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Top Choice Brazilian in Curitiba

Manu

Not so much a meal as a journey, Manoella Buffara is Curitiba's hottest chef and her pedigree backs up her impressive menus, which come in three tasting versions in three price ranges nightly and rely heavily on reg…
Top Choice Museum in Curitiba

Museu Oscar Niemeyer

Designed by and named for the architect responsible for much of Brasília, this exotic, eye-shaped museum is painted with whimsical dancing figures in bold colors. Rotating exhibits highlight Brazilian and internatio…
Top Choice Italian in Curitiba

Barolo

It's not located in Curitiba's touristy Italian neighborhood, but this upscale trattoria is the real deal. The pastas – pick your type, then pick your sauce (priced separately) – served in cast-iron pans, are an abs…
Top Choice Bar in Curitiba

Hop'N Roll

The hophead assault on this excellent craft beer bar's 32 draft options – served in proper pints – is relentless. Aficionados will find the lion's share of local and Southern Brazil's artisanal beers (if not on draf…
French in Curitiba

La Varenne Gastranomia

Inside Curitiba's chicest shopping mall, this gourmet newcomer has seized the city's foodie brigade. Pernambucano chef Ivo Lopes's heart (and kitchen!) pumps French-Italian blood running through Brazilian veins. The…
Indian in Curitiba

Swadisht

Hankering for a fiery curry? This upscale Indian restaurant in Batel is easily Brazil's (and maybe South America's) best. The Indian owner, manager and kitchen staff are not afraid to light you up if you beg for "In…
Cafe in Curitiba

Rause Cafe + Vinho

At its heart, a smart coffeehouse (choose from specialty Bahia and Minas coffees, prepared by Chemex, Aeropress, V60, as a Greek frappe etc), but there's a great selection of eats as well (osso buco risotto, fig con…
Plaza in Curitiba

Largo da Ordem

Curitiba's old colonial heart. Here, the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets are lined with beautifully restored buildings, many of which now house trendy art galleries, pubs and cafes. On Sunday, it fills up along …
Asian in Curitiba

Reflecting Curitiba’s significant Asian immigration, this pricier por-kilo does outstanding Korean, Chinese and Japanese dishes, including sushi, sashimi and fantastic lula apimentada (spicy squid salad), and a long…
Gardens in Curitiba

Jardim Botânico

In the far south of the city, the Jardim Botânico is a vast, flower-filled expanse, studded with sculpture and crisscrossed by walking paths. The centerpiece glass and metallic greenhouse is more interesting as a de…