Itinerary trought Rio de Janeiro’s Port Region, including the districts of Saúde, Gamboa and Santo Cristo.
This nickname was given by sambista Heitor dos Prazeres (1898-1966) to Rio de Janeiro’s Port Region, including the districts of Saúde, Gamboa and Santo Cristo. Occupied by a predominantly black population, the region was recently labeled by London’s TimeOut magazine as one of the coolest places in the world, with charming bars and fascinating spots such as Cais do Valongo, Cemitério dos Pretos Novos and Pedra do Sal, whose history is intimately connected to the transatlantic slave trade, the African diaspora and the birth of samba. The hill and slum of Providência, which was the first favela in Rio de Janeiro, are also located here. Little Africa is more than a collection of monuments; it is a living area where tourists may experience true Afro-Brazilian music, history, culture, and cuisine.
Little Africa is sustained by the intangible cultural legacy left by the Afro-Brazilian population that inhabits its land. This group of people keep on preserving samba culture, religions of African origin, food, handicrafts and other popular expressions associated with the African diaspora. Participate in this adventure and support sustainable community tourism!
Cais do Valongo was the primary port of arrival for African slaves in the Americas. It operated from 1811 until 1831, the year when transatlantic slave trade was forbidden. During this time, around one million individuals were sold and transported to other regions of the country after arriving at Valongo. The site was discovered in 2011 during archaeological excavations conducted as part of the “Porto Maravilha” project. In 2017, UNESCO recognized Valongo as “the most significant physical evidence related to the historical arrival of enslaved Africans on the American continent” and added it to the list of global cultural heritage sites. According to UNESCO, the site illustrates one of the most heinous crimes in human history – the slavery of hundreds of thousands of people, which resulted in the world’s biggest forced migration.” Address: Avenida Barão de Tefé – Praça Jornal do Comércio
Pedra do Sal is an Afro-Brazilian religious and historical landmark. Since the 18th century, the salt-producing area has been extensively populated by African-Americans. During the 19th and 20th centuries, it was home to delicacies, the “Bahian aunts,” stevedores, capoeiras, and laborers who performed other essential municipal functions. The earliest candomblé terreiros, samba schools, and carnival ranches were all established in the region. Pedra do Sal is now known as an urban quilombo, a site of resistance and a cultural reference in the country, where public events and festivals are held. The weekly samba circles that happen there Monday through Friday are particularly popular. Address: Rua Argemiro Bulcão.
Largo da Prainha is located on Rua Sacadura Cabral, near the edge of Morro da Conceicao. Prior to the development of Rio de Janeiro’s port, there was a little beach that extended itself to what is now Praca Mauá. Due to the region’s repeated use of landfills, the beach vanished. Largo was named after the Jesuit baroque-style church of São Francisco da Prainha, which was constructed in 1696. In the middle of Praca da Prainha lies a monument honoring Mercedes Baptista, the first black ballerina to join the regular ballet company at Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Theater. Mercedes developed the Ballet Folclórico that bears her name, a global promoter of terreiro performances and a model of the anti-racist fight in the cultural realm. The area and its surroundings contain several pubs and restaurants, as well as a vibrant day and nightlife. Address: Rua Sacadura Cabral.
The Pretos Novos Cemetery was the last resting place for Africans who had recently arrived at Valongo but were unable to survive the treacherous passage and died before being sold. The archeological site was found in 1996 during renovations that were being made to the Guimares family house, which was located on the current Rua Pedro Ernesto. The site comprises the bones of a young African lady who was transported and other enslaved Africans, as well as artifacts from the 19th century. This piece of history is preserved by the Pretos Novos Research and Memory Institute (IPN), which also promotes art exhibitions, seminars, cultural workshops and guided tours of Little Africa. Address: Rua Pedro Ernesto, 32 (www.pretosnovos.com.br). Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (online scheduling).
