Every once in a while you find a place that tourists and gringos who do not identify as tourists both love. That place is the beloved Confeitaria Colombo, a stained glass rainbow of historic awesomeness, coffee and homemade pastries on a little alley in the heart of downtown Rio. So awesome that Starbucks decided to […]
“Pacified, the German Complex Will Now Have Sightseeing Tours.” Named in reference to a Polish immigrant who settled in the area almost a hundred years ago and was nicknamed “the German” by locals, Rio’s Complexo de Alemão – or German Complex – made local and international headlines in 2012 for two seemingly unrelated reasons: a […]
PARIS IN LIMBO: French hotelier François-Xavier Dussol invites me to capture the final days of abandon at the Hotel Paris before it breathes new life as downtown Rio’s first 5-star hotel. The wreckage is beautiful. We enter an unmarked door next to a mattress store bathed in limelight. A sign behind the reception reads, “It is prohibited to walk the […]
It rained all night but I woke up bright. Let’s go to Piscinão. Take Avenida Brasil to Pasarela #13. Welcome to the Piscinão. 2 acres of artificial beach on the edge of Guanabara Bay. If the South Zone is far away. It’s Saturday, and nobody’s here. Take a dip. Take a dive. Get some fried corvina […]
Pacified, gentrified, superbly located Vidigal. The “UPP” pacification branding in Vidigal plaza means it’s safe for tourists. Drive a mile down the coast from swanky Leblon Beach, just past a strip of sex motels and the Sheraton Hotel, and you’re standing at the entrance to Vidigal. Locals line up to catch a ride up the […]
“It’s a pleasure to be in Prazeres” – damn straight. Head up the mountain towards Christ the Redeemer, past Santa Teresa, take a right when you see this guy and you are in a place called Prazeres. Prazeres means “pleasures” in Portuguese. Street art everywhere. This smurf fresco represents Rio’s soccer rivalry in four parts. Fluminense […]
CASA COR IS OUT OF CONTRO. 80 of Rio’s hottest architects descend on an abandoned hotel spa on Flamengo Beach and make magic. I photographed Casa Cor during opening week. Here are my favorite living spaces. LOUNGE DO HOTEL (above) by Gisele Taranto. LIVING (below) by Erick Figueira de Melo. LOFT + RIO by Luiz Fernando Grabowsky. APARTAMENTO […]
The super-chill neighborhood at the north end of Copacabana is Leme. Palm trees at Posto 1. Lifeguards on the lookout. Marcelo’s barraca takes credit cards. Wow! Breezy 3pm. Showers with a view. At the end of Leme, keep going. Down the path to sea. Peace. >> Original photography by @jruv. Homenagem a Ale.