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Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre, the largest city in the south of Brazil, is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city was founded in 1742 by immigrants from the Azores. Since the 19th century the city has received numerous German and Italian Scot settlers. Lying as it does at the junction of five rivers, it has become an important port as well as one of the chief industrial and commercial centers in Brazil. Products of the rich agricultural and pastoral hinterland, such as leather, canned beef, and rice, are exported from Porto Alegre to destinations as far away as Africa and Japan.

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The City

Porto Alegre, the largest city in the south of Brazil, is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city was founded in 1742 by immigrants from the Azores. Since the 19th century the city has received numerous German and Italian Scot settlers. Lying as it does at the junction of five rivers, it has become an important port as well as one of the chief industrial and commercial centers in Brazil. Products of the rich agricultural and pastoral hinterland, such as leather, canned beef, and rice, are exported from Porto Alegre to destinations as far away as Africa and Japan.


First settled by Portuguese of Azorean descent in 1777, Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul was at a disadvantage for many years because of its location some distance away from the sea. From the nineteenth century, with German colonization and the building of the first railways, the city began to expand rapidly until becoming the most important city in southern Brazil.

Situated on the left bank of the River Guaíba near the port of Porto Alegre, important for transporting local produce, the Gaucho capital has a broad-based economy that lays particular emphasis on agriculture and industry. Agricultural production includes produce such as plums, peaches, rice and cassava grown on rural smallholdings. The shoe and leather industries are also important, especially in Novo Hamburgo in the metropolitan area of Porto Alegre.

If the capital was disadvantaged in the beginning by its geographical position, it is now deriving great benefit from it. With the creation of Mercosul comprising four countries of which two, namely Argentina and Uruguay, border Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre has almost taken on the role of capital of the Southern Cone.

Porto Alegre is the centre of Brazil's third largest communications network, the Brazil South Network (Grupo RBS) and one of the foremost education establishments, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. One of the city's main tourist-cultural attractions is the Mário Quintana Cultural Centre based in the former Hotel Majestic where the poet, whose name the Centre bears, lived until 1980, before his death in 1994. The Cultural Centre comprises auditoria for both theatre and cinema, libraries and an art gallery as well as housing a vast collection of material relating to Mário Quintana.

In the Matriz Square in Porto Alegre is an architectural complex in the Portuguese baroque style, a legacy of its founders. The most important buildings are the São Pedro Theatre, which is more than one hundred and thirty years old, the Metropolitan Cathedral built in 1929 in the renaissance style, the Public Library, the Town Hall and Riachuelo Street where the city's bookshops, both new and second hand, are situated. Not far away is the Gasometer Factory which used to operate as a thermoelectric plant but is nowadays.

Night Life

Nightlife and entertainment

Bars, some with live music and most with a predominantly young and trendy clientele, are spread out along, and just off, Avenida Osvaldo Aranha, alongside the Parque Farroupilha and near the Federal University. Favourites change constantly, but the Doce Vicio, Rua Vieira de Castro (off Avenida Jose Bonifacio at the park's southern edge), and, for dancing, the Ocidente, on Avenida Osvaldo Aranha itself, are usually lively. Be warned, though, that things don't get going until around llpm.
Throughout the year, Porto Alegre's numerous Centros de Tradição Gaúcha organize traditional meals, music and dance performances. Tourist offices have only limited information on the events, but full details are available from the Movimento Tradicionalisto Gaticho, Rua Guilherme Schell 60 (051/223?5194).

