Art, sports, and food:

an itinerary in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Known for its shopping malls, Barra da Tijuca is in the spotlight for being home to the Olympic Center for the Rio 2016 Games. Check out what to do between medals and records


Clássico Beach Club

An Ibiza atmosphere and the Rio de Janeiro soul: it’s a match! This beach club has charming bungalows, a drink menu featuring sangria and sparkling wine, and house music soundtrack. For those who enjoy activities in the ocean, it’s possible to kitesurf at Praia da Barra.

Avenida do Pepê, across from number 1014

Kult Kolector

A combination art gallery, bar, concert venue, and London pub that is anything but evocative of Rio de Janeiro. This cultural mix has become a hangout for the city’s cool crowd. On Tuesdays, there are movie screenings. On Thursdays, they have blues concerts.

Avenida Olegário Maciel, 130 – Loja E

Org Bistrô

This cozy house serves up food made with organic ingredients and has an artisan feel – even the menu is handwritten using color pens. Among the options are salads, cakes, sandwiches, and juices (try the pineapple juice with cardamom and lemon grass).

Avenida Olegário Maciel, 175 – Loja G


Located inside the Città America mall, this colorful coffee shop has comfortable chairs and good music. Their tapiocas and coffee, prepared using three different methods – espresso, pour-over or French press –, attract a young crowd, as well as executives after lunch.

Avenida das Américas, 700 - bloco 8, loja 115K

Espaço Pura Vida

Located almost across from Ilha da Coroa, this kiosk is an invitation for a day of relaxation, offering stand-up paddle board rentals and a vegan menu – the pumpkin and quinoa with shiitake burgers are among the most popular dishes.

Rua Maria Luísa Pitanga, 163

Text Camila Lafratta
Photos Shutterstock, Cesar Jr. Rodrigues, Toma´s Rangel, Paulo Farinelli, Pedro Pires
Ilustration João Lauro Fonte