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Best Local Cuisine in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio Scenarium

This lively samba club is housed in a beautiful old building that doubles as a storage warehouse for props and antiques used by the city's film industry. As a result, you will find yourself shaking a leg to a backdrop of mannequins, antique furniture and other relics from the past. Spread over three floors, revelers can chose to enjoy a meal from the restaurant, or just strut their stuff on the dance floor among bohemian locals and tourists alike. The club frequently hosts excellent live music, from samba to forro - check the website for listings. Always packed on weekends.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Nova Capela

This unpretentious bar in the heart of Lapa is a lifeline for hungry party-goers. Open 18 hours a day, seven days a week, the 100-year-old bar serves wonderful bar snacks such as crispy bolinhos do bacalhau (codfish balls) as well as hearty main meals. The lamb with brocolli rice and garlic has been named best bar dish in Rio by the Brazilian guidebook Guia Quatro Rodas and makes a perfect stomach-filler before a night out in the clubs and bars of Lapa. Head here at the start of the night for a tasty dinner, then do as the locals do and pop back in again at 4a for a sunrise beer and snack before making your way home.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Confeitaria Colombo

The place offers simple service, but the atmosphere is pleasant and inviting. It opens for lunch, with a fixed buffet or a la carte, and also serves small and tasty snacks and savouries, and the sweets are not to be missed! It is charming in an ususual Belle Époque style.

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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.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Academia da Cachaca

At the Academia da Cachaca you'll learn how to eat, drink and be merry, just like the Brazilians. With over 500 concoctions to choose from, you'll never tire of visiting this elegant, yet casual place. Most drinks are made from the traditional Brazilian spirit of Cachaca. The food, which comprises of North East Brazilian cuisine, is also quite an attraction. Enjoy a Manioc Croquette with Cream Cheese while you sip on a Passion-Fruit Caiparinha (with real fruit floating inside).

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Talho Cabixaba

Part deli, part bakery, and part coffee shop, Talho Cabixaba has been serving up superior sandwiches and delicious desserts for over 60 years. Sandwiches here are made to order - customers can take their pick from a mouthwatering array of ciabattas, croissants, focaccias and other specialist breads. Choices of fillings include smoked salmon, buffalo mozzarella, Parma ham, grilled eggplant, brie and more. Fresh salads are also popular options, while quiches and savory pastries are convenient orders to go. Desserts here are also excellent – try the tart of chocolate mousse and nuts for a real treat.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Casa da Feijoada

Ipanema has been home to Casa da Feijoada since more than two decades now. Offering a sumptuous Cariocan fare, rich with fresh local ingredients and flavor, the restaurant is quite popular in the city. Apart from signature dishes like yuca and caldo de feijão, a variety of popular and obscure meats are on the offer. Sporting a cool, casual vibe, the Casa da Feijoada is great place to catch up with friends and savor yummy local delights.

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