Top things to do in Mariana

Top Choice Buffet in Mariana

Lua Cheia

Mariana’s best por-kilo place offers a sumptuous buffet of mineira cuisine – from freshly grilled meat to feijão tropeiro (beans mixed with toasted manioc flour, crunchy pork rind, sausage, eggs, kale, garlic and on…
Church in Mariana

Catedral Basílica da Sé

The star attraction at Mariana's cathedral is its fantastic German organ dating from 1701, painted with designs from the then-Portuguese colony of Macau and adorned with carved wooden angels.The cathedral was closed…
Church in Mariana

Igreja São Francisco de Assis

Mariana's loveliest church was designed by Aleijadinho, whose work can also be seen in the pulpits and other interior details. The gorgeous ceiling panels in the sacristy were painted by Mariana's native son Ataíde,…
Bar in Mariana

Cervejaria Inconfidentes

With a prime location on Mariana's prettiest square, this brewpub featuring local beers has become the town's go-to nightspot since opening in 2017. There's live music Thursday through Saturday evenings.
Buffet in Mariana

O Rancho

This cozy, low-key eatery specializes in hearty mineira fare, with soups bubbling on the wood-fired stove every night; there’s also pizza for those needing a break from rice and beans.
International in Mariana


Tucked down a side street from Praça Gomes Freire, this bright and cheery two-level eatery serves everything from steak to seafood to pizza, all accompanied by a good beer and wine list.
Square in Mariana

Praça Gomes Freire

One block downhill from Praça Minas Gerais, this leafy square is an inviting place to sit and watch the world go by, with a pond, a gazebo and park benches shaded by grand old trees.
Museum in Mariana

Museu Arquidiocesano de Arte Sacra

Mariana's sacred art museum features sculptures by Aleijadinho, paintings by Ataíde and other religious objects.
Church in Mariana

Igreja NS do Carmo

On Mariana's central square, this church was severely damaged by fire in 1999, but still retains its original rococo chancel (the only element to have survived unscathed).