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Celebrity Favorite in Rio de Janeiro

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Leviano

Lapa is an area of Rio famed for its nightlife, and Leviano has quickly established itself as one of the most popular nightspots here. Brightly lit and with a large patio that spills out onto the street, Leviano is not easily missed. It's quite difficult to find place on the upstairs dance floor, where tourists and locals alike groove to the beats of Música Popular Brasileira (Brazilian Popular Music), funk and samba. Cocktails like the apple mojito are popular.

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Le Spa at Hotel Santa Teresa

Exuding a lovely tropical vibe, Le Spa is a luxurious haven of relaxation at Santa Teresa Hotel. The spa menu features a range of procedures designed to soothe and invigorate, be it a candle massage or perfumed hammam treatment. Those who have just landed in Rio are sure to love the 40-minute Jet Lag massage, and those looking to enjoy a local specialty should try the Banho Amazônia, a revitalizing bath with Amazonian aromas, followed by a massage with Amazonian oils.

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Glória Palace Hotel

The Gloria was the country's very first luxury hotel, constructed in 1922 to commemorate 100 years of independence. Revived as the Gloria Palace Hotel after the renovation that began in 2008, it has struck a wonderful balance between its original neoclassical features and the post-renovation contemporary touches. One of the most impressive features is the glass-bottomed swimming pool on the tenth floor.

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Café Lamas Restaurante

This is one of those historic restaurants where presidents, writers, actors, poets have frequented. It opened its doors in 1874 and has been doing a roaring trade ever since. The decor is simple, traditional and classic, spacious with wooden chairs and tables, and white tablecloths that match the white columns. The menu at Café Lamas Restaurante is traditional, and the steaks are most popular. Try the famous Lamas Steak and the fillet with chips, onion, ham and peas. Another good option is codfish cakes to be savored with cold draught beer.

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Meza Bar

Meza Bar opened its doors in 2008 and has been popular ever since which is displayed by the queue waiting to be seated at this chic Humaita bar. The delish and creative dishes along with the equally innovative drinks have been the draw for locals to visit Meza again and again. Chances are that you might also be charmed by this affable place to come back for more.

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Mr. Lam

Until the arrival of Mr. Lam in Lagoa, Chinese food in Rio had long been associated with low-budget joints serving up greasy noodles. This plush spot has changed all that. The kitchen is lead by Mr. Lam himself, who splits his time between here and his other job as head chef of Mr. Chow, New York. Top-notch Peking cuisine is on the menu here, and the nighttime views of the illuminated Christ Statue from the top floor are spectacular. The restaurant attracts a wealthy clientele that includes soap stars and footballers, so dress to impress if you want to feel comfortable.

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Zozô Rio

Zozô Rio certainly makes the most of its enviable location at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain because the roof is retractable, allowing for unspoiled views of the famous peak. However, this chic restaurant has plenty to offer besides the view. Chef Michael Tanus has headed up kitchens in Sao Paulo and New York, and his French-inspired dishes are a real treat. The emphasis is on French sophistication, with truffled mushrooms, tartins and other elaborate dishes prepared with love and presented with style. Moreover, the wine list here is a major selling point too, with some good Brazilian wines to be found among the more expensive imports from South American wine-producing neighbors Chile and Argentina. There is a good lunch buffet, and a-la-carte dinner, and a romantic spot for a dinner date, so Zozô is pretty hard to beat.

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Miroir

This cosmopolitan and trendy nightclub opened its doors in 2012 and is a far cry from the samba clubs of the city. Groove to the beats of the best of global and domestic DJs in Miroir which boasts of the latest technology to enhance your clubbing experience. You will find a hipster crowd here and many celebrities enjoying the night away. Though compact in size, its eclectic decor and service has got plenty of admirers. Located near the scenic Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and overlooking Christ The Redeemer Statue, it definitely has a unique aura to it.

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Sushi Leblon

Visit the website, select your table, click and reserve it, then simply prepare yourself for one of Leblon's favorite dining experiences. The décor is straight out of Notting Hill, all wooden panels and soft leather, as well as several great window seats. Or you can choose to sit at the bar, watching the chefs at their craft and choosing what looks best. Sushi Leblon offers unusual sushi and sashimi such as oyster, sea urchin and octopus, and the house special, seared tuna with foie gras. As for drinks, the caipisaque – offered with lime or lychee – should not be missed.

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Garota de Ipanema

Garota de Ipanema is renowned in the city because this is where two famous Brazilian songwriters, Vinicius de Morais and Tom Jobim wrote their iconic song, 'Girl from Ipanema'. This family-friendly restaurant and bar has a warm ambiance and has its walls adorned with photos of celebrities. You will find many local famous names of the music and entertainment industry in the evening enjoying a meal and drinks. Serving good Brazilian fare and drinks, this trendy place has been a tourist attraction for many years now.

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