Top Favela Parties in Rio De Janeiro

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Sarah Brown

The dangers of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro are often widely exaggerated in international media, especially the ones in the south zone of the city that have been pacified and welcoming tourists for years. Some of Rio’s coolest parties take place in the favelas and offer an experience unlike anywhere else. Here are some of our favorite hangouts for favela parties.

Gilda no Cantagalo

It truly is the favelas in the south zone of the city that have the best views, with Gilda no Cantagalo located in Cantagalo favela being another prime example. Located at the peak of Cantagalo, the views look across Copacabana and Ipanema, drifting into an endless horizon of bright blue ocean and sky. Every night on the weekend, Gilda no Cantagalo has a Happy Hour with live music of Brazilian genres, pop, rock and jazz, and promotions on drinks. Get there early to enjoy an early dinner of classic Brazilian meals such as feijoada and watch the sun set over Ipanema.

Gilda no Cantagalo, R. Saint Roman, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 9 6494 6014

Gilda no Cantagalo

Baile da Favorita

One of the most popular bailes (favela parties) in Brazil started off in Rio de Janeiro before its popularity spread to the rest of the country. However, the best of the Baile da Favorita‘s parties still take place on home turf in Rocinha where thousands of people gather for an incredible collection of funk music performed by the best MCs from the funk scene. The most wonderful element of this party is that everyone and anyone is welcome, as favela locals, foreigners and celebrities mingle together to enjoy one of the best parties in Rio.

Baile da Favorita, R. do Canal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2422 2000

Rocinha

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