The best places to eat and drink in the city are out of the centre, at Mundau lagoon and Pajucara beach. From Praca dos Martirios you can take a taxi, or a local bus marked "Mundau" or "Ponta da Barra", for the short ride to
, where you can have a
to accompany the routinely spectacular sunset. There are simple but excellent
here, too, selling fish and shrimp, and the early evening is a good time to watch prawn fishermen at work on punts in the lagoon, their silhouetted figures throwing out nets against the sunset.
, you'll find a series of
built around thatched emplacements -
- at intervals along the beach. They mix excellent
and serve cheaper food than you're likely to find in the seafront restaurants on the other side of the road, all much of a muchness. Seafood is, naturally, best: the
sopa de ostra
manages to get more oysters into a single dish than most gringos see in a lifetime; they're so common, you can even get an oyster omelette. Of the
at the northern end of Praia de Pajucara at Av. Robert Kennedy 1911, is probably the best place in town for steaks, but it's not cheap. Slightly more expensive again, the sophisticated French restaurant
on the same street at no. 2167, is well known for its salmon dishes. The Chinese restaurant
churrascaria Recanto do Picui
are both reasonable options and lie opposite each other on block 15 of Rua Jangadeiros Alagoanos.
There are two main
in Maceio. Liveliest is
Rua Sa e Albuquerque 588, Jaragua (open Thurs-Sat), with lots of samba, Brazilian DJs and a sushi bar.
at Antonio Gomes de Barros 66, Jatiuca, also has a large dance floor, as well as reasonably good live bands playing
and some tourist dance shows. The Fundacao Teatro Deodoro sometimes presents spectacular dance performances; check the cultural listings in the
Tribuna de Alagoas
newspaper or call 082/327-2727 for information.
Other useful information
for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):