Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Manaus

Jardim Botânico Adolpho Ducke

Spanning over 100 sq km, this 'garden' is actually the world’s largest urban forest. There's a network of five short trails (guides and closed shoes required, two to three hours, free with admission) and an open-air…
Top Choice Theater in Manaus

Teatro Amazonas

This gorgeous theater was built at the height of the rubber boom, using European designers, decorators and even raw materials. The original driveway was Brazilian, though, made of Amazonian rubber to soften the clat…
Top Choice Pizzeria in Manaus

Casa do Pensador

Simple wood tables set up on the plaza facing Teatro Amazonas make this an easy low-key place for dinner and a beer. The menu is equally low-key, mostly pizza (including a couple of veggie options) and standard rice…
Top Choice Live Music in Manaus

Porão do Alemão

Located on Estrada de Ponta Negra, this longtime bar-club features Brazilian and international rock and pop, and has a safe lively scene popular with tourists and locals alike. VIP area upstairs (R$40).
Museum in Manaus

Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso

Located on the grounds of a former rubber-baron estate, this unique museum includes tours of the grand historic townhouse, a replica rubber-tapper shack and smokehouse, and a leafy trail showing how rubber trees are…
Palace in Manaus

Centro Cultural Palácio Rio Negro

The former home of eccentric German rubber baron Waldemar Scholz, the Centro Cultural Palácio Rio Negro was built in the early 1900s, and served for many years as the state capital and governor's residence. Con…
Zoo in Manaus

Bosque da Ciência (INPA)

Occupying a lush forest plot within the city, Bosque da Ciência (aka INPA, for the research institution that runs it) has enclosures for rescued manatees, giant otters and more, and many smaller animals simply roami…
Market in Manaus

Mercado Municipal Adolfo Lisboa

Manaus' historic city market was inaugurated in 1882, a downscaled replica of Paris's famed Les Halles market. Safe and bustling, the central building has mostly handicraft shops, wares ranging from predictible kits…
Brazilian in Manaus

Tambaqui De Banda

The look here is plastic, the location is ideal and the food surprisingly good. Nearly all dishes are for two or more people – bring some friends – and the group-friendly menu makes for a boisterous ambience, at out…
Pizzeria in Manaus

Scarola Pizzaria

Good food, good service and good chope (draft beer) make for a varied clientele, from backpackers back from jungle trips to professionals pontificating on the latest opera performance. The affordable lunch spread ha…