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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Japanese Restaurant
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“Lapa is a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is located in the centre of Rio and is famous for its historical monuments and nightlife. The neighborhood is home to the Arcos da Lapa, an impressive aqueduct constructed in the mid-18th century by colonial authorities. Another important historical attraction is the Passeio Público, the first public park of the city, built in the 1780s. Since the early 1950s, Lapa has been known for its lively cultural life where there is a concentration of many restaurants and bars where Brazilian artists and intellectuals would meet. It was, and still is, famous for its many restaurants, bars and clubs where the various forms of Brazilian music can be appreciated, like the Asa Branca bar and the Fundição Progresso. The Sala Cecília Meireles, an important venue for chamber music, is also located in Lapa. ”
  • 376 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“A little expensive, and catering to tourists, but this place really is a MUST SEE for anyone that would like to see live Brazilian music of various styles in a beautiful setting. The club is in a historic building, several stories tall, with an incredible assortment of antiques for decoration.”
  • 325 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
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“Outpost of Confeitaria Colombo located inside the Copacabana fort. Excellent coffee, pastries, snacks and light lunch. And a view!”
  • 244 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sit outside on the “wall” for a cold year and “pastel”! Inside may be quite cramped depending on the day...”
  • 243 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“It doesn’t get more carioca than this place. Located in a charming street near the beach, it serves great local food combined with great atmosphere. Definitely recommend!”
  • 183 locals recommend
Bar
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“Try Patanisca and or Pastel with a cold beer! This is a local bar, full of people standing on the street!”
  • 177 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Great sushi, and a scene to see and be seen. Be ready to wait outside in line, always packed every day of the week. Order a drink while you wait. ”
  • 162 locals recommend
Bistro
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“Despite the fact that most of the patrons are “gringos”, serves excellent food with typical Brazilian ingredients. Drinks are also good, as are the vegetarian alternatives. Very cool atmosphere.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Cervantes is often called a Copacabana "institution", which happens to be a very accurate description. Older male waiters wearing white coats and black bow ties serve large sandwiches to hungry, often intoxicated diners, from noon until 3-5am every day of the week.”
  • 167 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Oysters, mussels and meats, plus exotic gin and draft drinks in cosmopolitan art deco space.”
  • 133 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
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“This is the botequim where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote their most famous song "The Girl from Ipanema", for which the botequim is now named. Legend has it that a "..tall and tan and young and lovely girl from Ipanema went walking.." by this bar on her way to the beach.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you do go to Santa Teresa one day, have lunch at Bar do mineiro and order a Feijoada. Do not eat the crazy meat that comes inside , or order a plain version. But the beans and bean sauce are fabulous. This is a very typical place in Santa teresa and a great visit.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
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“Restaurante Aprazível. For a sunset and great typical Brazilian food. Closes Monday and Tuesday”
  • 145 locals recommend
Bar
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“Gema means "egg yolk" in Brazilian Portuguese, and the Carioca or Rio native is hence the "yolk" of the Rio de Janeiro egg. Carioca da Gema is a smaller and more intimate club and was one of the first Samba Dance Clubs to open in Lapa.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Churrascaria
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“This is the classic Brazilian “Rodizio”. The quality of the meat is fantastic, and it is a “all you can eat” type of restaurant. The view of the bay is very beautiful.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“A lot of young people, in the heart of Leblon. If you want to drink and see people, you can go there. Especially fridays and sundays. ”
  • 112 locals recommend