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Get into the Brazilian spirit in Tokyo

Where to sip caipirinhas, fill up on churrasco and catch a samba gig in the city

Get into a carnival kind of mood – experience Brazil in Tokyo

Ready to see the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro later this summer? While you wait, what better way to get into a celebratory mood than to explore the best Brazilian restaurants, bars and gig venues in Tokyo – we've lined up ten spots with delicious feijoada, crisp caipirinhas and sweaty samba tunes, plus our picks of the city's finest churrasco eateries and even a homely community space where you can refine your Portuguese over some Brazilian coffee. Found all across the city, these joints will help you prepare for the big sporting party set to start from August 5, while also making for worthy destinations after the games are over and the people of Rio are left wondering what the heck to do with all those shiny stadiums.

The top 10 Brazilian spots

Saci Pererê

A true pioneer among Tokyo's Brazilian restaurants, this basement joint in Yotsuya has been in business since 1974 and continues to flourish on the back of its signature combo of live bossa nova and samba plus a fierce – albeit somewhat Japanised – feijoada and other delicacies from the land of order and progress...

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Yotsuya

Que Bom!

You'd never guess this joint was run by sportswear giant Athleta: Que Bom! is one of Tokyo's finest Brazilian restaurants and music bars, and serves up churrasco that puts many of the city's trendier meat-on-a-stick eateries to shame. Settle in for an evening of samba tunes and 14 varieties of juicy grilled flesh, flavoured by Brazilian chefs and carried from table to table by energetic waiters...

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Asakusa

Tucano's Shibuya

Long before Barbacoa and company hooked Tokyo's meat-eating masses on churrasco, basement big boy Tucano's served as a conveniently located but still attractively hidden sanctuary for Shibuya carnivores in the know. Operating in a spacious location up on Dogenzaka for well over a decade now, this colourful eatery has remained a local favourite and is also renowned for its steamy samba shows...

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Shibuya
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Bar Blen Blen Blen

If you're in the mood for drinking the night away to Brazilian grooves in Shibuya, head straight for this second-floor hideout where the samba is always turned up to eleven and the bar serves expertly mixed caipirinhas until 4am...

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Shibuya

Espeto Brasil

Perfect for a casual after-work stop, Otsuka's Espeto Brasil has been running a near-daily programme of small-scale bossa nova, samba and música popular brasileira gigs for 15 years straight now, inviting both Brazilian and local musicians to strut their stuff on the basement stage. Accompanying the tunes is a casual but refined menu of Brazilian home cooking and drinks...

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Otsuka

Praça Onze

Catch a bossa nova, soul or samba gig at this casual basement bar and live house, located just a few minutes from Omotesando Station but boasting an atmosphere that'll make you forget you're in Tokyo. There's someone playing at the 30-year-old venue almost every night, with performers ranging from local artists to visiting Brazilian greats...

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Aoyama
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World Kitchen Baobab

A cosmopolitan spot where you can enjoy music, food and alcohol from around the world, including the Caribbean, Africa, and Central and South America. World Kitchen Baobab is almost considered a sacred place by world music fans; it’s full of precious records and miscellaneous goods collected by the owner on his travels...

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Kichijoji

Ipanema

Sitting pretty among the snack bars and Michelin-starred, unmarked restaurants in Arakicho, Ipanema serves as a local gathering spot and is the perfect place to start a night of bar-hopping. During the day, the light, comfy space is filled with locals nursing cups of Brazilian coffee...

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Yotsuya-Sanchome

Alvorada

Choose from a long list of caipirinhas to go with your feijoada or fried chicken at Kichijoji's comfy Alvorada, found just north of the station. The edibles are clearly adjusted to local tastes, but the menu comes complete with detailed explanations of each dish and is fun to explore over drinks. Alvorada is best visited when there's a major football match...

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Kichijoji
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Aparecida

This Nishi-Ogikubo Brazilian-themed community space features workshops, Portuguese classes, talks or other events almost every single night, Aparecida serves Tokyo's Brazilians and anyone interested in the culture and lifestyle of the land of samba. You won't find any beer on tap here, but more than 20 kinds of cachaça...

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Nishi-Ogikubo

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