Salvador is a city in the Brazilian state of Bahia, and a place in Brazil that you absolutely need to visit.

On Brazil’s Atlantic coast, Salvador is home to a unique Afro-Brazilian culture that literally exists here, and nowhere else in the world.

In this article, I want to give you some ideas about a few of the things you could do here, and share (a lot) of the wonderful things that you need to eat in Salvador.

Full Salvador video guide

(Watch the full street food tour of Salvador in the video above, or watch it on YouTube here)

You Should Visit Bahia

In this article, I will share all the details you need to create a massive and delicious One-Day Itinerary in Salvador.

You will find restaurant information, map locations, details, and photos, everything you’ll need to explore Salvador.

A historic city of Brazil, this is a place that deserves a visit
Salvador is the Capital city of Bahia, in North-East Brazil

An Overview of This Article

There’s so much to do in Salvador, this might even be a two-day exploration for some.

Therefore, you might also try learning about Salvador in the order I’ve listed below (the two groups of places include things that are physically near to each other).

Part 1

Start your day with a visit the Sao Joaquim Market (many local fruits and snacks to eat there) and then stop at a beautiful, quiet beach to visit a gorgeous example of the city’s history (some say the Solar do Unhão is the most beautiful spot in all of Salvador).

Be sure to check out the 5 Best Foods of Salvador (final section of this article) and order a few of them for breakfast today, and a few others for your lunch.

Continue just 1 km north along the bay to visit the Mercado Modelo, a good place for buying souvenirs, and some delicious local food. Next, take the famous Lacerda elevator to the Upper City, walk towards Pelourinho (classic architecture and cobbled streets), and practice Capoeira with some professional performers on the way (North-East Brazil’s unique martial art).

Part 2

Circle around the historic morning streets of Salvador town to enjoy the morning air (visit Pelourinho), and have a coffee while you enjoy some truly lovely views of Portuguese-style architecture, looking out over the bay’s beautiful blue water.

Take a short walk from the Lacerda elevator over to see a street-performance of Olodum (the amazing local drum culture), all the while stopping off for snacks along the way.

Finally, learn which restaurants to visit, and what to order when you’re there, using our list of the 5 Best Foods in Salvador.

We absolutely loved our time with the people of Salvador, this town has a great atmosphere, absolutely incredible local food, and I’m sure you’ll love it too.

Note: While we did this self-guided tour of Salvador in one amazing and ultimate day, it would be just as enjoyable to break this into two days (which would actually give you more time to eat at all those restaurants you want to visit as well).

Buy some local fruit, and maybe even learn about some fruits you have never had before
Wonderfully bright displays of fruit in the São Joaquim market

Your Day Begins in Salvador

You’re waking up to a full day of exploring Salvador, and in this case, I’m slightly jealous of you already.

730AM – There’s no single part of a city that will give you such a multi-sensory, educational (and delicious) introduction to a new place, wherever you are in the world.

I always enjoy starting any city tour with a visit to a fresh market. In my experience, visiting a local fresh market is definitely one of the best ways to quickly get to know a place.

In Salvador, São Jaoquim is a wonderful place to start.

a huge selection of local fruits and vegetables, but also cooked food here at the São Joaquim fresh market
Find local food, eat fresh fruit, and sit down for a morning coffee or snack

Sao Joaquim Market

You will never forget the powerfully sweet smells that hit you like a wave of jungle aromas, just seconds after entering this fresh market.

As for myself, I won’t forget the friendly smiles and ‘thumbs-ups’ that welcome you pretty much anywhere you walk in Salvador.

To begin our own street food tour of Salvador, we started in the morning at Sao Joaquim Market. By the way, watch the video of our day if you haven’t yet already, you can use the YouTube link here (link).

Visit the morning markets anywhere you go to get a real, delicious, and educational view into the daily life of the local people there
Produce at the São Joaquim Market is Colorful and Fresh

This Market has Everything

This market is full of local food, but as its also near the water’s edge – you can see ships bring in huge amounts of wholesale items here (there’s even a live animal market), as well as a huge area for tons of Brazilian fresh fruit.

This may also be your first introduction to the unique Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, which is a huge part of what makes Salvador feel so powerfully unique.

Surrounding the market center are shops selling dry herbs and spices, and many items relating to local Candomblé religious practices.

Recanto Da Lucia For Breakfast

8AM – Enjoy a morning coffee or soft drink at one of the open-air restaurants along the water’s edge, and take a moment to think about where you are in the world (I’m serious, open a map on your phone)

I hope that you came here hungry, because now is the time you should get excited for breakfast. The local food options at São Joaquim market are amazing.

At this time, I recommend that you stop for a gorgeously meaty breakfast at the small restaurant ‘Recanto Da Lucia.’

This meal at Recanto da Lucia was actually one of my favorite of the whole Brazil trip. The location, the atmosphere, the local morning market vibes here are classic – they are perfect and totally ideal for a Migrationology-style 8am meat-heavy breakfast feast.

Amazing local breakfast at this restaurant in the Sao Joaquim market
Breakfast feast of Beef Parts at Recanto Da Lucia

Name: Recanto Da Lucia
Location:
Its not on Google Maps, but this is the Sao Joaquim Market Entrance (here)
Hours: No Hours Posted, but we came for Breakfast (around 8am)
Price: Our total bill for 4 people, came to 80 BRL ($20.61)

What Mark Ate Here

Order a plate of steaming beef tendons and steak to share, which comes with a side of black beans, and a small salsa-like salad. Follow this by ordering fried beef liver and onions, and don’t forget ask about their pirãu (a local delicacy made with dendê oil and cassava paste, sometimes its not on the menu, but you need to have this food here).

