Praça XV de Novembro, 48
20010-010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 21 2533 4491 / +55 21 2533 7762
NileGuide Expert tip:
Rio's lack of public toilets is a major bugbear for many visitors – as there's no entrance fee to the Paço Imperial, it's worth knowing that the building boasts clean toilets that can be used free of charge.
It may look unassuming, but this pretty whitewashed building was the site of many an important political happening during Portuguese rule. Built in 1973 as the seat of the Portuguese government, the former palace building was the spot in which Portuguese king w Dom João VI established his court in 1808; where his son Dom Pedro V publically refused to return to Portugal in 1822; and where Princess Isabel announced the abolition of slavery in 1888. Today, the cool whitewashed walls house a bistro serving delicious, fresh light lunches and good wines, as well as a small cultural centre that doubles as a book and CD store.