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Bar Vesúvio

This landmark bar and restaurant attracts Amado fans (two of the novelist's fictional protagonists met here) for moquecas (fish stews) and cold beer served at the outdoor tables facing the cathedral, which is beauti…
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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 st…
Cafe in Ilhéus


Berimbau is stuck in the past, in the best sense of the phrase: the classic corner diner looks like the setting for a '60s-era Brazilian film. By morning, the café serves up coffee, sandwiches and pastries to the do…
Museum in Ilhéus

Casa de Jorge Amado

The Casa de Jorge Amado, where the eponymous writer lived with his parents while working on his first novel, has been restored and turned into a lovely and informative museum honoring Amado’s life. Not many writers …
Brazilian in Ilhéus


This casual and hugely popular restaurant has outdoor tables, inexpensive set lunches from feijoada (bean-and-meat stew) to peixe frito (fried fish), and a full menu with everything from steak to pizza. At night, Ba…
Church in Ilhéus

Catedral de São Sebastião

The Catedral de São Sebastião is the city’s icon – construction began in 1931 – and is a unique, eclectic mix of architectural styles. For an unforgettable view of the fairy tale–like spires, walk out onto the beach…
Cafe in Ilhéus

Grão Amado

This contemporary coffee shop offers delicious and beautifully presented pastries, cakes and crepes alongside a thorough coffee menu. It's perfect for breakfast or a late-afternoon snack at one of a few outdoor tabl…
Market in Ilhéus

Mercado de Artesanato

This bustling artisan market, showcasing the lovely white dresses, crocheted textiles and beaded jewelry typical of the region, is a great place to pick up a few Bahian souvenirs.
Church in Ilhéus

Igreja de São Jorge

The Igreja de São Jorge is the city’s oldest church, dating from 1556, and houses a small sacred-art museum.
Cafe in Ilhéus

Dona Café

A pretty coffee stand on the main square across from the cathedral.