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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 the sounds of birdsong and perhaps spying a toucan flitting past. Not surprisingly, by night it's all couples …
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…
Seafood in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Bira

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

Casa do Pontal

Owned by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque, this impressive set of more than 5000 pieces is one of the best folk-art collections in Brazil. The assorted artifacts are grouped according to theme, including music,…
Park in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Parque Ecológico Chico Mendes

This 40-hectare park was created in 1989 and named after the Brazilian ecological activist who was murdered for his work. The park protects the remaining sand-spit vegetation from real-estate speculators. The facili…
Mall in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Barra Shopping

Rio's largest mall (and one of the biggest on the continent) is an easy place to shop away a few hours – or days – as do 30 million shoppers each year. More than 500 stores clutter this 4km-long stretch, plus five m…
Club in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Nuth

This club (pronounced 'Nooch') is one of the Barra's favorite dance spots. Expect a friendly, well-dressed crowd grooving to DJs spinning electro-samba, house and hip-hop. If you don't like the venue, or the price t…
Shopping Center in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Via Parque Shopping

With 200 stores, six movie theaters and an abundance of restaurants, this shopping center is the heart of Rio's thriving consumer culture. The center also houses one of the city's big, busy and diverse concert arena…
Mall in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Fashion Mall

This is not only Rio's most beautiful mall but it also features luxe retailers – Fred Perry, Rolex and others – plus all of Brazil's most recognizable brands. It's located in the upper-class neighborhood of São Conr…