Rio de Janeiro neighborhood is voted one of the coolest in the world; see ranking

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Cradle of samba and today with attractions such as the Museum of Tomorrow, the district of Saúde, in the central region of the Rio de Janeiro, near Porto, was classified as the 25th coolest in the world in an annual ranking published last Wednesday, 6th, by the British magazine Time Out.

The publication is recognized as a guide to the best activities in cities around the world. Every year, it releases a new version of the ranking of the 49 coolest neighborhoods on the planet, based on a survey of residents – this time, 27 thousand people were heard.

The champion neighborhood was Nørrebro, in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. In second place was Andersonville, in Chicago (USA), and in third, Jongno 3-ga, in Seoul (South Korea). Saúde was the only Brazilian neighborhood mentioned in the list.

“Visitors will discover charming old bars, beautiful Portuguese architecture and fascinating places, such as Pedra do Sal”, says the text published by the magazine, which highlights the Museum of Tomorrow and its neighbor Museum of Art of Rio (MAR), in addition to the street art murals along the Boulevard Olímpico and the panoramic view from the Morro da Conceição.

The text also brings suggestions for those who want to plan their trip and for those looking to spend a perfect day in the neighborhood, which includes a visit to the Casa Omolokum restaurant, with typical dishes of Bahian cuisine. “Close the night with live music, dancing and Brazilian barbecue at (restaurant) Bafo da Prainha”, recommends the magazine, in a text by Englishman Tom Le Mesurier, who has lived in Rio since 2010 and is a culinary and tourism specialist.

Saúde is a neighborhood populated since the end of the 17th century, which got its name from 1742, when the Portuguese merchant Manuel Negreiros built the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde there, to fulfill his promise after his wife was cured of an illness. The Valongo Wharf is also located in Saúde, inaugurated in 1811 to become a disembarkation site for enslaved people in Rio – before, the vessels arrived at Praça XV.

Over the course of approximately 40 years, this pier received around 1 million Africans, making it the largest receiving port for enslaved people in the world and the arrival point for 25% of the 4 million Africans brought by force to Brazil. In 1843, the Valongo Wharf was re-urbanized to receive Princess Teresa Cristina, who would marry the Emperor Dom Pedro II. The pier then changed its name to Princess Pier. On March 1, 2017, it officially joined the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), as it is the only material vestige of the arrival of enslaved Africans in the Americas.