There are several beaches within the greater Niteroi area. Those that are along the Guanabara Bay may look nice, but the waters are not recommended by most people for swimming.If you want to do more than just sun bathe, you must either go to Ipanema or Copacabana on the Rio side of the bay, or go another 30~40 minutes to the Atlantic Coast.Most of...more
The beaches in Icarai and São Francisco are rather inviting. The water gently laps on the sand and the sun warms the skin. The sand is clean (typically), since they do clean it with machines early in the mornings.Most people will come early in the morning, between 6am and noon. And then they will return again after 4pm until the sun sets. Lots of...more
The Comtemporary Art Museum is the most famous landmark in the city!!! It is also one of the last Oscar Niemeyer's criation, the same one who projected our capital Brasilia!!!Regular tours when they have Niteroi for visit always go there and stay there!!! Which is not far for this lovely city with full of other more interesting things!!!Under the...more
Poised like a spaceship on the edge of a cliff, Oscar Niemeyer's extraordinary museum (completed in 1996) forms an attractive new landmark for Niterói. The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói - MAC (Niterói Contemporary Art Museum) occupies a rocky promontory of breathtaking views of Rio. Given the alien quality of Rio's landscape, it seems...more
If you find yourself at this restaurant, you may very well be the only non-Brazilian there. That is parially due to the fact that it is located down a nondescript residential street, in an unassuming neighborhood. And it is due to the fact that it does not advertise to the general tourists, but rather it is a local's only place.It is open ~11:30am...more
Simply put, the best food in Niteroi. Granted, it is a bit more expensive, but the traditional Portuguese cuisine here holds true to the traditions and cultural heritage of the area.One of the dining rooms has many old family photos of the owners when they were young and opening the restaurant. Now grey haired and wrinkled, they still present the...more
The small neighborhood of Jurujuba in Niteroi is a fishing village. It is at the the end of the road, at the other side of the small bay, therefore it is quiet, a bit secluded and offers a nice view of Niteroi/Icarai on the opposite side.There are a couple restaurants here, but Berbigao is my favorite. The interior is nothing fancy, but the staff...more
The market sells fish on the lower level and has restaurants on the upper levels. For a small fee, you can buy the fresh catch below and have them prepare it upstairs along with side dishes, salads, etc.Even if you don't want to dine-in, the market sells the freshest and cheapest fish and seafood in town. Even without a meal in mind, it is a worth...more
This little gelato shop has lured me in almost every time I've walked by. The price might be a couple Reil more than other ice cream shops, but honestly, the gelato here is well worth it. Rich and creamy with real chunks of whatever flavor you choose.It is located just off of Rua Coronel Moreira Cézar, which is one of the main walking streets with...more
Da Carmine's is a good little Italian restaurant. Inside, with the exception of the Portuguese being spoken, you'd almost forget that you are in Brazil.The ambiance it nice and sometimes they have live (soft) music, like a harp or guitar.The restaurant is casual, but could also be slightly romantic if you wanted to be. The staff and the menu are...more
While it may be located in a bit more low cost part of town, it is close to the UFF (university), so there are always people around except when it is raining.The area locally known as "Cantareira" is a small square plaza with a number of restaurants and bars on all sides. For example on Tuesdays, one has live samba music. On Fridays, others have...more
Bar do Turco is truly a local Niteroi bar. Even many people in Niteroi don't know it exists, or know where it is. It is on a quiet residential street, tucked between a couple quiet homes.But for those that know about it, it is a favorite spot. And those that know and enjoy music keep coming back for more.The bar is open until 2 or 3am depending on...more
While Icarai (or Niteroi in general) tends to be a bit expensive, this bar is no different. The general prices are a little more than normal, but what you are paying for is the best beer selection and knowledge in the city. The Emporio regularly has more than 200 beers available from all over the world. This is a rarity in Brazil, particularly...more
There are lots of shopping centers and department type stores in Niteroi. However, if do not need furniture or top of the line items, the small stores and street stands in the Central City Market may have exactly what you need. The market spans a couple square blocks.
What to buy: There are cheap clothes, bags, shoes, electronics, antiques, etc. Basically, think of it as a Chinatown market.
What to pay: Prices are low, but they are all posted so there is no haggling or special prices.
Niteroi is not really a tourist destination because the city does not know about it. Because if they realize the treasures Niteroi has in hand...Niteroi would be the NUMBER TWO destination in the State of Rio.The coast line is huge...either at the Bay Side and also in the Ocean Side..so it is natural to have some big fishermen villages, and the...more
Niteroi central can be a bit dodgy and sketchy, particularly at night. Single women should avoid going out alone and should take a taxi/bus.
Even men should be cautioned late at night. If the locals tell me, a 6ft tall 220lb guy without a watch on my wrist or anything in my pockets, that I should not walk in certain areas at night, I tend to listen.
Icarai on the other hand is much safer. There are a few homeless on the streets at night, but one of the unwritten agreements for why they are allowed to stay is because they do not harass anyone.
Regardless of where you are, women are safer in larger numbers. Avoid wearing or carrying anything that would invite unwanted attention.
About 6 miles (10km) south of Niteroi/Icarai, is the Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra.When the Portuguese came to Brazil in the 1500's this location was used as a prime defensive post along with a couple other key fortified sites. It was active in the Dutch Invasion of the 17th century and the French Invasion of the 18th century. This site was...more
Camboinhas is one of the ocean beaches of Niteroi, lots of big houses in the area but the beach is gorgeous.Very clean water, green and relaxing sea....It is easier to reach by car because no bus get to the neighborhood...I usually go there with my friends.It is great to go in the weekends..the food in every quiosk stand is simply marvelous....more
Depending on your fitness levels, it may take between 20 minutes to 1 hour to climb up to the top of the mountain on the east end of Itacoataira beach. The top is about 525ft / 160m elevation.
It is a steep, but rather short hike. But the views are worth it. The sun can be quite strong, so take your conditions into account and bring water or avoid the middle of the day as you see fit. The trail is open daily from 8am~5pm, cost is free.
Equipment: Good shoes are required since the climb can be steep in sections with nothing but bare rock.
Water and sun screen are recommended.
Parque da Cidade is one of the best places in Rio's area where you can understand more about the city from ANOTHER CITY...Niteroi is so close to Rio that you can see all over, all the mountains, all the beaches and some islands!The sunset is a real playground for photographers!I took this one and way much more!more
There is a viewpoint in the Bayside of Niteroi that no one knows, but it has such a fantastic SUNSET SPOT!!People say that BEST SUNSET in rio should be from the Sugar Loaf or at the Arpoador....NO NO NO...You will have to cross the bay and see the sunset from this lovely place called Parque da Cidade!To get there, you should head to a beach called...more