Santa Teresa is one of those neighborhoods in Rio where you are transported back in time. You can see the slowly gentrifying buildings and the expanding number of super cute restaurants and the unparalleled souvenir shops/galleries, but then an original wooden streetcar rattles by and you flash back to the 1950s.
|The galleries and gift shops are the best in Rio - really.|
Many of the buildings were very large single family homes when first built, larger than most residential buildings in the city, and with gardens. Beautiful. It is a ‘hidden’ Rio.
The jury is out as to whether most people feel safe staying in the many (and growing number of) cute pousadas in the neighborhood. Certainly during the day all is fine, but at night people report being nervous on the streets and the occasional strong-arm robbery. But then, this is Rio, these incidents are not confined to any one neighborhood. For me – I would go for it.
There are some incredible restaurants in this close knit, bohemian neighborhood, many with stellar reputations, views and artsy atmospheres. This is a must. Go for lunch, go for dinner, and certainly go for a romantic meal when the occasion calls for it.
I had the pleasure of visiting Santa Teresa yesterday with Rachel. There could be no better company to wander through galleries, bicker with the shop owners who did not want their picturesque, antique Portuguese-tiled produce storefront photographed, or sip chopp from an elevated patio. Rachel is a stylish chameleon who morphs from confident, unyielding urban driver to chatty, philosophical observer of architecture, to pensive Rio resident contemplating the future of a waning jewel of a neighborhood. (Not to mention being a super mom.)
|The Mineiro - a must for a drink.|
We had a wonderful afternoon visiting Santa Teresa. I highly recommend it (with or without Rachel).
|Terrific archetectural detail at the entrance to this large home.|