The first inhabitants of the region were runaway slaves who found shelter in the Quilombos in the hills of Pretos Forros. Crossed by Brazil’s Central Railroad, the history of Méier has been intertwined with the history of the trains. The anniversary of its station is considered the foundation date of the neighborhood: May 13th, 1889. Today, it presents two distinct urbanfeatures : a more agitated one, in the area of Dias da Cruz St., and another one, calmer and more residential. In the 50s, the neighborhood grew enormously, both demographic and commercially. In 1954, The “Imperator” , the largest movie theater in Latin America at the time, was constructed there, In 1963 the 1st shopping center in Brazil opened in Méier.
Méier has recently been the stage for intense cultural movements among them, it is worth mentioning the reopening of the doors of its traditional “Imperator” and the arrival of a gift to its streets - a statue of a Lion- the neighborhood’s symbol. Is it a decadent area? Well, we are talking about Méier! Maybe the neighborhood does need more attention, but the beer is still cold, it has codfish balls – the best in town – and if you want to know a little bit more about it , you won’t have any regrets, for sure.