Porto Alegre boasts a good popular music scene and a considerable theatrical tradition. Foreign performers of all kinds usually include Porto Alegre on any Brazilian or wider South American tour. The Sala Jazz Tom Jobim at Rua Santo Ant6nio 421 (051/225?1229) features the city's best jazz, or there are live afternoon jazz sessions at the Cafe Concerto within the Casa de Cultura), which also has a good arthouse cinema. There are three more screens at the Espaço Unibanco, Rua dos Andradas 736 (051/221?7147), another art?house cinema. Finally, the Centro Cultural Usina do Gasómetro, a converted 1920s power station on the banks of the river just west of the centre, is well worth a visit; there's always something going on in its cinema, theatre and galleries, and it also has a cafe and a good bookshop.
(Info by Rough Guide to Brazil)

history

Situated in the extreme south of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul remained well away from the ambitions of the European conquerors for more than a century following the discovery of Brazil in 1500. Its lands, which until than had been inhabited by three native groups - Gê or Tapuia, Pampeano and Guarani - began to be occupied after 1610, a period that also marked the start of a series of conflicts and revolutions that were to last at least three hundred years, until the beginning of the twentieth century.

In the struggle for land, the Indians and the bandits took up arms and became involved in various disputes. With the aim of civilizing and converting the Indians, the Spanish Jesuits gathered together several tribes and created seven townships, the so called Seven Townships of the Missões, in the western part of the state. Nowadays this is a major tourist attraction, with ruins designated by UNESCO as a heritage site. Whilst seven townships were formed in the west, the Portuguese occupied the coastal strip and in 1680 created the colony of Sacramento on the banks of the River Plate, the present day city of Colonia in Uruguay. Organized by the Jesuits, the colony became one of the focuses of border wars that were waged between the Portuguese and the Spanish during the eighteenth century.

In addition to conflicts between the Indians and bandits over the possession of land, and between the Spanish and Portuguese for supremacy of the River Plate basin, other struggles took place in the area now occupied by Rio Grande do Sul. Between 1835 and 1845, the state was the battleground during the Farroupilha Revolution, with separatist ideals uniting the republican liberals against the imperial government. After some years of truce another war began in 1893, the Federalist Revolution between two political factions - on one side the Republican Party, led by Júlio Castilhos, with followers known as "chimangos", presidential supporters who were identified by their use of white handkerchiefs; and on the other side, the liberals and parliamentarians, commanded by Gaspar Silveira Martins, whose symbol was red handkerchiefs. Although it lasted less than two years, this conflict left behind unfinished business that led to the other revolution in 1923. It was only after 1928 that peace came to the state, during the Government of Getúlio Vargas, later to become President of Brazil.

Restaurants

Arabian

A Libanesa
Av. Assis Brasil 295 - São João Tel 3337.2079
from tuesday to sunday, from 11h to 15h and from 20h to 24h.

Al Manara
Endereço : Av. Protásio Alves 616 - Rio Branco Tel: 3330.8609
from wednesdays to monday from 11h to 14h30 and from 18h30 to 23h30

Baalbek
Rua Dr. Timóteo, 272 - Floresta Tel: 3222.6272
from tuesday to sunday from 11h to 14h and from 18h30 to 24h .

Babagush
Endereço : Av. Assis Brasil 200, loja 50 (Bourbon Shopping) Tel: 3342.9107.
from 10h to 22h.

Lubnnan
Endereço : Av. Cristóvão Colombo, 727 - Floresta Tel 3226.8574
from 11h to 14h and from 18h30 to 24h.


Brazilian

Dona Maria
Rua José Montaury, 115 - Centro Tel: 3221.6092
from tuesday to fridays from 11h to 22h, saturday from 11h to 14h30.

Gambrinus
Av. Borges de Medeiros, 85 (Mercado Público) - Centro Tel 3226.6914
from tuesday to sunday from 8h to 20h.


Chicken Restaurant

Bambino
Av. Senador Tarso Dutra, 1150 - Jardim Botânico Tel: 3338-7474
from 11h30 to 15h and from 19h to 24h.

Don Nicola
Rua Eng. Veríssimo de Mattos, 310 - Bela Vista Tel: 3331.5464
from wednesday to sunday from 12h to 14h30 and from 19h30 to 23h .

