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Best things to do in Santa Teresa

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Seafood Restaurant
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“This restaurant is well known for dishes typical from Bahia, such as Fish Stew (Muqueca de Peixe). It is also famous for prawn and shellfish dishes. The portions are big, so 2 can share a dish.”
43 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This contemporary, informal cantina dishes out elaborate Italian fare for a long, enjoyable meal.”
39 locals recommend
Bar
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“Friday is Lapa day. And of course, the party is in Lapa. Live samba, free caipirinhas on the most crazy night in lapa. Enjoy!”
22 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The traditional fair at General Glicério square, in Laranjeiras. Every Saturdays, in the morning, the South neighborhood transforms itself as a typical carioca suburb. The fair, with stalls of vegetables and flowers of several kinds, happen on the street. Other stalls also sell coconut water, caipirinhas and pastries with savory fillings. A sympathetic fair of handicraft, where is possible to find decoration objects and clothes also happens there during all day long. And the music also has presence on the fair. The Pixin Bodega group is dedicated to bring a stuffed repertoire of choro” – typical kind of song -, for the morning and afternoons of Saturdays on the square.”
43 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you are going to visit Lapa, this is the best place to have a really good Cachaça!! It is a really small place where there is no table or chairs. People go there because of the differents flavors of Brazilians cachaças. It's a good place to meet new local friends, talk, and warm up for the night! ”
28 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
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“Delicious local delicacies like Pastelzinho and wonderful comfort food. Also good cheap beer!”
40 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Ruy Barbosa de Oliveira (November 5, 1849 – March 1, 1923) was a Brazilian polymath, diplomat, writer, jurist, and politician. Born in Salvador da Bahia, he was a federal representative, senator, Minister of Finance and diplomat. For his distinguished participation in the 2nd Hague Conference, he earned the nickname "Eagle of the Hague". He ran unsuccessfully for the Presidency of Brazil in 1910, 1914 and in 1919. Ruy Barbosa gave his first public speech for the abolition of slavery when he was 19. For the rest of his life he remained an uncompromising defender of civil liberties. Slavery in Brazil was finally abolished by the Lei Áurea ("Golden Law") in 1888. Part of Barbosa's legacy to history is that he authorised, as minister of finance on December 14, 1890, the destruction of most government records relating to slavery.[1] The avowed reason for this destruction, which took several years to be enacted and was followed by his successors, was to erase the "stain" of slavery on Brazilian history.[2] However, historians today agree that Barbosa aimed to impede any possible indemnization of the former slave-owners for this liberation.[2] Indeed, eleven days after the abolition of slavery, a law project was deposed at the Chamber, proposing some indemnization to the slave owners.[2] Barbosa's liberal ideas were influential in drafting of the first republican constitution. He was a supporter of fiat money, as opposed to a gold standard, in Brazil. During his term as finance secretary, he implemented far-reaching reforms of Brazil's financial regime, instituting a vigorously expansionist monetary policy. The result was chaos and instability: the so-called fiat experiment resulted in the bubble of encilhamento, a dismal politic-economic failure. Due to his controversial role during it, in the following administration of Floriano Peixoto, he was forced into exile until Floriano's term ended. Years later, after his return he was elected as a Senator. He headed the Brazilian delegation to the 2nd Hague Conference and was brilliant in its deliberations. As candidate of the Civilian Party in the presidential election of 1910, Barbosa waged one of the most memorable campaigns in Brazilian politics. He was not successful and lost to Marshal Hermes da Fonseca. He ran again in the elections of 1914 and 1919, both times losing to the government candidate. During World War I, he played a key role among those who advocated the Allied cause, arguing that Brazil should be more involved in the war. Barbosa died in Petrópolis, near Rio de Janeiro in 1923.[3] Museu-casa (ou casa-museu) é um tipo de museu que, abrigado num imóvel que serviu como casa de alguém, busca preservar a forma original, os objetos e o ambiente em que viveu aquela pessoa ou grupo de pessoas. Assim, conjuga a arquitetura, a museografia e a coleção para criar um cenário histórico, oferecendo uma perspectiva de um estilo de vida. Em 1997, durante a conferência "Living History. Historic House Museums", no Palazzo Spinola, em Gênova, representantes de museus-casas de diversos países iniciaram um movimento para criar, no âmbito do International Council of Museums,um comitê especialmente dedicado a esta categoria de instituição. No ano seguinte, o ICOM criou o Demhist (Comitê Internacional para Museus-Casas Históricas). (Wikipedia)”
28 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Chegue com tempo, pois é muito concorrido, mas vale a pena. Arrive early because it is very crowded, but worth it.”
40 locals recommend
Office
“Lindo lugar para caminhar, correr e ver a cidade de cima. Macacos e pássaros da floresta ao redor/amazing place in the forest to walk, run and the see the city from above. Monkeys and birds everywhere”
31 locals recommend
Snack Place
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“(21)3173-8952 This small and simple cafe sells organic food, such as bowls of Açai, Cheese balls (pães de queijo) and espresso (cafezinho). It is the BEST PÃO DE QUEIJO in Rio de Janeiro. ”
39 locals recommend
Cinema
“Possui quatro salas de cinema, todas foram modernizadas e o espaço é bastante aconchegando. Fica no segundo andar da galeria São Luiz que possui restaurantes e cafés.”
30 locals recommend
Café
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“Delicious food from Brazil's Northeast region. English menu available. You can try Xinxin de galinha (chicken pieces cooked in a creamy sauce), the traditional Feijoada (Black bean stew) or a Moqueca (fish stew). Address: Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 143, Largo do Guimarães, Santa Teresa - RJ”
30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Live music on the first floor. Second floor with DJ. Check the agenda on Facebook page. ”
25 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The best pizza in Rio. Very small and simple place. Chico, Mara and the team are really kind. The pizza is huge and delicious. You may need a taxi to reach there. Opened just after 17:00. Closed on Sundays, when Chico usually fishes.”
39 locals recommend
Park
“At night there is sound and beer, friday, saturday at night and sunday at morning.”
40 locals recommend
Hospital
“Nestled in the hills of Rio, Santa Teresa is one of the city's most charming neighborhoods. This bohemian district is known for its 19th-century mansions and thriving historic bars. ”
244 locals recommend