Top things to do in Zona Norte

Top Choice Stadium in Zona Norte

Maracanã Football Stadium

Rio’s Maracanã stadium is hallowed ground among football lovers. The massive arena has been the site of legendary victories and crushing defeats. Maracanã played a starring role in the 2014 World Cup when it hosted …
Brazilian in Zona Norte

Aconchego Carioca

Aconchego Carioca consistently ranks as one of the best places in town to eat traditional Brazilian cuisine. The setting, cozy and welcoming, has a casual neighborhood vibe, but attracts diners from across the city …
Bar in Zona Norte

Noo Cachaçaria

This cozy little bar is one of the highlights of the growing oasis of drinking dens in the otherwise drab neighborhood of Praça da Bandeira. While the impressive list of cachaça (sugarcane alcohol) options will appe…
Market in Zona Norte

Feira Nordestina

This enormous fair (32,000 sq meters, with over 600 stalls) is not to be missed. It showcases the culture of the Northeast of Brazil, with barracas (food stalls) selling Bahian dishes as well as beer and cachaça (su…
Brazilian in Zona Norte

Da Gema

Well off the beaten path, this humble-looking botequim (bar with table service) serves mouthwatering petiscos (appetizers). It was started by three culinary graduates, who have elevated simple bar ingredients into h…
Park in Zona Norte

Quinta da Boa Vista

Quinta da Boa Vista was the estate of the Portuguese imperial family until the Republic was proclaimed. Today it’s a large and busy park with gardens and lakes. On weekends it’s crowded with football games and famil…
Beer Hall in Zona Norte

Hop Lab

This beer-lover’s paradise offers 30 draft beers on rotation – more than any other bar in Rio – many of which are locally brewed. The English-speaking waiters are certified beer sommeliers, ready to provide guidance…
Samba in Zona Norte

Renascença Clube

For an authentic slice of Rio, head to one of the massive open-air samba parties that happen several times a week in Andaraí. The setup is simple: a handful of musicians around a table play samba, while huge dance-l…
Stadium in Zona Norte

Sambódromo

The epicenter of Rio’s Carnaval, the Sambódromo was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1984. During big parades, come here for fantastic views from the stands of the elaborate floats, whirling dancers and p…
Portuguese in Zona Norte

Barsa

Inside the massive CADEG market, Barsa serves mouthwatering dishes made with the freshest ingredients imaginable (not surprising, since Rio’s largest produce market surrounds the place). The most famous dish is its …