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Top Choice Church in Tiradentes

Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio

Named for Tiradentes' patron saint, this gorgeous church is one of Aleijadinho's last designs. The dazzling gold interior is rich in Old Testament symbolism. Noteworthy elements include the polychrome organ, built i…
Top Choice Mineira in Tiradentes

Viradas do Largo

Tucked down a peaceful lane far from the relative bustle of downtown Tiradentes, this is one of the region's standout restaurants for traditional mineira cuisine. Crowds pack into it on weekends, spilling over into …
Museum in Tiradentes

Museu de Sant'Ana

Opened in 2014 in Tiradentes' former town jail, this is the latest innovative museum project conceived by Belo Horizonte–based Angela Gutierrez, creator of Ouro Preto’s Museu do Oratório and Belo Horizonte's Museu d…
Thai in Tiradentes

Uai Thai

Chef Ricardo Martins mixes Asian and Brazilian influences at this fusion eatery on restaurant-happy Rua Direita. Specialties include lemon-crusted surubim (freshwater fish) with sauteed veggies and cashews, and a Th…
Brazilian in Tiradentes

Tragaluz

Set in a romantic, candlelit space with exposed stone and brick walls, Tragaluz prides itself on home cooking served with artistic flair. The innovative dishes range from yam and sugar beet soup to pintada (the rest…
Museum in Tiradentes

Museu do Padre Toledo

Dedicated to 18th-century Brazilian priest and revolutionary hero Padre Toledo, this recently renovated museum occupies the 18-room house where Padre Toledo himself once lived and where the Inconfidentes first met. …
International in Tiradentes

Luth Bistrô

The gorgeous walled garden setting is the big draw at this recently opened gastro-pub near the heart of town. Spacious, verdant grounds surrounding a pond provide a pleasant backdrop for sipping local beer and test-…
Buffet in Tiradentes

Empório Santo Antônio

Five minutes northeast of the main square, this is a great spot to eat well without the tourist hype. Best value is the delicious all-you-can-eat weekend buffet, with a wide selection of vegetables and salads, past…
Church in Tiradentes

Igreja NS Rosário dos Pretos

This beautiful stone church, with its many images of black saints, was built in 1708, by and for slaves. Since they had no free time during daylight hours, construction took place at night – note the nocturnal icono…
Brazilian in Tiradentes

Pau de Angu

In a peaceful country setting between Tiradentes and the artsy community of Bichinho, this is a great spot for homemade linguiça (garlicky pork sausage), hot sauces and all things mineira. Portions are huge and mean…