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:
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
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
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.
Where to stay:
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!
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!
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!