Curitiba’s gastronomic scene is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history of the southern region of Brazil. Tourists will simply love the local dishes, which are influenced by European cuisine but also have undeniable Brazilian qualities.
Local cuisine in Curitiba includes delicious ingredients and lots of well-seasoned cuts of meat. When cooked in traditional clay stew pots, the meat gets incredibly tender and has a unique flavor.
The city of Curitiba completely reflects the typical culinary qualities of the region, starting with its name. The word “curitiba” means “a lot of pine nuts” (pinhão in Portuguese), a reference to a fruit that is easily found locally and which, to this day, is one of the most popular snacks in the state.
Pine Nuts, one of the most popular snacks in Curitiba
However, local cuisine is much more than just pine nuts. Historically influenced by several European settlers from different countries, the region has developed local dishes that came from Poland, Germany, and Italy, for example, but that also have Brazilian qualities. Some of these dishes include Pierogi (filled dumplings from Poland), eisbein (German ham hock), Carne de Onça (a type of beef tartare), and well-known pasta dishes.
Some other mouthwatering dishes in the state of Paraná include the popular barreado do litoral (a beef stew of Portuguese origin that is a favorite among tourists), pão no bafo (steamed buns filled with pork and cabbage), carneiro no buraco (a local pit-cooked lamb dish), quirera (a savoury corn porridge that can be served on its own or prepared with chicken or pork), and porco no tacho (kettle-fried pork chunks seasoned with salt, pepper, parsley, chopped onions, garlic, and red chilly sauce). The feast is complete with a side of toasted cassava flour, rice, and plantains.
When it comes to good food, tourists will never be let down in Curitiba. If you are ever in the city, make sure you try these extraordinary local dishes.
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The International Airport of Curitiba operates domestic flights from most Brazilian capitals, as well as international flights.
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The Curitiba Bus Terminal operates intercity and interstate lines.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
One of the main access routes to Curitiba is highway BR-116, which connects Curitiba to São Paulo, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul. In addition, there are highways BR-376 and BR-101, which connect Curitiba to Palhoça – SC, as well as highway BR-277, which connects the city to the coast of Paraná.
There are several bus lines serving the city. If you want to find out more about bus routes and timetables, please visit the Curitiba’s Integrated Public Transport Network (RIT) website.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city of Curitiba.
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The coldest period in the city is during the months of July and August. It is also the period with fewer showers. From October on, rain starts to become more frequent.