Top things to do

Top Choice Monument in Flamengo & Around

Cristo Redentor

Standing atop Corcovado (which means ‘hunchback’), Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio, a placid expression on his well-crafted face. The mountain rises straight up from the city to 710m, and at night the brightly li…
Top Choice Pizza in Flamengo & Around

Ferro e Farinha

Sei Shiroma, an expat from NYC, and a dexterous team of dough handlers serve up Rio's best pizza at this atmospheric and delightfully ramshackle spot in Catete. Seats are few, with just a handful of bar stools crowd…
Cafe in Flamengo & Around

Café Secreto

This excellent little coffee shop, hidden down an alleyway off bustling Largo do Machado, is well worth searching out. The expert staff – including a veteran from São Paulo’s legendary Coffee Lab – offers a range of…
Market in Flamengo & Around

Praça São Salvador

On Sunday mornings this otherwise sleepy square comes alive with one of the city’s finest markets. Stalls sell art, jewelry, crafted goods and home-cooked food and a chorinho band plays under the bandstand from 10am…
Steak in Flamengo & Around

Majorica

Established in 1963, Majorica is regarded as an institution among Rio’s discerning carnivores. Although the all-you-can-eat option is not offered, we prefer Majorica’s quality over quantity approach. Customers choos…
Brazilian in Flamengo & Around

Botero

Chef Bruno Magalhães and his partners have created a consistently excellent eating and drinking option in the somewhat sparse neighborhood of Laranjeiras. This bar-restaurant offers a menu full of well-executed comf…
Museum in Flamengo & Around

Museu da República

The Museu da República, located in the Palácio do Catete, has been wonderfully restored. Built between 1858 and 1866 and easily distinguished by the bronze condors on its eaves, the palace was home to the president …
Park in Flamengo & Around

Parque do Flamengo

Officially called Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, Parque do Flamengo was the result of a landfill project that leveled the São Antônio hill in 1965. It now spreads all the way from downtown Rio through Glória, Cate…
Amazonian in Flamengo & Around

Tacacá do Norte

In the Amazonian state of Pará, people order their tacacá late in the afternoon from their favorite street vendor. In Rio, you don't have to wait until the sun is setting. The fragrant soup of manioc paste, lip-numb…
Park in Flamengo & Around

Parque Guinle

This handsomely landscaped park is a pleasant refuge from busy Rua das Laranjeiras outside its sphinx-guarded gates. It has a small wooded area, a tiny lake with ducks and there are always a few cariocas lounging on…