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Things to do in Salvador

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Plaza
“Spare one day to enjoy the historic centre. Pelourinho and its colorful houses are kind of postcard of Salvador, but downtown is much more than that. And try to have your lunch at one of the best traditional portuguese style restaurants in Salvador, Porto do Moreira. Not expensive, a real roots restaurant.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Historic Site
“No seu subterrâneo tem uma passagem por mar que era usada por escravos no período do Brasil Colonial. (In its underground has a sea passage that was used by slaves in the Colonial Brazil period) ”
  • 110 locals recommend
Hotel
“Rio Vermelho is a nice and trendy neighborhoud where you can go for drinks and food in the evening, and also where there are more nightclubs and live music. ”
  • 122 locals recommend
Stadium
“Want to feel all the great emotions of Brazilian football? This is definitely the place!”
  • 71 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“One of the famous landmarks of Salvador. The elevator that brings you down to the Lower City. It is only 0,15 cents for a ride! ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Museum
“Farol da Barra is a traditional spot, it is a Portuguese Light House and also a military fort, old as Salvador, in the past it was responsible for the maritime defense of the "Todos os Santos" Bay and the city. It houses a Nautical Museum as well.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“There are several "shopping" around in Salvador; airconditioned shopping malls where they have the bigger chain stores for clothes and electronics. There are buses leaving from Praca do Se. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Church
“The most famous Church of Salvador. Buy one (or more) bracelets and tie them with 3 knots on the fence of the Church, or on your wrist. With every knot, you can make a wish and as soon as it falls off your wishes will come true! ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Entertainment
““The Solar do Unhão is part of an architectural complex on the edge of Salvador that organizes jazz performances, has a restaurant with great views and always has a different artistic exhibition in its rooms. Next door, in the same complex, stands the Museum of Modern Art, with outdoor exhibitions. The place has a cozy cafe with a beautiful view of the sea; On Saturdays, from 6pm onwards, Live Jazz music take place at MAM. Highly recommended!” ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Museum
“O Solar do Unhão faz parte de um conjunto arquitetônico na orla de Salvador que organiza apresentações de jazz, possui um restaurante com ótima vista e sempre tem uma exposição artística diferente em suas salas. Ao lado, no mesmo complexo, fica o Museu de Arte Moderna, com exposição ao ar livre - um prato cheio para os amantes das artes. O lugar tem um café aconchegante, com uma vista muito bonita para o mar; aos sábados, a partir das 18h, acontece o Jazz no MAM. (guia.melhoresdestinos.com.br)”
  • 46 locals recommend
Store
“Walking distance from a big shopping mall with restaurants, shops and cinema.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Localizado a cerca de 10 minutos a pé do Flat, o Shopping Barra é uma ótima opção de lazer, compras e gastronomia.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Um dos maiores shoppings da cidade. Você encontra várias opções de restaurantes, desde fast-food a restaurantes mais requintados. Salas de cinema e lojas para todos os gostos, inclusive super mercado.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Theater
“O TCA, como é popularmente chamado em Salvador, é o maior centro artístico da cidade. Tendo a sala principal, sala do coro e concha acústica como principais instalações do complexo. É também o principal local de apresentação da OSBA (Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia) e do BTCA (Balé do Teatro Castro Alves). Para acompanhar a programação do TCA, basta acessar o site ou acompanhar as mídias do teatro. www.tca.ba.gov.br @teatrocastroalvesoficial”
  • 24 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Simplesmente é a casa onde moraram os escritores baianos Jorge Amado e Zélia Gattai. A casa virou um museu, com bastante conteúdo didático e interativo.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Pessoas divertidas e ponto do surf. Surfspot and fun people. Du surf et des jeunes gens. Jovenes y surf.”
  • 30 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The food is amazing and typical bahiano!! Don't forget to go on Fridays, as Fridays is typical day wich every restaurant must cook bahiano food!! Ex. "caruru" "Vatapá" "Moqueca de peixe" etc.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Food Truck
““Good acarajés and abarás are the great legacies that Dinha left for Bahia. Nowadays her daughter is in charge. The place has earned the name of Largo da Dinha and is a very popular option on Salvador's nights, to eat and have a beer. Acaraje is is a local dish made from peeled beans formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil).” ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Catalan cuisine is treated with respect by Chef Joan. Fresh fishes, good wines and a view make the place a remarkable choice.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good restaurant, try to get a reservation, as it tends to fill up especially on weekends. Yes, it is a little touristic and its more expensive. but food and location are great. Probably go there on a rainy day, no outside seating”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You have heard about "Acarajé"? This place is a popular meeting area, where "baianos" and tourists mix, drink and eat.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
“Bar e restaurante super gostoso, com cardápio bem completo. Os pastéis são famosos!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Gastropub
“With a different concept of entertainment in Salvador, PEREIRA offers the best of the contemporary cuisine without giving up traditional elements, near one of the most postcards in the world, with sea view. Perfect to see the sunset, to have dinner, to enjoy the night life.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Pasta, pasta, pasta. Delicious dishes and a really cool staff. Try the Burrata as starter, and order a Pasta with fresh sea food. Lovely!”
  • 22 locals recommend

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