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Top Choice Brazilian in Natal

Casa de Taipa

What is probably Brazil's most famous tapiocaria flips the script on a traditionally R$4 street food and turns it into a gourmet treat fit for foodies. Droves of visitors and locals alike swarm this colorful and fes…
Top Choice Seafood in Natal

Camarões Potiguar

This bright, stylish and creative homage to the shrimp is arguably Natal's best dining experience, and it's permanently packed. Start with a tradtional shrimp and Catupiry pastel (thin square of dough stuffed with s…
Fort in Natal

Forte dos Reis Magos

The fort that got Natal started in 1598 still stands in its original five-pointed star shape on the reef at the tip of the peninsula at the north end of town. The views of the city, the Ponte Nova and the dunes acro…
Seafood in Natal

Old Five

Voted Natal's best beach bar, this American-owned Ponta Negra hot spot completely transformed the forgotten far end of the beach. During the day, dig your toes in the sand with a cocktail in hand and order from all …
Parade in Natal

Carnatal

Natal’s out-of-season Carnaval, Carnatal, takes to the streets of the Lagoa Nova district over four days in early December, with Salvador-style trios elétricos (bands playing atop huge trucks) and blocos sporting na…
Beach in Natal

Praia de Ponta Negra

Praia de Ponta Negra, at the far south end of the city, is the nicest beach in Natal; it's 3km long and full of surfers, sailing boats and beach bars, with the city's best selection of hotels, pousadas and restauran…
Beach in Natal

Praia Ponta Negra

Of Natal’s city beaches, Praia Ponta Negra (14km south of the center) is urbanized but the nicest. Morro de Careca – a steep, monstrous dune that drops into the sea – towers over its southern end. Bus 56 runs from h…
Football in Natal

Arena das Dunas

Natal gained the futuristic and intimate 31,375-seat Arena das Dunas, located about halfway between the city center and Ponta Negra, for its four group-stage matches in the 2014 World Cup. Today it's the main home o…
Area in Natal

Morro da Careca

At the south end of Praia de Ponta Negra is the Morro da Careca, a spectacularly high sand dune with a steep face dropping straight into the sea. Access to the dune has been closed off to prevent further erosion and…
Pizza in Natal

Cipó Brasil

A unanimous favorite, this fun jungle-themed place is great for sesame-crusted pizza (more than 30 types, from shrimp and four cheese, to banana and chocolate) and both savory and sweet crepes. It's a starting point…