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Rio Guide

It's this year's hottest destination, so get into the Rio carnival spirit with bright colours, embellishment and vibrant prints. Be inspired by our Rio trend and city guide.


Nowhere does it quite like Rio. Luisa Vautier Franco, Rio-based director of In+Addition suggests, "Head to the rooftop bar at the Fasano Hotel, in Londra."
It's the sleek, modernist hot spot frequented by Rio's fashion and media crowd. "For something more boho, wander around the Lapa district for great music, dancing and loads of fun." Otherwise, head to the upscale Bar d'Hotel for amazing views of both the ocean and Leblon's beautiful people or to the iconic Club 00, arguably the city's hottest dance spot.

Get up early and head to the beach for a coco gelado (chilled coconut water) from the stallholders, before making your way to Quadrilatero da Moda - the fashion district, which houses all the top local designers, from graphic jeweller Antonio Bernardo
to renowned handbag makers Gilson Martins.

Maxi dress £18 Swimsuit £15

Beth McLoughlin, a Brit writer now living in Rio recommends, "Aprazivel at the top of the hill in Santa Teresa, where you can enjoy Amazonian juices and delicious Brazilian dishes. Just watch out for the monkeys in the adjacent trees, who might try and have a nibble."

You can't visit Rio without sampling the nightlife. Try an after beach party at Alto Vidigal where you'll be able to party, caipirinha in hand, while overlooking Ipanema beach and the Sugar Loaf mountains.

Before you head back home, find the time to see the sunset at Arpoador with the statue of Christ the Redeemer as your backdrop. Dramatic and beautiful, just like Rio itself.