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Top Choice Market in Belém

Estação das Docas

An ambitious renovation project converted three down-at-heel riverfront warehouses into a popular gathering spot, with restaurants, bars, shops and even an art-house theater. There are nice river views and displays …
Top Choice Live Music in Alter do Chão

Epaço Alter do Chão

There's always something worth seeing at this cool music-culture-restaurant space at the east end of the waterfront promenade. There's live carimbó most Saturday nights, and guest bands play rock, forró, samba, regg…
Top Choice Food Hall in Belém

Estação das Docas

One of the best places in Belém to eat no matter what you're hungry for. The bustling complex has almost a dozen restaurants, most with indoor and outdoor seating and open for lunch, dinner and late-night feasting. …
Top Choice Brazilian in Santarém

Restaurante Piracema

Considered by many to be the best restaurant in town, Piracema uses regional ingredients and flavors but serves dishes you'll find nowhere else. The signature dish is the peixe á Piracema, a spherical construction o…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Alter do Chão

Araribá Cultura Indígena

Arguably the best indigenous art store in the Amazon, with items ranging from inexpensive necklaces to museum-quality masks and ceremonial costumes, and representing communities throughout the Amazon basin. Shipping…
Historic Site in Santarém

Belterra

Henry Ford briefly moved his Fordlândia operations here in the 1940s and this site, 40km from Santarém, makes for an easy day trip. There's a small museum of Ford-era photos and artifacts, a small grove of rubber tr…
Vegetarian in Alter do Chão

Siria

The lovely chef-owner prepares just one vegan entree per sitting, served as a prato feito (plate of the day) and announced on a sandwich board in front. From chickpea omelets to vegetable tarts, count on it being ou…
Market in Belém

Mercado Ver-o-Peso

The name of this waterfront market, with its iconic four-turreted structure, comes from colonial times, when the Portuguese would ver o peso (check the weight) of merchandise in order to impose taxes. The display of…
Church in Belém

Basílica Santuario de Nazaré

Rather humdrum from the outside, the Basílica Santuario de Nazaré has a truly spectacular interior. Sink into a cushioned pew and admire the soaring marble columns, brilliant stained-glass windows and ornate wood an…
Museum in Belém

Museu do Estado do Pará

The State Museum of Pará is housed in the grand Palácio Lauro Sodré, originally the residence of Portugal’s royal representatives in Belém and later home to various state governors. One such governor, Ernesto Lobo, …