You’ve arrived in Rio in advance of the Olympics, now what? No matter the season, there’s something to see every day of the week in Rio (and you can still squeeze in time to climb Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain if you want to). Read on for our suggestions for every day from segunda-feira (that’s Monday in Portuguese) to the weekend.
| Segunda-Feira / Monday |
Everyone is hankering to get to the beach as soon as they arrive in Rio, but kick your week off instead at Jazz da Ouvidor, held every Monday at Samba Caffè. Located in Rio’s historic Centro, the Samba Caffè sees musical events congregate on its corner every day of the week. If you’re in the mood for more revelry, you’re right next to Lapa, a neighborhood particularly busy on the weekend but lively any day of the week.
| Terça-Feira / Tuesday |
Get to know the amazing food Rio has to offer at the weekly farmers market at Praça General Osorio in Ipanema. Now is your chance to try all those unknown, exotic fruits you were afraid to buy at the grocery store; friendly vendors will let you sample the likes of graviola, goiaba, and caju. For a savory snack, get a piping hot pastel (a deep-fried pastry) filled with meat or cheese.
| Quarta-Feira / Wednesday |
It may technically be winter in Rio, but hanging out on the beach is a year-round activity here. Leblon’s Posto 12 at the far end of the neighborhood is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the city and beloved by locals. If you don’t have a swimsuit (or would just like to purchase another one while in Rio) take a tour around Rio Design Leblon, home to shops from some of Brazil’s top designers. As long as you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for drinks at sleek bar Usina or popular tapas spot Venga.
| Quinta- Feira / Thursday |
Thursday is the start of the weekend in Rio, as evidenced by the hordes of cariocas swigging beer on the streets of Botafogo. If you still don’t have a swimsuit to your liking (you’ll need one for the weekend), be sure to make a stop at VOID General Store to try on their modern, geometric swimsuits and accessories. Grab dinner at hip restobar Comuna before ending the night at Olho da Rua. The cultural space has a rotating schedule of artsy events and shows, but Thursdays typically have two-for-one caipirinhas until 9pm.
| Sexta-Feira / Friday |
On Friday, get yourself on the guest list for the Sexta de Clubhouse at Clubhouse Rio. The renovated multi-story house is nestled in the hills above Ipanema – the perfect venue to sip caipirinhas made with pineapple or cashew fruit as you listen to the guest DJ spin electro beats.
| Sabad/Domingo – Saturday/Sunday |
The best way to recover from Friday night is with a long breakfast (or let’s be honest, lunch) overlooking the city. The hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa has easily the best views in the city. Cafecito is a bohemian, casual spot for café da manhã. If you’re in the mood for something more glamorous, grab lunch or dinner at Aprazível. You could easily stay in Rio for Saturday night and find a slew of parties to attend, but some of Brazil’s best nightlife is just two hours away in the resort town of Búzios. There you’ll find megaclubs like Pacha and fabulous restaurants like Bar do Ze.
But maybe the best part about partying Saturday night in Búzios is getting to recover Sunday morning in Búzios. You don’t need an agenda for this – just grab a strip of sand and perhaps some fresh coconut water (a local favorite for a hangover cure) and enjoy the sunshine.Clubhouse Rio, Clubhouse Rio, Insider guide to Rio de Janeiro, Luxury apartment rentals in Rio de Janeiro, Restaurants locals love in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Events, Rio holiday lettings, Short let apartment Rio