If you have been here on this blog before you already know I’m from Brazil. I live in the south in a city called Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state. And if you look at the map you’ll see we are closer to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay, than to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the two most famous cities in the country.
Porto Alegre is not a touristic city but many people from all over the world visit us for many different reasons. Last year for example, we held a few games of the famous World Cup!
For whatever reason you are coming, here are some tips of where to stay, eat and do in Porto Alegre!
Where to stay
I highly recommend staying on Moinhos de Vento neighborhood, with many coffee shops, cafés, restaurants and charming streets. Sheraton would be your best option. Other good hotels in this neighborhood are Mercure and Quality.
If you want to stay near the airport Deville and Novotel are good alternatives.
Where to eat
A very traditional restaurant in the city is Santo Antônio. We eat there quite often. To taste the Brazilian barbecue you could go to NB Steak. New in town is Galeteria Casa Di Paolo, where they serve galeto, a kind of grilled chicken, very popular around here, that is served with sides like pasta, salad, fried cheese and fried polenta. This restaurant is very close to the airport, so you can go either when you arrive or on the day you are leaving. And our favorite coffee shops are Press and Padarie.
What to do
For an overview of the city, take the city tour bus, with two different routes: Historic District and South Zone. I recommend the first.
Go to parks like Parque Farroupilha, also called Redenção (don’t miss the Sunday “Brique da Redenção”, a mix of flea market and crafts market) and Parcão, on Moinhos de Vento neighborhood.
And if you want to go to a museum, my favorite is Fundação Iberê Camargo