A Hotel Life + Oasis Collection’s <br> Guide to Rio

A Hotel Life has teamed up with Oasis Collections to bring you the essential guide to Rio…an inside guide on where to eat, where to drink, and what to see.

WHERE TO STAY: Casa Jardim

This tropical two bedroom apartment in Jardim Botanico boasts an artsy character. It is inspired by the unique and tranquil neighborhood which surrounds it. Lush gardens envelop the home, adding privacy and that tropical Brazilian feel. The home itself features large windows and many doors, which allow for a refreshing cross-breeze and ample sunlight. Wander the tranquil and residential streets of Jardim Botanico, enjoy the Botanical Gardens and the artsy personality of this distinct area of Rio.


This stunning two-story apartment in Leblon is not only steps from the beach, but also features an incredible rooftop terrace with ocean views, perfectly embodying the indoor-outdoor tropical lifestyle. Around every turn you’ll find gallery-quality art, which is fitting considering renowned Brazilian architect Erick Fiqueira de Mello designed this penthouse. Large windows retract completely, allowing that warm sunshine and sea breeze to fill the spacious living room.

WHERE TO DINE: Aprazível

rua aprazivel 62, santa teresa, rio de janeiro

Tucked away in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa is Aprazível, an exemplary showcase of the best of Brazilian food. Eat at the ‘treehouse’ themed dining tables in the garden of owner Ana Castilho’s original home and enjoy dishes based on traditional family recipes with magnificent views over Rio de Janeiro. This favorite dining spot is the perfect mix of traditional with a touch of exotic.


WHERE TO DINE: Zazá Bistro Tropica

rua joana angélica, 40 – ipanema, rio de janeiro

This historic converted house, tucked away just blocks from the beach is a fantastically eclectic, art filled treasure. The organic Asian fusion menu is brief but not to be missed with a unique cocktail offering. Choose between the cozy upstairs dining room or people watch by from the sidewalk tables out in front.

WHERE TO DINE: Adega Pérola

rua siqueira campos, 138 – copacabana, rio de janeiro

Facing Siqueira Campos’s famous 1957 antique mall is Adega Pérola, founded by the Portuguese Coelho family. Popular with food critics, it is a must for anyone looking for a real taste of Copacabana. The counter is filled with a variety of mouth-watering choices – portions of spicy seafood snacks, octopus in vinegar sauce, lobster, salmon, tuna, herring roll mops and deep-fried squid to name a few. Options go beyond seafood…they also have varied sausages, potatoes, olives, and a unique Spanish style garlic. Eat like a king for R$ 35 per person, including beer or wine. This is a lively place, so don’t go expecting an intimate evening!


RIO BARS, a locals hangout: Jobi Bar

avenida ataufo de paiva 1166, leblon, rio de janeiro

For over 50 years, Jobi has been drawing happy revelers from every generation, overflowing into the street as the night goes on. Small and relatively unremarkable from the street, Jobi is a spot beloved by locals and visitors alike. Packed with charm, the chopinhas (beer) are cold, the snacks are delicious, and the three regular waiters have a knack for remembering faces.


RIO BARS: Stuzzi

rua dias ferreira 48, leblon, rio de janeiro

Situated on the notorious foodie road Rua Dias Ferreira, Chef Paula Prandini promises to delight with a mouth watering selection of tapas-style dishes. Unlike so many faux-Italian restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Stuzzi stands above the crowd with its quality ingredients from real parmesan to truffle infused olive oil. More of a bar than a restaurant, the menu also offers innovative cocktails and an impressive wine list, many of which are their own creations. The Sicília, a real favorite, combines vodka with pear nectar, green grapes and limoncello.


THE INSIDE SCOOP best restaurant in Jardim Botanico: Jojo

rua pacheco leão 812

A serious contender for Rio’s most charming restaurant, tables spilling onto the streets are much sought after on balmy summer evenings. On Thursday nights owner Jojo serves champagne & oysters, flown in fresh from Florianopolis and topped with homemade chilli honey. Ideal for a big group of friends.


THE INSIDE SCOOP best spot for a cold beer: Brazier Gávea

praça santos dumont 116 – jean luc boucharenc

Brazier Gávea, is located on the busiest corner of Baixo Gávea. Arguably one of the best barbecue restaurants, the food is simple and honest. The ultimate spot on a Thursday night for a cold beer and chat with some good looking Cariocas.


THE INSIDE SCOOP: Escape to the secluded beach in Joatinga

Joatinga Beach is one of Rio de Janeiro’s best kept secrets. This quiet and secluded rocky beach can only be accessed by a short walk down a mountain trail. Practically deserted on weekdays, be sure to arrive early as the sun is blocked by the towering cliffs towards the end of the day.

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