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Best things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Monument / Landmark
“It's a wonder of the world and worth your time! Make sure to book tickets on the "Trem do Corcovado" online ahead of time. ”
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Mountain
“Buy tickets online and go at sunset. It will be an unforgettable experience. ”
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Science Museum
“Forward-thinking museum devoted to science and better understanding our natural world. Free to all visitors on Tuesdays. ”
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Shoe Repair
“Shopping mall - 3 blocks from home and down the pedestrian tunnel, official Havaianas shop, bikinis stores (Bum Bum, Salinas, etc.), among others.”
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Park
“Stunning public park that most visitors overlook, known for a gorgeous mansion that was once the former residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriella Besanzoni. ”
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Military Base
“Visit the Fort for incredible views as well as a history lesson on Rio. There are two restaurants, including an outpost of Confeitaria Colombo, inside the Fort Grounds.”
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Natural Feature
“Perfect place for families to rent bikes or paddle-boats, with stunning panoramic views. ”
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Sublocality Level 1
“A hot spot for good restaurants and bars as well. Have lunch/ dinner at Puro or Jojo's and at night go up the road to the bars on rua Pacheco Leao. Or to have a typical Brazilian meal/ delicious meat, go to Rubayat, the restaurant where you look out over horse races at the inner city jockey club. In the same area you have the beautiful open-for-all art school Parque lage which is worth a visit, they have recently opened a good relaxed restaurant inside. ”
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Shopping Centre
“Cozy and very elegant mall were you can have great coffee free wifi, and great brands right at the Jardim de Alah METRO STATION.”
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Wine Shop
“One of the biggest shopping malls in South America. You'll find everything you need. ”
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Japanese Restaurant
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“Lapa is the New Orleans of Rio, in part due to its historic colonial buildings — in other part due to its samba-centric streets! Come here from 9pm onward and you'll find unrivaled street parties, the Carioca Aqueduct and the famous Escadaria Selaró. ”
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Beach
“Arpoador is located in between Copacabana and Ipanema — making it one of the best beachside views in the city. Climb the rocks and prepare for some primetime surfer watching. ”
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Beach
“The 2.5 mile long beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most recognizable beaches in the world. Made famous by the nightclubs, casinos, and hotels in the 1950s - Copacabana Beach is lined from one end to the other with tourist class and luxury hotels, indoor and outdoor restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.”
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Cultural Center
“It is ons of the biggest art centers in the world. It holds art exhibitions, theaters, historial exhibitions, music and other activities. The building located at the heart of the most conserved "old Rio" quarter is also astonishing.”
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Hotel
“A brazilian beach famous for the song Garota de Ipanema. It has some bars by the beach.”
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Theatre
“The most beautiful classic theater in Rio de Janeiro city, inspired in the Opera de Paris. Walking tours available (check on their website for days and hours). Watching a play is also an option, with good prices on the higher floors. ”
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