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Rio Center, Rio de Janeiro, , Brazil
Lapa Historical Center in Rio de Janeiro
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Live music, Trendy, Quirky/offbeat, Popular with locals

Famous for its Bohemian culture, architecture, and music, Lapa is, in many ways, the soul of Rio. Pass through the neighborhood's colonial aqueduct and find scores of packed nightclubs grooving to the beats of Brazil's signature rhythms—samba, forro, and choro. Though the neighborhood is known for its Carioca-powered nightlife, during the day it's easier to see the famous tiled Selarón steps, the colorful graffiti, and to explore its many thrift shops and coffee houses.

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