Official language: Portuguese
Time zone: UTC-3 (summer), UTC-2 (winter)
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
The name of the city translates as „Black Brook” (or “Black Stream”). Ribeirão Preto shares its name with the creek, upon which it sits. Tempted to discover it?
In Ribeirão Preto a warm and sunny weather prevails throughout the year. It makes the city a very popular tourist destination, being nicknamed the “Brazilian California.”
The biggest Brazilian micareta – called Carnabeirão – is held in Ribeirão Preto. Micareta is an event similar to the carnival, yet organized out of season, at different times of year – depending on the region.
Colorful streets bustling with life, plenty of bars serving craft beers, noisy celebration of public holidays – indeed, Ribeirão Preto never sleeps. What’s more, you can get here the best coffee in Brazil.
Ribeirão Preto occupies the northeastern part of the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It hosts the finest cultural events, e.g., the National Book Fair and Tanabata Festival organized to promote Japanese culture.
The climate of the region is hot and invites you to spend the evenings outside. There are lots of bars stocked with a variety of beers from craft breweries, such as Lund, Pinguim, Walfanger, Pratinha, and Weird Barre. Ribeirão Preto is also home to Cervejaria Colorado, the first Brazilian microbrewery, which runs its own bar on Avenida Independencia. They offer 70 different types of beer.
To enjoy real Brazilian food, check out Pinguim at 389 Rua General Osorio. The restaurant has been run here since 1936. You can also eat well at Coco Bambu Ribeirão Preto. The restaurant located at 900 Av. Luiz Eduardo Toledo Prado specializes in seafood. Many dishes are served on large platters to let everyone at the table taste everything.
Those who can't imagine their holidays without shopping, in Ribeirão Preto will be spoiled by choice. There are a few shopping malls (e.g., Iguatemi and Novo) as well as a market selling local products, including a broad selection of regional delicacies and souvenirs.
The city is well-known for coffee plantations. If you want to see how coffee is produced, visit the museum on Avenida do Café. Even though Ribeirão Preto is not Rio de Janeiro, it is here that the country's top samba schools were born. It’s worth taking at least one lesson, e.g., at União Escolas De Samba Entidades De Carnavais De Ribeirão Preto or at Escola De Samba Embaixadores Dos Campos Elíseos.
Various holidays, both national and municipal, are celebrated in Ribeirão Preto. Among the most important are the feast day of Saint Sebastian (the city’s patron), celebrated on 20 January, and the anniversary of the city, marked on 19 June.