Updated on June 6, 2012
The Coffee Museum at the Official Coffee Exchange in the port city of Santos, São Paulo, is not the only museum dedicated to coffee in Brazil, but it features unique architecture and attractions. Built in the 1920s, it is one of the buildings that can be seen on the vintage streetcar tour of the historic downtown area.
The tour is brief – about 15 minutes – and costs less than $1. It runs every 30 minutes and is open year-round. The starting point is in front of José Bonifácio Palace, the Santos City Hall. After the tour is over, you can walk back to the Museum and visit.
Animal-pulled streetcars started being used in Santos in 1871. The first electric streetcar came from Scotland in 1909. In 1971, the city discontinued the use of streetcars and the one now running in the downtown area had been abandoned for years before it went through a year-long restoration process and inaugurated in 2000.
A visit to Santos is one of the best day trips from São Paulo, state capital. It takes just one hour from the Jabaquara bus terminal, in São Paulo, to the Santos bus terminal, which is a ten-minute walk away from the Coffee Museum - and buses run between the two cities at short intervals throughout the day.
Rua XV de Novembro 95
Santos - SP
Hours: Tue-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Night Visits: Twice a month to 9 p.m.; the cafe remains open as well. Check the 2012 schedule.
Admission: R$5/Seniors and other visitors with special discounts R$2.50