Top Choice Italian in Ouro Preto

O Passo

In a lovely 18th-century building with intimate candlelit interior, this local favorite specializes in pizza, pasta and salads complemented by a good wine list. Outside, the relaxed creekside terrace is ideal for an…
Buffet in Ouro Preto


Eclectically decorated with old photos, religious art, Brazilian flags and antiques, this local institution serves one of Minas' tastiest (if priciest) buffets. The menu showcases traditional local favorites such as…
International in Ouro Preto

Bené da Flauta

Occupying two levels of a gorgeous colonial sobrado (mansion) just below Igreja de São Francisco, this upscale restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner, with pretty views of Ouro Prêto's hillsides, candlelight refl…
International in Ouro Preto

Café Geraes & Escadabaixo

Well-heeled students and artists favor this trendy spot to sip wine, talk shop and linger over creatively prepared salads, pasta, salmon and steak dishes. On weekdays, there's a good-value prato executivo lunch – ma…
Japanese in Ouro Preto


Hannah serves an unconventional but tasty mix of Japanese and Middle Eastern food, from tempura, yakissoba (fried noodles) and temakis (sushi cones) to lamb with couscous or kofta (meatballs) in tomato sauce. The We…
Mineira in Ouro Preto

Casa do Ouvidor

Just downhill from Praça Tiradentes, Ouvidor has garnered numerous awards for its comida mineira. At night, low lighting enhances the rustic charm of the ancient upstairs dining room. Definitely come with an empty s…
Cafe in Ouro Preto

Chocolates Ouro Preto

Best known for its hot chocolate and other sinful indulgences, Ouro Preto’s hometown chocolate factory also serves sandwiches, soups and other savory snacks. Their second branch keeps the same hours and prices.
Cafe in Ouro Preto

Café e Livraria Cultural

Tucked away just below the tourist office, this laid-back little cafe with exposed stone walls has simple food, fancy coffee drinks, and an extensive beer and wine list. A good place to pore over the map and get you…
Cafe in Ouro Preto

Chocolates Ouro Preto

This quaint cafe and dessert shop serves everything from quiches to caldo verde (Portuguese kale, sausage and potato soup) to roast beef sandwiches, along with their namesake artisan chocolate treats.
Buffet in Ouro Preto

Adega Ouro Preto

The cavelike Adega is a great deal at lunchtime, when mineira specialties are sold by the kilo or on an all-you-can-eat basis.