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Top Choice Cultural Center in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Instituto Moreira Salles

This beautiful cultural center hosts impressive exhibitions, often showcasing the works of some of Brazil's best photographers and artists. The gardens, complete with artificial lake and flowing river, were designed…
Top Choice Brazilian in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Volta

Set in a classy old villa with an outdoor patio on a peaceful corner of Jardim Botânico, Volta serves up playful, contemporary fare inspired by Brazilian comfort food. Start off with creative appetizers such as the …
Top Choice Lake in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

One of the city’s most picturesque spots, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is encircled by a 7.2km walking and cycling path. Bikes are available for hire from stands along the east side of the lake, as are paddle boats. For…
Top Choice Lounge in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Palaphita Kitch

A great spot for a sundowner, Palaphita Kitch is an open-air, thatched-roof wonderland with rustic bamboo furniture, flickering tiki torches and a peaceful setting on the edge of the lake. This is a popular spot wit…
Brazilian in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Puro

Puro offers consistently excellent food and service in the upmarket Jardim Botânico neighborhood. Chef Pedro Siqueira’s menu features traditional Brazilian dishes that have been given modern updates while staying tr…
Pizza in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Ella Pizzaria

Located in a prime spot next to the Botanical Gardens, this upmarket pizzeria offers Neapolitan-style pizzas with elaborate toppings such as crispy octopus, smoked pancetta and wild arugula. Drinks are taken as seri…
Accessories in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Parceria Carioca

Parceria Carioca stocks clothes, jewelry, accessories and an assortment of ornaments designed and made by up-and-coming local designers (especially those from Rio’s poorer communities). With an emphasis on fair pay …
Gardens in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Jardim Botânico

This exotic 137-hectare garden, with more than 8000 plant species, was designed by order of the Prince Regent Dom João (later to become Dom João VI) in 1808. The garden is quiet and serene on weekdays and blossoms w…
Park in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Parque da Cidade

On the outer reaches of Gávea, this lush park of native Mata Atlantica rain forest and replanted secondary forest provides a refreshing escape from the heavy traffic on nearby Rua Marques de São Vicente. Local resid…
Planetarium in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Planetário

Gávea's stellar attraction, the Planetário features a museum, a praça dos telescópios (telescopes' square) and a couple of state-of-the-art operating cúpulas (domes), each capable of projecting more than 6000 stars …