The 10 Best Things to Do in Sao Luis, Brazil

August 21, 2017 Hector Krause

São Luís (Brazilian Portuguese: [sɐ̃w luˈis], Saint Louis) is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. The city is located on Ilha de São Luís (Saint Louis' Island) in the Baía de São Marcos (Saint Mark's Bay), an extension of the Atlantic Ocean which forms the estuary of Pindaré, Mearim, Itapecuru and other rivers. Its coordinates are 2.53° south, 44.30° west. The city proper has a population of some 1,082,935 people (2016 IBGE estimate). The metropolitan area totals 1,605,305, ranked as the 15th largest in Brazil.
Restaurants in Sao Luis

1. Teatro Arthur Azevedo

Rua do Sol 180, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65020-590, Brazil 9832189900
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 977 reviews

Teatro Arthur Azevedo

Reviewed By AlexandreBorges - Brazil

It is said to be the second eldest in Brazil, opened in 1817. It's a nice looking theater on the inside, but it could be taken care of way better. It receives monthly a good comedy or play, but it is up to a schedule to be verified at your hotel.
Take care with streets surrounding the Theater for petty theft.

2. Se Church

Avenida Pedro II s/n | Centro, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65010-450, Brazil 98-3222-7380
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Se Church

Reviewed By DingoPaint - Arvada, Colorado

This church is beautifully poised in the center of the government square in the old part of Sao Luis. It's worth popping your head in and seeing the ornate and beautiful trimmings.

3. Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church

Praca Goncalves Dias, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65020-240, Brazil 9832216584
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church

Reviewed By AlexandreBorges - Brazil

Church is not special, but across the street you have one of the best views in town. Niemeyer monument also downstairs.

4. Palacio dos Leoes

Avenida Pedro II s/n, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65010-910, Brazil 98-3232-9784
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Palacio dos Leoes

Reviewed By Tatesoca - Campinas, SP

The Palace is really beautiful, seated by the bay. The sunset is the best time for pictures cause the waters at the bay are golden. I recommend the free guided visit: it lasts about 30min and it's totally worth it. The tour guide was really competent and kind and the rooms and furniture are really exquisite. The visits start at 3pm on weekends.

5. Palacio Daniel de La Touche

Sao Luis, State of Maranhao, Brazil
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Palacio Daniel de La Touche

Reviewed By wilsonsjr - Sao Luis, MA

It is such a quite majestic palace, but not luxourious. Anyway, it plays important role in the city history and is charming. The background views (Atlantic Ocean, Saint Marcos Bay, parts of the city itself, the garden behind the bulding and some other old constructions around) make it a gorgeous place for photos.

6. Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao

Rua do Sol 302, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65020-590, Brazil (98) 3218-9922
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 409 reviews

Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao

Reviewed By Rod_Lavrador - Sao Paulo, SP

We spent 1,5 hours inside and didn´t get very excited. They got some interesting stuffs from colonization time, but this kind of places do need good guides to make you feel the history on your skin. Unfortunately, that was not my case.. the guide was slow and didn´t pass the emotion through her speech.
You pay R$ 10,00 or R$ 5,00 if you´re a senior or student from community school.

7. Praca Goncalves Dias

Rua dos Remedios | Bairro Alto dos Remédios, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65020-490, Brazil
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 263 reviews

Praca Goncalves Dias

Reviewed By Íris A - Sao Luis, MA

I am from São Luís and this public square is one of the best spots in the city to take pictures and have a beautiful view, specially on the sunset. It is right next to the Igreja dos Remédios (a church).

8. Sao Luis Shopping

Avenida Professor Carlos Cunha 1000 | Jaracati, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65076-907, Brazil +55 98 3313 3760
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 692 reviews

Sao Luis Shopping

Reviewed By Mohamed S - Coimbatore, India

Good shopping mall.. so many collections of clothes .. ornaments .. and a nice food court.. not much brand u will find.. price is affordable for normal public ..

9. Cultural Center Domingos Vieira Filho

Travessa do Giz n 221 | Praia Grande, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65080-180, Brazil
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Cultural Center Domingos Vieira Filho

Reviewed By Sambajammer - Sao Luis, MA

Housed in a big colonial building with a large exhibit of the regalia and drums associated with the Afro-Brazilian religions found in Maranhāo. There are no signs to read so it you do not take the tour it is a quick run through three floors of costumes and drums. However, I took the tour which lasted an hour, and a very well informed young woman led me through each room explaining what I was looking at. She did not speak anything other than Portuguese however, so limited use for most people traveling in the area from outside Brazil.

10. Valparaiso Acqua Park

Estrada da Pindoba, 03 | São Luís, Sao Luis, State of Maranhao 65130-000, Brazil +55 98 3265-0217
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 762 reviews

Valparaiso Acqua Park

The Valparaiso Acqua Park was founded in August 2009, from the expansion of Valparaiso Tourist Complex, which was founded in 2006. Aimed to meet the local public and tourists, the complex has several pools and dozens of attractions for all ages and public. It also has many gastronomic environments and restaurant that serves typical foods. Customers can have free access to the restaurant or get tickets to access the water park.

Reviewed By Ivan O

They offer a good price during the week (R$20), when the ticket is less than half the prize. The only problem for adults is the more radical attractions are on maintenance or open for just a few hours on week days (the park is closed...MoreHi! Thank you. We hope to see you soon again.

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