Lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a melting pot of cultures, traditions and ethnicities. Not only is it a major commercial hub, it is also the country’s entertainment capital. Cariocas work hard, but they always take time out to enjoy the sweeter things in life and the city offers plenty of options when it comes to shopping, eating out and nightlife.


Shopping in Rio de Janeiro

Rio offers a diverse range of shopping options, from large American-style malls to smaller bohemian shopping districts and flea markets. The affluent Zona Sul offers many famous international brands and glitzy boutiques. The Zona Oeste is a shopper's dream with a number of large malls scattered across the district. Meanwhile, Centro offers a more eclectic mix of old and new, with a variety of clothing, book and antique stores on offer. 


Eating out in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro's vibrant restaurant scene has a range of different types of foods on offer, from fast food joints to five-star establishments. With Rio’s wide stretches of beachside restaurants, al fresco dining is popular in Rio. This is particularly evident in Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra, which are home to some of the best restaurants and snack bars in Rio. 


Nightlife and entertainment in Rio de Janeiro

Cariocas are famous for their love of partying and Rio offers a diverse and exciting nightlife. Popular nightlife spots are spread out across the city. Ipanema and Leblon are two of the popular tourist hubs in Rio and have some of the city’s most famous nightlife. Lapa is also a popular nightlife spot with the young crowd, with a variety of clubs, bars and restaurants and a diverse range of music and dance styles to choose from. Barra da Tijuca in the Zona Oeste also has a number of interesting restaurants and bars to explore.

Rio is the home of samba and many clubs offer live music and samba dance classes. There are also many samba schools across the city that offer lessons. Learning this traditional style of dance is a great way for expats to immerse themselves in the Brazilian culture. 

Brazilians are not known for their punctuality, and meeting times are often a very loose arrangement. The party can start early, but it’s not unusual to only eat dinner at 10pm and then head out to dance after midnight. The social scene in Rio is a lot more casual than other cities, such as São Paulo, and people don’t necessarily dress up to go out. 


Sports and outdoor activities in Rio de Janeiro

With some of the most stunning beaches and landscapes in the world right on their doorstep, Cariocas always find time to enjoy some fun in the sun. Locals enjoy an active lifestyle and spend much of their time outdoors enjoying leisure activities, including cycling, jogging and beach volleyball.

Brazilians love football and enjoy meeting with friends and family to watch their favourite team play the game. The city is home to one of the world’s largest football stadiums, the Maracanã Stadium, and watching a live game can be a thrilling experience for expats.

Cycling is a popular activity in Rio, particularly along the beachfront. The city has worked to encourage cyclists by building an extensive network of dedicated bike lanes. The Rio Circuit is one of the city’s biggest sporting events and sees thousands of cyclists participating in a cycle race over mountains and along the coast.