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a VirtualTourist member from Washington D.C.

Rio de Janeiro

Areas to live in

Hi everyone. I am trying to choose an apartment and can't figure out the best, non-touristy area to live in. Any suggestions?



8 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Pulau Batam

I guess before I give my opinion on the best neighborhoods, can I ask what you'll be doing down here? Will you be working? Traffic and commuting can be time consuming here, so that may play a big factor in where you want to live. Is budget a concern?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from São Paulo

Neighborhoods by the beach are among the best, but are also the most touristy ares: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon. Others to consider, out of the touristy scene are Jardim Botanico, Horto, Gavea, Humaitá, Urca & Flamengo.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Denmark

If you can afford it then Urca and Gavea are very nice areas, but if you are looking for a cheaper option then Tijuca is a pretty cool neighbourhood aswell.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Republic of Serbia

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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Washington D.C.

Thank you for following up!

No, we won't be working, thank God. It would be purely a pleasure trip. We are looking at budget and moderate accommodations. We are also looking for recommendations for restaurants and jazz clubs.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Washington D.C.

Yeah, we will stay out of Copacabana and Leblon, way too touristy.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Pulau Batam

Then also I'd opt for a neighborhood like Tijuca as a well rounded area lower in cost.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Rio de Janeiro

Difficult question...but all I can guarantee is that the city is very overpriced actually.





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