Curitiba Restaurants and Dining
(Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil)
Located within the important agricultural state of Paraná, the city of Curitiba comes with plenty of restaurants to suit the needs of hungry tourists. Those dining out in Curitiba will be able to choose between not only traditional Brazilian and Portuguese restaurants, but also a number of Asian and European eateries, strongly influenced by local communities.
Many of the best restaurants and dining establishments in Curitiba are based around the very heart of the city, often being conveniently close to metro stops and bus stops. The north-westerly suburb of Santa Felicidade is also something of a Italian-style gastronomic centre for the city and worth visiting.
Where to Eat
For simple snacks on the go, the Mercado Municipal features a good selection of food stalls on its lower level, and is to be found on the corner of the Avenida Presidente Afonso Camargo and the Rua General Carneiro. The largest shopping malls in Curitiba also boast an array of eateries, with the centrally located Estacao Mall on the Avenida Sete de Setembro being home to an excellent seafood restaurant.
Fast-food opportunities present themselves along the Rua das Flores - part-way between the Rua Alameda Doutor Murici and the Rua Westfalen. Here you will find all manner of restaurants, offering cheap eats and pavement dining.
What to Eat
The cuisine of Paraná is quite traditional, with some renowned state dishes being known for their Portuguese origins and flavours. In particular, look out for:
- Barreado - shredded meat cooked in a clay pot and served with rice, cassava flour and slices of banana.
- Caruru - a mixture of sun-dried meat, cornmeal and beans.
- Chourico - a spicy sausage often cooked by burying pots in hot ground.
- Churrasco - a barbecue-style meat cooked on kebabs at Brazilian steakhouses (churrascarias).
- Feijoada - a stew made with beef, pork and black beans.