The Monocle Travel Series reveals our favourite places in each city we cover, from the ideal route for an early-morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Full of surprises and quirks, they also feature detailed design and architecture pages, neighbourhood walks to get you away from the crowds and our favourite places to eat, be it tasty fast food or something truly celebratory.
Known for spectacular beaches, carnival, samba and crime, Rio is definitely not dull. The year-round beach weather and friendly, gorgeous locals, the Cariocas, seduce foreigners (literally and figuratively) with all of Rio's magic.
Even though the creation of pacifying police units (UPP) in the favelas and the imminent Olympic Games and World Cup has alleviated the feeling of insecurity and social inequality, wealth and poverty still exist side-by-side in this city of contrasts.