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Rua Pacheco Leão, 915 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil
Corcovado. Check. Sugarloaf. Been there. Ipanema. Yeah, I saw that girl on the beach too. Botanical Garden. Now that’s a new one. Located at the base of Corcovado Mountain, and under the right arm of Christ the Redeemer, you will discover the...
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R. Sacadura Cabral, 155 - Praça Maua, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-261, Brazil
Brazilian music has many influences. A blend of African, European and indigenous Brazilian music has created unique styles like samba, bossa nova, and choro to name a few. This popular restaurant in the Gamboa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro hosts...
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R. Farme de Amoedo, 34 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-020, Brazil
My traveling companions and I had a dinner reservation elsewhere in Ipanema, but when a storm hit that evening with strong winds and pelting rain, we took cover in the first restaurant we stumbled in to (soaking wet)—just a block from Ipanema...
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R. Evaristo da Veiga, 149 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-040, Brazil
Samba was first danced in Rio by immigrants from Bahia who kept up the musical customs of their native Africa. With its emphasis on gyrating hips, pulsing backsides, and skimpy clothing, samba exudes sexiness. Much of the city’s dance scene is...
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R. Primeiro de Março, S/N - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20010-000, Brazil
I went to The Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro that does not look like your traditional Cathedral--from the outside it is shaped like a cone and when you step in you are hit with four amazing stained glass scenes that basically go from the floor to the...
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Rua Pacheco Leão, 812 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil
The AFAR March/April 2012 issue featured Jardim Botanico in Rio de Janiero so while I was there I had to check out some of the places that were featured. I ate at JoJo Cafe Bistro and tried Batman's recommendation of shrimp risotto--it was...
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R. Murtinho Nobre, 93 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20241-050, Brazil
Rio is filled with quirky whimsical characters. And someone who epitomizes Rio’s eccentricity is an artist called Selaron. Selaron is a Chilean artist who has lived in Rio since 1983. A man with a crazy moustache, a maniacal laugh and a bizarre...
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Humaitá, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Open only on Saturdays, this large market has stalls selling lots of fresh fruits and fish for good prices. Everyone who lives in Rio is addicted to açai, the Amazonian berry that’s loaded with antioxidants. The berry doesn’t come from this region...
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Rua General Venâncio Flôres, 481c - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22441-090, Brazil
Isabel Capeto epitomizes an effortless Rio look: dresses that are both body conscious and wearable. She recycles handpicked fabrics from home and abroad and embellishes them with vintage buttons and delicate stitching. Rua Dias Ferreira 217,...
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R. Joaquim Silva, S/N - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20241-110, Brazil
This is a hard to find location, and not obviously mentioned in all the travel books like Sugar Loaf or the beach. However, once you arrived, it's a breath-taking moment! The scale and the color, and the detail of each of the tiles on the stairs...
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R. João Líra, 149 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22430-210, Brazil
Rio de Janiero has long been known as a jetset capital -- a place where hot bodies, tiny swimsuits, and 1970’s-style abound in architecture and fashion. I recently returned from this decadent destination after launching our first pop-up shop at...
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Praça General Osório - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20410-020, Brazil
We always try to take the late flight out of Rio on Sunday's to be sure we don't miss the color, art and culture of Ipanema's Hippie Fair. What started as a small group of hippies in the 60's has branched out to hundreds of stands selling...
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R. do Lavradio, 20 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20230-070, Brazil

In the recently revived Lapa district, the multilevel and antique-filled Rio Scenarium is as much theater and music house as it is bar and restaurant. Live samba and pagode bands play while guests dance and dine on a full menu of Brazilian...