Top things to do in João Pessoa

Top Choice Monastery in João Pessoa

Centro Cultural São Francisco

This is one of Brazil's most beautiful monasteries. São Francisco's construction was interrupted by battles with the Dutch and French, resulting in an impressive but architecturally confused complex built over two c…
Top Choice Brazilian in João Pessoa

Mangai

Mangai's spectacular regional buffet is available in other cities, but it hails from João Pessoa. Most items are labeled in English, and there’s plenty for vegetarians, as well as great meat and seafood dishes. Save…
Burgers in João Pessoa

Pão com Gergelim

These rockstar-themed gourmet burgers are worth the 3km haul up to Altiplano, where the owners' former home has been transformed into a trendy gathering point for beautiful carnivores. Hand-cut fries and local craft…
Seafood in João Pessoa

Peixada do Amor

For a cheap meal with a local flavor, head to this huge open-air restaurant south of the city. Pull up a plastic chair alongside the hordes of local families and take your pick from three types of fish – fried or wi…
Live Music in João Pessoa

Bolero at Sunset

Almost every Brazilian tourist in João Pessoa heads to the north of the city to Cabodelo (10km from Tambaú) for sunset to see saxophonist Jurandy play Ravel’s Bolero while being paddled up and down the Rio Paraíba i…
Beach in João Pessoa

Ilha de Areia Vermelha

Ilha de Areia Vermelha is an island of red sand that emerges off the northern beaches at low tide for roughly half the days in each month. Boats park around the island and the party lasts until the tide comes in. Yo…
Portuguese in João Pessoa

Casa do Bacalhau

With tiled walls and waitstaff in traditional garb, this busy restaurant goes out of its way to recreate a piece of Portugal and the food is no letdown. Authentic seafood dishes, including bacalhau (salted cod) prep…
Cafe in João Pessoa

Empório Café

This alternative-indie cafe-bar dishes up great-value salads, sandwiches, quiches, hummus and cheese-and-meat platters to a beautiful crowd. As the evening wears on, Empório packs in more trend and beauty for cockta…
Beach in João Pessoa

Praia de Tambaú

Praia de Tambaú, 7km east of the center, is an urban beach but nevertheless an enjoyable area to spend time. Bars, restaurants, coconut palms, fig trees and a broad promenade are strung along the seafront. Southward…
Street Carnival in João Pessoa

Folia da Rua

João Pessoa cuts loose in the Folia da Rua (Party in the Streets), held the week before Carnaval proper (Friday to Friday); blocos (music and dancing groups) parade through parts of the city, some attracting up to a…