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Gardens in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Sítio Burle Marx

This 35-hectare estate was once the home of Brazil's most famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx. The estate's lush vegetation includes thousands of plant species, some of which are rare varieties from diffe…
Brazilian in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Don Pascual

Don Pascual has undeniable charm. Amid lush scenery you'll dine on open-sided wooden decks, listening to birdsong. Not surprisingly, by night it's all couples at the candlelit tables. The food is good – juicy picanh…
Brazilian in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Laguna Restaurante

Located on an island near the eastern section of Barra, this charming spot serves excellent seafood dishes meant for sharing. Start off with casquinha de siri (pulled crab), then move to a platter of grilled seafood…
Beach in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Praia da Barra da Tijuca

The best thing about Barra is the beach. It stretches for 18km, with the blue sea lapping at the shore. The first few kilometers of its eastern end are filled with bars and seafood restaurants.
Park in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Parque Natural Municipal de Marapendi

Near Barra da Tijuca's coastal strip, this155-hectare biological reserve has photogenic views over the Marapendi lagoon dotted with mangroves, towering jacarandas and other tropical tree species. There are lots of b…
Beach in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio


One of the most picturesque beaches near Rio, Prainha is backed by cliffs and thick forest. The sea can be rough, but it's a favorite among surfers. It feels secluded during the week, but gets crowded on weekends (g…
Bar in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Bar do Oswaldo

Going strong since 1946, this Barra classic serves some of Rio's best batidas (icy cocktails of cachaça and fruit juice). On weekends there's often live music, and there's an easy-going vibe at all times, with plent…
Performing Arts in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Cidade das Artes

Barra's grandest arts complex is an R$500-million venture that houses an 1800-seat concert hall, as well as theaters, a chamber music hall, a cinema and a restaurant. It's home to the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, a…
Museum in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Casa do Pontal

Owned by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque, this impressive museum containing some 4500 pieces has one of the best folk-art collections in Brazil. The assorted artifacts are grouped according to theme, including…
Seafood in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio


Splendid views await diners who make the trek to Bira. On a breezy wooden deck, you can partake in flavorful, rich seafood served in huge portions – big enough for three. It's located about 35km west of Rio in the m…