They will serve some incredible spicy and sour dipping sauces to go with these two main dishes of meat, as well as plates of white rice, and a shaker of cassava powder that’s been fried with pork fat (farofa).

This is a classic scene of life in Salvador, art and color bursting out amidst the wild and natural beauty of Brazil's North East tropical climate
Salvador is almost completely surrounded by beaches, and gorgeous ocean views

Quiet Local Beaches

9AM – Salvador is on a peninsula, and so it is almost completely surrounded by either rocky outcroppings and small scenic cliffs, local fishing spots, or wonderfully quiet beaches (like this one).

I love how you can find examples of both very modern, but also hundreds-of-years-old Salvador history, directly next to each other, sometimes even directly on top of each other here.

Be Careful Going Down

Getting down some tricky sets of stairs to visit one such beach location, I will still say it is well worth the journey – this is a way you’ll experience yet another side of this amazing city of Salvador.

In the photo below, you can see an old chapel, which is built directly next to the beach in the photo above. The building was a chapel, then a sugar mill, and later a museum, and is a piece of Salvador’s history that’s being kept in beautiful condition.

Amazing architecture mixes with gorgeous nature - the Solar do Unhão has a magical view
This old building (and the magical beach view beyond) is Incredible.

Solar do Unhão

One of our favorite meals in Salvador took place just a few hundred meters past this chapel – you should check out the entire article (here) of that incredible lunchtime feast of Salvador seafood.

We didn’t actually go inside the Solar do Unhão museum (we came for an early lunch to Ré Restaurante de Suzana on another day, and the Solar wasn’t open yet). As we were passing through, walking above this place on the cement barriers though, we couldn’t help but notice its beauty.

Beautiful (and Quiet) Local History

The chapel-turned-mill-turned museum is not open for very long each day, so we would love to go back for another visit.

If you have the chance, here’s the information on the Solar do Unhão, and leave a comment below telling us how you enjoyed your time there.

Name: Solar do Unhão
Location: Google Maps (here)
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 1pm to 6pm, Closed on Sunday and Monday

You can stop here to buy water, or buy souvenirs, before entering the market
A lively and ever-busy area in Salvador, right in front of Mercado Modelo

Mercado Modelo

930AM – Next up, on the way to visiting the old town area of Salvador, stop at the Mercado Modelo for a quick drink of fresh coconut water, a chance to buy souvenirs, or even a delicious second breakfast.*

Just 1 km north of the Solar de Unhão and its picturesque beach community nearby, Mercado Modelo is also located right along the bay that borders Salvador.

Although it can be quite touristy, this really is a great location to buy souvenirs to bring home (the market was quite busy each time we passed during the week), as well as being a central transportation location if you enjoy traveling by local bus around Salvador.

Snacks and Food at Mercado Modelo

If you’re not interested in anything but the next meal, walk behind the shops to find some more awesome examples of Salvador local food.

Amazing examples of the best local food in Salvador can be found even in tourist areas
Restaurant Jacibar serves authentic local food just behind the Mercado Modelo

Jacibar Restaurant

While this won’t make the list of the five best things to eat in Salvador (at the bottom of this article), Xinxim de Galinha is definitely an amazing Brazilian food, and surely something that you have to eat at least once during your time here in Brazil.

Surely too, this is a food that you should think about having right now for your second breakfast today in Salvador.

Walk through the market and take a right, find the small row of kitchen type kiosks called ‘Jacibar Restaurant.’

Be sure to eat as much local Salvador food as you can, this part of Brazil is just packed with delicious local Afro Brazilian dishes
Delicious local options for a second Breakfast, at Jacibar Restaurant.

What Mark Ate Here

While the rest of the market is pretty touristy, there are many delicious local dishes to be found with Senora Jacy (Jacibar).

Besides Xinxim de Galinha, the bobó de camarão is delicious, and also the caruru. An incredible meal, and very cool to see how the atmosphere and vibe changes so much, sitting in basically an indoor alleyway just meters from such a touristy area.

Name: Jacy Restaurant
Location:
Google Maps (here)
Hours: Open Daily, 7AM to 4PM, Closed on Sunday
Price: Our total bill for 5 people, came to R$180 (US$45)

Take the elevator to reach the upper city section of Salvador
The Lacerda Elevator offers an easy and (nearly) free way to the Upper City

Lacerda Elevator

11AM – Walk directly across the street from the Mercado Modelo, and travel about 80 vertical meters upwards in this elevator that’s over 100 years old.

An old elevator, and yet very much still in use, this is a well-loved piece of Salvador’s history. The Lacerda elevator connects the lower and upper city areas, and wow – what a view from the top!

I think this is one of the cheapest entrance fees I have ever paid anywhere (without it actually being free), as each passenger costs R$.30 each way (US$0.08).

The lift itself has no windows, but there’s a long set of them inside the entryway, and the view overlooking Salvador here is incredible.

Any chance to stop for a cup of Brazilian coffee is a good one
Rest here for a moment, order a coffee, and enjoy that view of Salvador

Coffee

1130AM – Any chance to stop and have a cup of fresh Brazilian coffee is welcome, especially when it comes with a view like this one.

Most of the coffee in Brazil comes from the Central Southern state of Minas Gerais, but the state of Bahia  grows plenty of delicious coffee as well.

Have your second (or maybe your third), cup of coffee for the day here, look out over Salvador and the waters that surround it, and dream of the delicious seafood that you will be eating later today.

