By Mariana Sales, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A short stroll along Rua Marquês de São Vicente to Praça Santos Dumont quickly reveals how eclectic the small neighborhood of Gávea can be. Its quiet hidden gems, exotic forests, local shops, popular restaurants and nightlife all attracts people from across the city to this affluent enclave in Zona Sul (South Zone).
Designer Melissa Monteiro has lived in Gávea for the last nine years and admits to loving the all-in-one aspect of the neighborhood. “I often see monkeys or toucans from my window. At . . .