Arpoador Ebb & Flow

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Quiosque Culture

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Rio’s South Zone beaches, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, have been suffering years of gradual upgrades that painting over Rio’s vibrant beach culture with retro-futuristic tackiness. There are new police units, the Tourist Police, in attractive cut uniforms, protecting tourists from petty assaults, harassing barefoot young black children with numbing frequency, occasionally raiding the pot smoker’s […]

Coffee Wars

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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 […]

Barra Surf

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I stay up late, wake up at eight. Time for some coffee and it’s time to go to last day of the Billabong Rio Pro. Head to Ipanema Beach and head south. Past the cones Past the cars Past the path to the Sheraton Past the bike rack at Vidigal. Take your friends Take your […]

Prazeres

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“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 […]

SundayBoardwalkChill

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 Sundays in Ipanema, the city turns the southbound lanes into a pedestrian playground. More RioChromatic: The super-chill neighborhood at the north end of Copacabana is Leme. Click to get into it.

The Color House

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CASA COR IS OUT OF CONTROL. 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 […]

Leme Chill

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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.  

Lingerie City

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Brazilians know butt culture, from their world-famous bikinis to Watermelon Woman and the preponderance of butt workout videos on YouTube. No surprise they also make some of the sexiest lingerie on the planet. Want to stock up on the best of Brazilian lingerie at Forever21 prices? Head to Nova Friburgo, a super-mellow town settled by the Swiss in the […]