Top things to do in Petrópolis

Top Choice National Park in Petrópolis

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos – Vale do Bonfim Entrance

Up a dirt road in the foothills 20km northeast of Petrópolis, this remote entrance to Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos grants immediate access to a variety of trails for all fitness levels. The easiest is the short,…
Top Choice Brazilian 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 revolve…
Top Choice Palace 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 cr…
Top Choice Brewery 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 count…
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 16-seat…
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 oth…
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 reci…
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 magnificent …
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. Highlig…
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 clas…