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Sense of Place: Rio - Points of Interest


  • Bip Bip
    Address: R. Alm. Gonçalves, 50 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22060-040, Brazil
    Description: For years, Bip Bip has been one of the city's favorite spots to catch a live roda de samba (informal samba played around a table). Although it's just a storefront with a few battered tables, as the evening progresses the tree-lined neighborhood becomes the backdrop to serious jam sessions.
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  • Rio Scenarium
    Address: R. do Lavrádio, 20 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, 20230-070, Brazil
    Description: Rio Scenarium is the best-known bar in the historic Lapa district in Rio de Janeiro. Decorated with antiques, it spreads over three floors and four remodeled buildings on Rua do Lavradio.
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  • Cantagalo Favela
    Address: Morro do Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Description: Located between Ipanema and Copacabana, the favela received a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) four years ago and now attracts tourists and residents from other parts of Rio de Janeiro.
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  • Copacabana
    Address: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Description: For sunning, relaxing and people watching, join the thousands who flock each year to this lively, world-famous beach lined with shops, bars, restaurants and hotels.
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  • Corcovado/Cristo Redentor
    Address: Rua Cosme Velho - 513, Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, 22241-090, Brazil
    Description: A statue of Jesus Christ, considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 2nd largest statue of Jesus in the world. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1926 and 1931.
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  • Ipanema
    Address: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Description: The beach at Ipanema became widely known by the song "The Girl from Ipanema." The Travel Channel listed Ipanema Beach as the sexiest beach in the world.
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  • Metropolitan Cathedral
    Address: Av. República do Chile - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, 20031-170, Brazil
    Description: This concrete-framed hyperboloid structure, appears with its glass roof to be reaching up, open, to heaven. Most of the cathedral is below ground.
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  • Santa Teresa
    Address: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Description: A neighbourhood located on top of the Santa Teresa hill, by the centre of Rio, and is famous for its winding, narrow streets which are a favourite spot for artists and tourists.
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  • Sugarloaf Mountain
    Address: Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca Rio de Janeiro - RJ 22290-240, Brazil
    Description: A peak situated on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 1,299 ft above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.
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  • Tracks Records
    Address: Praça Santos Dumont, 140 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, 22470-060
    Description: Record collections and honest prices according to the condition and rarity. Look for Hector, owner and musical connoisseur.
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  • Carmen Miranda
    Site: none
    Address: Travessa do Comércio, 13 Rio de Janeiro
    Description: A small restaurant named after the Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer of the same name.
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  • Chico & Alaíde
    Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 679 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, 22431-050, Brazil
    Description: Chico & Alaíde is small, even compared to most other Rio bars. However, it stays crowded because of its delicious and unique menu.
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  • Embalo Bar
    Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 113, Rio de Janeiro, 22431-050, Brazil
    Description: Quality food and good service, operating day and night, with live streaming of all the national sports championships.
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  • Garota De Ipanema
    Address: R. Vinícius de Moraes, 49, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, 22411-001, Brazil
    Description: Nice deco of the cafe, with newspaper cuttings, photographs, wall panels of the history of this cafe. "The best picahna in town!"
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  • Livraria 2005
    Site: none
    Address: Rua Siqueira Campos, 149 - Copacabana Rio de Janeiro, 22031-071, Brazil
    Description: A small bookstore located in a shopping Center
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  • Toca do Vinícius
    Address: R. Vinícius de Moraes, 129 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, 22411-010, Brazil
    Description: Tiny Toca do Vinícius bills itself as a "cultural space and bossa nova salon," and indeed the shop feels like more than just a place of business.
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  • Carioca de Gema
    Address: Av. Mem de Sá, 79 - Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, 20230-150, Brazil
    Description: One of the best little venues in town, Carioca da Gema offers all samba all the time.
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  • Sambodrome
    Address: R. Marquês de Sapucaí, Santo Cristo Rio de Janeiro 20220-007, Brazil
    Description: A purpose-built parade area in downtown Rio where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival.
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