Arco do Teles
Praça XV de Novembro
20010-010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NileGuide Expert tip:
While the restaurants, bars and shops are buzzing with activity during the week, many are closed on weekends. Head here around 5pm on a weekday to enjoy the lively post-work 'happy hour'.
Linking Rio's port with Centro's bustling shopping streets, this 17th Century archway leads to a wealth of hidden charms. Head through the arch and you'll find the Travessa do Comércio and Beco do Teles – historic alleyways, closed to traffic and flanked by handsome colonial buildings that now house restaurants and bars. With tables and chairs on the flagstones and ornate lanterns hanging overhead, this is one of the most pleasant spots in the city centre to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. The alleyways are also home to several good book/record stores and small galleries.