Brazil

Democráticus

Murals line the foyer of this 1867 mansion. The rhythms filter down from above. Follow the sound up the marble staircase and out into a large hall filled with tables, an enormous dance floor and a long stage covered with musicians. A wide range of cariocas gathers here to dance, revel in the music and soak up the splendor of the [...]


Brazil

Vinícius Show Bar

Billing itself as the ‘temple of bossa nova,’ this place has been an icon in the neighborhood since 1989. The intimate space makes a fine setting to listen to first-rate bossa nova, and occasional Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) and samba. Shows typically start between 9:30pm and 11pm.


Brazil

Bip Bip

For years Bip Bip has been one of the city’s favorite spots to catch a live roda de samba (informal samba played around a table), despite it being just a storefront with a few battered tables. As the evening progresses the tree-lined neighborhood becomes the backdrop to serious jam sessions, with music and revelers spilling into [...]


Brazil

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 include orange-infused grilled fish with coconut rice, cashews and roasted plantains. This place is a bit out of the way, [...]


Brazil

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 and seafood dishes from the Amazon and the northeast. Top picks include the moqueca, made with a delicious river fish [...]