The Inside Scoop: Getting to Know Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana in Rio (Image: Wikimedia)Most large countries have three principal cities – a political capital, an economic capital and a much less official “fun” capital. In Brazil, Sao Paolo is a bustling financial metropolis; Brasilia is all policy and government, while Rio de Janeiro – with the festive lounges, clubs and restaurants that punctuate the iconic beaches along its South East coast – has the party scene on lock.

 

With so many nightlife and entertainment options at your fingertips, planning your evenings out in Rio can be a challenge. We’re here to break it down for you…

 

Ipanema remains the most widely coveted social destination in Rio de Janeiro. It’s where the young, the beautiful and the surgically enhanced (not necessarily mutually exclusive) come out to play on the beach, mingle in the streets and show off their hot-bods. As a result, it’s also one of the most expensive places to lay your head after a night of guzzling Caipirinhas along Visconde de Piraja St.

 

For easy access to Ipanema’s trendy nightlife without the price tag of its accommodation options, consider lodging options in nearby Copacabana, just a modest walk or a quick drive away. The Cariocas (locals) may refer to area as a tourist trap, but if your wallet is doing the talking, be prepared to do the walking.

 

If you’re more of an exclusive scenester that prefers to rub elbows with wealthy locals away from the tourist-types, Leblon is where you’ll want to spend your evenings. The area has some of the highest real estate values in all of Brazil (and much of South America), so it’s only appropriate that it also boast some of Rio’s finest dining and designer shopping.

 

Less than a half-hour drive north of Rio’s famous beach towns you’ll find Lapa, a historic area that’s become known as a bohemian neighborhood. The Carioca Aqueduct located there serves as a symbolic photo backdrop, paying homage to Brazil’s colonial days with its smooth, double-tiered Roman arches. By night, the resident music scene is best absorbed at Lapa 40o and Carioca da Gema, both of which feature some of the best live performances around.

 

We’re kind of obsessed with Brazil these days with our OneTravel iPhone App contest still underway. Enter now and look out for more Brazil “inside scoops,” coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
Save on Bookings with 3+ pax
or hotel stays of 3+ nights
this month withSM25

RecentPosts

  • Venice Salute FestivalComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0

    1
  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 21 Nov 2014
  • For Venetians, the 21st of November is an important date. It’s the day the city celebrates the Madonna della Salute festival, which commemorates the founding in 1630 of the church of Santa Maria della Salute (“Madonna of Health”). The church is more commonly known as Salute, as is the festival as well. During the festival, the area around the church is beautifully lit by thousands of candles brought by the many people going to pray to the Virgin Mary with vendors lined up along the way to the church selling candles and a variety of sweets....read more

  • 5 Smoke-Free U.S. Cities to VisitComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 20 Nov 2014
  • As a parent, I appreciate places where I can bring my kid without having to worry about second-hand cigarette smoke. Smoke-free cities have no-smoking laws that apply to restaurants/bars, workplaces, public buildings/grounds and city parks (as well as other areas around the city). The cities on this list also have extensive anti-smoking campaigns, as well as programs to help people stop smoking. In celebration of The Great American Smoke-Out, here are five of the most smoke-free U.S. cities to add to your list of places to visit....read more

  • 3 Winter Festivals To Attend in Puerto RicoComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 19 Nov 2014
  • Puerto Rico might be on your radar for sunshine and palm trees, but it shouldn’t be counted out for a winter getaway. There might not be snow softly falling on pine trees, but the island gets into the spirit of winter with a number of celebrations. If you are in need of a winter escape, try Puerto Rico, specifically to attend one of its lively winter festivals....read more

  • 5 Fascinating New Zealand MuseumsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 18 Nov 2014
  • There are plenty of reasons to visit New Zealand – the natural beauty, diverse cultures, and unique cuisine being a few of them. New Zealand is also home to world-class museums where visitors can learn more about art, history and even sheep farming! Here are five to check out....read more

  • A Dinner Table Mouthful! How to Say 'Bon Appétit' in 15 Languages Across EuropeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 17 Nov 2014
  • The French phrase, “Bon appétit,” is often used as a substitute for the lack of an English phrase of the same meaning. While you might hear, “Enjoy your meal,” Bon appétit is one of the most common ways of greeting someone before they chow down. As most of the country gets ready to have a Thanksgiving feast, in case you have a few at your table who don’t speak English or French for that matter, it is useful to know how to wish someone a good meal in some of France’s neighbors. Here’s how to say essentially, “Good appetite,” in 15 European languages....read more