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London, United Kingdom
February 1, 2003
The Rua de Perata bursts with restaurants, discos, and bars. One of the most famous and popular is the 'Chez Michou' on the main road. Here the young, gorgeous, and rich gather to sip caipirinhas and dance to Bossa Nova. This is where you show off your healthy tan, wear the most fashionable clothes, and spend money like the world is going to end tomorrow.
It is situated a little way down Rua de Perata, just before the turn to the jetty. It is open-air and spills onto the street. The tables are grouped around a small dance floor and the bar runs along one side of the wall. Chez Michou also doubles as a creperie and barmen/waiters toss crepes into the air much to the delight of tourists. Brahma beers are on tap as are many imported beers such as Budweiser and Heineken. They also do a mean selection of cocktails. We were there in low season (early spring) and the place was booming. To the Brazilians it was cold and many of them wore jerseys, a log fire was burning and, later in the evening, a tent roof was put up when it rained.
I was there with a couple of friends from the SouthAmericanExperience bus--Gary, Derek, Doreen, and an Irish couple (see Ilha Grande journal). We had a good time buying Brahma beers and caipirinhas. As budget tourists we seemed underdressed compared with the beautiful people around us.
You must try a caipirinha while in Brazil. It's a mixture of rum, lime, ice, and sugar; a couple of these will have you out of your seat and dancing. Buzios is popular with Argentineans and there were always a couple of groups dancing around us. As the music started up, they started to dance and I dragged Doreen out onto the dance floor where we proved we were silly foreigners by dancing incorrectly to the samba.
'Chez Michou' is a good place to meet Brazilians. It is, however, in the wee hours more of an exhausting pick-up joint, so any attempts at honest conversation may be interpreted as a 'come-on.' Some of the people in there were beautiful. Designer clothes complimented tanned skin and perfect features. The jewelry shops of Ipanema have been raided to dazzle those in Buzios. Wear your best gear to Chez Michou, and try not to make a fool of yourself like I did--learn the samba before you go . . .
From journal Buzios: The Brazilian St Tropez
October 24, 2000
Created over 16 years ago at Rua das Pedras, in Búzios, the Chez Michou has become a meeting point for their generation, attracting people of all ages, with good taste, good atmosphere and easy going feeling.
Chez Michou is the ideal option after the beach or for the night-life, joining pretty people who live the lifestyle.
Their telephone (024)623-2196
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From journal Welcome to Paradise- Welcome to Buzios