If coffee is not interesting to you, then this could be a good chance to try Brazil’s iconic soft drinks – the Guarana drink made by Brazilian company Antarctica is very sweet and has a unique taste as well.

Amazing old European influence is visible everywhere like this in Pelourinho
In the upper city, you can find beautiful examples of European-style architecture

Pelourinho

Note: This could be your starting point for Part 2 (or a second day) of things to do in Salvador.

NOON – After a gastronomic introduction to life in Salvador da Bahia, you should make your way to learn a bit about the historic area of Salvador as well.

Exiting the Lacerda elevator, the area you are now entering is Pelourinho.

A beautiful area here, and an older part of the city, this area is full of hostels, nicer restaurants and cafés. You’ll find tons of local streets snacks in the incredibly narrow streets, and an abundance of great photographs waiting around every turn.*

Here you can also see demonstrations of Capoeira martial arts, Olodum drumming practice, and on the way you’ll almost feel like you are in Portugal – the streets and architecture here have so much obvious European influence.

*Note: If you have a rental car, be prepared for some tricky driving and parking, the streets here are extremely narrow, and some of the roads quite steep.

This friendly (and amazingly fit) group of guys keeping up their Capoeira skills
Learn about Brazil’s unique martial art in Salvador, its name is ‘Capoeira’

Capoeira (Martial Art)

Part of the unique culture in Salvador, and something you absolutely cannot miss while you’re here, is seeing a performance of the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.

This unique and complex martial art was developed by African slaves who had been taken to Brazil in the 1600s. It is quite acrobatic, one could almost think that they are dancing, and the movements are mesmerizing to watch.

You can sit back as a spectator, enjoying the music that accompanies a practice demonstration like this, or feel free to ask if you can take part as well.

Note: There is no fee, we found this group practicing in a public area. Of course, as performers doing this for their daily living though, they appreciate tips if you enjoy the show.

Daily practice for them also means a very fun thing to come and watch as a Taurus
This friendly (and amazingly fit) group of guys keeping up their Capoeira skills

The Roda

What you see here is not a fight, but a practice session – a ‘Roda.’ This is also how the martial art of Capoeira was disguised in the past, and practicing this way includes music and simple singing, and one very unique instrument which determines the rhythm of the Roda.

As slaves developed a way for themselves to practice without needing to hide, they could stay fit, while also being a part of something, overall giving themselves something of their own of which they could be proud.

Local Martial Arts in Brazil

Like most martial arts, there are of course many groups of people who practice this very seriously, and would seriously injure you, were you to attempt to join in.

I think it is so cool though how there is also this other side to this martial art of Capoeira, one that is fun, musical, and so unique. It is welcoming to a spectator experience, and if you have a chance, I recommend trying it out for yourself.

Here’s some info on the ‘Berimbau‘ as well, such a cool and unique Brazilian instrument, read a bit to learn how incredibly complex practicing the Capoeira rhythms can be – its incredible.

Amazing displays of strength and agility, but also very artistic, almost like a dance to rhythm and music
Fun to watch, but also very much a part of the vibrant culture here in Salvador

Centro Histórico (Historical Center)

Besides the incredible displays of love for their local traditions, this is the area where the people of Bahia will direct you when you want to find churches, museums, and the beautiful examples of local architecture, spanning across the years of both colonial and modern Brazil.

We did not take very much time to explore around in this area, but it is very obvious that one could spend many days here in the Historical Center of Salvador. This is likely the best place for those learning about the history of Bahia, and a great place to get a feel for the gorgeous diversity that the state of Bahia adds to the greater country of Brazil.

Name: Historical Center of Salvador
Location:
Google Maps (here)
Hours: Open Daily

While you might not catch a big part of the festival, you can always see at least a small group of performers practicing their drumming rhythms here everyday
Yet another beautiful part Salvador’s vibrant local culture – Olodum

Olodum

130PM – Featuring mostly drums and rhythm, followed by dancing and finally singing, Ololdum is a unique type of music and a huge part of the state of Bahia’s modern culture (wiki article here).

Definitely one of the most well-known things about Salvador, the local Olodum music tradition was one of the things we were most looking forward to seeing for ourselves.

Near the historic area of Pelourinho (mentioned directly above this section), you can watch at least a small group of people who are involved in Olodum, practicing drumming rhythms every day.

Salvador’s (and Brazil’s) Love of Music

If you want to see the full Olodum carnival performance however, you are going to need to visit Salvador in January of February. Traditionally, each Tuesday is treated as a full practice day, and if you’re wondering why it takes so much organizing, you can check out a video here.

Carnival is one of the most amazing things in all of Brazil (the video above is only the Salvador carnival, Brazil’s Carnival (in Rio de Janeiro each year) is even larger!).

In my opinion, what on earth could be more cool than people getting together to cheer and support musical performance with the same passion that most people cheer for sports? Of course Brazil has great athletes as well, but its their love of music which is so amazing and wonderful, and it is something in our world about which we all need to learn more.

Visit Salvador and see some of the most wonderful examples of uniquely local music anywhere in the world
Olodum is more than just music, but the rhythms they play are indeed catchy

A School of Music and Tradition

Olodum is more than just a single music event, and it could be called a ‘school of music tradition.’ Basically, Olodum hopes to be the culture, ideas, and traditions of the state of Bahia in music form.

It has grown over the past 50 years (since its creation) into something that has transformed the entire local community of Salvador, as well as gaining fame almost worldwide. What started as group performance in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival,  Olodum exists now with a purpose of promoting and educating about Bahia’s history, culture, art, and gives a voice to the identity (and pride) of what it means to be from Bahia.

