Fashion and luxury consultant, journalist and Editor in Chief of christinapitanguy.com, fashion director at Leblon Shopping Mall in Rio de Janeiro, mom. All this (and so much more) is Christina Pitanguy, the female entrepreneur who will guide us through the wonders of her beloved Rio. So pack the SS16 hottest trends – sunglasses, necklaces and tiaras from Chris Pitanguy Collections, of course -and let’s go.
Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo?
Rio de Janeiro. I love both and find both of them beautiful in different ways; but I was born in Rio, I still live in Rio and find it extraordinarily energizing.
Your favorite holiday destination in Brazil?
I do love going to my house in Angra dos Reis, which is a municipality located in the southern part of Rio. I love its beaches, islands, pristine waters…
Your favorite holiday destination in Europe?
I really enjoy the Mediterranean coast, especially St. Tropez.
Rio de Janeiro…
Which are your favourite places in Rio?
The beaches (Ipanema, Leblon, Arpoador), Pão de Açúcar, the Christ, the museums (Belas Artes, MAR, Museu do Amanhã). Going to Leblon Mall, walk around the charming Ipanema/ Leblon neighborhoods; going to Baixo Gávea and having some drinks.
Your secret place?
I love the beach. I walk 2 minutes from my house to the Ipanema beach just in front.
Your favourite hotels and hideaways in the city?
I enjoy both Fasano (Av. Vieira Souto, 80, Ipanema) and Copacabana Palace (Av. Atlântica, 1702, Copacabana). Both incredibly gorgeous, with exceptional food.
Fasano has the most beautiful rooftop anyone can dream of [speaking of which, check out our guide of Sao Paulo by Anna Fasano here].
Which are your favourite restaurants?
There are so many places! I’d say Aprazível Restaurant (Rua Aprazível, 62, Santa Tereza, Rio de Janeiro), for its delicious local cuisine and awesome location: a country house setting with gardens and views of Rio.
Another favourite is Sushi Leblon (Rua Dias Ferreira, 256, Leblon), excellent for those who enjoy Japanese food.
Where to have a cocktail?
Baixo Gávea, and in the bars of Praia Vermelha, in Urca.
Where does Christina Pitanguy shop?
Obviously the best shopping is at Leblon Mall: I personally curate its mix of stores.