Top things to do in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Top Choice Brazilian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Aprazível

Hidden on a winding road high in Santa Teresa, Aprazível offers beautiful views and a lush garden setting. Grilled fish and roasted dishes showcase the country's culinary highlights from land and sea. Start with gri…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Casa Momus

One of the best and loveliest restaurants in Lapa, Casa Momus has a small but well-executed menu of Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Start with prawn croquettes, fried polenta with spicy Gorgonzola or a Moroccan lam…
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Lilia

You could easily miss the low-key entrance to this tranquil lunch spot. Covering the top two floors of a 19th-century building, the restaurant has an airy, creative design, with white brick walls, shelves of plants,…
Top Choice Amazonian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Espírito Santa

At this beautifully restored mansion, you can sit on the back terrace with its sweeping views or in the charming, airy dining room, and feast on rich, expertly prepared meat and seafood dishes from the Amazon and No…
Top Choice Landmark in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Escadaria Selarón

One of Rio's best-loved attractions, the steps leading up from Joaquim Silva became a work of art when Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón decided to cover them with colorful mosaics. A dedication to the Brazilian peo…
Cable Car in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Bonde

The bonde is the last of the historic streetcars that once crisscrossed the city. Its romantic clatter through the cobbled streets is the archetypal sound of bohemian Santa Teresa. Currently the bonde travels every …
Cocktail Bar in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Explorer Bar

A gorgeous multilevel garden with fairy lights is the centerpiece of this charming cocktail bar. Beautifully conceived cocktails (around R$30) showcase exotic flavors in elixirs like TLV, with orange, tamarind, ging…
Brazilian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Cafe do Alto

Conveniently located a few steps from Largo do Guimarães (Santa Teresa's epicenter), Cafe do Alto whips up filling Northeastern dishes. The wide-ranging menu features tapiocas (crepes made from manioc flour), casqui…
Arts & Crafts in Santa Teresa & Lapa

La Vereda

La Vereda stocks a colorful selection of handicrafts from local artists and artisans in a spot near Largo do Guimarães. Handpainted clay figurines by Pernambuco artists, heavy Minas ceramics, delicate sterling-silve…
Museum in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Museu Chácara do Céu

The former mansion of art patron and industrialist Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya contains a small but diverse array of modern art, formerly Ottoni's private collection, which he bequeathed to the nation. In additio…