Final Notes Before Moving On

Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil, is a place that will undoubtedly exceed expectations. The food and people are outstanding, and will always make it one destination you will never forget.

What a stunning combination of natural beauty, food, and hospitality.

Note: From here, the time can be adapted to your own schedule, Each of the five food listed below comes with information on where and when to have it, but the order is up to you.

One of the most amazing foods you've never heard of, visit Salvador Brazil and have an Acarajé for yourself
Pre-Dinner Acarajé Madness at Acarajé da Ivone, in Salvador da Bahia.

5 Best Foods of Salvador

Of all the wonderful things about this amazing city of Salvador, my favorite has to be the incredible Afro-Brazilian food culture.

Literally blooming from every street corner in town, this truly is a unique place in our world – there’s simply nowhere else like Salvador when you visit Brazil to travel for food.

This amazing food might just change your life, fresh seafood, fresh flavor from salad, textureAnd fullness is just hard to put into words
Acarajé should be at the top of your list for local food in Salvador

You Really Should Try All 5 of These Foods

The following list is not in order, all of these foods are incredibly good, and all of them are worth a trip to Salvador just to eat.

You will find information about when and where we recommend having each food, and if you do want to have all of them in a single day (which is possible), then please let us know how you enjoyed yourself by leaving some words in the comment section below.

Finally, we think that these are 5 dishes that will give you the most real and lasting memories of your (delicious) time in this incredible part of our world.

Enjoy.

If you visit Salvador, there's no way you can leave without trying Acarajé
An Ultimate Street Food of Brazil – this is Acarajé

1. Acarajé

Acarajé is without a doubt one of the best and most ultimate street foods in the entire world.

To paraphrase a chef friend’s statement during a previous trip (traveling for food in Asia), “you haven’t actually been to Salvador, if you haven’t eaten Acarajé.”

There’s no way you can visit Salvador and not allow your mouth to be completely blown away by this food.

What Is It?

Starting off by deep-frying black-eye pea cakes in red palm oil (dendê oil), the acarajé-maker packs each sandwich-style patty with a selection of local delicacies. You choose between some thick pastes of okra and cassava, the chef adds in some green tomatoes, and don’t forget the chili oil, and maybe a few entire chilis.

You’ll get a wonderful gentle crunch each time you bite through the outer fried patty, and the delicious warmth mixing together the mushy vatapá (the cassava paste), the gooey cururu (the okra paste), and those entire salted shrimp… it’s actually difficult to put into words how happy your mouth will be.

The onions and cilantro finally come in with the green tomatoes to add brightness to each bite, a squeeze of lime makes the tongue tingle, and finally the slow burn from the chili and chili oil just sets this food apart from all other contenders.

the foods here cook in dênde oil, which is dark in color, but actually less saturating that other fatty oils.
The rich dendê oil is what you want (and the amazing depth of flavor it promises)

Where Do Brazilians Eat Acarajé?

If you’re in Bahia, you’ll probably find your way to Salvador at some point – and visiting Señora Ivone needs to be right at the top of your list!

She is famous, while still maintaining just the same single-station street cart. You can tell the dedication of her followers though, as we were there at least 15 minutes early, and we were definitely not alone!

Order (at least) one Acarajé with shrimp, and one Abará as well.

Name: Acarajé de Ivone
Location: Google Maps (link here)
Hours: Open Daily, 3pm to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm
Price: R$6 for basic acarajé, up to R$1o for shrimp (US$1.50-2.50)

When to Eat Acarajé

This is usually an afternoon snack/meal in Bahia, so be sure to clear your schedule from about 4pm onwards.

If its your first time having Acarajé, you’ll likely find yourself immediately ordering seconds.

The powerful feeling of pleasure, just the heart-warming happiness that comes with eating this food, is a feeling that will stay with you a long time. I can’t think of many more handfuls of food in my entire life that left me with a more complete sensation of food happiness.

The bun of Abará is steamed as opposed to Acarajé-style deep frying in dende oil
Another sandwich-type food similar to Acarajé is Abará.

On your next trip to Brazil, visit the diversity of Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Manaus, Belém, Goiania, and Rio de Janeiro – these are all places that we visited ourselves – and experience love for Brazil through its food.

Bahia is an amazing place, and the next dish here you have to search for is Moqueca.

You have to have at least one meal of Moqueca when you're in Salvador
This delicious stew of seafood is the most famous food of North East Brazil

2. Moqueca

There are actually two slightly different types of Moqueca, one which comes from Espiritu Santu, and one from Bahia (the state of which Salvador is the capital).

Moqueca is the most famous dish from the region of North East Brazil, and a delicious food that you definitely need to have when you’re here in Salvador.

Amazing Brazilian seafood in Salvador
This meal is one you definitely need to have when you’re here in Salvador

How to Eat Moqueca

Moqueca is traditionally a clay-pot stew of ocean fish or seafood, and tastes best when you have it as a main course item surrounding it with a huge spread of side dishes.

A common ingredient in Moqueca is shrimp, but as Moqueca in Bahia always cooks in this black clay vessel (thoroughly and wonderfully mixing the flavors together over longer, lower heat) they often choose to use a few other meats that might not be nearly as flavorful on their own.

Dry fish is common, as well as stingray, manta ray (like another version we had here) and you can really enjoy some true, traditional flavors of Salvador’s favorite food with a huge meal around a seafood stew of Moqueca.

It might look like a curry, but the rich color comes from healthy portions of both coconut milk, and red palm oil (dendê oil).

Where Do Brazilians Eat Moqueca?

