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2 The Best Special-Interest Tours: Contemporary Art & Architecture, Colonial Treasures, Rio with Kids, Carnaval, Best of Brazilian Music

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Samba School parade in Sambodromo.Rio for Contemporary Art & Architecture FansFor an overview of Brazil’s contemporary art scene, start with a visit to Rio de Janeiro’s premier modern art museum and then check out a few small art galleries for a glimpse at new and upcoming artists. This tour also includes several architectural highlights that have left their mark on the city, including Oscar Niemeyer’s work. His best known designs are found in Brasília, but you can certainly get a taste of his work in his hometown. Note that the best time to visit these sights is during business hours, on weekdays. START: Metro to Cinelândia. Museu de Arte Moderna. The MAM’s permanent collection gives an overview of Brazil’s contemporary artists with works by Bruno Giorgo, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari, Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, and Lasar Segall. The building is an elegant, modern design by renowned Brazilian architect Affonso Reidy. Burle Marx designed the gardens. The museum also features an outstanding design store and art bookstore.  1 hr. Av. Dom Henrique 85, Centro.  021/2240-4944. www.mamrio.com.br Adults R$14, seniors and students R$6. Tues–Fri noon–6pm; Sat–Sun 11am–6pm. Metro: Cinelândia or Bus 154 or 438. The pedestrian walkway is at the end of Av. Calógeras.

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6 The Best Dining

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Tapas at Venga.

Dining Best Bets

Best Traditional Brazilian Feijoada

Casa da Feijoada $$ Rua Prudente de Moraes 10 B (p 103)

Best Beachfront Dining

Arab $$ Av. Atlântica 1936 (p 101)

Best Deli

Talho Capixaba $ Rua Ataulfo Paiva 1022 (p 109)

Best Pizza

Capricciosa $$$ Rua Maria Angelica 37 (p 103)

Best Gourmet Dining

Olympe $$$$ Rua Custódio Serrão 62 (p 108)

Best Restaurant for Foodies

Le Pré-Catelan $$$$ Av. Atlântica 4240 (p 106)

Best Gourmet Finger Food

Pipo $$ Rua Dias Ferreira 64 (p 106)

Best Service

Térèze $$$ Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660 (p 109)

Most Romantic Dining

Aprazível $$$ Rua Aprazível 62 (p 101)

Best Healthy Lunch

Celeiro $$ Rua Dias Ferreira 199 (p 103)

Best Sushi

Sushi Leblon $$$ Rua Dias Ferreira 252 (p 109)

Best Hip Tapas Joint

El Born $$ Rua Bolivar 17 (p 104)

Best Stuff-Yourself-Silly Steak Restaurant

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8 The Best Arts & Entertainment

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The ornate lobby of the Theatro Municipal.

Arts & Entertainment Best Bets

Performance at Teatro Rival.

Most Elegant Theatre Venue

Theatro Municipal, Praça Floriano s/n (p 127)

Best Small-Venue Shows

Miranda, Av. Borges de Medeiros 1424 (p 129)

Best Acoustics

Sala Cecilia Meireles, Largo da Lapa 47 (p 127)

Best Bossa Nova Bar

Vinicius Show Bar, Rua Vinicius de Moraes 39 (p 129)

Best Brazilian Music

Teatro Rival Petrobras, Rua Alvaro Alvim 33 (p 129)

Best Live Samba Music

Carioca da Gema, Rua Mem de Sá 79 (p 130)

Best Foreign Flicks

Espaço Itaú de Cinema, Praia de Botafogo 316 (p 127)

Best Brazilian Soccer

Maracanã Stadium, Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo s/n (p 130)

Most Comprehensive Cultural Programming

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rua Primeiro de Março 66 (p 128)

Best Expensive Concert Splurge

Vivo Rio, Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85 (p 129)

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7 The Best Nightlife

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Drinks at Trapiche Gamboa.

Nightlife Best Bets

Best Cork-Popping Bar

Champanharia Ovelha Negra, Rua Bambina 120 (p 116)

Best Patio Bar

Bar dos Descasados, Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660 (p 120)

Best Bar for Channeling Your Inner Gloria Gaynor

Buraco da Lacraia, Rua André Cavalcanti 58 (p 119)

Best Lapa Live Music Venue

Circo Voador, Rua dos Arcos 1 (p 120)

Best Best Draft Beer

Pub Escondido CA, Rua Aires Saldanha 98 (p 117)

Best Bar for Spotting Celebrities

Baretto-Londra, Av. Vieira Souto 80 (inside Hotel Fasano) (p 120)

Best Après Beach Bar

Bar da Praia, Rua João Lira 5 (inside Marina Palace Hotel) (p 120)

Most Quintessential Carioca Botequim

Bip Bip, Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50 (p 117)

Best Pop-Art Gay Bar

TV Bar, Av. N.S. de Copacabana 1417 (inside Shopping Cassino Atlântica) (p 119)

Best Cocktails

Meza Bar, Rua Capitão Salomão 69 (p 117)

Best Cachaça Drink Menu

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16 Favorite Moments

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View of Rio.

16 Favorite Moments

Nicknamed “Cidade Maravilhosa” (the Fabulous City), Rio de Janeiro conjures up images of golden beaches, tropical sunshine, and colorful Carnaval parades, but the city has much more to offer. Blessed with impressive natural beauty, Rio is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and steep mountains clad with coastal rainforest. The city’s architecture encompasses everything from 18th-century colonial baroque to modern minimalism. A rich cultural scene showcases some of Brazil’s most talented musicians and artists. And then there are the people, the friendly, high-spirited Cariocas, who know that they live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and make sure there is always enough time to kick back and enjoy life; to do otherwise would be disrespectful of the Cidade Maravilhosa.

Spreading your wings and soaring high above the city. Ever dream you can fly? Now you can, with no experience required! Your hang glider pilot will see to it that you are securely strapped in for take-off from Pedra Bonita, and accompany you on a safe, exhilarating ride through the city’s skies. After a 10- to 15-minute flight, you’ll land gently on São Conrado Beach. See p 93.

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