The 10 Best Things to Do in Recife, Brazil

April 7, 2018 Major Galusha

Recife (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁeˈsifi] ( listen)) is the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in Brazil with 3,995,949 inhabitants, the largest urban agglomeration of the North/Northeast Regions, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco in the northeast corner of South America. The population of the city proper was 1,625,583 in 2016.
Restaurants in Recife

1. Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Alameda Antonio Brennand | Várzea, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50741-904, Brazil +55(81)2121-0352
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 8 reviews

Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Reviewed By araujo_mariacristina - Brasilia, Brazil

I wanted to visit the other museum which belongs to the brother of Ricardo Brennand who is a real artist but by mistake I was taken by the taxi driver to this Instituto Ricardo Brennand. The place is interesting.

2. Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Propriedade Santos Cosme e Damiao, s/n - Varzea | Acesso pela Av. Caxangá, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil (81) 3271-2466
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Reviewed By 2torontotraveller - Toronto, Canada

I visited Francisco Brennand's studio as part of a shore excursion from Recife. Francisco Brennand is a contemporary sculpture artist in Brazil. His studio is set in an old roofing ceramic tile factory that belonged to his father Ricardo. This studio is quite large with several buildings of this works.
A lot of his works are abstract beings involve the female bottom and phallic symbols. I've attached pictures so you can make your own judgements. We were only allowed to take pictures in the outside areas of the compound.

3. Museu Cais do Sertao

Avenida Alfredo Lisboa | Armazém 10 - Porto do Recife, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50030-150, Brazil +55 81 4042-0484
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Museu Cais do Sertao

Reviewed By JennyGay - Natal, RN

Very modern place at Marco Zero. Worth a visit. Not all explanations are in English,but even so a great experience. Details about Luiz Gonzaga and how he and his music promoted the culture of the Northeast

4. RioMar Recife Mall

Avenida Republica do Libano 251, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51110-160, Brazil +55 81 3878 0000
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

RioMar Recife Mall

Reviewed By ViniAndradePE - Recife, PE

Good place for a shopping day in Recife. People from other countries with a favourable exchange rate will find good deals in local (and top quality) brands. The major "maisons" have stores there but due to brasilian heavy import taxing may not have good prices. Excellent restaurants are a major atractions. The best cinemas in town are located there, its easy to find english spoken movies with original sound subtitled in portuguese so english speakers will have what to watch. Watch out heavy traffic jams on exit from 5pm to 7pm. A must go place to shop in Recife.

5. Teatro de Santa Isabel

Praca da Republica | Bairro Santo Antônio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil 8133553324
Excellent
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4.5 based on 522 reviews

Teatro de Santa Isabel

Reviewed By Walmardney

Santa Isabel Theater is a very beautiful and classical Theater. One of the most important of Brasil. It's a monument Theater. It's located in Recife, PE, Brail, at Republica park, Santo Antonio, near to Govern Palace (other magnificent place to visit). There are many atractions surrounding it too. Santa Isabel Theater is elegant, classical and modern. Their atractions take place, often, at night. Go there !

6. Madre Deus Church

Rua da Alfandega s/n, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50030-030, Brazil (81) 3224-5587
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 455 reviews

Madre Deus Church

Reviewed By Ana Katarina G

Very beautiful, her stile is Barroco and it is in very good state of conservance. Close to the mall "Paço da Alfandega", really same street anly few meters.

7. Convent of Sao Francisco

Rua Sao Francisco 280 | Olinda, Recife, State of Pernambuco 53120-070, Brazil (81) 3429-0517
Excellent
61%
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33%
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Convent of Sao Francisco

Reviewed By Con-Mara - Ireland

Dating from the 16th century, San Francisco Convent has a living community of Franciscans, and is probably the highlight of Olinda. Its baroque carvings, its paintings and murals, the blue Portuguese tiles and decorations are impressive – if a little tired. The church and sacristy have richly carved woodwork, and note above your head, all the way to the ceiling.
There is a small charge, and the tour guide is most enthusiastic. Well worth a visit.

8. Paco do Frevo

Praca Arsenal da Marinha, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50030-360, Brazil +55 81 3355 9500
Excellent
62%
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29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Paco do Frevo

Paço do Frevo is a cultural resource center that gathers actions, projects and activities to enhance, protect, promote and convey frevo, a leading national tradition, recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Paço do Frevo is a public space for the diffusion, research, leisure, formation and support of frevo's music and dance, with the goal of spreading its practice through the future generations. It's a place to contemplate, study, create and experiment. We have built a popular and democratic environment where people can meet, learn, and discover the energy and vitality of frevo, an artistic expression that aggregates both the collective momentum and personal transgression. In this renovated building that combines preservation and modernization, you will find a whirlwind of images and emotions. A state of mind. A rich, complex and dynamic system of artistic expressions, traditions and crafts related to the Pernambuco and Brazilian popular celebrations.

Reviewed By dflopes - Belem, PA

The frevo is kind a samba of Recife and that museum is a good place to know about its history. When we went there, no band playing at 3rd floor.

9. Coroa do Aviao Beach

50 km ao Norte do Recife | Itamaracá, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Coroa do Aviao Beach

Reviewed By Fabiano F - Fortaleza, CE

This beach is one of the point you have to go if you stay for a week in Recife. It is a small isle where you reach by small boats (or motor canoe). That care because water currents are strong.

10. Capela Dourada

Rua do Imperador D. Pedro II, Recife, State of Pernambuco 44927-000, Brazil +55(81) 3224-0530
Excellent
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4.5 based on 409 reviews

Capela Dourada

Reviewed By Vanessa P - Calgary, Canada

If you want to learn more about Brazil's history you must to go all churches as possible. Brazil is the largest catholic country in the world and its history is deeply intertwined with their religion. Recife has the most interesting and beautiful churches in Brazil. Old churches in Brazil can be considered as museums. The "Dourada" here means Golden as many parts of the churches were covered with real gold. A way to say that God deserved the best of the best. Showing power and rich status. Which actually goes against the roots of the religion as God preached be poor, humble and help the poor. Worth a 100% to see!

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