Name: Donana Restaurant
Location: Google Maps (link here)
Hours: Open Daily, 12pm to 6pm
Price: R$87 for our entire meal here, 5 people including drinks (US$22)

Thick with coconut milk, tomatoes, and also okra in the Bahian stew recipe
Thick with coconut milk, tomatoes, and okra, ‘Ensopado’ a favorite Bahian stew

3. Bahian Shrimp Stew (Ensopado de Camarão)

Ensopado‘ in English translates directly to ‘stew,’ and this shrimp stew is another delicious example of food here in Salvador.

Its mostly sour in flavor, but the consistency is so incredibly creamy. You can have it with plenty of different main ingredients, but at Dona Suzana’s this stew is full of lots of Brazilian seafood.

How To Make Ensopado de Camarão

Starting off with the stew broth, the recipe I had that tasted best was one that was very thick with coconut milk (the chef, Dona Suzana, also uses a lot of both tomatoes, and okra in her recipe, for even more thickness and rich texture).

There are also chunks of onions, carrots, and green pepper, finishing with fresh cilantro on top just before serving.

I love the bright taste of that sour stew with a few shrimp, and all the soft onions. I don’t know if the local recipes prefer lime juice or vinegar, but its wonderfully sour as well as being so rich (and this is such a great combo to have with moqueca, by the way).

Another Bahia favorite is ‘bobo,’ and you could also try to eat this food at the nearby Mercado Modelo (Salvador’s Central Market).

This is one of the best foods of Salvador, dont miss it when you visit the North East Region of Brazil
Have your ensopado as part of a larger meal, eat it with rice, and tons of chili oil

Where Do Brazilians Eat Shrimp Stew?

One of the most stunning locations so far out of all the meals we had in Brazil, Ré Restaurante Doña Suzana has an absolutely perfect place for your late lunch meal today.

So good, I wrote an entire article about it here (link).

Name: Ré Restaurante Dona Suzana
Location: Google Maps (link here)
Hours: Open Daily, 12pm to 6pm
Price: R$87 for our entire meal for 4 (US$22.41)

How to Eat Ensopado

As you are so near the seashore here, why not go a little crazy for Brazilian seafood. Ensopado is a great way to start, but you should order at least one of each of the popular dishes to go with it.

Try one dish each of shrimp, ocean fish, and manta ray, a great combo of Salvador’s three favorite seafoods. I think this ensopado stew tastes best with shrimp, but of course feel free to find your own favorite combination.

Sarapatel is best in the afternoon or evening, as it tastes great with a cold lager beer
Eat Sarapatel in the afternoon or evening, as it tastes great with a cold lager beer

4. Meat and Innards Stew (Sarapatel)

Including just a few vegetables, and a wonderful mix of meaty ingredients, Sarapatel is an amazing local food in Salvador.

People usually eat this food with rice, in the afternoons or evenings. It can be a great food to have in the afternoon, as Sarapatel tastes so great with a nice, cold Brazilian lager beer.

Sarapatel is one of the dishes where you can see very obvious Portuguese influence on the local cuisine of Brazil. Even though its so meaty, it doesn’t necessarily need to be ‘dinner’ on its own (many people will go out for larger meals later in the evening).

Order this with a side of white rice, and squeeze on some juice from a lemon or a lime.

Sarapatel is Rich with Tomatoes, Onions, and Blood, and thick chunks of chewy intestines.
Rich with Tomatoes, Onions, and Blood, and thick chunks of chewy intestines.

Where To Eat Sarapatel in Salvador?

I think its a great food to have just before dinner, and we had a great version of this food at a local restaurant Boteca di Janela, in Salvador.

She makes it extra rich by including large portions of blood while cooking the soupy liquid, as well as thick chunks of skin and chewy intestines.

(By the way, locals know Boteca di Janela for its great appetizers, and extremely cold beer)*

Name: Boteca di Janela
Location: Google Maps (link here)
Hours: Open 11am-4pm Thurs. and Fri., and 12pm-6pm on Sat. and Sun. Closed Mon. to Wed.
Price: R$87 for our entire meal for 4 (US$22.41)

*Back Story – This restaurant just has a very cool small-neighborhood Salvador vibe – if you’re lucky, there might be a local football match happening in the afternoon. The stadium is just around the corner, and you can hear the live cheering, as well as watch it on local TV. Look over the shoulders of excited fans while getting deep into your own afternoon snacks of Salvador’s best local food.

Salvador has amazing food, like this Gallina, Xinxim de Gallina, which will will usually be a mature chicken, with flavor suited for soup or stew
Gallina will usually be a mature chicken, with flavor suited for soup or stew

5. Chicken XinXim (Xinxim de Gallina)

One of the most amazing looking foods in all of North Eastern Brazilian is Xinxim de Gallina.

This food is full of dry spices, peanuts and a mash of cashews, and a small amount of green vegetables for flavor while it stews. I can only think of a curry when the massive plate first arrives at the table, but this is not a curry (as there is no curry paste).

Xinxim de Gallina is incredibly creamy, and rich, as the recipe includes palm oil at the beginning. It then gets a second healthy portion of coconut milk, just before it comes to the table.

Gallina is chicken meat, and usually gallina will be an older chicken, with flavor more suited towards soups or stews (like the one you see in the photo above).

amazing local meal of stews, pastes, and dry powders, all spicy, delicious, and all served with white rice
I love this meal of Xinxim de Gallina we had at the Mercado Modelo in Salvador

Where Do Locals Eat Xinxim de Gallina?

