One day in Niterói

One day in Niterói with many attractions focused on its nature, history, culture and gastronomy.

Niterói, a municipality in the Metropolitan Region of the State of Rio de Janeiro, has a part of its coast facing the Atlantic Ocean and another to the Guanabara Bay, with a beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro reliefs. A day of walking is not enough to know everything, but it is enough to marvel at one of its main beauties.

For those who leave from Rio de Janeiro, the tour begins in the boats, for those who is not going by car. The boat leaves from Praça XV (Downtown) towards the Charitas beach (about 20 minutes of crossing).

(The points described here are not close, we recommend that you hire a car if you do not have it or taxi/uber to get around all of them.)

Parque da Cidade de Niterói (Niterói City Park)

Parque da Cidade | Foto de About Rio | Roteiro Niterói

How about to start with a delicious breakfast with one of the most beautiful views of Niteroi to the reliefs of Rio?! (For the brave, how about a Delta Wing or Parachute jump from this incredible look?)

Itacoatiara beach

Praia de Itacoatiara | Foto de Diego Drumond | Roteiro Niterói

Very sought after by surfers and non surfers, and for the trillers, from here a easy trail goes to Costão de Itacoatiara, the view is very beautiful! Worth the ride.

(If you are coming by car, prepare to waste time trying to find a place here to parking during  the weekends in the summer)

Seu Antônio Restaurant

Restaurante Seu Antônio - Foto divulgação

Always full, arrive early to avoid the queue or go prepared to spend some time enjoying the bar (which is in front) until it is called, always full but worth it.

Market São Pedro

Mercado de São Pedro | Foto de Robert Trindade

Another lunch option is fresh seafood at São Pedro Market. Although it is not a very beautiful environment nor is it in the best location of the city, São Pedro Market is almost a sacred institution in Niterói for those who like fresh seafood. It is possible to buy at great prices all kinds of fish, shrimp, lobsters and other fresh seafood in the more than 30 boxes of different fishmongers on the first floor, which receive the early morning fishermen’s stuff. And for those who like to eat, but there is not much fan of cooking, there is still the option of buying the seafood and give to one of the bars and restaurants on the second floor of the market prepare, for you to eat along with a very cold beer And snacks from the establishment. One of the most classic programs in Niterói.

Popular Theater Oscar Niemeyer

Teatro Popular | Foto de About Rio | Roteiro Niterói

Situated on the shores of Guanabara Bay, the Oscar Niemeyer Popular Theater opens the Niemeyer Way.

The Popular Theater is one of the works that integrate the Niemeyer Way, next to MAC, it forms a cultural and tourist complex of the city of Niterói designed by Oscar Niemeyer, being the largest architectonic set under construction in the Americas. In addition, Popular Theater has a program that goes beyond a theater, increasing contact with all the arts, uniting music, photography, dance, painting, leisure and theater in one place.

MAC – Museum of Contemporary Art

MAC - Museu de Arte Contemporânea | Foto de About Rio | Roteiro Niterói

With the shape similar to a cup, or a Flying Disc, designed by the architect Oscar Niemayer. In addition to the exhibits, the almost 360-degree view of Guanabara Bay and its architecture is a sight to behold.

Fortress of Santa Cruz

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz | Foto de About Rio | Roteiro Niterói

Located in front of the Vermelha Beach. It was the main defensive of the Guanabara Bay and the Rio de Janeiro port in periods of colony and Brazilian empire, defending of Dutch and French invasions. The site offers an hourly guided tour with an average time of 45 minutes.

Caneco gelado do Mário (“Mario’s ice bucket“)

Looks like dirty foot, but one of the best cod cakes in town and ice-cold beer in aluminum mugs. Located in Downtown, many consider the best Niteroi bar.


For those who enjoy a samba, with a disputed samba table. With more than 20 years of history, the Candongueiro samba wheel is considered one of the best and most traditional of Rio de Janeiro.

Information from the Niterói Road Map for one day

1. Barca Praça XV (Centro do Rio) – Praia da Charitas

Praça Quinze de Novembro, 21 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ | Daily from 5:30h until 00h. | 0800 721-10-12

2. Parque da Cidade de Niterói

Estrada da Viração – São Francisco | Daily from 9h until 18h. (Em horário de verão, fecha às 19 h)| Contato: +55 (21) 2610-3157 / 0800-282-77-55 | Gratuito

3. Praia de Itacoatiara

Note: If you go by car, arrive early to secure your place.

Cost of Itacoatiara: It is the left of who arrives on the beach. Hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. Seu Antônio Restaurant

Rua Doutor Heleno de Gregório, 312 – Cafubá, Niterói – RJ | Contact: +55 (21) 2619-6584 /

6. São Pedro Market

Rua Visconde do Rio Branco, 55, Ponta D´Areia, Niterói | +55 (21) 2620-3446 | De terça a sábado das 6h às 16h e aos domingos, das 6h às 13h

7. MAC – Museum of Contemporary Art

Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/nº. Niterói, RJ | +55 (21) 2620-2400 | Preço: R$ 10,00 (Free entrancy on wednesday)

More info here

8. Fortress of Santa Cruz

Estrada General Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Jurujuba/ Niterói – RJ |  From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10h to 17h30. (Until 7 pm in summer time) – Guided tours every hour. | +55 (21) 2710-7840 | R$ 6,00 whole and R$ 3,00 half

9. Caneco gelado do Mário

Rua Marquês de Caxias, 6 – Centro, Niterói

10. Candongueiro

Estrada Velha de Maricá, 1554 (Pendotiba)