Rua Francisco Machado De, Souza 1135 Paulas, SAO F
Good for: Business
Portela, located by the waterfront, is an excellent place for famished stomachs. The buffet spread for lunch and dinner is sumptous - it has poultry, fish, vegetables, continental dishes, an excellent salad spread and finger-licking desserts - a different one every day.
The service is good, waiters courteous (they ache to tell you more about their town - you just need to nudge them!) and helpful. For less than 20 Reias (8 USD), you could fill your tummy to satisfaction.
Don't miss the "interesting" scene that unfolds t 2pm whenever the cruise ships departs from the harbour!
Favorite Dish: The Buffet spread... all the dishes, but can't remember - there was rice and beans, baked potatoes au gratin....
This pic is of a boy in a remote part of Sao Chico making a some sugar cane juice, or caldo de cana. Sweet to the back of the throat... you won't be able to have just one. Be sure to ask for lemon with your caldo de cana.
For good nightlife, head to either Sambaquis or Enseada - not much going on in the distrito historico.
Dress Code: Casual. Hawaiianas mandatory.
This is the old fisherman's market right down on the waterfront. Good for a wander and some small items and fruit. They also have bathrooms that empty into the sea!
You can see this on the sides of the roads for sale during season. Stop and buy some. Very sweet. Try it!
This place is tempting because of sexy advertisting and proximity to the city centre, but be warmed! Bat vibes here bordering on haunting!
Unique Suggestions: Naw you didn't - don't even try it.
Fun Alternatives: Try Pousada da Ilha on the other side of the island.
There is a rock formation called Sambaquis that you will find places in the granite where native Brasilians once ground corn or some other staple in the rocks. You have to scramble up some rocks to get to this place, but it is worth it. You may find some locals doing a bit of fishing off the granite as well.