Name: Jacy Restaurant
Location: Google Maps (link here)
Hours: Open Daily 7am to 4pm, Closed on Sunday
Price: R$180 for everything, plus another full Xinxim for take-away

How to Eat This Food

Many people order Xinxim de Gallina as a main dish to share, and during our meal in the Mercado Modelo market we had it like this as well.

Along with an order of ensopada de camarao (Bahian Shrimp Stew, #3 in this Salvador Food List), you might have some delicious pirãu here (a smooth mash of cassava and dendê oil), and a large bowl of caruru (okra paste with a mash of peanuts and cashews).

Note: This market is full of tourists, but if you want a great spot for real and authentic local food of Salvador, then start at the North side of the market. Find the hallway where Jacy is doing the actual cooking (link above), and take a seat at one of the tables immediately beside her stall.

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  • Kedar Kalamkar

    7 days ago

    This food blog has stimulated my tastebuds. I am feeling hungry now. Chicken XinXim is way too tempting

    • Joel Bruner

      7 days ago

      Hi Kedar! Thanks for the comments. Yes, that chicken XinXim is a great food, highly recommend it in North Eastern Brazil!

  • Amogh

    1 week ago

    OMG you made me love Brazil so much as it has also been a Dream Visit for me, thanks for writing this up!

    • Joel Bruner

      7 days ago

      Hi Amogh, thanks for writing! It is worth being called a ‘dream destination’ for sure, I loved our time there.

  • Vishal

    1 week ago

    Great content I have ever seen on this website. Keep it up guys.

  • prashanthi

    3 weeks ago

    Thank you for sharing this article. Keep writing. Thank you so much.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Prashanthi, you’re most welcome!

  • Miriam

    3 weeks ago

    I love Brazil! Excellent blog guys, keep us updated 🙂

  • Irwan Sarbini

    3 weeks ago

    Great place…Good and informative article, you look smart and hope you get a reward for your kindness

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Irwan, thanks for your support! Glad you found it useful. Take care!

  • Egypt Tours

    4 weeks ago

    Is it safe to visit Brazil in December?

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hello to *all of you* at Egypt Tours! Brazil is a wonderful place, but of course as with anywhere in the world, you should always take precautions while traveling. Some places are more dangerous than others, but on the whole, Brazil welcomed us so warmly, and were so friendly, I never felt in danger during our time there (in April 2019). Hope you enjoy the time! Safe travels, all the best 🙂

  • umzug basel

    4 weeks ago

    It’s a very helpful post for me. Thank you very much.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hello Umzug, very glad you enjoyed it!

  • Ishan Gala

    4 weeks ago

    Very Helpful Article
    This would make my trip easier.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Ishan, that is what we hope to achieve, thanks for the comment!

  • Lukas

    4 weeks ago

    Really nice article, I would love to visit Salvador but it is definitely too far for me.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Lukas – well, I hope you do have the chance someday! Until next time, thanks for the support!

  • Angie

    4 weeks ago

    I Just love your blog! Thank you for sharing this great blog. It was interesting to read and learned a lot about the country of Salvador Brazil.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Angie, thank you so much! That is a great comment, thanks for taking the time to write.
      Cheers!

  • 206.189.144.187

    4 weeks ago

    Great article! Thank you so much for sharing and looking forward to learning more from this blog

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks a lot Babby, Ill continue to do my best to keep the information relevant! Take care!

  • Satnam singh

    4 weeks ago

    Thanx for giving such a wonderful information about Brazil’s food and historical places to visit. your post about Salvador is wonderful.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Satnam, thats great, thanks so much for the kind words!

  • Pathaveram

    4 weeks ago

    Beautiful pics of the culture, dishes and scenic views. I would love to wake up in Salvador and have a cup of Brazilian coffee.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hey Pathaveram, I think you just made me thirsty for some Brazilian coffee… oh man. Thanks for the comment! Cheers!

  • Lea

    1 month ago

    I’ve never tried any of these foods and I’m in love!

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Lea – I hope you have the chance to try them for yourself someday! Cheers!

  • Rahul Raj

    1 month ago

    Great Itinerary! Thank you for sharing!

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you very much Rahul!

  • Urvee Nandha

    1 month ago

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    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you Urvee, I will remember that for next time. Til then, thanks for reading!

  • The Newzbox

    1 month ago

    Thanks for great information… Love from India

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Ajay, Thanks for the message – We’re glad you enjoyed the article! Til next time, cheers!

  • Joaquin

    1 month ago

    Brazil has been on my bucket list forever! This has made me want to push it to the top of the list. I mean the acaraje looks amazing. The moqueca reminds me of something I had in Portugal. You can never go wrong with seafood stew!

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Joaquin!! Its still waiting for you, man, Brazil is incredible!

  • jhabhi

    1 month ago

    wow! great guys keep it up and good article

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks for the response, glad you enjoyed the article! Til next time, cheers!

  • Amar

    1 month ago

    It was one of the best travel blog I had read, Got something different.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Amar, youre most welcome. Have a good one!

  • Weslley

    1 month ago

    Eita saudade da minha Bahia! <3

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Weslley, thanks for all the comments! Yes, eu saudade Bahia tambem!

  • Explore Holiday

    1 month ago

    Enjoyed reading the article above, really explains everything in detail,the article is very interesting and effective. Thank you and good luck for the upcoming articles

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Explore India, thanks for the great support and comments! Cheers.

  • Cruise Mummy

    1 month ago

    I’d love to head to Brazil on a cruise one day. It looks like such an interesting place. I love all the bright colours of the food, looks delish! Definitely on my list now!

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hello! Thanks for the message, yes Im sure it would be a great choice, or by yourself as well – missing Brazil often! Take care.

