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Top Choice Church in Salvador

Igreja NS do Bonfim

This famous 18th-century church, located a few kilometers north of Comércio on the Itapagipe Peninsula, is the source of the fitas (colored ribbons) you see everywhere in Salvador, a souvenir of the church and a sym…
Top Choice Area in Salvador

Pelourinho

The centerpiece of the Cidade Alta is the Pelourinho, a Unesco-declared World Heritage Site of colorful colonial buildings and magnificent churches. As you wander the cobblestone streets, gazing up at the city’s old…
Top Choice Historic Building in Salvador

Elevador Lacerda

The beautifully restored, art deco Elevador Lacerda connects the Cidade Alta with Comércio via four elevators traveling 72m in 30 seconds. The Jesuits installed the first manual rope-and-pulley elevator around 1610 …
Top Choice International in Salvador

Bar Zulu

This laid-back corner bar and eatery has outdoor tables and serves a wide range of Spanish tapas, Bahian classics and international dishes, plus Argentine wine by the glass and cocktails like the colorful 'Galeria 1…
Top Choice Museum in Salvador

Museu Náutico da Bahia

In addition to having superb views, the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra contains the excellent nautical museum, with relics and displays from the days of Portuguese seafaring, plus fascinating exhibits on the slave …
Top Choice Buffet in Salvador

Restaurante do Senac

The best Bahian buffet in town. The cooking school Senac spreads a tempting array of regional dishes, including several varieties of seafood, moqueca (fish stew), and traditional desserts. The impressive buffet tipi…
Top Choice Live Music in Salvador

Jam no MAM

Saturday-evening jazz and bossa nova at MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna) is a must for music lovers. Go early to see the museum first and catch the views at sunset. Though the venue is located within walking distance of …
Top Choice Bahian in Salvador

Paraíso Tropical

Though it's far off the beaten path in the residential neighborhood of Cabula, foodies don't mind the detour to Paraíso Tropical: the classic Brazilian restaurant has long been considered one of Salvador’s top choic…
Top Choice Cafe in Salvador

Cafélier

This quaint hideaway café, located inside an antique house that's positioned dramatically on a cliff top over the ocean, is one of a kind. Come for the views, plus beautifully prepared cappuccino, rich chocolate cak…
Top Choice Seafood in Salvador

Caranguejo de Sergipe

A local favorite, this always-packed eatery is known for fresh crabs and platters of grilled seafood and vegetables. Don’t miss the expertly prepared maracujá caipirinha (passion fruit cocktail) – perhaps the most d…