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Top Choice Buffet in Arraial d'Ajuda


Just by looking, you'd never guess this good-looking eatery is a self-service spot: with elegant outdoor tables and a style-conscious crowd, it looks like any of Arraial's upscale restaurants. Like its sister locati…
Museum in Arraial d'Ajuda

Coral Vivo

This colorful mini-museum offers exhibits of the five varieties of coral found in Bahia, including fire coral and the aptly named corais cérebro (brain coral), plus general information on the region's marine biodive…
Cafe in Arraial d'Ajuda

Piazza del Caffé

On a picturesque plaza in the center of the village, this café turns out delicious espresso and cappuccino, rich chocolate cakes, freshly baked pão de queijo (cheese bread) and gourmet sandwiches. Outdoor tables on …
Brazilian in Arraial d'Ajuda

Rosa dos Ventos

Considered one of Arraial's finest restaurants, Rosa dos Ventos offers a short menu of exquisite grilled seafood, perfect cocktails and decadent desserts; the candlelit front patio is the ideal place to linger over …
Club in Arraial d'Ajuda

Morocha Club

In town, Morocha is ground zero for nightlife, particularly in summer and around Carnaval. A popular local hangout and restaurant, it's relaxed and lounge-like earlier in the evening, then busy with concerts, dancin…
Brazilian in Arraial d'Ajuda

Beco das Cores

This lively galleria is a big draw for its atmosphere and variety: you’ll find good sushi, crepes, pizza and more gourmet fare; there’s live music on summer weekend nights, and it's a cozy spot for cocktails on balm…
Steak in Arraial d'Ajuda

Boi nos Aires

This sleek parrilla (steakhouse) offers a break from Bahia’s famous seafood, plus a good wine list; it's often populated by vacationing Argentines homesick for their national cuisine.
Brazilian in Arraial d'Ajuda


A first-rate locale for a romantic evening out in Arraial: this stylish eatery exudes tropical chic with its old-world decor, new-world music, superb grilled seafood and wines by the glass.
Argentine in Arraial d'Ajuda

Che Empanada

This easygoing spot specializes in Argentinian-style empanadas, delicious pizza and cold beer – sit outside on the small plaza, or get a dozen takeaway empanadas to take down to the beach.
Italian in Arraial d'Ajuda


This Italian classic, housed in a sweet, old-fashioned house on the main drag, is known for its hearty portions of homemade gnocchi. Also on the menu: excellent grilled fish.