Fernanda Braga is not a carioca. She does not live in Rio. However, her heart certainly belongs to the city and given the opportunity, Fernanda packs up and spends long weekends and various holidays exploring Leblon, the samba schools, and her favorite restaurants, just an hour’s flight away from her native Curitiba. Therefore she qualifies as a Friends in Town for Rio de Janeiro, for I would usually ask her where to go when visiting the city myself.
Her perfect weekend in Rio would start with a chicken salad with bread at BB downed with a glass of refreshing green juice at Jaeé, before heading to the beach at Posto 12. When hungry, she heads to Gula Gula Ipanema for lunch or Togu for dinner, preferably with an outdoor table so she can observe cariocas come and go. Instead of dessert, she goes for a drink a Stuzzi, just a few blocks away. For people watching late into the night, Jobi is her place to go.
When Rio wakes up cloudy or when going to the beach could wait, she heads for an excellent breakfast at Empório Jardim, a beautiful place. Afterward, there are several shops worth a look. For lunch, Braseiro or Guimas at Gávea, preferably late, so by the time she had her cafezinho, it is almost time to head for a play at the theater in Shopping da Gávea.
You can follow Fernanda on Instagram at @ferbragamaia