Planning your first trip to the city of Rio de Janeiro? Discover some of the best places to stay in the destination

Rio de Janeiro is a destination that delights its travelers, no matter how many times you have already enjoyed the view of Guanabara Bay when you land at Santos Dumont Airport, or how many times you have taken the cable car towards Christ the Redeemer. However, the first time in Rio is always the most special. 

Being the first time you will walk through the streets that made up the scene of the arrival of the Portuguese crown in Brazil, to the hills that created the samba, bossa nova and bohemia that inspired the minds behind Garota de Ipanema, the location of the stay is essential for the visit to be complete.  

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If it's your first time in Rio, opting for the Zona Sul neighborhoods can be a good option to stay. The location allows the traveler to discover the most famous beaches in Rio and still have access to a wide range of bars, restaurants and parties. 


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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro. photo: bisonlux

Copacabana is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the Marvelous City. Tourist spot with almost mandatory visit, the neighborhood guards the most frequented beach in the city. On its boardwalk, you can enjoy snacks, drinks and even live music at several kiosks along the waterfront. Statues of Carlos Drummond, Dorival Caymmi and Clarice Lispector are also found along the boardwalk, ready for a selfie with passers-by. The long stretch of sand can also be used to practice sports and enjoy the sun while drinking a mate and trying one of the famous Globo cookies. 

In addition to the beach, Forte de Copacabana offers all its charm to tourists who stop by its Historical Museum and the more than charming Confeitaria Colombo, one of the most traditional cafes in Rio de Janeiro. All this with the right to one of the views of the main landscapes of the city. 

Next to the Fort, it is also where Posto 6 and the Colônia de Pescadores are located, a point to find the best restaurants in Copacabana. 

On the opposite corner of the beach, the darling Leme has calmer waves and an incredible viewpoint of Copacabana Beach. In Morro do Leme, tourists can take an ecological walk on a cobblestone road in the middle of the Atlantic Forest. Once at the top, in addition to the view, the Forte Duque de Caxias also enchants visitors. 

night attractions

To enjoy the night, the neighborhood offers several cultural and gastronomic options to fill the visitor's agenda. Sala Municipal Baden Powell, Teatro Glaucio Gill, Teatro Princesa Isabel, Sesc Copacabana and Theatro Net Rio are some of the options for cultural programs to fill your visit to Rio with art. Two old and renowned cinemas are located in the neighborhood, Roxy and Cine Jóia, which exude the essence of the golden years of cinema. 

For nightlife, Beco das Garrafas, as the alley on Rua Duvivier is known, deserves an honorable mention. Known as the Cradle of Bossa Nova, the place is where several bars and concert halls, which were meeting points for names such as Elis Regina, Jorge Ben and Wilson Simonal, today favor artists from the new Brazilian music scene.

where to stay

The hostel network El Misti helps first-time guests in Rio plan the best itinerary. There are three units in Copacabana, El Misti Rio, El Misti House and El Misti Suites, all close to the beach and with easy access to subway stations. 


where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Mayra Pavanello Munerato / Wikimedia Commons

Another darling of the South Zone is the Ipanema neighborhood. Exuding bohemia, the history of the neighborhood mixes with the history of Brazilian music, being responsible for compositions such as the more than famous Girl from Ipanema. 

The beach of Ipanema loses almost nothing to the beach of Copacabana, its neighbor. Its shore allows you to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach, the boardwalk is suitable for bike rides, walks and also has several kiosks along its length. At Posto 9, for example, there are several tents to serve passers-by and bathers. 

The Post is also extremely close to the famous Garota de Ipanema bar and restaurant, where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes were inspired to write the song that is the second most played song in the world today. 

In relation to viewpoints, in the neighborhood is also located Praia do Arpoador, from where it is possible to observe one of the most beautiful sunsets in Rio de Janeiro. 

night attractions

But Ipanema's strong point is its nightlife. There are several bars, restaurants and clubs that liven up the carioca nightlife. For example, 23 Ocean Lounge, a restaurant on the rooftop of the Sofitel Ipanema hotel, promises a refined meal with a view from the viewpoint. For parties, Barzin combines bar, disco and haute cuisine experience in the same place. 

where to stay

THE El Misti Ipanema It's for guests who value the location a lot. Just 3 minutes from the beachfront, the hostel is also a short walk from a metro station. This perfect location allows access to other tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. 

Now that you know the best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro, make your itinerary with the tips of the El Misti staff. 

Read too:

» What to do in Rio de Janeiro
» Best beaches to enjoy in the state of Rio de Janeiro
» 9 cheap trips to take from Rio de Janeiro

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