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Top Choice Fusion in Paraty

Quintal das Letras

Opened in 2014, this sophisticated eatery serves superb regional cooking with big city flair. From amuse-bouches like a mushroom 'cappuccino' (frothy brown soup topped with a dollop of cream) to a sterling moqueca d…
Fort in Paraty

Forte Defensor Perpétuo

For sweeping bay views, climb to this historic Portuguese fort. Built in 1703 and rebuilt in 1822, its original purpose was to defend the gold passing through Paraty's port from pirate raids. The fort's small museum…
Argentine in Paraty

La Luna

Steak and a prime beachfront setting are the twin attractions at this Argentine-run eatery in Jabaquara, 2km north of Paraty's historic center. Everything from sirloin to picanha comes out sizzling on iron platters,…
Religious in Paraty

Semana Santa

Holy Week celebrations include the beautiful Procissão do Fogaréu, a torchlit procession through the historic center starting just past midnight on the Thursday before Easter. The Festa do Divino Espírito Santo (sev…
Seafood in Paraty

Quiosque Dito e Feito

Ask locals where to find reasonably priced fresh seafood and they'll send you to this simple beachfront kiosk on Praia do Pontal. From straightforward fried fish to moqueca to the caldeirada do mar (a seafood stew f…
Crêpes in Paraty

Oui Paraty

With a bona fide French chef in the kitchen, Oui Paraty stands out for its authentic Breton-style galettes made with buckwheat flour, alongside subtly sweet dessert offerings like nutella with homemade whipped cream…
Food & Drink in Paraty

Festival da Cachaça, Cultura e Sabores de Paraty

The Paraty region produces excellent cachaça (sugarcane alcohol), and in 1984 the town council inaugurated this annual celebration (also known as Festival da Pinga). This food-and-drink-fueled party lasts for four d…
Church in Paraty

Matriz NS dos Remédios

Built in 1787 on the site of two 17th-century churches, this church holds art from past and contemporary local artists. According to legend, the construction of the church was financed by pirate treasure found hidde…
Sandwiches in Paraty

Manuê

With good coffee, free wi-fi, two dozen varieties of juice and a delicious array of budget-friendly omelettes and dobrados (toasted flatbread sandwiches), this little eatery draws a mixed crowd of locals and tourist…
Live Music in Paraty

Margarida Café

This cavernous yet cozy bar with checkerboard tile floors and massive stone columns has great drinks and live music nightly, including MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), bossa nova, jazz, forró, tango and more.