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Central Market

Arrive hungry at Belo Horizonte’s lively food market and fill up on a huge variety of local street-food specialties, such as feijoada or liver with jiló.

It’s worth skipping breakfast or lunch to make sure you come with an appetite to Belo Horizonte’s vast and bustling Central Market. Spanning an entire city block, the market is filled with vendors hawking fresh produce, flowers, handicrafts and traditional Brazilian cuisine. Follow the gorgeous smells that emanate from inside and you will quickly find your way here. Freshly roasted Brazilian coffee, churrasco sizzling on the grill and sugary brigadeiros are just a few of the enticing treats that await.

Consistently ranked as one the world’s best central markets for its variety, quality and accessibility, Belo Horizonte’s Central Market dates to 1929. Today, it has practically everything you could possibly want. Wander aisles dedicated to gifts ranging from kitschy souvenirs to hand-woven blankets. This is also a great place to pick up some of Minas Gerais’ signature pottery. 

Listen to the sounds of about 400 vendors plying their wares. Let your senses guide you or take a bilingual guided tour to learn about the local products, traditions and the market itself. Comprehensive maps are also available to ensure you don’t completely lose your way in the maze of stalls packed to the rafters.

Save room for a plate of liver with jiló. This local specialty consists of grilled strips of juicy liver served with onions and slightly bitter scarlet eggplant. Washing it down with a cold beer is a must. On Saturdays, join throngs of locals waiting in line for a steaming bowl of feijoada, a hearty Portuguese stew of beans, beef and pork that is a national favorite. 

Stock up on the ingredients necessary to create your own Portuguese dishes. In the spice aisles, pick up potent pirão so you can try making your own version of moqueca fish soup. Stop at one of the many liquor stalls for a bottle of sweet sugarcane cachaça, also known as Brazilian rum.

The Central Market is open every day. Come in the morning to ensure you have plenty of time to explore, as the hours pass very quickly in this huge and hectic place. 


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ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro ¥2,884
ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro

ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro

Avenida Bias Fortes 783, Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, MG
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lourdes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Market, DiamondMall, and Liberty Square. Station Square and Museum of Natural Sciences are also within 6 mi (10 km). Central Station is 22 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 23 minutes.

    San Diego Express Barro Preto ¥4,108
    San Diego Express Barro Preto

    San Diego Express Barro Preto

    Avenida Barbacena, 41, Barro Preto, Belo Horizonte, MG
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Barro Preto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Academy of Military Police and Afonso Pena Avenue. Liberty Square and September Seven Square are also within 2 mi (3 km). Carlos Prates Station is only a 4-minute walk and Calafate Station is 24 minutes.

      Hotel Financial ¥4,072
      Hotel Financial

      Hotel Financial

      Avenida Afonso Pena 571, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Sete de Setembro Square, Afonso Pena Avenue, and September Seven Square. Liberty Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 20 minutes.

        Dayrell Hotel e Centro de Convenções ¥4,284
        Dayrell Hotel e Centro de Convenções

        Dayrell Hotel e Centro de Convenções

        Rua Espirito Santo, 901, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Sao Jose Church and Afonso Pena Avenue. Liberty Square and September Seven Square are also within 15 minutes. Central Station is 11 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 24 minutes.

          ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena ¥3,099
          ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena

          ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena

          Rua Rio Grande do Norte 784, Belo Horizonte, MG
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Savassi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and Liberty Square. September Seven Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santa Efigenia Station is 23 minutes by foot and Central Station is 26 minutes.

            Normandy Hotel ¥4,637
            Normandy Hotel

            Normandy Hotel

            Rua dos Tamoios, 212, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Sao Jose Church, Afonso Pena Avenue, and September Seven Square. Liberty Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 20 minutes.

              Hotel Guanabara ¥3,024
              Hotel Guanabara

              Hotel Guanabara

              Avenida Olegario Maciel, 169, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and September Seven Square. Liberty Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central Station is 13 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 14 minutes.

                Royal Design Savassi ¥5,796
                Royal Design Savassi

                Royal Design Savassi

                Rua Bernardo Guimaraes, 1045, Funcionarios, Belo Horizonte, MG
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Boa Viagem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and Liberty Square. September Seven Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 3 mi (5 km). Central Station is 23 minutes by foot and Santa Efigenia Station is 24 minutes.