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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 Seafood in Recife

Camarada Camarão

Airy, bustling Camarada does shrimp in endlessly creative ways – think shimp fondue, salads, marinated in beer and served in moquecas (stews) – but it’s also wildly popular for happy hour, when patrons flood the fro…
Top Choice Buffet in Recife

Chica Pitanga

As near as por kilos restaurants can get to a gourmet experience, Chica Pitanga offers a changing array of diverse dishes every day. The dozen or so salad options might, for example, include tabbouleh or mango salad…
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.
Boteco in Recife

Companhia do Chope

Swarming with interesting people since 1984, this rambunctious boteco (small open-air bar) fills a breezy open-air shopping plaza in Boa Viagem. Some of Recife's best shared bar food (just try to resist those coxinh…
Burgers in Recife


Brazil's gourmet burger revolution has spread countrywide and this is Recife's trendy entry into the fray. The burgers are great – try the Sertão option with carne de sol (a tasty, salted meat) and coalho cheese if …
Boteco in Recife


Frequented by students, journalists and a generally bohemian crowd, Burburinho is nicer inside than it appears and usually has live music at least three times weekly – recently, blues/jazz and soul sessions on Thurs…