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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 Moroccan lam…
Top Choice Amazonian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Espírito Santa

Espírito Santa is set in a beautifully restored mansion in Santa Teresa. Take a seat on the back terrace with its sweeping views or inside the charming, airy dining room, and feast on rich, expertly prepared meat an…
Top Choice Brazilian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Aprazível

Hidden on a windy road high up in Santa Teresa, Aprazível offers beautiful views and a lush garden setting. Grilled fish and roasted dishes showcase the country's culinary highlights of land and sea. Standouts inclu…
Top Choice Landmark in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Escadaria Selarón

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

Bonde

The bonde that travels up to Santa Teresa from Centro is the last of the historic streetcars that once crisscrossed the city. Its romantic clatter through the cobbled streets has made it the archetype for bohemian S…
Cocktail Bar in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Explorer Bar

A gorgeous multi-level garden with fairy lights and lanterns is the centerpiece of this charming cocktail bar. An eclectic mix of international light bites are offered (mains from R$36), but the focus is on original…
Bakery in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Alda Maria Doces Portugueses

This charming, family-run bakery and cafe is one of those secret spots that makes Santa Teresa so popular with locals and visitors alike. The beautiful little house, covered in Portuguese tiles, is both the family h…
Cafe in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Fazenda Paradiso Café

This excellent family-run cafe provides true ‘farm to cup’ service. Several kinds of coffee (all grown on the family farm in Minas Gerais) are roasted on-site and available to purchase. Choose from preparation metho…
Bar in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Armazém Senado

This ancient, rough diamond of a bar is tucked away on a backstreet in Lapa. Although just a short walk from glitzy, tourist favorite Rio Scenarium, Senado offers a very different experience. Floor-to-ceiling shelve…
Clothing in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Baobá Brasil

This neat little clothing store draws strongly on Brazil's African roots. The primary influence comes from Mozambique in the form of bold, colorful printed fabrics used to create beautiful shirts (from R$100), blous…