Top things to do

Top Choice National Park in Lençóis

Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina

Spanning over 1520 sq km and containing within it innumerable species of plants and animals, deafening waterfalls and vast, rugged plains, Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina is a natural wonder that has drawn hik…
Top Choice Church in Salvador

Igreja NS do Bonfim

This famous 18th-century church, located a few kilometers north of Comércio on the Itapagipe Peninsula, is the source of the fitas (colored ribbons) you see everywhere in Salvador, a souvenir of the church and a sym…
Top Choice Buffet in Salvador

Restaurante do Senac

The best Bahian buffet in town. The cooking school SENAC spreads a tempting array of regional dishes, including several varieties of seafood, moqueca (fish stew), and traditional desserts. The impressive buffet tipi…
Top Choice Buffet in Arraial d'Ajuda

Portinha

Portinha is several steps up from most per-kilo restaurants you'll find. There is a plethora of meat and seafood dishes on offer, most of which are inspired by traditional Bahian cuisine and taste like they were mad…
Top Choice Brazilian in Ilhéus

Bataclan

Once a cabaret frequented by cocoa tycoons (and one of the settings for Amado’s Gabriela), this colonial building was restored to its original brilliance in 2004. Now it serves as a restaurant and cultural center. T…
Top Choice International in Salvador

Bar Zulu

This laid-back corner bar and restaurant has outdoor tables and serves a wide range of Spanish tapas, Bahian classics and international dishes, plus Argentine wine by the glass and strong cocktails. Try the grilled …
Top Choice Bahian in Salvador

Paraíso Tropical

Though it's far off the beaten path in the residential neighborhood of Cabula, foodies don't mind the detour to Paraíso Tropical: the classic Brazilian restaurant has long been considered one of Salvador’s top choic…
Top Choice Bistro in Itacaré

Agua

Agua is a blast of modern cool in Itacare's beach-bum centric dining scene. Their regular menu features exquisitely cooked dishes inspired by Brazilian and Asian cuisine (including some good vegan and vegetarian opt…
Top Choice Live Music in Salvador

Jam no MAM

Saturday-evening jazz and bossa nova at MAM is a must for music lovers. Go early to see the museum first and catch the views at sunset. Though the venue is located within walking distance of the Pelourinho, muggings…
Top Choice Italian in Lençóis

Os Artistas da Massa

Fantastically fresh, hearty portions of handmade pastas and jazz music are on the menu at this gourmet restaurant. Opening days can vary during the off seasons, so check before you go.