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Top Choice Cafe in Diamantina

Livraria Café Espaço B

This bookstore-cafe is a relaxing spot to mingle with Diamantina’s bohemian set. You can browse books (including a few in English), use the free wi-fi and linger over coffee, tea, wine and light meals ranging from s…
Museum in Diamantina

Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek

Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek, childhood home of the former president, is full of historical memorabilia that reflect his simple upbringing as the grandson of poor Czech immigrants. Kubitschek himself believed that h…
Museum in Diamantina

Museu do Diamante

Between Praça JK and the cathedral is the house of Padre Rolim, one of the Inconfidentes. It’s now the Museu do Diamante, exhibiting religious art, old photos, furniture, weapons, and other relics of the diamond day…
Historic Building in Diamantina

Casa da Chica da Silva

This fine colonial mansion was the home of diamond contractor João Fernandes de Oliveira and his longtime partner, the former slave Chica da Silva. Upstairs, paintings and poems (in Portuguese only) evoke the lifest…
Museum in Diamantina

Casa da Glória

Connected by a vivid-blue 2nd-story passageway, these two houses on opposite sides of the street were originally the residence of Diamantina's diamond supervisors and the palace of its first bishop. Currently housin…
Self-Serve in Diamantina

Apocalipse Restaurante

Apocalipse serves an excellent international per-kilo lunch in an upstairs room affording views of the municipal market.
Bar in Diamantina

Recanto do Antônio

With stone walls and wood beams, this cozy and convivial bar-restaurant features live music on weekends, and its sanduiche de filé (steak sandwich) is one of the tastiest bar snacks around.
Lebanese in Diamantina

Al Árabe

From simple snacks (starting at R$5) to more elaborate dishes for two, Al Árabe’s Lebanese-Brazilian chef offers an enticing line-up of Middle Eastern specialties, including many vegetarian options.
Mineira in Diamantina

O Garimpo

Famous for its regional dishes, the restaurant at Pousada do Garimpo challenges the heftiest of appetites with its house specialty bambá do garimpo, a high-calorie concoction dating back to the diamond-mining days t…
Creperie in Diamantina


With cheerful red and mustard-yellow decor, this rock ’n’ roll–themed eatery specializes in build-your-own crepes, salads and pasta dishes, accompanied by juices, milkshakes and ice-cream treats. It's hidden on a ba…