Top things to do

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


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 Brazilian in Curitiba


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 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…
Observation Deck in Curitiba

Oi Torre Panorâmica

For an overview of Curitiba, head to the 109m-high Torre Panorâmica, offering 360-degree views from its observation deck.
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…
Market in Curitiba

Mercado Municipal

Curitiba's excellent urban market, full of food stalls, cafes, gourmet emporiums and Brazil's first organic food court.
Buffet in Curitiba

Bouquet Garni

Most of the ingredients at this all-organic vegetarian restaurant come from the owners’ farm. The menu changes daily according to what’s fresh and what’s in season. Rock up on a bike for a 10% discount.
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…
Theater in Curitiba

Opera de Arame

Constructed from wire with a glass roof, this theater is among Curitiba’s most unusual and enigmatic landmarks. It is surrounded by the stone quarry park, which contains an outdoor stage hosting national acts throug…