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Garota de Ipanema

Garota de Ipanema (Rua Vinicius de Moraes 49, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro) – this bar attracts a lot of tourists, since this was the one-time watering hole for the songwriters of the famed “Girl from Ipanema” Bossa Nova song (Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes). Some of the locals that do show up there come […]

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Fosfobox

Fosfobox (Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Loja 22ª, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro) – opened since 2004, this nightspot is for the 20-something crowd that dabbles in Reggaeton, EDM (electronic dance music), and House music from Europe and USA. Depending on the night, entry price varies significantly from R$20 to R$50 per person.

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Emporio 37

Emporio 37 (Rua Maria Quiteria, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro) – reputed to be the oldest rock-themed bar in Rio, Emporio is popular simply because it’s opened after-hours (which explains why there isn’t a crowd until after 1:00 am). There are two dance floors for Brazilian and international rock music, which is ideal for the expat […]

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Circo Voador

Circo Voador (Rua doa Arcos, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro) – live musical acts are often booked here at this cultural space, complete with a variety of musical genres (from rock and metal (like AC/DC), to Samba, Pagode and Funk. For those wanting some breathing space from its often crowded dance floor, there’s a palm tree […]

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Carioca da Gema

Carioca da Gema (Av. Mem de Sá, Centro, Rio de Janeiro) — since the year 2000, this popular hangout spot offers the best of the Brazilian popular music (including Samba and Choro). With the best artists and musicians; the coldest beer, the best samba, and a large audience around the local carioca culture, this venue […]

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Bar Semente

Bar Semente (Rua Evaristo da Veiga 149, Centro, Rio de Janeiro) – this nightspot has some of the best live forró music in town during the week and the weekend, and dancing is a must there. No matter what your level may be — the crowd is patient and willing to help anyone keen enough […]

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Tordesilhas

Tordesilhas (Alameda Tietê 489, Jardins São Paulo) – this restaurant makes an effort to offer dishes typically found in various Brazilian states (even far-flung ones in the Amazon). With dishes from all over the country, from the rich and hearty traditions of Minas Gerais and the spicy and exciting seafood of the northeast, to the […]

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Terraço Itália

Terraço Itália (Av. Ipiranga 344 – 41st Floor, Center, São Paulo) – for those who wish to have dinner with a panoramic view of the city, this is a great choice. Located on one of the top floors of the Itália office tower in downtown São Paulo, Terraço attracts a mix of well-heeled locals and […]

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Suri

Suri (Rua Mateus Grou 488, Pinheiros, São Paulo) – one would expect this type of restaurant in Miami but not in São Paulo: a Peruvian restaurant serving its signature dish: ceviche. That dish is made with fresh fish, cured with lemon or lime juice and served with chili peppers). Ceviche is considered one of the […]

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Sarrasin

Sarrasin (Shopping Vila Olímpia – Rua Olimpíadas, 360 – Vila Olímpia, São Paulo) –– located in a one of São Paulo’s quieter districts, Sarrasin is considered to be the crown jewel of the city’s French-inspired restaurants. It takes its name from the main ingredient of its galettes, a type of crêpe made with buckwheat or […]