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Lauren Holmes
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Rio Carnival Uncovered

An insider Guide to where to eat, drink, sleep, shop and party at Rio's Carnival.
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Tuakaza

The former home of one of Rio's most famous architects, Zanine Caldas, Tuakaza is feels like a tropical tree-house set high up in the Tijuca Forest, with magnificent views over Pedra da Gavea. The owner, Matteo, offers great local insight, with friends stopping in for sunset drinks by the natural...

Rocka

Set on a rugged horse-shoe bay, Rocka is a laid-back beach restaurant that serves some of the best seafood in Brazil. Giant white loungers are dotted across a grassy slope leading down to the beach and, combined with the cocktails, can make it difficult to muster the will to drag yourself away. Always...

Braseiro da Gávea

Braseiro sits on the corner of Baixa Gavea and is a Rio institution- synonymous with the crowd of beautiful people who descend on Thursdays and Sundays to drink ice-cold beer and flirt with one another. I am ashamed to say that It took me 6 months of living in Rio before i found it, but when i did.... Aside...

Bar do Mineiro

Located on a cobbled street in the artistic enclave of Santa Teresa, Bar do Mineiro is an old school favourite, famous for its chunky fejioada, tiny prawn pasteis and shots of ginger cachaca. It is the perfect place to head after a sunday afternoon soaking up Santa's colonial charm, where live samba...

Bar Astor

One of the only spots in Rio where you can sip a cocktail while looking at the beach, Astor is a Carioca classic - packed from lunch through to the post beach rush and late into the night. The bohemian bar hails from Sao Paulo and its monochrome checked floors and fifties-style smouldering yellow lights...

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

The Lagoa is one of Rio's most visually dramatic spots, surrounded by monolithic curves and flashes of emerald green from the Tijuca Forest. The 7 km track that runs around the lagoon links some of the city's most charming neighbourhoods and provides a great natural sports track for Rio's exercise...

Barzinho

Barzinho is Lapa's hippest watering hole, offering a welcome respite from drinking beer in the street while rocking out to Rio's electro djs over cocktails.

Palaphita Kitsch

Palaphita Kitsch is an Amazonian inspired treat, with benches spread out across the rustic floor and magnificent views over-looking the lake. Do go at sunset, but dont go hungry - prices hit some of the highest in the city, so best just to go for a drink....

Saara Sociedade Amigos Adjacências

A colourful street market bazaar in the centre of Rio, Saara is made up of over 600 shops selling everything under the sun, from kitchenware to elaborate carnival costumes. You can browse for hours while grooving down to old-school funk from Saara's own radio station....