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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Stay: For proximity to the beach

The family-owned Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro is located directly in front of Ipanema Beach. The hotel was designed by Philippe Starck in a ’50s and ’60s style but with a modern twist. Its best feature is the rooftop terrace’s infinity pool, which offers far-reaching views of Morro Dois Irmaos, Arpoador, Ipanema and Corcovado.   GALLERY: What to pack for a summer beach escape

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Relax: For a spa day

The Zen decor at Hotel Santa Teresa’s Le Spa Natura makes it the perfect spot to de-stress. Rebalance your sleep patterns with the Jet Lag massage.   The world's most prestigious spas

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Shop: For the top swimwear

"Lenny Niemeyer is the most sophisticated beachwear designer in Brazil,” says Chantal Sordi, fashion features editor at ELLE Brasil. The designer (and former landscape architect) launched her namesake shops in 1993, and her love of nature can be seen in the floral and geometric prints of her feminine-sporty swimsuits, accessories, shoes and handbags.   Expert guide: How to pack for a summer vacation

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Shop: For local designers

The multi-brand NK Store carries high-end local lines like Triya, Andrea Marques and Osklen as well as the store’s signature in-house brands: NK Collection and Talie NK.   GALLERY: The top 10 travel fashion essentials

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Shop: For beauty products

Granado isn’t just a brand; it’s a national institution. The line of soaps, creams and shampoos – sold at Pharmacia do Centro, founded in 1870 – "has a cult following with young heiresses,” says Eliana Sanchez, managing editor at ELLE Brasil.   What to pack for a city getaway

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Explore: For a hit of culture

Located in a former financial building, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil museum features exhibits, shows, plays and concerts. Through September, you can check out 150 works by Salvador Dali.   The top summer travel trends

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Explore: For a walk in the park

Founded in 1801, Rio de Janeiro’s Botanical Garden is famous for its trademark sky-high imperial palm trees. Beneath the towering fronds, the 54-hectare grounds (and greenhouses) feature countless tropical plants among sculptures dating back to the 16th century.   GALLERY: The most beautiful hotel room views

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Eat: For local cuisine

The newest outpost from top Brazilian chef Felipe Bronze is called Pipo, after the chef’s childhood nickname. “I love the black-bean soup with kale foam,” says Nana Caetano, culture and lifestyle editor at ELLE Brasil, about Caldinho de Feijao, the resto’s Brazilian specialty.   The ultimate summer travel guide

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Eat: For the best lunch

Founded in 1955, Cervantes is known for its sandwiches and kitschy decor. Pretty much everything comes with a slice of pineapple, including the Lombinho com Abacaxi, a pork-tenderloin-and-pineapple sandwich. If you want to blend in, do as the locals do and enjoy your sandwich with a beer. 30 must-have travel apps  

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Eat: For the best dinner with a view

The family-owned Aprazivel restaurant in the historic Santa Teresa neighbourhood features tropical decor (think individual dining huts) and family recipes (you must try the Galinhada, a chicken stew) that will make you feel right at home. Bonus: “The view of Guanabara Bay is breathtaking,” says Chantal Sordi, fashion features editor at ELLE Brasil.   GALLERY: The best hotel rooms with a view

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Rio de Janeiro travel guide: ELLE Brasil editors' picks

Drink: For a sunset cocktail

Open since 1939, Bar Urca is one of Rio’s oldest street-corner bars. Order Brazilian snacks like the Bolinho de Bacalhau (codfish balls) and empanadas, and wash it all down with a Brazilian beer or a caipirinha – the national cocktail – which is infused with lime and sugar cane. “It’s the perfect place to take in the sunset in front of the calm waters of Urca Beach,” says Nana Caetano, culture and lifestyle editor at ELLE Brasil.   ELLE Cocktail: Lemon raspberry caipirinha

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