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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.
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. ”
  • 626 locals recommend
Mountain
“A must visit viewing point in Rio de Janeiro. Absolutely spectacular views all over the City. The ride in a large cable car take just a few minutes and it is done in two stages. First, Praia Vermelha to Urca Hill and after taking another cable car, until Sugar loaf Mountain. Pick a sunny day, so you don't miss anything! ”
  • 833 locals recommend
Science Museum
“It is a Science Museum. Located on land jutting out into the Harbour next to the Port Area.”
  • 433 locals recommend
Park
“Close to the famous Rio Botanical Garden, you can do both in a day, great option for a walk in nature, stop in a nice café a lunch by nature.”
  • 496 locals recommend
Shoe Repair
“Shopping mall - 3 blocks from home and down the pedestrian tunnel, official Havaianas shop, bikinis stores (Bum Bum, Salinas, etc.), among others.”
  • 513 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.”
  • 507 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. ”
  • 373 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Perfect place to ride a bike around, walk or run. Close to Ipanema beach and metro station.”
  • 594 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Upscale stores in Rio’s most exclusive neighborhood - easily accessible by metro. Always an option on a rainy day. ”
  • 317 locals recommend
Wine Shop
“One of the biggest shopping malls in South America. You'll find everything you need. ”
  • 366 locals recommend
Beach
“Excellent for sightseeing and spend some time. There are 2 metro stations close. ”
  • 308 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Lapa is full of small and big bars, many with live music. One has to be a bit careful there, but it is great fun.”
  • 348 locals recommend
Beach
“Arpoador is located in between Copacabana and Ipanema — making it one of the best beachside views in the city. Climb the rocks and prepare for some primetime surfer watching. ”
  • 401 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“It is ons of the biggest art centers in the world. It holds art exhibitions, theaters, historial exhibitions, music and other activities. The building located at the heart of the most conserved "old Rio" quarter is also astonishing.”
  • 271 locals recommend
Theatre
“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. ”
  • 270 locals recommend
Hotel
“A brazilian beach famous for the song Garota de Ipanema. It has some bars by the beach.”
  • 269 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Music Venue
“If you want to party, you need to go to Lapa , a bohemian neighborhood in Rio. It is worth visiting for a taste of Brazilian night life. Rio Scenarium is a classic, you will be amazed by the decor, the music and the size of this place. A lot of ambientes to choose from. There is another place similar, called "Carioca da Gema " very nice too, located Avenida Mem de sa, 79. But, if i have to choose one I would go to Rio Scenarium. ”
  • 318 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
“What if you could have a nice lunch or simply a coffee overlooking the entire façade of Copacabana Beach? Look for this restaurant open day and afternoon at the very end of Copacabana, Ipanema bound. You will be able to take the best shots of Copacabana while sipping one of rio's most traditional coffee brands. ”
  • 236 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place for an evening drink. Find a spot along the wall and get your beers and snacks from the bar. Lovely view, nice crowd.”
  • 237 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!”
  • 181 locals recommend
Bistro
“Boho style restaurant with good food, although a bit pricy. Good place to see beautiful people.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Amazing atmosphere and great quality sushi in a very charming are of the city”
  • 162 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
“World famous Girl from Ipanema restaurant. Order the Pincanha na brassa. Sizzling beef strips served on iron plate. Very good.”
  • 138 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Delicious sandwiches in Copacabana. You can sit in the restaurant but I prefer the counter that opens onto Rua Barata Ribeiro. Open till 6am, so good for a post-drink snack.”
  • 169 locals recommend

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