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Top Choice Ice Cream in Fortaleza

50 Sabores

One of Brazil's most famous ice cream shops, though with a terribly misleading name: there are actually 150 flavors here, including caipirinha (made with cachaça sugarcane liquor – you must be 18 to purchase!) and b…
Top Choice Brazilian in Fortaleza

Colher de Pau

The large, mostly open-air 'Wooden Spoon' is one of the best places in a neighborhood thronged with popular midrange restaurants. It’s great for seafood, including a superb chunky peixada (fish, vegetables and herbs…
Top Choice Brazilian in Fortaleza

Coco Bambu

This huge, festive eatery does a whole lot of everything – and it's all excellent, including the tropical-garden setting. The 16-page menu covers pizza, tapiocas, crêpes, pasta and regional mains (seafood is the spe…
Beach in Fortaleza

Praia do Futuro

A clean length of sand stretching 5km along Fortaleza’s east-facing coast, this is easily the best city beach, although it's far from most accommodations. It's lined by huge restaurants known as barracas, which serv…
Brazilian in Fortaleza

Moleskine Gastrobar

Fortaleza's bola da vez (current hot spot), this trendy gastrobar draws the young, hot and restless as much for its striking design – exposed oriented strand board, patchwork-denim-covered banquets, rope-hung lighti…
Arts Center in Fortaleza

Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura

This excellent, extensive complex includes cinemas, performance spaces, a good cafe, a planetarium and two good museums: the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, and the Memorial da Cultura Cearense, which shows exhibits on…
Club in Fortaleza

Mucuripe Music

In addition to being the best and most stylish disco in the Northeast, Mucuripe Music's new space is a huge, modern, local venue holding 1500 people and featuring VIP suites near the stage, which skirts between DJs …
Bar in Fortaleza

Boteco Praia

The number-one spot for evening drinks and conversation, Boteco Praia attracts all ages to its long, arcaded hall and its terrace facing the seafront promenade. You do pay for the privilege, though – R$7 per chope (…
Ice Cream in Fortaleza

50 Sabores

One of Brazil's most famous ice cream shops, though with a terribly misleading name: there are actually 150 flavors here, including caipirinha (made with cachaça sugarcane liquor – you must be 18 to purchase!) and b…
Seafood in Fortaleza

Vojnilô

This stone-walled, subtly maritime-themed restaurant with a confusing Macedonian name regularly wins top seafood accolades in the city. The seafood spaghetti, topped with two whole lagostas (small lobsters), and the…