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Top Choice Mountain in Botafogo & Urca

Pão de Açúcar

Seen from the peak of Pão de Açúcar, Rio is undoubtedly a Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). There are many good times to make the ascent, but sunset on a clear day is the most rewarding. Two cable cars connect to…
Top Choice Fusion in Botafogo & Urca

Lasai

Inside an elegant early 20th-century house in Humaitá, Lasai has dazzled critics and foodies for its deliciously inventive cuisine. The carioca chef Rafa Costa e Silva earned his chops in some of the world’s best di…
Pizza in Botafogo & Urca

South Ferro

Chef Sei Shiroma made his name with Ferro e Farinha, widely regarded as Rio’s best pizza place. South Ferro, Shiroma’s second restaurant, taps into Botafogo’s growing nightlife scene offering superb cocktails (R$30)…
Cafe in Botafogo & Urca

Marchezinho

This multipurpose space operates as a cafe, bar and minimarket. The owner’s French roots show through on the menu and store shelves, with excellent cheese, bread and coffee. The carefully selected ingredients and pr…
Wine Bar in Botafogo & Urca

WineHouse

WineHouse is a stylish yet unpretentious wine bar – a welcome break from Rio’s traditionally expensive and starchy wine-drinking scene. A blackboard lists a dozen or so wines available by the glass and always includ…
Ceviche in Botafogo & Urca

Ceviche RJ

This simple Peruvian-run restaurant serves arguably the best ceviche in Rio. Although there is some seating inside the restaurant, most diners sit outside in what is essentially a car park. The sublime ceviche is th…
International in Botafogo & Urca

Void – House of Food

This multifunctional venue has two halves: on one side is Void, a store and cafe/bar selling sneakers, T-shirts, baseball caps, brownies and drinks. On the other side of the divide is House of Food, a ‘guest kitchen…
Bar in Botafogo & Urca

CoLAB

CoLAB is one of Botafogo’s increasing number of lively bar/restaurants which attract a predominantly young crowd with a combination of international cuisine, cocktails and craft beers. The menu boasts curries (both …
Bar in Botafogo & Urca

Alice Bar

Hordes of young drinkers spill out onto the sidewalks around Alice Bar, merging with the crowds from nearby bars to make this one of the liveliest spots in the city. The upbeat vibe continues inside with color-shift…
Live Music in Botafogo & Urca

Olho da Rua

This multifunctional space hosts a wide range of live music and theatrical performances, DJ sets and other cultural and community events such as art exhibitions and yoga classes. In addition to the event space, ther…