Haute Street Travel: Rio de Janeiro

Are you ready to escape the cold and hang in the sun? Haute Street MUSE, Nadin Naumann traveled to Rio de Janiero, a booming city with a pulsating art scene and fast-growing fashion industry. These are our favorite stops in this Marvelous City.

 

What to do:

Cristo Redentor Touristy, maybe, but a vacation in Rio cannot be complete without visiting the iconic 100-foot-tall Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer statue. It could take a while to trek up Corcovado especially during peak travel season so try to get there early and do that first if you can. Make sure you plan ahead as well - you may only be able to get up there by train (tickets purchased in advanced) or a van with two pick-up/drop-off locations.

Cristo Redentor

Touristy, maybe, but a vacation in Rio cannot be complete without visiting the iconic 100-foot-tall Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer statue. It could take a while to trek up Corcovado especially during peak travel season so try to get there early and do that first if you can. Make sure you plan ahead as well - you may only be able to get up there by train (tickets purchased in advanced) or a van with two pick-up/drop-off locations.

Pão de Açúcar  Known as Sugarloaf mountain here in the states, the view of Rio from the peak is absolutely spectacular. You can really go at anytime, but the sunset on a clear day is the most rewarding. Two cable cars can take you up 396m above Rio! The first ascends 220m to Morro da Urca. This stop has its own restaurant, souvenir shops, a playground, an outdoor theater and a helipad (helicopter tours are possible). The second cable car goes up to Pão de Açúcar.

Pão de Açúcar 

Known as Sugarloaf mountain here in the states, the view of Rio from the peak is absolutely spectacular. You can really go at anytime, but the sunset on a clear day is the most rewarding. Two cable cars can take you up 396m above Rio! The first ascends 220m to Morro da Urca. This stop has its own restaurant, souvenir shops, a playground, an outdoor theater and a helipad (helicopter tours are possible). The second cable car goes up to Pão de Açúcar.

Beaches  An obvious! There are many options here too. If you want to avoid the touristy crowded beaches definitely go to Barra da Tijuca. The beaches here are gorgeous and not packed. The most famous beach in Rio is Copacabana - it's fun to even just walk along the side of the beach. Here you'll see the iconic black and white sidewalk and come in contact with many street vendors and sand artists.

Beaches 

An obvious! There are many options here too. If you want to avoid the touristy crowded beaches definitely go to Barra da Tijuca. The beaches here are gorgeous and not packed. The most famous beach in Rio is Copacabana - it's fun to even just walk along the side of the beach. Here you'll see the iconic black and white sidewalk and come in contact with many street vendors and sand artists.

Museums/Art  Casa Daros, housed in a nineteenth-century estate, the focus is Latin American contemporary art. A visit to the flying saucer–shaped Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, a landmark Niemeyer design overlooking Guanabara Bay, is a must for architecture buffs, while photography fans can discover Brazil’s history through pictures at Instituto Moreira Salles. 

Museums/Art 

Casa Daros, housed in a nineteenth-century estate, the focus is Latin American contemporary art. A visit to the flying saucer–shaped Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, a landmark Niemeyer design overlooking Guanabara Bay, is a must for architecture buffs, while photography fans can discover Brazil’s history through pictures at Instituto Moreira Salles

Where to eat:

 

Bar do Mineiro

Located in Santa Teresa is can be found if you walk down from Christ the Redeemer. Bar do Mineiro is a lively, friendly place with old black and white photos of Rio on one wall and bright colorful paintings above the bar. It serves up hearty meaty dishes and a great feijoada (a traditional stew of beans with beef and pork) from the state of Minas Gerais.

Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 99 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20240-290, Brazil

+55 21 2221-9227

http://bardomineiro.net/

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Porcao

One in Ipanema and another in Barra da Tijuca, Porcão is a churrascaria (barbecue restaurant) patronized by meat-loving Cariocas. This is as typical as Brazilian eating gets, since it's the everyday food of the south. Waiters circle the room with grilled meat skewered on swords.

 Av. Infante Dom Henrique s/n | Aterro do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

+55 21 3389-8989

http://www.porcao.com.br/

 

Botafogo 

Located in Roda de Choro, praça Mauro Duarte there are laid-back bars and eateries (sushi, Brazilian, pizzas, sandwiches) set around a fruit-and-vegetable market. Perfect for relaxing and chatting with friends on Sunday evenings from 7pm onwards.

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Where to stay:

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Oztel 

Contemporary artwork by local graffiti artists brightens up Oztel's concrete-and-white walls, while recycled fittings, brightly colored wall tiles and modern furniture create a hip yet relaxed atmosphere. Situated on a busy road, the building is set back from the entrance, which helps reduce the road traffic noise. Oztel is close to bars and restaurants, but you'll need to hop on a bus to get to the beach – in 15 to 20 minutes you'll be in Ipanema or Copacabana or, in the other direction, the city centre. 

More about Oztel HERE!

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Leblon Spot 

A calm spot in trendy Leblon, the hostel is situated on Rua Dias Ferreira, one of the city's best streets for bars and restaurants. The hostel is a 15-minutes walk to the beach, 15 minutes to the Lagoa (or lake) at the foot of the Christ statue, and 15 minutes to Ipanema. The decor is contemporary, with a mix of natural colors and simple wooden furniture. 

 

More about Leblon Spot HERE!

 

La Maison  

 

This boutique guesthouse has a magnificent view across the Tijuca rainforest, one of the world's largest urban forests and home of Corcovado, which is topped by the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Situated high up in the hills, La Maison is a quiet and relaxing retreat, away from the tourist areas. The decor will make you feel like you are staying in a friend's designer home!

 

More about La Maison HERE!

 

 

MUSE feature: Erica Driscoll's PLAYLIST

 
1.  Family Of The Year-St. Croix
2.  The Drums-Let’s Go Surfing
3.  Foals-My Number
4.  Big Data-Dangerous
5.  Daryl Hall & John Oates-I Can’t Go For That 
6.  Pet Shop Boys-Domino Dancing
7.  Daft Punk (featuring Julian Casablancas) -Instant Crush
8.  Broken Bells-Holding On For Life
9.  Fleetwood Mac-Everywhere
10.  Drake-Hold On, We’re Going Home (featuring Majid Jordan)
11.  Best Coast-Fear Of My Identity
12.  Don Henley- The Boys Of Summer
13.  Paul Simon-You Can Call Me Al 
14.  Freedom Fry-Home
15.  Caetano Veloso-Superbacana