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Top Choice Museum in Belo Horizonte

Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim

The world's largest open-air contemporary art museum, and greater Belo Horizonte's standout attraction, this sprawling complex of gardens dotted with 21 world-class modern art galleries and numerous outdoor sculptur…
Top Choice Stadium in Belo Horizonte

Mineirão & Museu Brasileiro de Futebol

An obligatory stop for football fans, Belo Horizonte's legendary 65,000-seat stadium was completely renovated for the 2014 World Cup, incorporating a brand-new football museum, esplanade and LEED-certified energy co…
Top Choice Arts Center in Belo Horizonte

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

Inaugurated in late 2013, this magnificent palace on Praça da LIberdade is one of Belo Horizonte's cultural gems. The vast third-floor gallery hosts special exhibitions that rotate every couple of months, while the …
Top Choice Cafe in Belo Horizonte

Café com Letras

With live jazz on Sundays, DJs Thursday through Saturday, and a bohemian buzz between sets, this bookstore-cafe is a fun place to kick back over light meals (R$22-60) and drinks, browse the shelves and enjoy the fre…
Top Choice Market in Belo Horizonte

Feira de Arte e Artesanato

A Belo Horizonte classic, this Sunday street fair attracts massive crowds searching for clothing, jewelry, street food and more. Located between Rua da Bahia and Rua das Guajajaras, and bordered by the soothing gree…
Top Choice Mineira in Belo Horizonte


Dona Nelsa's local institution features fabulous mineira food served at picnic tables under a thatched roof, with hammocks close at hand for pre-meal children’s entertainment or post-meal relaxation. The traditional…
Top Choice Museum in Belo Horizonte

Memorial Minas Gerais – Vale

The best element of Praça da Liberdade’s 2010 makeover, this supremely cool contemporary museum chronicles Minas culture from the 17th to 21st centuries via three floors of cutting-edge interactive galleries and aud…
Top Choice Market in Belo Horizonte

Mercado Central

You’ll find everything from parrots to peppers to perfume at this indoor market, a true Belo Horizonte institution. Sample the delicious local produce, socialize with locals at one of the bars or just roam the aisle…
Top Choice Church in Belo Horizonte

Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

On the banks of Pampulha's artificial lake, Niemayer's striking modernist church is an architectural delight. Inside, the tiles and paintings by Portinari are equally striking.
Mineira in Belo Horizonte

Casa Cheia

People line up by the dozen for a table at this long-established Mercado Central eatery, whose name means ‘full house’. A bevy of women prepare traditional favorites on a giant stove, including pratos do dia (low-pr…