Rua Tavares Bastos, 414 | Catete
Favelas were the cradle of samba, but at this iconic building at Tavares Bastos community, crowds go uphill to enjoy jazz sessions. Every first Friday of the month, the famous hostel throws a Jazz Night with live music performances, having as a scenario some breathtaking views of Guanabara Bay and the Sugar Loaf. The service is very informal and basic, but prices can be slightly expensive (note that they don’t accept credit cards). At the slopes of Catete district, it is possible to go up by taxi or van, followed by a ten minute walk. The place primarily functions as a hostel – it was the first favela guesthouse/hostel in Rio, thanks to owner English-born Bob Nadkarni, who fell in love for the area in the 80’s and built the house.