Recife, Brazil – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Best to get this out of the way first: Recife is one of the more dangerous large cities in Brazil.

You need to have street smarts here, but more on that in the safety section. Recife is the largest city in the northeast region of Brazil, and is the most important commercial centre in the region.

Many bridges, rivers and small islands are responsible for it being dubbed “The Venice of Brazil.”

POPULATION: 1,600,000 


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN RECIFE

$600 is the minimum price to rent a place in a decent neighbourhood.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN RECIFE

7.5/10 

The best bars and clubs are in the Boa Viagem and Soledade neighbourhoods.

Tons of bars. Have you noticed that this seems to be a theme in Brazil? The people love to party! I will focus on Boa Viagem because it is where most tourists will stay.

I recommend: Iguana Cafe. I’m sure you didn’t come all the way to Brazil to hang out at a Mexican-themed bar, but this one is worth a look. And the people who come here are beautiful and not stuck up.

 

LEARNING PORTUGUESE

If you want to make the most of your time in Brazil, you will need to speak some Spanish. Rocket Portuguese is the best resource for learning Portuguese quickly and easily.

 

IS RECIFE SAFE?

Recife is dangerous. Gang violence and petty crime are too common here. On streets, busses and taxis, robberies occur. Don’t wear jewellery. Don’t show off your cellphone. Don’t walk long distances for leisure.

 

COST OF LIVING IN RECIFE 

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $754 USD/month to live in Recife, Brazil

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FINAL THOUGHTS

It doesn’t quite cut it. The city is too dangerous and, unlike the equally dangerous city of Salvador, doesn’t offer enough to counteract that unfortunate fact. Rental properties here are also inexplicably expensive. If you are headed from Salvador to Fortaleza or Natal, you might as well pop in for a visit, but I wouldn’t suggest going too far out of your way to experience Recife.


OVERALL RATING: 7/10


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