Best places in Rio de Janeiro

Discover the best places in Rio de Janeiro, curated using our unique algorithm blending 'Top Rated' and 'Most Reviewed' establishments. Uncover the city's gems and must-visit locales for an unforgettable experience. Please note that certain places categories are intentionally excluded to ensure a refined selection. Ratings are based from 4.1K places in the city.

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Monumento Natural dos Morros do Pão de Açúcar e da Urca image
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Monumento Natural dos Morros do Pão de Açúcar e da Urca
National park
Iconic mountains with climbing, hiking trails, panoramic city views & wildlife sightings.
4.90 (53.4K reviews)
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Parque Bondinho Pão de Açúcar
Scenic spot
👍👍 Long lines for a ticket, close to 2 hrs wait. Nice views and a good place to visit. Ticket was R$ 150.00.
4.90 (18.5K reviews)
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Restaurante Marius Degustare
Seafood restaurant
Nautical memorabilia, rocks & antiques set the scene at this organic meat & seafood restaurant.
$$$$
4.90 (18.2K reviews)
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Trilha do Morro da Urca
Hiking area
Part of the 180-km. Transcarioca Trail, this short trail winds through jungle to Sugar Loaf's peak.
4.90 (15.3K reviews)
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Alloro al Miramar
Italian restaurant
White-tablecloth restaurant at the Miramar Hotel featuring a refined Italian menu.
4.90 (5.8K reviews)
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Teleférico do Pão de Açúcar
Tourist attraction
👍👍 Bucket list for people visiting Rio. Its about $32 for the ride in the trams up the sugarloaf. They are round trip and for both peaks. Gorgeous view of the city from the top. You can buy online or at the entrance.
4.90 (4.7K reviews)
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Basílica Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Penha
Catholic church
Catholic church from the 17th-century, known for its 382 steps & views over Rio, plus a funicular.
4.90 (3.6K reviews)
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Fiocruz - Moorish Castle
Foundation
Elaborate, century-old Moorish-style building housing a medical research facility open for tours.
4.90 (3.6K reviews)
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Lagune Barra Hotel
Hotel
$63/night
4.90 (3.3K reviews)
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Lilia
Restaurant
👍👍 I was recommended Lilia's from someone who's in the business and he was absolutely right - this is one of the best restaurants in town! The menu changes frequently but the theme seems to be fresh ingredients with subtle but still flavorful sauces. It's a real gem and worth visiting! Edit: came back...
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4.90 (2.6K reviews)
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Trail to Pedra da Gávea
Hiking area
Steep trail known for its notable, face-shaped rock with ancient inscriptions & stunning city views.
4.90 (2.3K reviews)
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Spirit Copa
Bar
👍👍 A vista é deslumbrante, o bar fantástico, a música ao vivo espetacular. O lugar é mágico com comidinhas e bebidinhas deliciosas. O serviço de mesa é de primeira classe. Tudo muito refinado. Só um ponto que deixa a desejar e muito, a reserva. Liguei para reservar e fui informada que era por ordem de...
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4.90 (2.2K reviews)
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Lasai Restaurante
Restaurant
Basque-inspired modern restaurant, headed up by Chef Rafa Costa e Silva, that uses local ingredients
$$$$
4.90 (1.7K reviews)
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Cultural Center Jerusalem
Cultural center
👍👍 Show!!!
4.90 (1.6K reviews)
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Injoy Suítes & Aparts
Hotel
Contemporary hostel with modest private rooms & dorms, plus a shared lounge & a terrace.
$52/night
4.90 (1.3K reviews)
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Trilha da Pedra Bonita @ itawayecotours.com itawayecotours.com
Hiking area
👍👍 Fantastic hike for a breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro. Aim to arrive early, at 8am, to get a quick parking space in the lot next to the entrance. The trail is beautiful and full of vegetation and animals. Tip: there's no shadow in the top! Bring water and sun protection.
4.90 (1.3K reviews)
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Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Sé
Catholic church
18th-century Catholic church, site of coronations & weddings, with rococo-style gilded carvings.
4.90 (1.1K reviews)
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Institute of Research and New Black Memory
Association or organization
👍👍 Very powerful message here! Rio is a beautiful city but it fails to recognize publicly its own history openly. This museum is the start of that recognition. One of my favorite stops in all of Brazil! The entire museum had English translation to allow for its powerful message to be delivered to o...
4.90 (981 reviews)
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Two Brothers Peak
Hiking area
A steep trail leads to this park overlook providing expansive views of the city & coastline.
4.90 (973 reviews)
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Cheirin Bão
Coffee shop
👍👍 I always say that I love this franchise. Today I took my mom to brunch there. We tried a few things, which were generally delicious. They currently have this winter menu that has exotic and interesting options. I wanted to try everything! I'll have to come back again. First thing I tried there and d...
4.90 (972 reviews)
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