05_ MUHCAB | Museu da História e da Cultura Afro-brasileira (public museum)
The Museum of Afro-Brazilian History and Culture, located in the historic building of the former Colégio José Bonifácio, has a collection of approximately 2,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works by contemporary plastic artists, that are related to the territory of Little Africa. Address: Rua Pedro Ernesto, 80 (www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/muhcab). Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
06_ Casa da Tia Ciata (memorial museum and cultural center)
Casa da Tia Ciata is a cultural facility devoted to preserving the legacy of Hilária Batista de Almeida, Tia Ciata, the samba matriarch. It hosts a permanent exhibition about her life and the tourist circuit “The Ways of Tia Ciata – Matriarch of Samba,” – a guided tour that leads you through the main spots in Little Africa linked to the birth of samba in Rio de Janeiro (it’s an ancestral immersion that takes place at a path surrounded by traditions, accomplishments, religion and samba. In addition to offering tasty beans in a calabash, they also provide workshops and capoeira, drumming and Afro dance lessons. Address: Rua Camerino, 5 (www.tiaciata.org.br). Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To schedule a visit, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cena Portuária. Theatrical performances in public areas at Little Africa. (@cenaportuaria)
Casa da Árvore (book store). Rua Argemiro Bulcão, 51 (na Casa Omolokum) (@livrariacasadaarvore)
Blocos carnavalescos e associações musicais:
Armazém Cultural da Artes (@armazemculturaldasartes)
Conectando Territórios (@conectandoterritorios)
17_QUITUTES DA LUZ
Rua do Jogo da Bola, 117. Morro da Conceição. Friday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm. https://www.instagram.com/quitutesdaluz/
Rua Argemiro Bulcão, 51. Saúde. Friday to Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. https://www.instagram.com/casaomolokum/
Rua São Francisco da Prainha, 04 Sobreloja. Saúde. Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm. https://www.instagram.com/casaomolokum/
Beco João Inácio, 04. Saúde. Friday to Sunday from 12pm às 10pm. https://www.instagram.com/tendinha.co/
21_BAFO DA PRAINHA
Rua São Francisco da Prainha, 15. Saúde. Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm.. https://www.instagram.com/bafodaprainha/
22_ANGU DO GOMES
Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, 03. Saúde. Monday to Friday from 11am to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm. https://www.instagram.com/angudogomes/
Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, 17. Saúde. Everyday from 11am to 10pm. https://www.instagram.com/comezinho_bar/
24_PEQUENO MUSEO CARIOCA
Rua São Francisco da Prainha, 19. Saúde. Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm.
25_GRATTO RESTAURANTE E BAR
Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, 23. Saúde. Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 10pm.
26_ARMAZÉM ZERO 4
Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, 04 Lj B. Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 10pm.
27_BAR DA DULCE
Rua São Francisco da Prainha, 4 Lj A. Saúde. Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 10pm. https://www.instagram.com/_bardadulce/
28_SAKODE NA CHAPA
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 81 Lj A. Saúde. Monday to Friday from 12pm to 7pm. https://www.instagram.com/sakodenachapa/
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 97. Saúde. Monday to Friday from 11am to 10pm. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 11am to 5pm. https://www.instagram.com/gracioso_bar/
30_DA PEDRA BAR E RESTAURANTE
Rua Argemiro Bulcão, 33. Saúde. Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 11pm. https://www.instagram.com/dapedrabarerestaurante/
Ladeira João Homem, 13. Morro da Conceição. Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. https://www.instagram.com/gggourmetpequenaafrica/
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 10 Lj E. Saúde. Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 9pm. https://www.instagram.com/tendanomade/
33_MARAVILHA DA PRAÇA
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 53. Saúde. Everyday from 11am to 11pm.https://www.instagram.com/maravilha_da_praca/
34_KALESA BAR LINDY’S LANCHES
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 61. Saúde. Everyday from 11am to 12am.
35_RECANTO DOS SABORES
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 71 Lj B. Saúde. Everyday from 11am to 8pm. Thursday to Sunday 11am to 10pm. https://www.instagram.com/recantodossabores.rj/
Rua do Propósito 43 esq c/ Rua Leoncio de Albuquerque. Gamboa. Monday to Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
37_MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES
Rua Pedro Ernesto, 89. Gamboa. Thursday to Saturday from 6:30pm to 1pm. https://www.instagram.com/msdeltarj/
38_BAR DA JURA
Final da Ladeira do Barroso, no Mirante do Teleférico. Morro da Providência. https://www.instagram.com/bardajuraa/