Category Archives: Centro

Scenes of Santiago

Every specialty food item you can imagine at Mercado Municipal

Many cities in Europe and South America have a ‘Mercadão of some sort, i.e. a large specialty market offering the freshest and largest varieties of fruits, spices, meats/fish/poultry, nuts and more.  Located in São Paulo’s Centro neighborhood in a beautiful industrial style building is Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.   Besides aisles and aisles of specialty vendors there are […]

24 hours of uninterrupted cultural events: Virada cultural

This past weekend Sao Paulo held the 9th edition of Virada Cultural, an annual cultural festival that goes on for 24 uninterrupted hours of free programing featuring 900 attractions on 25 different stages around the city. Most events occur in Centro but there are also events at museums and cultural centers around the city.  About 3 million […]

Enjoy the ballet in style at the Teatro Municipal

There is no better place to take in a show or the ballet then the Teatro Municipal; built in the twentieth century in the center of Rio de Janeiro it is one of the most beautiful theaters in the country.  Hop on the metro and get off at Cinelândia and step out into  the bustling square of Praça Marechal […]

Tiradentes Palace

Today I went on my first field trip with my Portuguese class to explore Centro (see previous ‘downtown’ post), we went to Tiradentes Palace which was the old building of the National Congress of Brazil between 1926 and 1960…Today it is the current seat of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro. […]

Another Beautiful Church in Centro

Located in the heart of downtown you will find some of Rio’s most magnificent churches including Igreja de Sao Jose.  I was actually shocked at how bright and full it was on a Wednesday afternoon—I went on a class field trip The church stands beside the Tiradentes Palace and the Imperial Palace, a few meters […]

Lunch at the Palace

Nested inside the Paço Imperial (Palace, the emperor’s first residence in Brazil) is the Atrium restaurant.  Named one of the most beautiful restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, you feel pleasantly transported to another time.   The traditional colonial style building was built in 1743 and restored in 1980. Notice the think walls and heavy arches, […]

Church of Gold: Our Lady of Mount Caramel

I studied art history in college and have always had a soft spot when it came exploring churches.  I think they are incredibly interesting, so much rich history and incredible artwork/ architecture in one place that I feel I have to share them.  The Carmo Church dates back to the original chapel of the nearby […]

From High Society Tea to Saara.. There is something for everyone

After the seeing the beautiful churches (see my last post), it was time for a ‘snack’. We headed to Confeitaria Colombo, a well known Belle Époque’ tearoom that opened its doors in 1894; quickly becoming the ’ rendez-vous’ place of choice for Rio’s high society members. The ornate late 19th century decor really did remind […]

Heading Downtown…..

Yesterday was my first visit to Downtown Rio and I must admit I was very surprised.  The cobblestone (paralelepípedo- my fav word in Poruguese) streets are very narrow and there is a mix of old world and new world architecture. There are larger commercial buildings (like in any other city) and scattered in between the […]