Souvenir of Rio de Janeiro

A collaborator of MAN / WOMAN shows, Christophe Victoor is an avid explorer and the founder of souvenir of, a contemporary travel agency offering artistic and artisanal experiences in Japan. When seeking a moment for reflection, Christophe heads to Rio, a place where he finds beauty in the surrounding nature and peace in the rhythm of the city.

 

 

Views on Sugar Loaf from Chez Georges

Home away from home

 

Up in the hills of Santa Teresa, deep within the lush jungle, each day begins with a call to rise by the neighboring toucans. Not your typical hotel, Chez Georges is a home designed by mid-century architect Wladimir Alves de Souza in 1974.

Chez Georges Ladeira do Meireles 90, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro +55 21 97232-7563 georges.life/rio

Living room at Chez Georges

Healthy cafe

 

A few steps from Chez George, local gem Cultivar offers simple but satisfying acai bowls, pao de queijo and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Cultivar Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 124 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro  +55 21 2505-9321

Caipirinhas at sunset

 

The beach is Rio. There is no better place to enjoy than in Ipanema, running on the magnificent Roberto Burle Marx designed boardwalk or sipping a caipirinha at Quiosque Marea at sunset.

Quiosque Marea Posto 8, Avenida Vieira Souto 0, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro +55 21 99539-9834

Roberto Burle Marx’s garden 

Daytrip to Barra Guaratiba

 

Roberto Burle Marx was Brazil’s most iconic parks and gardens designer, collaborating with the likes of Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier. His former residence has been turned into a museum and is now open to the public, surrounded by breathtaking gardens filled with the rarest tropical species. End your visit with a meal at Bira de Guaratiba, a family-style restaurant breathing the soul of Brazilian cuisine.

Centro Cultural Sítio Roberto Burle Marx Estrada Roberto Burle Marx 2019, Barra Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro +55 21 2410-1412
Bira de Guaratiba Restaurante Estrada da Vendinha 68, Barra Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro +55 21 2410-8304 restaurantedobira.com.br

Views from above

 

The city is surrounded by mountains which offer great hiking opportunities. A favorite is the Pedra Bonita Trail towards the west. Casa das Canoas, the former home of Oscar Niemeyer, can be found a few minutes by car from the trailhead. The house is sadly under renovation without a reopening date confirmed.

Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa das Canoas   

Pedra Bonita Trail São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro
Spa at the Copacabana Palace After a long flight or a rigorous hike, there is no better place to relax that at the spa at the Copacabana Palace. After, enjoy a drink by the infamous pool.
Casa das Canoas Estrada da Canoa Sao Conrado Rio de Janeiro niemeyer.org.br

Views on Pedra Bonita mountain

Beach trips outside of Rio

 

While Ipanema and Leblon offer great city beach possibilities, Rio is surrounded by exquisite nature. A favorite is Búzios in the North, only two hours by car. A delicious lunch at Rocka in Praia Brava can only be followed by sunset at Praia Azeda where any of the fishing boats turned bars are simply great. Sleep peacefully at Vila da Santa.

Vila da Santa Hotel  Praça Eugênio Honold 173, Búzios +55 22 2623-5770 viladasanta.com

Sunset on Praia dos Ossos

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