Fathom Favorites : Rio de Janeiro

1. Espirito Santa

264 Rua Almirante Alexandrino
Rio de Janeiro, 20241

2. Bibi Sucos

In Rio, it's all about the juice bars, which are quick, cheerful, and abundant. Bibi is but one of many chainlets throughout the city. The fruits on the menu may be foreign to visitors, but low prices make it easy to experiment.

591 Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva
Rio de Janeiro, 22431

3. Sushi Leblon

Impossibly delicious, impossibly popular, and simply impossible to get into. Brazilians go crazy for Japanese food, and it's amazing here. 

256 Rue Dias Ferreira
Rio de Janeiro, 22431

4. Momo Gelato

Cute gelato shop with classic Italian flavors (fior di latte, straciatella) and Brazilian fruits (guava, coconut, lime). Knickknacks like old milk bottles and pastry mixers line the shelves.

147 Rua Dias Ferreira
Rio de Janeiro, 22431

5. Chico & Alaide

One of the countless neighborhood botequims where locals gather for easy meals. The menu consists of homey basics (filets of beef, fish, and pork) and the setting is as unpretentious as it gets.

679 Rue Dias Ferreira
Leblon, 22431

6. Celeiro

A casual but smart restaurant that serves fresh and healthy prepared foods, salad bar style, with indoor and outdoor seating. It's a favorite of the chic and beautiful set.

199 Rua Dias Ferreira
Leblon, 22431

7. Arena Hotel Ipanema

A new reasonably priced eco-friendly resort with great views of Ipanema Beach. The modern hotel has a green agenda, and was involved in the restoration of Rio's landmark park, Garota de Ipanema.

Avenida Atlântica, 2064
, 22021-001

8. Copacabana Palace

Rio's grand classic hotel has recently undergone an extensive renovation. Everything is shiny and new, if a little fusty, which befits the clientele, which has more money than taste. The weekend brunch, however, is worth a stop. Ditto the people-watching by the pool.

1702 Avenida Atlântica
Rio de Janeiro, 22021

9. Maria Santa Teresa

A funky, six-room pop-up guest house will only be open for 2014. The décor is Berlin-edgy (a motorcycle hangs on the lobby wall) in an old colonial mansion (the peeling paint on the cornices was left untouched). Antique nautical binoculars help you take in the sweeping city views below.

163 Rua Aprazivel
Rio de Janeiro, 20241

10. Mama Ruisa

An absolutley delightful seven-bedroom home steps from Santa Teresa's main street. The staff is homey and attentive; the decor is cozy and sophisticated. Prepare to be wowed with views of Sugar Loaf Mountian and the bay. It's going to be hard to leave the swimming pool in the garden.

Rua Santa Cristina, 132
Rio de Janeiro, 20241

11. La Suite by Dussol

La Suite by Dussol

Located in a former home in a residential neighborhood some 20 minutes by car from Leblon, the seven-room hilltop retreat is romantic, secluded, and beautifully appointed with Baccarat chandeliers and pieces by artists like Andy Warhol and Camille Claudel. The décor is sumptuous, with rooms arranged by colors, including the matching bathroom marble. (The black room is the one to ask for.) Meals are customized for every guest using local ingredients at the hand of chef Ricardo Hiltz. A welcome break from the busy city, privacy is paramount, making this great for honeymoons and hideaways.

Rua Jackson de Figueiredo, 501 - Joá
Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22611-000

12. Hotel Fasano

Easily the nicest and most elegant hotel in town, located across the street from Ipanema Beach. The lobby has framed love letters from celebs like Gisele and Sting gushing about their stays. Rooms are spacious and quiet, with mid-century modern decor. Fasano al Mare, the elegant, bright, and airy Italian seafood restaurant on the ground floor, is also where the hotel serves breakfast. Baretto-Londra, the English-styled nightclub and bar, is open to the public and can get rowdy. The rooftop pool and bar are quite a scene, but it doesn't get too out of hand because it's for guests only.

80 Avenida Vieria Souto
Rio de Janeiro, 22420

13. Rua do Lavradino

The street is filled with vintage and antique shops brimming with furniture and objects (mirrors, lamps, housewares). Some of the better ones include Scenario Antique, Lavradio, and Atelie Belmonte.

Rua do Lavradio
Rio de Janeiro, 20241

14. Monic Ponde

A collection of minimalist silver jewelry in a rustic, atelier setting on the ground floor of one of Ipanema's better malls. 

Galeria Fiamma, 365 Rua Visconde de Pirajá
Rio de Janeiro, 22410

15. Granado Phamácias

A lovely skincare brand — candles, soaps, creams, cosmetics — made with indigenous ingredients and packaged in beautiful, ornate designs. The shop, and explosion of scent and color, is a great place for souvenirs.

470 Rua General Artigas
Rio de Janeiro, 22431

16. Adriana Barra

Surfer chic meets high fashion at the beachy little emporium filled with the Brazilian designer's brightly patterned dresses and separates. The shop is located on the ground floor of an apartment building.

64 Rua Dias Ferreira, Sala 101
Rio de Janeiro, 22431