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Top ChoiceBrazilian in Petrópolis

Restaurante Alcobaça

Verdant, flowery grounds and a gorgeous mountain setting enhance the mood of relaxed elegance in the lovely glass-walled dining room of Pousada da Alcobaça, 12km outside Petrópolis. The locally sourced menu...

Top ChoicePalace in Petrópolis

Museu Imperial

Petrópolis’ top draw is this impeccably preserved 19th-century palace. Felt slippers provided at the entrance help protect the fine wood floors – great fun to slide around in! Displays include the 1.95kg imperial...

Top ChoiceBrewery in Petrópolis

Cervejaria Bohemia

Don't miss the engaging 1½-hour tour (half self-guided, half guided) at Brazil's oldest brewery, where interactive exhibits trace beer-making history and nifty touchscreens let you explore brews from dozens of...

Gastronomy in Petrópolis

Angá Ateliê Culinário

Following a 16-year international culinary career that included stints working at Catalonia's renowned Can Roca (voted 'world's best restaurant'), Petrópolis-born chef Lydia Gonzalez has opened this intimate...

Barbecue in Petrópolis

Majórica Churrascaria

This churrascaria (barbecue restaurant) near the Museu Imperial is renowned citywide for its excellent cuts of meat, accompanied by batata pastel (potato puffs), farofa de banana (toasted manioc with banana) and...

Brazilian in Petrópolis

Imperatriz Leopoldina

Tall windows flanked by murals of monkeys, capybaras and tropical foliage create a cheerful mood at this renowned restaurant attached to the Hotel Solar do Império. Chef Claudia Mascarenhas balances traditional...

Historic Building in Petrópolis

Casa da Ipiranga

Dating to 1884, this beautifully preserved Victorian mansion retains a host of elegant features including French chandeliers, Belgian crystal mirrors, Carrara marble fireplaces and dozens of murals. The...

Palace in Petrópolis

Palácio Rio Negro

Visitors are free to roam among the high-ceilinged, parquet-floored rooms of this grand yellow edifice, which served as a summer home for Brazil's presidents for decades before the capital moved to Brasilia....

Buffet in Petrópolis

Restaurante Paladar

Prices are higher than at your average por-kilo joint, but the atmosphere can’t be beat at this classy converted mansion across from Praça da Liberdade. Watch the horse-drawn carriages clip-clop by as you enjoy...

Cultural in Petrópolis

Bauernfest

In the mid-19th century, Germans constituted the vast majority of Petrópolis's population. This Germanic legacy is celebrated with music, dancing, German food and free-flowing beer during the city's 10-day...

Fast Food in Petrópolis

Casa Pellegrini

For budget eats any time of day, this convivial downtown hole-in-the-wall is one of Petrópolis' new local favorites. Burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, fried chicken, steaks and French fries all come accompanied...

International in Petrópolis

Bordeaux

On the picturesque grounds of the Casa da Ipiranga, these converted stables provide a pleasant backdrop for the menu of pasta, risotto, fish and meat dishes backed up by an extensive wine cellar.

Historic Building in Petrópolis

Palácio de Cristal

Built in France and imported in 1879, this ornate iron-and-glass structure was originally used as a hothouse for growing orchids. It's now a venue for various cultural events.

Museum in Petrópolis

Casa de Santos Dumont

This charming house was the summer home of Brazil’s diminutive father of aviation and inventor of the wristwatch. Photos and exhibits document Dumont’s many inventions.

Church in Petrópolis

Catedral São Pedro de Alcântara

Petrópolis’ cathedral houses the tombs of Brazil’s last emperor, Dom Pedro II, his wife, Dona Teresa, and their daughter, Princesa Isabel. The bell tower, which offers fine views of the city, remained closed...

Historic Building in Petrópolis

Casa do Barão de Mauá

This blocky pink 19th-century mansion, viewable from the outside only, was once home to Brazilian entrepreneur and politician Irineu Evangelista de Sousa, popularly known by his twin titles, Visconde de Maua and...

Viewpoint in Petrópolis

Trono de Fátima

Enjoy great views of Petrópolis and the surrounding mountains from this 3.5m-tall Italian sculpture of the NS de Fátima Madonna, in the hills on the western side of town.

Historic Building in Petrópolis

Palácio da Princesa Isabel

This showy salmon-hued mansion was once home to Brazil's Princess Isabel, daughter of Emperor Pedro II and Empress Teresa Cristina. It can be viewed from the outside only.