Pedra do Sal, Rio de Janeiro

(4.4/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Step into the heart of Rio's Little Africa at Pedra do Sal, a vibrant quarter for socializing, music, and street parties. With regular live samba performances, the area offers a historic setting to enjoy music and dance for fans of samba and choro. Various musicians and artists perform in the open-air space centered on a tiny plaza. Originally a quilombo village, the neighborhood grew around an old slave market and many of its residents are descendants of freed slaves. Before you head to Rio de Janeiro, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rio de Janeiro tour planner, to make sure you see all that Rio de Janeiro has to offer, including Pedra do Sal.
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  • I am 54 years old, am no longer age of long standing, and this place is that: an open, small space where musicians play samba and locals (and tourists) come together to listen to music and drink great beer. It is worth visiting the place, which is full every Monday and Friday nights. Fortunately, 1 block from the stone is the long São Francisco da Prainha, bordered of botecos tables on the sidewalk and in the long ("plaza dry or without trees" in Portuguese culture), for which they have to sit at a table to eat and drink.
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  • A place full of history, of particular importance to black culture and for lovers of samba and choro. It's worth knowing, and keep an eye on the agenda of the rodas de samba.
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  • Meeting point of those who enjoy a good samba and root who likes simplicity. The place has your cultural history worth researched and studied.
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  • This place is cool. You can have cheap drinks and good Brazilian music in the streets. It's not a fancy place but you can have lots of fun without having to spend much money. The bad thing about it is that it can be a little bit dangerous. But since you keep an eye in your purse, it's fine.
  • Quite frankly one of the best atmospheres in Rio. Go there on a Monday or Friday and be prepared to dance your socks off to great live samba till late at night.
  • Great historic spot with live music and unique atmosphere. The samba band plays on Fridays and Mondays, starting at about 7.30pm. (Not sure what exactly happens on other nights of the week though). Gets very busy so I recommend arriving before 8pm to get a good spot on the rock overlooking the action. Plenty of vendors selling drinks and street food. Also, a couple of very cosy looking restaurants serving hot meals next door on Largo Sao Fransisco da Prainha. Lots of taxis outside on the main road to take you home. Highly recommended!
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  • Great place for an informal party scene with samba jams on Monday and Friday nights from 2000 hrs.