Food & Drink
A trip to Rio without a trip to Ipanema is considered a crime by some people in Brazil. Ipanema is all about action, entertainment and eating. The bars, hotels, boutiques and beach are world famous and rightfully so. Hotel choices like Hotel Praia Ipanema and the Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza offer great amenities. Whether it’s Japanese food at Madame Butterfly’s, European and Specialty food from Fasano Al Mare or Brazilian Barbecue from Porcao, visitors never go away hungry. Seafood lovers flock to Satyricon and if Caribbean and American food excite the taste buds, Zaza Bistro Tropical is the place to go.
The 4 km strip of Copa’s beach front is filled with hotels. There are 18 luxury hotels on the beach and there plenty of hostels and bed and breakfast accommodations. Copacabana Palace was one of the first hotels in Rio. Built on the shoreline it reflects European cultural influences, but is rich in Brazilian history. Copacabana’s nightclub scene is constantly changing, but some of the favorites are Fosfobox Nightclub, Bunker 94 and the Help Club which is one of South America's biggest and most popular discos. The Help Club is a hang out for Rio's “working women.” The Filter Club and the Mutante Club are new and The Copa Gay is one of many Gay and Lesbian clubs on the beach.
Rio is one of those cities that fascinates and entertains the world by showering it with visions of Samba dancers dressed in colorful and revealing Brazilian fashions. Carnival lovers come to the city every February to celebrate the beginning of lent Brazilian style. The white sandy beaches and the aqua water of the Atlantic plus the lush mountains that compliment them, will always draw people to Rio. Loving life like there’s no tomorrow is an experience that's worth the effort.