Lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro

Lifestyle and Shopping in Rio de JaneiroWith its pristine beaches, beautiful mountains and forests, the Marvellous City, as Rio is often called, offers expats a wonderful active lifestyle. The pace of life in Rio can be somewhat slow and laid-back, but expats should not take too long to adjust. Family is also important to Brazilians and they generally spend a lot of time with family for meals and get-togethers. 
Rio de Janeiro is a melting pot of cultures, traditions and ethnicities. Not only is it a major commercial hub within Brazil, 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 more affluent Zona Sul offers glitzy boutiques aimed particularly for the tourist market; many famous international brands can be found in the district. The Zona Oeste is a shopper's dream with many 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, particularly 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 most popular tourist hubs in Rio and have some of the city’s most famous nightlife. In Centro, Lapa is a popular nightlife spot with the young crowd, with a variety of clubs, bars and restaurants with a diverse range of music and dance styles to choose from, like jazz, reggae, hip hop and salsa. 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. Another important aspect of integration is learning to speak Portuguese. Once expats have mastered these two things, Brazilian culture and nightlife can become even more enjoyable.
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 Sao Paulo, and people don’t necessarily dress up to go out. It’s not uncommon to go out in more casual clothing, compared to Sao Paolo where many establishments have a strict dress code.

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 volley ball.
Brazilians are football (soccer) mad and Cariocas 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 in the packed stadium can be a thrilling experience.
Cycling is a popular activity in Rio, particularly along the city’s beachfront. The city has worked to encourage cyclists by building dedicated bike lanes throughout Rio. The Rio Circuit is one of the city’s biggest sporting events and sees thousands of cyclists participating in this cycle race over mountains and along the coast from Niteroi to Rio.

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