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Top Choice Italian in Porto Alegre

Atelier das Massas

Crammed with atmosphere as much as artisanal pastas, put this dive-like pasta bar on your immediate to-do list and never mind the curmudgeon old school servers. There's an irresistible antipasti buffet and a very lo…
Top Choice Bar in Porto Alegre

Biermarkt Von Fass

With its 38 taps, this Moinhos de Vento drinking den is said to offer the most beers on draft in all of Latin America. We're not sure about that, but it is the stomping ground of craft-beer fiends with a strong emph…
Architecture in Porto Alegre

Catedral Metropolitana

This early-20th-century neoclassical cathedral is a Porto Alegre landmark. It sits atop the hill that divides downtown from a series of prosperous neighborhoods that are clustered around Parque Farroupilha, the city…
Museum in Porto Alegre

Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul

A pedestrian promenade runs into Praça da Alfândega, the leafy square that is home to the Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul. The neoclassical building is an impressive venue for regional artists. On the ground floo…
Museum in Porto Alegre

Museu Histórico Júlio de Castilhos

Near the Praça da Matriz is Museu Histórico Júlio de Castilhos, displaying gaúcho artifacts in a typical 19th-century home.
in Porto Alegre


Small selection of English-language classics.
Buffet in Porto Alegre

Sabor Natural

Vegetarians will delight at this all-organic, beef-free, all-you-can-eat buffet that caters to the downtown lunch crowd. Enjoy limitless soups, salads and other mostly herbivore-leaning fare.
Portuguese in Porto Alegre

Bar Gambrinus

This restaurant in the Mercado Público is popular for its old-world aura and extremely fresh seafood.
Churrascaria in Porto Alegre

Galpão Crioulo

Serious gaúcho country means serious meat. Indulge yourself at one of Porto Alegre's best – and most touristy – churrascarias. The designated Mestre do Chimarrão (chimarrão master) guarantees the local specialty mat…
Brazilian in Porto Alegre

Chale da Praça XV

Housed in a pleasant, Victorian-style garden house and surrounded by a sprawling terrace, this Porto Alegre institution buzzes with activity. Great Sunday bet.