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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Balneário Camboriú

Parque Unipraias

Camboriú's pride and joy is this six-hectare urban reserve. In addition to 500m of walking trails, the real coup is its amusements: the bondinho, an Italian-built cable-car system that connects three stations betwee…
Top Choice German in Blumenau

Abendbrothaus

This Sunday-only feast is the most coveted table in Santa Catarina for marreco (stuffed Garganey, a kind of small duck); in fact, the menu's only item begins its journey to your stomach at 6am, when Josefa Jensen be…
Top Choice Brazilian in Lagoa da Conceição

Bistrô Santa Marta

Extraordinary service greets those willing to escape Lagoa town for Canto da Lagoa about 2km from town. This adorable, eight-table contemporary bistro works with a limited but excellent menu (filet Mignon, lobster, …
Top Choice Boteco in Florianópolis

Boteco Zé Mané

It's worth the trek to the mainland for this fantastic boteco (small neighborhood bar) along the Via Gastrônomica in Coqueiros. Jazzed-up caipirinhas (R$18) like bergamot, basil and pink peppercorn; and our fav, jab…
Top Choice Japanese in Florianópolis

Black Sheep

Korean/Japazillian chef Emerson Kim and his Latvian wife/hostess honed their skills at Nobu (yes, that Nobu). You will find a grand total of zero items with cream cheese; but perhaps more surprising are the shocking…
Top Choice Seafood in Praia do Rosa

Urucum

Chef Rafael Miralha hails from Espírito Santo and trained in Southern California before setting up shop in Rosa, Capixaba (Espirito Santo) recipes in hand. He specializes in moquecas (seafood stews) done up in the s…
Top Choice Brazilian in Joinville

Biergarten

The most agreeable restaurant in Joinville is a convivial spot to sample regional specialties like marreco (stuffed garganey, a kind of small duck; R$94.90 for two), washed down with its own chope (draft beer) calle…
Top Choice Brewery in Pomerode

Schornstein Kneipe

This truly excellent microbrewery producers two types of pilsner as well as an Indian pale ale (our fave!), weiss, bock and an imperial stout. Call ahead to arrange a brewery tour. To reach the brewery, grab an hour…
Top Choice Pizza in Florianópolis

Forneria Catarina

Considering it's located far, far outside São Paulo city limits, this upscale Sampa-style pizzeria does an absolute bangup job with pizza Paulistana – at far more accommodating prices. We reckon half rustica (arugul…
Top Choice Pub in Lagoa da Conceição

Black Swan

A proper English-run pub and garden pouring a wide range of proper pints – R$24.50 to R$27.50, all rarer than the pub's namesake – and pub grub, all served up alongside 12 televisions of your sporting heart's desire…