Salvador in 5 stops
Short and immersive tours to get to know the city your way
Today you decided to go to the Historic Center of Salvador. You want to walk around, take pictures in all the colorful doors you can find, visit a Church that was the setting for a movie, have lunch outdoors, shop, have coffee watching the sunset and end the day in a very charming bistro. The Santo Antônio Além do Carmo neighborhood has this vibe: an effervescence where anything can happen, but at the same time the atmosphere of a country town, where everyone knows each other.
Visit Salvador da Bahia has gathered here a list of tips in a complete itinerary that takes place on a single street in this beloved neighborhood, with five stops – so you can go slowly and check your tourist wish list in Salvador. This article is part of a series of itineraries with lists of short walks with a beginning, middle and end, indicating museums, churches, bars, restaurants, cafes, etc.
The idea is for you to get to know the city your way, in your own time, with little commuting between one stop and another, mostly on foot. You will get to know Salvador intensely with us! Let’s go for the second part of this tour.
Also check the “Quick Tour: Cidade Alta x Cidade Baixa” and “Quick Tour: Ribeira”. They are great!
1. Church of Passo
Theoretically located where “Pelourinho and Carmo meet”, Igreja do Passo became known worldwide after having the access stairs as the main setting of the film “O Pagador de Promessas”, recorded in 1962. The drama written and directed by Anselmo Duarte is based on the homonymous play by Dias Gomes.
The tower, with a panoramic view of the Historic Center and where the building’s bells are located, is open to the public. From there you can see, among many other things, the Lacerda Elevator, Largo Terreiro de Jesus, the Jorge Amado Foundation, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People, a large part of Baixa dos Sapateiros, the churches of Carmo, Boqueirão and Santo Antônio, in addition to a broad view of the All Saints bay. The sunset seen from there is something really blessed.
Church of the Blessed Sacrament of Passos
Address: Rua do Passo, Nº 52A, Santo Antônio Além do Carmo, Salvador – Bahia. 40301-408.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Visits to the Church during office hours: R$ 5.00 per person
Guided tour of the bell tower with panoramic view from the windows: R$ 5.00 per person.
Information about Masses by phone: (71) 3241-6297
2. Lunch at Cana & Café
This is a warm tip! This is the brand new restaurant in Carmo, which, in addition to indoor tables, also has tables on the street – which is very characteristic of this neighborhood. Take the opportunity to hydrate and have a mouthful, because a good tour includes the local gastronomy.
As their Instagram bio describes it, it’s a place of “cold beer, inspired cocktails and irreverent food”. To eat, the “baião de dois” has already become one of the local classics. To drink, try one of the handmade sodas in watermelon, ginger, cashew or lemon flavors. To top it off, the soundtrack is great. But, don’t forget: for the coffee, we’ll take you to another nice place.
3. Coffee and Sunset
Located in a charming little house, Cafélier is a bistro-café-sweet store with a beautiful sunset overlooking the All Saints Bay.
Decorated with antique objects, it is ideal for enjoying a coffee with sweets or for a chat with cold beers and snacks. Both the view and the photo are worth it!
Address: R. do Carmo, 50 – Santo Antônio, Salvador – BA, Brazil
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reservations through Whatsapp: 71 99914-1270
4. A good souvenir
It’s shopping time! One of the coolest places in the neighborhood is Casa Boqueirão, a design and art house with a varied mix of products, visual arts, accessories, fashion and fine art framing and printing services. There, you will find prints, shirts, backpacks, sculptures, paintings, handmade accessories such as glasses and jewelry, as well as carefully chosen decoration pieces.
Address: Rua Direita do Santo Antônio, 56 – Boqueirão.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, from 2 pm to 7 pm.
5. It’s time for a drink
End the day at Antique Bistro. There are so many cool environments that you’ll feel like coming back again to have this experience one more time, in addition to watching the sunset from there, which is another must-see. It has a lounge with an American Bar, caves and balconies overlooking the All Saints Bay.
At this time of the tour, if you are already hungry, our tip is the sausage with wine, made with sausage (200g) in a reduction of red wine with artisan bread. And this is definitely the perfect time for a drink. Try “I love you”, made with gin, berries, Sicilian lemon, spices and tonic; or “Gabriela”, with gin, tangerine juice, clove and cinnamon syrup and tonic; or even “Maria Quitéria”, with gin, pitaya, Sicilian lemon, basil, spices and tonic.
Address: Rua do Carmo, 6 – Santo Antônio Além do Carmo, Salvador – BA, 40301-380
Opening hours: Wednesdays, from 4 pm to 8:30 pm. From Thursday to Saturday: from 1pm to 8pm. Sundays: from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.Instagram: @antiquebistro_
Attention to the protocols:
You can go out on the street now, but safety protocols against COVID-19 must be maintained
The city of Bahia started the green phase of the “Plan Salvador” to resume economic activities on July 23, 2021. Remember that the use of a face mask and 70º alcohol gel is still necessary to avoid contamination by Covid-19. You can only remove the mask when eating or drinking. If you are going to walk around the place, wear the mask.
Igreja do Santíssimo Sacramento do Passo. Santo Antônio Além do Carmo. Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.