Local cuisine is part of the charm of the state of Minas Gerais. And the capital city, Belo Horizonte, definitely stands out, so much so that it got the title of UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. When visiting Belo Horizonte, tourists can enjoy tasty traditional dishes, such as frango ao molho pardo (chicken in brown sauce) and leitão à pururuca (pururuca-style roasted pig).
The state of Minas Gerais is infinitely charming. Besides being excellent hosts, always very welcoming and friendly, mineiros (as people born in the state are called) can prepare some of the most delicious dishes in Brazilian cuisine. It only takes a few days in Belo Horizonte for visitors to fall in love with the rich flavors in the local dishes.
Bambá de couve (a typical kale broth) is a great dish to start off with. The combination of cornmeal, collage greens, and different types of meat becomes a rich and spicy soup that is just perfect on a chilly day. For the main course, we recommend chicken with okra, one of the most traditional local dishes in the city of Belo Horizonte.
Pururuca-style roasted pig
Other popular dishes include chicken in brown sauce (a sauce made with chicken blood), with a side of tropeiro beans (beans with sausage and collard greens) or bean tutu (puréed beans thickened with cassava flour). And how about some pururuca-style roasted pig? This cultural dish consists of well-seasoned pork with crispy skin. Whichever dish you choose, the fact is that the ingredients in Minas Gerais cuisine offer endless possibilities.
And the menu would not be complete without a delicious afternoon snack. A local favorite is a fresh batch of cheese bread, some freshly-brewed coffee, and some Brazilian guava paste.
According to mineiros, the best place in a home is the kitchen. On that note, Belo Horizonte cuisine will offer you the best in Brazilian culinary tourism, flavors that you will remember and treasure for a long time. So, the next time you are in town, try the traditional local dishes and allow yourself to fall in love with them.
+55 (31) 3689-6800
Belo Horizonte International Airport operates daily national and international flights.
+55 (31) 3271-3000
If you are already in Brazil, you can also get to Belo Horizonte by bus. Belo Horizonte Bus Station operates daily routes to and from most Brazilian cities.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
When driving to Belo Horizonte, the best route if you are making your way from São Paulo is Highway BR-381 (Fernão Dias Highway). If you are going from Rio de Janeiro, Goiás, or the Federal District, you should take Highway BR-040. If you are going from Espírito Santo, the best route is Highway BR-262.
There are several bus routes that cover the whole city. For more information, call 156 or visit the BHTrans website.
The best way to get to some of the attractions in the city is by subway. Please make sure you check the subway route before boarding.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
If you want to get around the city more comfortably, taxis and ridesharing companies are available in the city.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A great way to move around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Tourist Information Center Álvaro Hardy:
+55 (31) 3277-9987
Tourist Information Center – Belotur:
+55 (31) 3277-9765
Tourist Information Center – Central Market:
+55 (31) 3277-4691
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
Summer in the city of Belo Horizonte is hot and wet, while winter is dry and has mild temperatures. The hottest period, between the months of October and March, is also the period when it rains the most. On the other hand, rains are rare and temperatures are lower between the months of April and September.