Things to do in Centro are often overlooked by tourists, but Rio de Janeiro's downtown has plenty to offer the adventurous visitor. Granted, this is not the place to find beaches and barely-clad beauties, but the centre of Rio de Janeiro is home to some of the city's most impressive colonial architecture, as well as lively nightlife and some of the best Rio de Janeiro museums and galleries.
One of the most charming Rio de Janeiro attractions, the kooky, artistic hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa, is best visited by bonde (tram) ride from Centro. The last remaining example of what was once the main form of public transport in Rio, the bonde (pronounced bonjee), rattles over the impress Arcos da Lapa (Lapa arches) and up the cobbled streets into Santa Teresa itself.
While Santa Teresa is best explored while the sun shines, Centro is awash (pardon the pun) with good rainy day options, such as the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, which hosts some impressive visiting exhibitions.
While the business heart of Centro is quiet after dark and at weekends, this is when the party district of Lapa comes alive, and is the focal point for many visitors' most memorable nights out in Rio.
While things to do in Centro are plentiful, don't head here on Sundays, when the streets are dangerously quiet, and most shops and attractions are closed.
Ladeira de Santa Teresa
Rio's artiest neighborhood...
Rua Professor Lélio Gama, 65
Rio's last remaining street car...
Escadaria do Convento de Santa Teresa
Hip hop-endorsed ceramics...
Rua dos Arcos
Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, Centro
The best place to visit when it rains!...
Rua do Lavradio
Step Back in Time...
Rua do Lavradio
Shop to the sound of samba...
241 Avenida Rio Branco
A Multi-Purpose Space...
R. do Lavrádio - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20230-070, Brazil
Ladeira de Santa Teresa, 52
Founded by the Carmelites...