Ask locals and longtime expats alike what not to miss in Salvador and the response you get will be unanimous: Paraiso Tropical. Set in a tropical garden a short taxi ride from the historic center, this relaxed, gourmet spot treats patrons to Bahian classics with a twist. Chef Beto reinvents heavy dishes like moqueca and bobo using natural dende fruit rather than oil, combined with rare tropical fruits sourced from more than 6,000 square meters of native Mata-Atlantica forest. Go with friends and go hungry, for while the siri mole (Bahia soft-shell crab) and prawn moqueca stand out, you'll want to try everything.
R. Edgar Loureiro, 98-B, Salvador, 41152–110, Brazil