The Diane von Furstenberg Files: Rio de Janeiro

Courtesy Hotel Fasano

I’ve been to Rio many times. People always say Brazil is the country of the future…well, the future has indeed arrived. It has a wonderful mood, the people are so good-looking, and it’s the only place where you can walk barefoot all day long. I was most recently there to work on my jewelry collection with H.Stern. I spent time on the beach, ate dinner with friends, and found so much inspiration for my resort show, which I ended up titling “Her Name Is Rio”! I also went to São Paulo to look for locations for a new DVF shop…. I found one and it will be opening next spring.

If the crowds and seaside soccer at Ipanema get to be too much and you want something more peaceful, try Prainha beach, about 40 minutes from Rio. You can have lunch nearby at Bira—order the robalo (bass)! 68A Estrada da Vendinha, Guaratiba; 55-21/2410-8304.

DVF’s Must-Dos

The Hotel Fasano, in Ipanema, is my favorite place to overnight. Designed by Philippe Starck with the right mix of modernity and comfort, it also has a fantastic pool. 80 Vieira Souto; 55-21/3202-4000.

Academia da Cachaça (26 Rua Conde Bernadotte; 55-21/2529-2680), in Leblon, is casual, delicious, and fun! Carnivores, go to Porcão (218 Rua Barão da Torre; 55-21/3202-9150), Rio’s famous churrascaria. A bit touristy but worth it.

There are tons of juice bars in Rio, but my favorite is Polis Sucos (70A Rua Maria Quitéria; 55-21/2247-2518), just off Ipanema. Very simple, never disappoints. If the line’s too long, try BB Lanches (64A Rua Aristides Espínola, Leblon; 55-21/2294-1397).