  • کابینت ممبران

    1 month ago

    but if you want a great spot for real and authentic local food of Salvador, then start at the North side of the market

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      That is awesome that you have visited as well! What were your favorite places to visit?

  • Dipak Sarkar

    1 month ago

    what a fantastic post! This is so chock full of infomation I can’t wait to dig deep & utilizing the resources you have given me.Your exuberance is refreshing

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Dipak, you’re awesome, thanks for reading, and we are happy you enjoyed the article 🙂

  • Miles A. Carson

    1 month ago

    Super informative article about Salvador and it’s culture I have ever read. It will be consider as a go to guide for anyone who want to visit Salvador.. Thanks a lot for writing such a masterpiece.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Wow, Miles, that is great man! Thank you so much, hope you have the chance to visit Salvador as well! Cheers

  • Vishal

    1 month ago

    It’s really great. keep it up guys. Rock on…

  • Eloise

    1 month ago

    I must say a delicious blog. Beautiful Pictures of tasty food

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Eloise, thanks a lot! We try to keep the photo qualities very high. Thanks for your support!

  • ZAHOOR KHAN

    1 month ago

    I love the efforts you have put in this, regards for all the great articles.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Zahoor, thanks a lot. Appreciate your kindness!

  • Rebeca Duarte

    1 month ago

    I’m Brazilian and I live in Bahia, I’m glad you made a post showing what’s good in my dear land, you made me go back in time, thank you.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Rebeca, thank you SO much for the nice response. Happy to see this 🙂 you have an amazing home, I would like to return tomorrow!

  • customer care

    1 month ago

    Thank you very much (once again) for a beautiful and very informative guide. Never been to this side of our planet, but your post about Salvador fills me with wanderlust. Take care, George. very helpfull artical

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      George, you are most welcome, glad you found it interesting, hope this can help you if you do ever make it to South America! Cheers

  • Airport Corner

    1 month ago

    One of the best places to eat street food. I hope to return there one day.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Totally right Nicolas! I hope the same thing, may we both have our (food) dreams come true 🙂

  • Rk Singh

    2 months ago

    Remarkable blog!!!
    Couldn’t be written much better! One of the essential values of travelling is that it breaks the monotony of existence and work. Life, for most people, is a mad rush from one place to another, from one activity to another, trying to gather as much as possible. You are doing a splendid process. Hold it up!!!

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Rk Singh, thank you so much! Thanks for the response, glad you enjoyed the article.

  • Chichawatni News

    2 months ago

    Beautyfull city in brazil , I wish i could visit in next summer. Very amazing article. You did great job. keep it up.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      It is a gorgeous place, glad you enjoyed the article! Til next time, cheers!

  • villabetting

    2 months ago

    I’m so starving after i see your images i think brazilian foods are so tasty as it looks.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Citra, thanks for the comments (sorry for making you too hungry!) Cheers!

  • Marie Leon

    2 months ago

    Beautiful pics of the culture, dishes and scenic views. I would love to wake up in Salvador and have a cup of Brazilian coffee.

  • AFO

    2 months ago

    Salvador has to be one of the places i am planning to visit, i know one day i will be there.. thanks for this piece

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you Jhaki, hope you get a chance to visit someday soon! Cheers

  • George

    2 months ago

    Hey Joel. Thank you very much (once again) for a beautiful and very informative guide. Never been to this side of our planet, but your post about Salvador fills me with wanderlust. Take care, George.

  • ayush

    2 months ago

    Amazing, Brazil is the country where I want to go.
    Thanks for Sharing.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Ayush, hope you can visit soon, and I hope this can help you plan a great trip! cheers

  • Priya

    2 months ago

    Hi Joel,
    Good to see your vacation blog post, actually i visited this blog long time back and today i read this blog article which is really interesting.
    Keep posting!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hello Priya, wow, thank you for the response! very happy you enjoyed it, yes I really loved Salvador, one of the coolest places of the entire trip. Ok well, see you on the next one, thanks again for the message 🙂

  • David Gonzales

    2 months ago

    Great Itinerary! Thank you for sharing!

  • Sam

    2 months ago

    Salvador looks so vibrant and colourful! Your photos and descriptions of the food have made me so hungry. I’m definitely adding Salvador to my travel wishlist!

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Sam! Thats a great choice, whew, Salvador is amazing. Ok, cheers!

  • Kris

    2 months ago

    Acarajé looks sooo good! Thanks for a great in-depth guide that left me very hungry and with an urge to travel to Salvador!

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Kris, you are very welcome. Eat (at least) one for us too please! Take care

  • Taras Yasinski

    2 months ago

    I was in Salvador last summer and what can I say. That was one of the best trips in my life! I will never forget those sunny days.

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Taras, thank you for writing! Yeah, I cant argue with you calling it ‘the best,’ it really deserves to be praised highly – amazing place Salvador, would love to go back!

  • Thilan Danushka Dissanayaka

    2 months ago

    Well written article. Thanks for good job. 🙂

    • Joel Bruner

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you for writing Thilan, have a great day!

  • infogameonline

    2 months ago

    beautyfull city in brazil , very amazing

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Salvador has to be one of the coolest places I/we have ever been, that city is truly special! (and delicious 😉 )

  • Star Wikipedia

    2 months ago

    very nice article..
    keep posting

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hi Star, thank you very much for your support!

  • long phan

    2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this article for me and all the beautiful Brazilians

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hi Long Phan, thank you for your comments, and thanks very much for your support! Take care!

      • sudhir k

        2 months ago

        hey nice your blog

        • Joel Bruner

          3 weeks ago

          Most welcome Sudhir!

