Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Florianópolis

Museu Histórico de Santa Catarina

Formerly the colonial governor’s palace, this gorgeous must-see building boasts ornate parquetry floors and extravagant 19th-century ceilings.
Top Choice Museum in Joinville

Museu Nacional da Imigração e Colonização

In an elegant palace dating from 1870, this museum documents the history of immigration to Santa Catarina. The impressive stand of palms along Alameda das Palmeiras will lead you there.
Top Choice Pub Food in Blumenau

Basement English Pub

Easily one of Brazil's best bars in a gorgeous authentic English pub atmosphere. It does a good job with homesick-remedy pub grub like burgers and fish and chips that hit the spot among a blitzkrieg of brats. Live m…
in Timbó

Choperia & Restaurante Thapyoka

Choperia & Restaurante Thapyoka, housed in a renovated factory, is a bar and eatery with an extensive menu of meats and pastas and a stellar view of the river and bridge.
in Ilha Do São Francisco


Portela is a bustling seafood restaurant situated on a pier that juts out into the bay.
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 Brazilian in Joinville


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 German in Blumenau


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 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…