Porto Alegre

The famous churrasco (barbecue) is most certainly the signature dish of gaucho cuisine. However, visitors might be interested in knowing that the local cuisine in the city of Porto Alegre boasts several other different types of meat dishes as well as delicious side dishes.

Renowned for its mild weather and European-influenced architecture, the state of Rio Grande do Sul is frequently visited by tourists who enjoy wine tourism and culinary tourism. After all, there’s nothing better than to enjoy a glass of good wine in the chilly weather of Porto Alegre. The state capital has incredible experiences in store for the foodies who come for a visit.

Churrasco, the signature dish of the gaucho gastronomy

It is simply impossible to visit the city of Porto Alegre and not think about enjoying their traditional barbecue, called churrasco. Despite being a popular dish all over the country, the local churrasco is just incomparable. No wonder it is so famous. Nevertheless, whoever presumes that this is the only option that local cuisine has to offer is completely mistaken.

Heavily influenced by Europeans as well as by indigenous communities, local cuisine features several different types of meat, which results in delicious fish and lamb dishes, for example. Pinhão (the araucaria pine nut) is also an essential part of the traditional local diet. And speaking of tradition, sun-dried beef is one of the most popular types of meat in the city, always the chosen cut for weekend family reunions. 

There are plenty of local dishes of Italian and German origin that were brought by immigrants who colonized the region. Potatoes, for example, started being cultivated in the country after Germans came to Rio Grande do Sul.

When you visit Porto Alegre, make sure you try their famous yerba mate, a typical caffeine-rich infused local drink. There are different types of mate but the most common one is called the chimarrão. The warm drink has a bitter taste and is traditionally served in a mate gourd cup. 

Visitors can be certain of one thing. They will experience rich food and exquisite dishes in Porto Alegre. It’s time to plan your trip to the capital of Rio Grande do Sul and allow yourself to have a lifetime of memories. 

By Plane
+55 (51) 3358-2000
Porto Alegre International Airport operates international flights from Buenos Aires, Miami, Lima, Lisbon, Montevideo, and Panama City. 

By Bus
+55 (51) 3210-0101
The Porto Alegre Bus Terminal is located in the central region of the city and operates intercity, interstate, and international routes (from Mercosur member states). It is located at 70, Largo Vespasiano Júlio Veppo, in downtown Porto Alegre.

By Bus
You can visit several attractions in the city with the city tour bus service, which offers two routes: the Historic Center and the South Zone of Porto Alegre. More information through email address [email protected]

By Bicycle
It is possible to rent bikes in different parts of the city using the Bike POA app, available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, for IOS and Android users.

Personal Vehicles and Rentals
A great way to get around the city or to visit nearby destinations in the state of Rio Grande do Sul is to rent a car. 

Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city. 

Useful Numbers

Tourist Information Center:
+55 (51) 3289-6765 or 156
Tourist Information Center – Bus Station:
+55 (51) 3225-0677

Military Police: 190
Paramedics: 192
Fire Department: 193

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Local Weather

The best period to visit the city is between the months of March and May, and between September and December. During these months, the weather is more pleasant and there are fewer cloudy or rainy days.