Laranjeiras an important link between the North and South Zone of Rio de Janeiro
Laranjeiras is a small neighborhood located in the Zona Sul (South Zone) area of Rio. The word Laranjeiras means orange trees. It has a close knit community feel with small businesses and locals peddling fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, handicrafts and other knickknacks. Even though the neighborhood is primarily residential, there are several recognizable spots here. The Palácio Guanabara which is the seat of the state government of Rio, the Palácio Laranjeiras, the official residence of the state governor, the Parque Guinle and the headquarters of the Fluminense football club is located here.
Laranjeiras is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Rio. It was established in the 17th century as the area around Carioca River was being occupied. The construction of country houses in the valley bordering the Corcovado Mountain led to the rapid development of the neighborhood.
Laranjeiras has a proud past which is clearly reflected in the architecture. The Parque Guinle was designed by the French landscaper Gochet. It obviously has a distinct European style featuring a small lake, lanes and lawns. Overlooking the park is the Palacio de Laranjeiras built by architect Silva Telles between 1909 and 1914.
Palácio das Laranjeiras
The Palácio das Laranjeiras is an opulent structure which was designed in the French classical style. The palace originally served as the residence of Eduardo Guinle. It was purchased by the state in 1947 and has been used as the official home of the governor ever since. The palace was recently restored to its former glory and is open for public viewing throughout the week. On display are furniture and other ornamental objects from the time the palace was built.
However, one should not be mistaken in thinking that Laranjeiras is a neighborhood living in the glory of the past. It is quite the opposite. The neighborhood has managed to keep up with modern trends while still preserving the integrity of its heritage and character. The young crowd will be delighted to party at Casa Rosa, a former brothel now turned into a happening nightclub. It hosts regular samba nights, Sunday Feijoada and is famous for hosting parties that last until dawn.
Fluminense Football Club
For sports fanatics, the Estádio das Laranjeiras will prove to be a great attraction. It is the original place where the Fluminense Football Club was established in 1905. It can house up to 8000 spectators. Brazil’s historic 2-0 victory against Exeter City of England was registered on the grounds at Rua Pinheiro Machado in 1914.
The improving infrastructure of the neighborhood has enabled real estate prices to rise significantly over the years. The prices are now on par with other more popular neighborhoods like Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema.
Places to Eat – Carioca Tips
► Churrascaria Gaúcha – Rua das Laranjeiras, 114
► Hideaway – Rua das Laranjeiras, 308 (Pizzeria and Lounge)
► Canto d’Alice – Bar e Restaurante – Rua Alice, 146
► Severyna – Rua Ipiranga, 54 (Brazilian Cuisine)
► Espaço Rio Carioca (anexo das Casas Casadas) – Rua das Laranjeiras, 307