From November, 08 to November, 19, 2017, I visited Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, and now I list some nice things I have done there 😉
1- Eating street food at Torre de TV de Brasilia.
Brasília is a planned city and there are people from all states of Brazil linving there. It is also a young city and it still do not have its own culture or gastronomy. So, at Torre de TV you will find many kinds of food: from Nowtheast, South, North… It is good to go with lots of friends if each person like a different kind of food.
2- Going to Píer 21.
I went there with some friends in order to have lunch. There is a beautiful view to the lake and a Walk of Fame.
3- Visiting Pontão.
This is a must go in Brasilia. It is a park where you can walk and there are also restaurants. Watching the sunset there is a nice experience.
4- Eating a bomba.
It is a huge sandwich: bread, hamburger, cheese, sausage, ham, egg, lettuce and tomatoes. Sometimes, there is free mayo. All these and a coke for R¨6,00. There are places that sell three bombas for R$ 10,00. So, if you have the courage, try it.
5- Going to the Quartel General do Exército.
It is a place where there is an obelisk and an acoustical shell that form the image of a sword if you look at it from far and straight. There are also a small museum and a theater. Nearby there is a militar chapel you can visit.
6- Going to Parque dos Cristais.
Is is in front of Quartel General. It is a small and very nice park with rocks in the format of crystal.
7- Going to Parque da Cidade.
It is a huge park, the largest urban park in America (even bigger than Central Park in NYC). It is nice to go there and walk.
8- Visiting Banco Central.
You can’t go inside the bank, but inside the building there is the Museu dos Valores and an art gallery. You can also take a Banco Central coin, you just have to ask for it.
9- Going to Caixa Cultural
There are usually beautiful exhibitions and interesting events over there. Take a look at schedule.
10- Visiting Museu dos Correios and UnB Idiomas.
If you have lots of time, as I did, you can visit the postmail museum. There are lots os objects tellinh the story of communication. At UnB Idiomas, there are interesting exhibitions.
11- Going to Memorial JK.
It is a very nice place with lots of information about ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek and about Brasilia. You have to pay R$ 10,00 to enter and it is worth to visit it.
12- Eating a parmigiano steak at Machado’s.
It is the kind of restaurant you go with your family and the food is good.
13- Visiting Biblioteca Nacional.
When I was in Brasilia, there was a mini-exhibition and a comics fair, so, you have to check the schedule to make sure there is an event you can attend over there.
14- Visiting Palácio Itamaraty.
For sure it was my favorite tour in Brasilia. Itamaraty Palace offers a guided tour (you have to call and make an appointment) and it is amazing. It is best to go on the weekends because during the week days there is a dress code, but on Saturday it is okay.
15- Going to Dunkin’ Donuts.
My favourite is Boston Cream Donut. There are some stores in the city and at malls and 2 at the airport (near gates 19 and 2).
16- Visiting Catedral Metropolitana and Praça dos Três Poderes.
This was my second time in Brasilia. On the first time, I visited the cathedral and the government square, so I did not go again during my sabatic. However, I must put them here, because they are main tourist places in the city. The cathedral is famous for its acoustic, if you go there with somebody, you can test it speaking close to the walls and the person on the other side will hear you.
These were my indications. For sure, I did not mention lots of places, but maybe I can come back one day and update this post. To finish this text, I want to say that Brasilia is not my favorite city in Brazil: there is no local food, the culture is a mix from others, it is not easy to use public transport. However, there are Dunkin’ Donuts shops, which I love, and it is the capital of Brazil, so it is a nice place to visit. Although there are things I do not like about Brasilia, I have to admit that there are pretty places to know.
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