Recife is not only one of the main culinary centers in the Northeast Region of Brazil, but also an important center for culture, leisure activities, and services. Whether they prefer savory dishes or desserts, tourists cannot resist the local cuisine in the capital city of Pernambuco.

There are  several different local dishes for tourists to try along the coast of Pernambuco, such as seafood dishes and the traditional goat meat. Many recipes influenced by Portuguese, African, and Indigenous cultures have been adapted to include local ingredients. 

Local cuisine is a unique combination of colors, smells, and flavors. Some classic dishes commonly found in local restaurants include Peixada Pernambucana (a fish stew prepared with bell peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and spices), Galinha à Cabidela (a chicken stew that uses chicken blood and vinegar in the preparation of its brown sauce), and Arrumadinho (a combination of chopped sun-dried beef, a diced and mixed vegetable vinaigrette, black-eyed peas, and a toasted cassava flour mixture called farofa). 

Peixada Pernambucana, prepared with cooked fish, pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes and seasonings

A traditional local cake called Guava Cake Roll (Bolo de Rolo) must be added to the list of items to try in your culinary tour of Recife. It consists of several thin sheets of cake roll filled with a melted guava paste filling, or guava jam, over which granulated sugar is sprinkled. It is simply impossible to have only one slice! 

Another typical local dish is called tapioca. It’s a tortilla-like flatbread made with cassava starch, similar to a crepe, that can have any kind of filling you can think of, whether it is sweet or savory. It is so significant to local culture that it was inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Olinda (a city only 10 km from Recife) by the Olinda Historic Preservation Council. It is definitely something that visitors need to try. 

With its rich local cuisine and varied flavors, the city of Recife will provide tourists with the opportunity to enjoy the best Northeastern dishes in the country. 

By Plane
+55 (81) 3322-4188
The International Airport of Recife receives domestic flights from most Brazilian capitals, as well as international flights.

By Bus
+55 (81) 3207-1088
Recife’s Bus Terminal is the largest in the state of Pernambuco, and operates 300 daily arrivals and departures from various interstate and national bus routes.

By Bus
The Integrated Transport System in Recife is a network that comprises bus lines and the subway. There are a total of ten companies in the system, and they are responsible for 185 lines that serve 14 municipalities in Recife’s Metropolitan Region. 

On Foot
The Recife waterfront is an extensive area that is the perfect place to take a walk, especially on the Boa Viagem Promenade. 

By Subway
The subway in Recife has 28 stations currently in operation, covering a total of approximately 50 km. Take a look at the subway map.  

Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car. 

Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city of Recife.

Useful Numbers

Tourist Police:
+55 (81) 3322-4867 
Tourist Help Center 24 Hours:
+55 (81) 3182-8299
Tourist Information Center – Airport:
+55 (81) 3182-8299

Military Police: 190
Paramedics: 192
Fire Department: 193

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Local Weather

The weather in Recife is hot and humid. The rainy season occurs from June to August, but there is plenty of sunshine during the rest of the year. The average temperature is between 26°C and 28°C.