Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Recife

Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand

Francisco Brennand, born in 1927 into an Irish immigrant family and now considered Brazil’s greatest ceramicist, revitalized his family’s abandoned tile factory to create his own line of decorative ceramic tiles. Th…
Top Choice Arts Center in Recife

Paço do Frevo

This new, strikingly-red museum is a small and modern house of worship for frevo, the quintessential dance of the Recife Carnaval. It hosts exhibits, performances and classes of frevo, and highlights include a perma…
Museum in Recife

Museu Cais do Sertão

Inaugurated in 2014, this bold new museum highlights the culture of the sertão (the interior of Pernambuco state), especially as it relates to the godfather of forró music, Luiz Gonzaga, who was a major player not o…
Museum in Recife

Instituto Ricardo Brennand

The scenic Instituto, located in Várzea, 11km west of central Recife, contains a massive collection of European and Brazilian art, swords, armor and historical artifacts, all set in a fake medieval castle on lovely …
Square in Recife

Pátio de São Pedro

This traffic-free square, lined with bars, restaurants and colorful 19th-century houses, is one of Santo Antônio's more peaceful spots and a good place to stop for a drink.
Museum in Recife

Memorial Chico Science

Though the government could have (and should have) done so much more, the new Memorial Chico Science highlights the work of former Nação Zumbi singer Chico Science, a revered musician and founder of the mangue beat …
Plaza in Recife

Praça do Arsenal

Rua do Bom Jesus, to the south of the square, was formerly known as Rua dos Judeos because a number of Jewish businesses opened here during Dutch rule (1630–54). Bom Jesus is at its best during the Feirinha do Recif…
Architecture in Recife

Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco

The most important building to visit in the city center is the Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, a church dating from 1697 with a Capela Dourada (Golden Chapel) that is one of the finest examples of Br…
Plaza in Recife

Marco Zero

The Marco Zero, a small 'Km 0' marker in the middle of the broad waterside Praça Rio Branco, marks the place where the Portuguese founded Recife in 1537. It has given its name, unofficially, to the square and its im…
Museum in Recife

Museu da Cidade do Recife

Recife's City Museum is housed in the Forte das Cinco Pontas (Five-Pointed Fort), built by the Dutch in 1630. It exhibits old maps and historic photos, but could be so much more interesting given Recife’s fascinatin…