With the FIFA World Cup 2014 in full swing in Brazil, we decided to take you on a vibrant journey through the tournament’s host cities. There are 12 cities taking part including Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Manaus, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Cuiaba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Rio De Janeiro, Natal and Brasilia where we continue our journey…
Safer than Rio and more laidback than Sao Paulo, Brasília is a burgeoning city full of top-notch restaurants and samba-tastic hot spots.
USP: Typifying Modernist design, the austere beauty of Brasilia is best seen from the air.
Shopping: At the futuristic Brasilia Shopping mall you will find everything from upcoming Brazilian designers to Calvin Klein. For those with an inclination towards interior design the outdoor antiques market held on the last weekend of each month is also a great place to visit.
Eat and Drink: Try the more boho commercial court bars in the North Wing for live samba and Afro-Brazilian rhythms. For food, locals frequent the lakeside patio of Mormaii Surf Bar. Try their açaí na tigela, (a blend of palm berries, guaraná syrup, bananas and honey).
Sleep: For some Modernist luxury it has to be the Brasilia Palace. Designed by Niemeyer, the architect of the city, it’s a slice of history. If it’s good enough for the queen, it’s good enough for us.
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