Rio do Brazil
If you are ready to become « L’Homme de Rio » (The Man from Rio) for a weekend like Jean-Paul Belmondo in Philippe de Broca’s movie with eponymous title, here are some good tips for a Brazil with « nouvelle vague » (new wave) colors, for travelers who will jump from the beach to the hotel bar like our good old friend « Bébel » (Jean-Paul Belmondo’s French nickname). A small preview before the Olympic games.
We land at the mythic Fasano Hotel redesigned by Philippe Starck with its view over Ipanema, and where the white marble stone swimming pool and rosewood furniture will take you back to the sixties. If your budget is a bit more modest, we can meet at Mosquito Casa, a « home away from home » hotel with private terraces, a swimming pool on the rooftop and bedrooms decorated with elegance.
Start the day with a nice brunch at the Confeitaria Columbo in the center, or have a European coffee at Bistro Cafeina. If you are an addict, like Lucas, to fresh fruit juices, head to one of Bibi Succos addresses! Then hang around in the 200 year old botanical garden that preserves more than 9,000 plant species and has been named a world heritage site by UNESCO. Stop in at the Paxeco bar located in the heart of the garden.
For a bit of culture, you can visit theMuseu da Chácara do Céu, which showcases one of the largest private art collections in the city where you will find Miró, Modigliani and the great names of Brazilian art. The incredible view over the bay is an added bonus.
To be in Rio and not go to the beach? Come on! You can enjoy an early run along Ipanema beach on the legendary geometrical pavement. But if you want to test the waves, you should head to Arpoador, La Reserva or Prainha spots.
Before dinner, have a drink at Belmonte, a most glamorous botequim. Then continue to Roberta Sudbrack, name the best chef in Latin America, she started by making street food. Otherwise you can go to Aprazivel in Santa Teresa neighborhood to taste the best Brazilian specialties on a terrace that overlooks the city. For a last drink, you have to go to the Bar do Copa in the Copacabana Palace, the legendary hotel in Rio’s bay.
Before leaving, don’t forget to visit the Brazil & Cia’ shop to bring back with you some local artisanal products, and also Gilda Midani’shop and her magnificent scarves.
Av. Vieira Souto, 80 — Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
T : +55 21 3202-4000
Rua Saint Roman, 222 — Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
T : + 55 21 3586-5042
R. Gonçalves Dias, 32 — Centro, Rio de Janeiro
T : +55 21 2505-1500
R. Jardim Botânico, 1008 — Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro
T : +55 21 3874-1808
MUSEU DA CHÁCARA DO CÉU
R. Murtinho Nobre, 93 — Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Praia do Flamengo 300 – Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro
T : +55 21 2552 3349.
R. Aprazível, 62 — Santa Tereza, Rio de Janeiro
T : +55 21 2508-9174
BAR DO COPA/COPACABANA PALACE
Av. Atlântica, 1702 — Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
T : +55 21 2548-7070
BRASIL & CIA
Street Maria Quitéria, 27 — Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
T : +55 21 2267-4603
Rua Dias Ferreira 417/304 — Leblon , Rio de Janeiro
T. +55 21 2512-9331