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Top Choice 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…
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

Casa Camolese

One of the most talked about openings in recent years is this beautifully designed eating, drinking and entertainment space overlooking the Jockey Club Brasileiro. Camolese is home to a microbrewery, a cafe, a live-…
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 Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. It's a pop…
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. Head to the top…
Park in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Parque Lage

This beautiful park lies at the base of Floresta da Tijuca, about 1km from Jardim Botânico. It has English-style gardens, little lakes, and a mansion that houses the Escola de Artes Visuais (School of Visual Arts), …
Live Music in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Blue Note Rio

In 2017 the famed NYC jazz club opened this Rio outpost (Blue Note's first venture into South America) in an entertainment complex on the edge of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. True to form, it's a classy venue with exce…
Brazilian in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Lagoon

This lakefront eating and entertainment complex houses a handful of restaurants, plus a cinema, a bar and a live-music venue. The best tables are on the 2nd floor, and offer photogenic views over Lagoa Rodrigo de Fr…
Live Music in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Clube Manouche

Downstairs from the main restaurant in Casa Camolese, Clube Manouche is an intimate music bar designed in the tradition of West Village clubs in New York City. Sight lines are excellent no matter where you sit, and …