1. Immerse yourself in art
Inhotim is Brazil's largest and most impressive collection of contemporary art. A mining magnate financed the institution and itâ€™s quickly becoming known as the number one place to visit in the country, so donâ€™t miss this wonderland spread over 110 hectares and featuring hundreds of works from world-renowned artists.
2. Grab a market bargain
Every Sunday the Avenue Afonso Pena, one of the main streets in Belo Horizonte, closes to make space for arguably the biggest and best art and craft market in the country. Nicknamed the Hippie Market, the fair holds 2,500 thousand stalls and receives over 60 thousand visitors every week. Divided into 16 sections, itâ€™s also a great place to buy shoes, bags, clothes and accessories.
3. Chow down before a match
FeijÃ£o Tropeiro is a classic local dish made of beans, cassava flour, pork, eggs and couve (a type of Chinese broccoli) and is an iconic recipe of Minas Gerais. Itâ€™s served at Belo Horizonteâ€™s MineirÃ£o stadium instead of the meat pies and hot dogs Australian stadiums are infamous for. Do as the locals do: head to a game and try this mouth-watering dish.
4. Enjoy avant-garde architecture
The Pampulha Architectural Complex was designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1940s as part of the expansion and modernisation of the city. Buildings such as the art museum and the iconic church of Saint Francis of Assisi with its stunning Portinari panel make it for a charming visit.
5. Sip the local liquor
Brazilâ€™s own spirit liquor is called cachaÃ§a and the state of Minas Gerais is renowned for producing some of the countryâ€™s finest. A trip to Vale Verde cachaÃ§a distillery in the metropolitan area will give you an insight into the world of the â€˜marvadaâ€™ cachaÃ§a - the naughty drink. Itâ€™s worth remembering that the motto of the city is: â€œthe beach is too far, letâ€™s go to the barâ€.
6. Where to eat
Bar da Lora - This is a bar inside the central market that sells icy cold beer and great local food (Central Market, Loja 115).
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