Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
One of the most picturesque areas in the city, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (usually just known as Lagoa) is a natural lake in the south zone of the city, encircled by a 7km (4mi) cycle path with large patches of picnic-perfect grass. On weekends, Lagoa becomes a picnic hotspot, with large groups of friends and families settling down for an afternoon of food, drinks and conversation, often decorating their chosen area with delicate chains and colorful cushions. One of the best spots in Lagoa for a picnic is near Palaphita Kitch, where there are large spaces of grass and the chance to spot wild capybaras. Prepare by going to the supermarket or bakery beforehand to get provisions. There is a Zona Sul supermarket nearby that sells various types of fresh bread, fruits, cheeses, wines, cakes, biscuits and hams. It is one of the best supermarkets in Rio and also sells plastic cups, plates and other picnic essentials.