Restaurants

Top Choice Brazilian in Curitiba

Manu

Manoella Buffara is Curitiba's hottest chef and her pedigree backs up her impressive creations, which appear on a nightly-changing tasting menu that relies heavily on regional farm cooperatives and the restaurant's …
Top Choice Brazilian in Paranaguá

Casa do Barreado

In her own home a few blocks behind the historic district, Norma cooks up real-deal barreado (meat stew) true to its original recipe (simmered for 24 hours in an earthen clay pot), a less commercialized version than…
Top Choice Sweets in Foz do Iguaçu

Albayan Doceria Arabe

If you really want to immerse yourself in Foz de Iguaçu's MIddle Eastern culture, this divine sweet shop across from the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque in Jardim Central is the place to go. Rows and rows of classic Leva…
Top Choice Italian in Curitiba

Barolo

It's not located in Curitiba's touristy Italian neighborhood, yet this upscale trattoria is the real deal. The pasta – pick your type, then pick your sauce (priced separately) – is served in cast-iron pans and an ab…
Top Choice Seafood in Ilha do Mel

Mar e Sol

En route to the lighthouse, Mar e Sol serves spectacular fish, shrimp and crab moquecas (seafood stews; R$109 to R$255 for two), seafood risottos, and cheaper daily specials in individual portions. Junior, the local…
Top Choice Brazilian in Morretes

Villa Morretes

Amid lush gardens and bubbling fountains on the more tranquil side of the river sits this scenic restaurant, a great and friendly option for regional specialties, including barreado (from R$54.70), fish with maracuj…
Top Choice Brazilian in Ilha do Mel

Lumo

At llha do Mel's most interesting newcomer, chef Luiz Moura is shaking up the culinary scene armed with kitchen experience at both London's Meantime Brewing and Vinícola Araucária, a winery outside Curitiba. The res…
Top Choice Cafe in Foz do Iguaçu

Empório com Arte

This mineiro-run highlight of the Foz scene ('scene' used loosely) is full of country charm and swarming with town sophisticates gossiping among a potpourri of mostly Minas Gerais art and handicrafts (all for sale).…
Top Choice Brazilian in Ilha do Mel

Fim da Trilha

One of the island’s best restaurants has spicy, Spain-indistinguishable paella served – stop the presses! – in individual portions (R$50 to R$60), including a vegetarian option. Occasional craft beers are are availa…
Top Choice Pizza in Foz do Iguaçu

Vó Bertila

This informal, family-run cantina churns out wood-fired pizza – even in personal sizes – and reasonably authentic pasta in heaping portions. This is the kind of down-home Italian spot Brazil does so very well. Don't…