Santa Teresa

This central Rio neighborhood's unrivaled allure stems from its awe-inspiring views and ambrosial restaurants.

Nestled in the hills of central Rio, Santa Teresa’s windswept Art Deco buildings and mosaicked park spaces are the stomping grounds of artists and bohemians. Santa Teresa makes sweeping statements—unrivaled panoramas of the city below leave onlookers speechless, while the bold murals along its walls bathe the neighborhood in color. Trolley tracks (currently defunct) run through this intimate neighborhood’s cobblestone streets and ambrosial restaurants, adding to its folksy allure and ethereal magnetism.

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On the Map

Santa Teresa is bordered by Catete, Catumbi, Cidade Nova, Humaitá, Cosme Velho, Glória, Lapa, Laranjeiras, Rio Comprido, Botafogo, Centro, and Tijuca

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Possible

Galeão International Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 23 minutes by cab without traffic
Ipanema Beach: 25 minutes by cab or 50 minutes by bus
Lapa: 23 minutes by cab or 12 minutes by foot
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 22 minutes by cab or 55 minutes by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 14 minutes by cab or 35 minutes by bus

High Up and Hard to Get To In The Hills of Rio

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Culinary hotspots, artisanal crafts, and creative aptitude define this ever-evolving hilltop neighborhood.

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Vestiges of Santa Teresa's opulent past have been revived, and defunct buildings are swiftly becoming renovated spaces with signature soul.

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Despite its rising notoriety, Santa Teresa preserves its bohemian spirit.

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The neighborhood never loses sight of its communal roots, and many of its reimagined spaces serve as co-ops for artists, travelers, and collaborators.

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Now that Santa Teresa's trolley has been decommissioned, reaching the neighborhood requires a steep climb.

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Santa Teresa's residents champion for the reinstitution of their transit connection to the city's core.

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Until its return, they simply enjoy their view from the top.

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Santa Teresa is really the perfect place to stay because you feel like you are in a real neighborhood. It is quiet but very close to the essential things that you need, including a farmers market on the weekends...Santa Teresa proper has incredible restaurants and bars..."

Sam

Visited in 2013

Daytime Entertainment In Santa Teresa

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Santa Teresa is known for its philosophic community and beloved for its cheap drinks.

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Conversations in this neighborhood often center on public discourse. Current events, politics, and challenging ideas are all up for debate. The drinks help.

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Santa Teresa's burgeoning culinary scene continues to gain recognition.

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A centuries-old tradition taken from Brazil's past, feijoada is a dish meant to be shared with friends.

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Brazilian dishes served alongside unrivaled views of Rio?

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Yes, please.

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Santa Teresa used to be the richest district of Rio - that's why there are wonderful houses from last century, with Portuguese and French architecture. It's also known to be the artistic neighbor of Rio. Indeed, there are always a lot of cultural events organized by the local people."

Santa Teresa: An Artistic Enclave

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Many of Santa Teresa's spaces serve as artists' live-work studios.

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Santa Teresa's high-in-the-hills location offers peaceful seclusion from the clamor of the city below and plenty of space for creation.

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The artists' shops, galleries, and work spaces contribute to the neighborhood's daytime allure.

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Our neighbourhood has an awesome vibe, and you will get to know the area and locals quickly."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.

Sam Comen

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