Lives in Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Since Nov. 2010
Creator of Rent a Local Friend.com, which is a global platform that connects people who love to travel with those who are passionate about where they live and have a great story to tell. More than just an outing, the project aspire the sharing of local tips and contents, information that will be revealed in no travel book or guide and last but certainly not least the essence of each local culture and spirit. All of this is done in a spontaneous, genuine, collaborative, and interest based way allowing people to connect with those that posess similarities or own characteristics that will allow a full immersion in the visiting destination.
Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues
Churches & Cathedrals
Art Museums, Speciality Museums
Flea & Street Markets
Don't miss one of the most iconic attractions in Salvador. Inside the lighthouse is the Bahia Maritime Museum, well worth a visit, and if you have time, walk around 20 minutes further to Morro do Cristo — the view there is even more beautiful.
Take the Lacerda Elevator up to explore Pelourinho. Standing 72 meters high, Lacerda was built in 1873 to improve the connection between the Upper City and the Lower City, which was formerly made by trekking through the hills on horse and cart.
Classified as a Cultural World Heritage Center by UNESCO, Pelourinho is probably the most famous neighborhood in Salvador. The historical center of the city, it is a vibrant place, where delicious restaurants, artisanal products, baroque architecture, religion, cultural centers, and the renowned percussion of Olodum feature alongside one another in a singular extraordinary setting.
This is a mandatory stop before a visit to Bonfim Church: the oldest ice cream shop in Salvador (opened in 1931). More than 60 delicious Brazilian flavors are on offer here - try a tropical flavor like caju, manguaba, or graviola.
If you'd like to pray, to thank, to beg, to forgive, or to celebrate, then you belong here: The church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim is the main setting of one of the most popular religious celebrations of Salvador. Built in the 18th century, Bonfim features the valuable work of local artists, and you can't help but be awestruck by its power and energy.
Now it's time to rest, enjoy local food, and guess what? Discover a great view! Located near Bonfim Church, this restaurant lies in Pedra Furada, a simple and quiet neighborhood known for its variety of eateries. Recanto da Lua Cheia offers a great view, cold beer, nice food, live acoustic music, and an amazing sunset. To start, choose the fish appetizer (bolinho de peixe) and casquinha de siri; and follow this with 'Bobó de camarão' (typical shrimp stew), the perfect plate to share.
Take one day to visit Praia do Forte, an old fisherman's village only 55km from Salvador. The best option is to rent a car and spend all day in this beautiful destination, defined by its biodiversity and natural beauty. Cars cannot enter the village center, which is full of charming restaurants, shops, and a beach with calm and warm water.
If you're staying in the city for the day, head to Dique do Tororo, one of the most beautiful and famous postcard landscapes of Salvador. Built by the Dutch in the 18th century, it features a lake of around 110,000 square meters, which has been subjected to successive makeovers. In 1998, the attraction received new sport and leisure equipment, an amphitheater, community centers, and restaurants, as well as twelve sculptures of the 'Orixás' (African deities).
Acaraje is a gastronomic specialty of African-Brazilian cuisine. It's made with black-eyed peas, onion, and salt; fried in palm oil; and is typically served with pepper, dried shrimp, vatapd, and pigweed (all of which are also authentic African/Bahian dishes). This is the locals' favorite spot for this popular local snack; it's known to always be freshly cooked, and the original recipe has been in Olga's family for three generations already!
This museum is located in a beautiful 17th century colonial complex, which lies along the Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints' Bay). You will find a haute cuisine restaurant, Sculpture Park, and small beach within the grounds. Grab a drink and a crepe at the café and go outside to see where the magic happens — it's the perfect place to watch the most amazing sunset in the city.
Probably the coolest neighborhood in Salvador, Rio Vermelho brings all kinds of people together. Here you can find bars, pubs, fancy and not so fancy restaurants, food trucks, street markets, and more! Rio Vermelho is also a great place to stay, with a variety of good hotels, hostels, and apartments to choose from.
Donana is quite a secret 'Soteropolitano' (people born in Salvador) gem. Founded in 1988, the restaurant maintains its original family style, in a good way — and after 21 years of success, the owner Ana Raimunda still runs the kitchen and the business with her daughters. The result is a simple environment, friendly service, delicious food, and great atmosphere. It's difficult to order just one plate here!
Tourists go crazy for the biggest market in the city, built in 1861, where you can find antiques, arts and crafts, and local food and drink. At the end of the day, choose a table on the balcony of the restaurant on the second floor and enjoy the amazing sunset in Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints' Bay).
Tasty food at a reasonable price is the core business here. The chef worked in a few of the best restaurants in the city, before opening his own to serve 'great quality for a great price.' If you want to eat where the locals do, here is the perfect local gem for an authentic gastronomic experience.
The building is made of bamboo and there are plenty of plants dotted around, which gives this expansive restaurant a tropical atmosphere. With many tables, you can have a peaceful foodie experience here without having to book a table or wait in line. The menu is also vast, with major Brazilian classics alongside an international wine list.