The local cuisine in Fortaleza, in which seafood is such a popular ingredient, combines Brazilian flavors and family traditions. Dishes such as the local “moqueca” are an excellent opportunity to learn about the culture and customs of Ceará.
The northeastern region of Brazil is renowned for its gorgeous beaches with calm warm waters and for the friendliness of its people. No wonder the region is considered one of the most welcoming in the country. Northeastern cuisine also stands out with its well-prepared traditional dishes.
In the capital city of Ceará state, local cuisine uses ingredients and products from local farms. And, of course, since it is a seaside city, fish and seafood are frequently used in local dishes. Lobster, shrimp, and crabmeat make up some of the most popular dishes, which may be cooked in several different ways.
Cooked crab, one of the typical dishes of Fortaleza
Local dishes such as peixada (fish stew), as well as shrimp stew with garlic and oil, boiled crabs, breaded crab legs, and crab cakes are usually the favorites among visitors. The best part is that most of the ingredients are found in local fisheries, which means that they are extremely fresh. Is your mouth watering yet?
Manioc, or cassava, is called macaxeira in Fortaleza. It is the symbol of local cuisine and an important product for local agriculture. The macaxeira is the perfect side dish to many traditional main dishes. Other common sides include sweet potatoes and coconut, also produced on a very large scale in the state. As for the combination of rice and beans, which is so popular all over the country, Ceará used it to develop a local dish called baião-de-dois. It is a mixture of rice and black-eyed peas that is usually served with butter, coalho cheese (Brazilian curd cheese), and paçoca (toasted cassava flour mixed with sun-dried beef).
And there is more! Corn is an important ingredient in the state of Ceará and brings versatility to many delicious local dishes, such as sweet corn cake, couscous, mugunzá (a type of porridge), canjica (a sweet corn pudding), and pamonha (corn paste wrapped in corn husks). Sugarcane juice is also used as an ingredient for several products, such as rapadura (a hard brown-sugar sweet) and cachaça (local distilled spirit), or it can simply be enjoyed as a simple and delicious juice. When in Fortaleza, visitors must try all of them as well as other delicious options such pé-de-moleque (a local peanut brittle), panelada (beef offal stew), buchada (goat offal stew), and sarapatel (pork offal stew).
With options for everyone, the quality of the local cuisine in Fortaleza is unquestionable. Whether they have a sweet tooth or prefer savoury dishes, tourists will fall in love with the food in Ceará. Let us remind you, in case you are planning your next trip, that these delicious dishes are just a short flight away! Come enjoy all that Ceará has to offer!
+55 (85) 3392-1030
Pinto Martins International Airport operates flights from all major cities in Brazil and from some international destinations.
+55 (85) 3256-5786
If you are already in Brazil, you can get to Fortaleza by bus. Engenheiro João Thomé Bus Terminal is located just a few kilometers from the airport.
The city has plenty of bus routes that will take visitors to most local tourist attractions. For more information on the routes, please visit the Fortaleza City Hall website.
A stroll along the city’s beautiful beachfront is a unique experience. Besides taking a pleasant walk and experiencing the breathtaking sunset, visitors can check out the beachfront stalls for souvenirs and typical handicrafts.
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.
Tourist Information Center – Airport:
Tourist Information Center – Central Market:
+55 (85) 3105.1475
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
Fortaleza is generally sunny all year round. Out of all the state capital cities in the Brazilian Northeast, it is the one that gets the least rain. Having said that, the rainy season begins in January and lasts till June. The dry season begins in August and lasts till December.