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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…
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…
Boteco in Porto Alegre

Boteco Natalicio

The walls of this lively, bi-level boteco (open-air bar) straddling Centro and Cidade Baixa is covered in some 200-odd musings of comedians and locals, and packs a wild punch of chope (draft beer) starved locals, he…
Barbecue in Porto Alegre

Churrascaria Barranco

Seasoned just so for nearly 50 years, this always-crowded temple of beef offers no cowboy shows or endless skewers of speared meat, but this is where locals go for their carne (meat) fix. The huge outdoor patio is p…
Market in Porto Alegre

Mercado Público

Porto Alegre's bustling public market offers a wealth of eats. Recommended options include Banco 40, home of the incomparable super bomba royal (a showy ice cream and fruit salad concoction; R$14.90); Gambrinus, an …
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…
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…
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…
Brazilian in Porto Alegre

House Café & Bistro

Housed in an eclectic 1917 Rio Branco mansion amid grand pianos and wine art, this funky bistro serves an extraordinarily good-value executive lunch for R$37, voted the best deal in the city under R$50 by Veja. Ana …
Bar in Porto Alegre

Dirty Old Man

This awesomely named bar (a nod to Bukowski) is Cidade Baixa's best. Draft Baldhead IPA and English Bitter Ales, along with cool cocktails (R$12 to R$17), fuel the good time, while the crowd swilling it down is as e…