  • nasir

    2 months ago

    its look like amazing and great place everyone should visit this place.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hello Nasir! Thanks for your comments, we’re glad you enjoyed the article!

  • Bali Itinerary

    2 months ago

    Salvador Brazil looks amazing and is now getting added to my travel bucket list! My family and I appreciate your fantastic food recommendations, like the ones I posted in my Bali Itinerary, Vietnam Itinerary, and Bangkok Itinerary (and soon to be published, Thailand Itinerary!)

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Whitney! Thats an awesome comment, thanks for your support, and for taking the time to get in touch.
      Bali and Vietnam will be great, Im sure you’ll love Bangkok of course, good luck with the travel planning and thanks again for reaching out!
      Take care

  • Boutique hotel Espiritu Santo Vanuatu

    2 months ago

    Loved this post! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful blog. Enjoyed reading it and got a lot of information about Salvador place.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hi, you’re very welcome, and thank you very much for your support! Salvador is a truly wonderful place to visit.
      Cheers!

  • Rakesh Sinha

    2 months ago

    it looks like an amazing place would love to visit someday.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hello Rakesh, yes the beauty was quite overwhelming at times, a truly amazing place 🙂

  • joyce

    2 months ago

    the photos are so pretty. I wish I can visit there. the food also looks amazing.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hi Joyce! I hope you have the chance as well! Thanks for the comments.

  • Sarah

    2 months ago

    Salvador looks like an amazing place. I love the classic tiles and retro look of the Lacerda elevator. What a colorful city, from the historical houses to the food. Can’t wait to visit Salvador one day and taste that delicious-looking Moqueca and creamy Xinxim de Gallina for myself. Thanks for this excellent and mouth-watering city guide!

  • kavita

    2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. this place is Beautiful Awesome country and great people!

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Truly Kavita, you are totally right, and hey thanks for the comment! Have a great day!

  • Rekha

    2 months ago

    Thanks for share this article .it is really Awesome country and great people!

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Thank you very much Rekha, take care, and thanks for your continued following of this blog!
      All the best!

  • Ankita

    2 months ago

    Hi!!
    Love your post. It’s really amazing & helpful too. I like the way you explained everything, kind of example you used. By sharing this amazing post, you have inspired me alot. Looking forward for going on vacation. Keep sharing 🙂
    Thank You & Regards
    Ankita

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Ankita, that is a really great message, thank you so much for taking the time to write. Really happy that you liked it, hope its useful to you as well while you are (possibly?) planning a trip to Brazil for yourself!
      Ok, all the best, until next time! Cheers!

  • subha

    2 months ago

    nice article with good images, thank you for sharing this article………

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hello Subha, you’re very welcome. Have a great day today!

  • Preeti Gautam

    2 months ago

    I love travelling and i am very foody too. Nice Blog and very beautiful place.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hi Preeti, yes this is a great place for both food and travel, thanks for reading, have a great day today!

  • Rashi Kohli

    2 months ago

    I have been through the video and would love to say that the street food of Salvador Brazil is mouth watering. However you gave the perfect idea how to cover all the best attraction around Salvador in one day. I am definitely going to share this with my travel mates. Thanks for sharing.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hey Rashi, good morning! This is a wonderful comment, so glad to be of such help. Thank you for taking the time to write, yes the street food there is definitely mouth-watering, and you’re going to want to pack as much of it into a single day as you can! Every day in Brazil 🙂 Enjoy your time there! Be well.

  • Pablo

    2 months ago

    I’ve been there last year. Awesome country and great people!

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Awesome Pablo, so glad you could visit this quite unique and brilliant place 🙂

  • rakesh chandro

    2 months ago

    Your day was really nice. Thank for share with us.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hi Rakesh, thanks for reading!

  • Frank Parker

    3 months ago

    Yes! Salvador looks amazing, and the food delicious! Looks like you had a lot of fun. I think Salvador and West African has quite similarities with their food and culture. I hope you have noticed it. Thanks, Mark for introducing us about little geography, food, music, and culture lessons. Of course, Salvador is going to be my new bucket list.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hello Frank, thanks for the message!
      I think you are totally right, its those similarities which make Salvador (and a few other places along the coast of Brazil) just so unique and special. You’re making a good move to put Salvador on the top of any list, its a truly special place!
      Cheers!

  • Rubina

    3 months ago

    Wow.Beautiful place and the Chicken XinXim looking mouth-watering.Thanks for sharing.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hello Rubina! Thanks for writing, yes that XinXim is just such a great dish – massive, and so tasty!
      Cheers!

  • Samresh

    3 months ago

    Travelling and Having food of different place Amazing for our body and Taste…

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hello Samresh, thank you for your response, hope you enjoyed the article!

  • Keiran Potter

    3 months ago

    I love the way you break down your travel itinerary this way. I’m one of those people that love to know every detail of a place and someone’s travel experiences before travelling there myself. Another place to add to the list, thanks to you guys! Beautiful photography as always.

  • Isfan

    3 months ago

    Wow Brazil!, the one of country that i love to see their football

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Haha Isfan, yes they love their football as well… we were more there as fans of the cuisine, but its a great place for sports as well!

  • Ashley Casey

    3 months ago

    Great advice! And uber is definitely your best bet. I relied on it on my last month long stay in El Salvador. Cheap, easy and safe!

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hello Ashley, hey thanks for the recommendation. We want to visit Central America soon as well. Thanks for the message, have a great day!

  • Rebecca

    3 months ago

    Drooling right now. I love Brazil so much – but haven’t yet made it to Salvador.