfast at the café inside the Parque Lage then spend a few hours exploring the ex-palace.
…The 98-feet-tall Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio. Take one of the Corcovado Trams to the peak where the statue is located.
…Everything from straw baskets and home décor to jewelry and clothing at Area Objetos. It’s Brazil’s answer to Pottery Barn.
…If you’re there on the first Saturday of the month, take a stroll down Lavradio Street for the Feiro do Antigo, a street fair featuring 18th-century mirrors, Portuguese silverware and Bohemian crystal.
…Traditional jewelry made with native stones by young local designer Yrys Albuquerque.
…For modern, delicate, elegant jewelry at Antonio Bernardo—the designer credited for ushering out the chunky jewelry trend.
…Eco-luxe clothes at Osklen—the dramatic designs and Brazilian prints speak for themselves.
…Luxe treats for family and friends from Rio’s best chocolatier, Carioca Samantha Aquim—the shop is called Boutique Q.
…Beautifully packaged local soaps and beauty products from Granado, located within the Fashion Mall.
…A pair of Havaianas for everyone you know—the shops in Brazil have designs you can’t find anywhere else.
…In the swanky Fasano Rio for great views of Ipanema beach and a trendy bar and restaurant scene.
…At Belmond Copacabana Palace if you’re in the mood to feel like royalty. It’s got an air of the Golden Age, but with completely modern luxury service and a Cipriani to boot.
…In the heart of Rio’s bohemian neighborhood at Hotel Santa Teresa and enjoy a plunge in the garden pool after a day in the city.
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