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Eat, drink and dance in Rio de Janeiro.
As host to the next World Cup to be held in 2014, exciting things are happening in Rio. The government is investing in a number of projects, one of which is the revamping of its historic port area and the docklands district of Gamboa is fast becoming a night-life hub. Even those with two left feet have to try the samba when in Brazil and a must stop venue is Trapiche Gamboa (trapichegamboa.com.br), one of the city’s most popular samba spots, recommends the New York Times.
Alternatively, try the more long-standing bar hopping area of Lapa in central Rio which offers street food and cheap drinks. Teetering on the right side of shabby, students, bohemians and yuppies get together here to party late into the night. Head for the samba club Rio Scenarium (rioscenarium.com.br) for a lively time or the more intimate Carioca da Gema (barcariocadagema.com.br).
For those who prefer to focus on a dining experience to remember, book a table at the seafood restaurant, Fasano Al Mare (fasano.com.br) right on Ipanema beach and try their crispy tuna with white beans, cream and red onions. Or if you want to be seen with the fashionistas, head for Rua Dias Ferreira in the Leblon area which is peppered with good restaurants. Try the specialities at Zuka (zuka.com.br); white fish and pepper ceviche or rack of lamb with passion-fruit mashed potatoes, both guaranteed to delight.