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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city, is internationally known for its samba music, beautiful beaches, festive Carnival celebrations (book your tickets now!) and of course, its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain. But with the city’s hosting of the World Cup this past summer and the Olympics in 2016, Rio is elevating its reputation from being a mere party town and developing into a true entertainment and cultural hub. In the last year alone, the city has added two new art museums—the Museu de Arte do Rio and the Casa Daros—and given numerous sports stadiums, like the Maracanã, pricey face-lifts for their time on the international stage. The city is also overhauling its public transportation system and building hundreds of new hotels. If you’re ever had a hankering to drink a caipirinha along the the shore of a luxurious Copacabana beach resort, now’s the time!
Here’s how Celebrity’s Global Insiders recommend spending your time when docked in Rio de Janeiero.
There are plenty of amazing dining options in Rio de Janeiro, but a restaurant worth visiting is Porcão Rio’s, located right on Aterro do Flamengo beach with floor to ceiling windows. Go hungry and enjoy an all-you-can-eat experience with some of the best churrascaría Rio has to offer. The variety of sizzling grilled meats including barbecued beef, pork and chicken are perfect for even the pickiest eater. The array of side dishes can satisfy vegetarians as well, so there’s really something for everyone.
Rio has its fair share of gigantic shopping malls, but a visitor will be better off avoiding them—too crowded, too noisy, and too bland. For a sample of excellent local brands opt for a leisurely stroll down Ipanema’s main drag, Rua Visconde de Pirajá, here you will find everything from quirky souvenirs at Gilson Martins to Rio’s best bikini boutique, Lenny. Don’t forget to grab a fruit smoothie while shopping at Polis Suco, Rio’ most well known juice bar.
When in Rio, dress the part. Get the best Brazilian bikinis—with the most flattering shapes and prettiest prints—and swim trunks at Blue Man on the Rua Visconde de Pirajá. Not ironically, their slogan is “be beautiful at the beach.”