Top ChoiceMuseum 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....

Top ChoiceArts Center in Recife

Paço do Frevo

This strikingly red museum is a small and modern house of worship for frevo, the quintessential dance of the Recife Carnaval that is easily identified by its use of colorful small umbrellas. There is a great...

Top ChoiceBuffet 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...

Carnaval in Recife


Recife holds one of Brazil’s most colorful and folkloric Carnavals. Groups and spectators deck themselves out in elaborate costumes such as maracatu (headpieced warrior), harlequin, bull and frevo (crop tops with...

Museum in Recife

Museu Cais do Sertão

Inaugurated in 2014, this bold 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...

Seafood in Recife

Camarada Camarão

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

Live Music in Recife

Terça Negra

This great free night of Afro-Brazilian rhythms takes place in the picturesque Pátio de São Pedro two Tuesdays a month. The crowd in the plaza is alternative and laid-back but the surrounding area is sketchy, so...

Chapel in Recife

Capela Dourada

Built between 1696 and 1724, this gem of Brazilian baroque, part of the Convento de Santo Antônio, owes its name to the huge quantities of gold (said to total more than 120kg!) covering its elaborately sculpted...

Cathedral in Recife

Concatedral de São Pedro dos Clérigos

The 18th-century baroque Concatedral de São Pedro dos Clérigos has been totally renovated and contains incredibly fine stonework and wood carvings throughout its magnificent interior. On Wednesday from 8am to 1pm...

Arts & Crafts in Recife

Casa da Cultura

An excellent source of Pernambuco crafts, plus it stocks a lot of T-shirts. The Casa da Cultura occupies a creepy colonial-era jail where prisoners languished until 1973.

Museum in Recife

Instituto Ricardo Brennand

This scenic museum in Várzea, 11km west of central Recife, contains a huge collection of European and Brazilian art, swords, armor and historical artifacts, all set in fake medieval castles on lovely grounds....

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...

Brazilian in Recife

Restaurante Leite

One of the oldest restaurants in Brazil, this traditional lunch place was opened in 1882. Though modernized these days and void of much historical air, it remains a power-lunch favorite of politicos and...

Football in Recife

Arena de Pernambuco

This impressive 46,000-seat stadium built for the 2014 World Cup lies 20km west of the city center in São Lourenço da Mata. It is innovative for its green credentials with solar panels providing part of the...

Buffet in Recife


Festive decor and staff dressed in cangaceiro (outlaws from the interior) outfits spice up your meal at this fun Northeast-themed restaurant. The self-serve food is a cornucopia of tasty Northeastern dishes:...

Bar in Recife

Haus Lajetop & Beergarden

Tucked away in the back of the artsy Galeria Joana D'Arc, this boxy bar and beer garden gets the balance right: a smart, industrial-chic atmosphere marrying unfinished concrete walls with reclaimed wooden doors...

Brazilian in Recife

Restaurante do Geraldo

A classic corner diner, Geraldo is known as o rei do omelete (the king of the omelet) but also serves up a variety of flavorful homestyle dishes including a great galinha cabidela (chicken in spiced brown sauce)...

Plaza in Recife

Praça do Arsenal

Surrounded by many elegant colonial buildings, this square is at the heart of Recife Antigo. Colorful Rua do Bom Jesus, to the south of the square, was formerly known as Rua dos Judeos because a number of Jewish...

Bar in Recife


The most happening of several bistros in this middle section of Boa Viagem, Alphaiate is a bit hectic for a meal but is a good place for a drink. It has an expansive air-conditioned interior but the best...