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, Brasilia, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Cuiaba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Rio De Janeiro, Natal and Curitiba where we continue our journey…
This city is packed full of green spaces. Located in the highlands, it has municipal parks, squares, gardens and fabulous open-air food markets.
USP: It’s Brazil’s coldest state capital with an average of 8c at this time of year.
Shop: Ditch the malls and enjoy the sights and smells of the Municipal Food market on Rua Sete de Setembro in central Curitiba.
Eat and Drink: Manu Restaurant’s head chef, Manoella Buffaro, earned her stripes at Noma. In the Batel neighbourhood this is foodie heaven for a fraction of the cost. The Don Max bar, close to the football stadium, is a great place to watch football and enjoy a few drinks.
Sleep: Hotel San Juan Johnscher in downtown Curatiba is a beautiful neo-classical building that houses ultra-modern amenities. It has a fantastic restaurant and, with only twenty-four rooms, it’s pleasantly private.
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