Hotspots of Rio: Santa Teresa

January 21st, 2013

Set on a hill near the center of Rio de Janeiro, sprawls the bohemian enclave of Santa Teresa.  Considered the Brasilian version of Paris’ Montmartre district, Santa Teresa is a charming neighborhood with panoramic vistas and winding streets dotted with art studios, cafes and restaurants.  The area is a famous destination for artists and tourists, yet also maintains its ever present aura of history and culture.  Find out about ViX designer Paula Hermanny's must-see hotspots in this picturesque quarter of Rio de Janeiro:

 

Hotel Santa Teresa

A getaway within a getaway, the Hotel Santa Teresa is a boutique hotel offering a luxurious retreat where peace and comfort abound.   There are breathtaking views of the city below, indulgement of the senses at Le Spa and superb fine dining.  The Bar dos Descasados and restaurant Térèze boast the best of gastronomical delights.

 

Restaurante Aprazíivel

Created in 1997 by chef Ana Castilho, this famed bistro was originally a house-turned-restaurant.  Enjoy dishes in a quaint, cottage like setting and be sure to try the Moquequinha do Rio, a fish entrée that is a favorite of Paula’s.

 

Arte de Portas Abertas

Literally “art open house,” Santa Teresa celebrates three days of art and culture.  Every July, nearly 40 studios open their doors to visitors, offering the chance to meet and greet with the creative masters in residence.   It is reccomended to visit Santa Teresa at this time to experience full cultural enrichment!

 

Paineiras

Get in touch with nature and explore the verdant beauty of Santa Teresa—try hiking or a casual stroll.  These outdoor activities will lead you past several, small and enchanting waterfalls.  Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and a light snack!