Santa Teresa, the land of the famous tram, has way more things to offer. Keep reading!
You can start your day in Lapa and go up to Santa Teresa after, by tram or by bus, as I explain better in this post.
Ask to get off at Largo dos Guimarães. In there, we have Cine Santa (old-fashioned theater), several craft stores and beautiful houses. For lunch, I suggest Bar do Mineiro, well-known restaurant of feijoada and other typical dishes, as I suggest in this post; Simplesmente, also of brazilian food, and Adega do Pimenta, of german food. The Aprazível Restaurant is also a good option, with a awesome view, but with higher prices.
After lunch, I recommend going for a walk, appreciating the urban art in the walls, the cobblestoned streets and, if you’re lucky, catch the tram. Go in the direction of Largo do Curvelo and meet Parque das Ruínas, that is easily one of the nicest places in Santa – how its called by closest people. The architecture of the building is gorgeous and the view is amazing. In weekends, they usually have some music and art presentations.
If you have time and energy, you can pull the day and enjoy the end of the afternoon and beggining of the night in Santa.
One possible route of bars starts from Bar do Mineiro, actually in the sidewalk in front of it, where it usually have a crowd of people from Thursday to Sunday. Next to it, there is also Cafecito, one nice place for a drink, in a more intimate environment. If you go ahead in the opposite direction than for Largo do Curvelo, you find Bar do Gomes, in Áurea Street, another good bar. People have their beers standing up and sometimes it happens to have a jam session of artists who live nearby. The bar is really antique, with a charming decoration and the power of a time machine. In the way, you will also get by Hotel Santa Teresa, where it is the charming Bar dos Descasados, more for couples and with prices less affordable than average.
Oh, and every Saturday, starting from 7pm to 1am, there is Samba dos Guimarães, at Mercado das Pulgas. Check out their Facebook page for schedule and other informations!
If you can’t do all of this in one day, you can split this route in shifts (morning – afternoon – night) and do only two of them, but don’t leave Santa Teresa out of your days in Rio 😛
Attention: in Santa Teresa there is no bank (only an ATM inside the pharmacy next to Bar do Gomes, at Rua Áurea) and no gas stations. If you get there by car, pay attention to the tram rails, especially if they’re wet.
Last update: 29 Nov 2016