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The Charming Santa Teresa is Lapa olderst Sister, Home of Art Studios, Restaurants and an Amazing Architecture overlooking the Best Views of Rio de Janeiro.


Santa Teresa is close to downtown Rio and has evolved into a great neighborhood over theyear's. Its picturesque landscape and quaint village-like atmosphere continues to attract a large number of tourists. It was one of the first areas to be occupied residentially due to its proximity to Rio. It is famous for its winding, narrow streets and is an artistic hotspot.  The construction of the Santa Teresa convent marked the beginning of the development of this neighborhood. Its natural scenery, rustic atmosphere and easy access to downtown Rio are what make it an attractive neighborhood. It is currently a popular tourist site with plenty of bars and restaurants are popular with both natives and tourists.

The Charming Santa Teresa is Lapa olderst Sister, Home of Art Studios, Restaurants and an Amazing Architecture overlooking the Best Views of Rio de Janeiro

Tourist Attractions

Santa Teresa is an artistic neighborhood occupied by several craftsmen, painters and seamstresses. You can find many studios and shops scattered all over the area. This also makes it a shopper’s paradise especially if you are interested in unique one-of-a-kind goods.  Almirante Alexandrino Street, near Largo dos Guimarães, is the most popular street lined with studios and shops. Indulge yourself in all the beautiful and unique designs you can find here.

The Museu Chácara do Céu located near the Largo do Curvelo is another must visit place. It has over 22,000 exhibits collected by industrialist Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya. The museum is set in a 1954 modernist house designed by Wladimir Alves de Souza.
The Parque das Ruínas, located next to the museum, is a cultural center that has a cafeteria, art gallery and one of the best views in town. Both these structures stand at a 360 degree vantage point of Rio and Guanabara Bay with magnificent views of downtown, the Guanabara Bay, the Santos Dumont Airport, Sugar Loaf, Rio Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado. At the foot of Santa Teresa is a fantastic monument of Brazilian art, Escadaria Selaron, with a staircase made from tiles that are unique from each other.

Practical Tips From a Carioca

The best way to enjoy Santa Teresa is by streetcar as you can take in all the sights the city has to offer while enjoying the ride on this quaint mode of transportation. The street car station is merely a 5 minute walk from the Carioca metro station. However, plan your day as the interval time between street cars can range between 30 to 60 minutes and the queues can get quite long. Also, make sure to always be seated as sudden movements can rock the streetcar which may result in an accident. On weekends, there are tourist streetcars routes with guides so you can enjoy the ride while understanding the history of the city.

Santa Teresa at night

The geographical structure of Santa Teresa, with its small alleys and streets makes it necessary for you to take a few precautions if you plan to go out at night. However, this is no reason to be deterred from enjoying the neighborhood’s nightlife.

Nightlife is centered on Largo dos Guimarães, with many bars and restaurants in the area. There are several bars at the foothills along the roads leading to Santa Teresa. It would be prudent to remain in the busiest areas and refrain from walking around alone at night in the alleys leading to the neighborhood.

Santa Teresa’s Culinary Delights

Santa Teresa offers a variety of options when it comes to cuisine.  Almirante Alexandrino Street is famous for its restaurants. You must try Galinhada, which is farm chicken sausage from Minas Gerais, steamed with cabbage and bananas. No Bar do Mineiro serves some of the most delicious and authentic Feijoada, which is a tasty and affordable dish. However, this dish is served on certain days of the week. If you're in the mood for a light snack, try the appetizers at Bar do Mineiro, which are a favorite with the locals as well with tourists.

Accommodation in Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa was initially a busy neighborhood bustling with tourists. However, it soon started to decline, forcing many businesses to close down.  Currently, the neighborhood is undergoing a transformation and is once again attracting entrepreneurs from the hotel industry.

Hotel Rio 180 Degrees Suites & Cuisine is one of the most charming hotels of the region. The hotel has eight suites, so you can be assured of personal service. Each suite is elaborately decorated with themes based on the city of Rio. Apart from exemplary service, the common areas such as restaurant, television room and swimming pool offer a breathtaking view of Sugarloaf.

Hotel Santa Teresa is another popular, cozy getaway when on vacation. The hotel is well designed, highlighting the country rich cultural heritage. If you would like to stretch your budget and prefer to spend a few nights then the Rio Hostel Santa Teresa is a good option. Several bed and breakfasts offer the same hospitality you would expect anywhere else in Rio, in a homely atmosphere. Many local residents run pousadas where you can enjoy a comfortable stay. Locals are the best guides especially when you are looking for tourist attractions and food joints.

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