Frango e Batatas
Av. Cristóvão Colombo, 3835 Tel: 3343-9958.
from monday to saturday from 11h30 to 23h .

Galeto Scur
Rua Av. Brasil, 1424 - Floresta. from 11h to 15h and from 18h to 22h.

Galettu's
Rua Félix da Cunha, 86 - São Geraldo. from 11h30 to 14h and from 19h30 to 23h.

Jordani
Rua Cidreira, 63 - Ipanema Tel: 3246.7569
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h to 24h.

La Cantonata
Av. Jerônimo de Ornellas, 241 - Santana Tel: 3223.8787
from 17h30 to 1h,

Le Poulet
Rua Felipe Camarão, 184 - Bom Fim Tel: 3221.8222
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h to 24h.
Rua dos Andradas 1546, sobreloja Centro
Tel: 3224.5818
from monday to friday from 11h to 14h30

Mamma Mia
Rua Gaspar Martins, 526 - Floresta Tel 3228.3667
Rua Anita Garibaldi 1246 - Mont Serrat Tel: 3341.6747
Rua Borges do Canto 53 - Petrópolis Tel: 3330.1490
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 18h30 to 24h.

Menino Deus
Av. José de Alencar, 651 - Menino Deus Tel: 3233.7953
from 11h to 14h30 and from 19h to 24h.

Nonno Mio
Av. Carlos Gomes 1672 - Auxiliadora Tel: 3334.9668
Monday to saturday from 11h30 to 15h and from 19h to 23h30

Nonno Vecchio
Av. Dom Pedro II, 483 - São José Tel: 3342.6148
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h to 24h

Pavarotti
Av. Dom Pedro II, 861 Tel: 3342.2423
from 11h30 to 15h and from 19h to 24h.
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Per Tutti
Rua Dona Laura, 546 - Moinhos de Vento Tel: 3330.4060
from 11h30 to 14h30, and from 18h30 to 24h.

Polito
Av. Getúlio Vargas 270 - Menino Deus Tel: 3227.2058
From 11h30 to 14h30 and from 18h30 to 24h.

Primo Polastro
Rua Ernesto da Fontoura, 822 - São Geraldo Tel: 3342.8599
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h to 23h30.

Régis
Av. Cristóvão Colombo, 3432 – Higienópolis Tel: 3342.8782
from 11h30 to 15h and from 19h to 24h.

San Giulliano
Rua Quintino Bocaiúva, 256 - Moinhos de Vento Tel: 3346.4120
from 11h to 15h and from 19h to 24h.

Sbardelotto
Av. Plínio Brasil Milano, 1669 - Higienópolis Tel: 3328-7846
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h to 23h30.

Scur
Av. Brasil, 1424 - Navegantes Tel: 3343.5118.
From 11h to 14h and from 19h to 22h

Via Morano
Rua 7 de abril, 419 - Floresta Tel: 3222.1651
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h to 24h.


Fish

Azafrão
Rua Montenegro, 51 - Petrópolis Tel: 3331-3584
from monday to saturday opens 18h30

Camarão Chopp e Cia
Av. José de Alencar, 664 - Menino Deus Tel: 3233.9399
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 18h30 to 24h.

Cândido's
Av. São Pedro, 940 - São Geraldo Tel: 3343.5079.
from monday to sunday from 11h to 14h and from 19h to 24h.

Chiwawa
Av. Getúlio Vargas, 1644 - Menino Deus Tel: 3231-4979
from 19h to 24h.

Pampulhão
Rua Jerônimo de Ornellas, 417 - Santana Tel: 3233.4552
from tuesday to sunday from 11h to 14h and from 18h to 24h.

Pampulhinha
Av. Benjamin Constant, 1641 - Floresta Tel: 3342.2503
from monday to saturday from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h to 23h30.

Rei dos Camarões
Rua Jerônimo de Ornellas, 218 - Santana Tel: 3223.2143
from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h30 to 24h.

República dos Camarões
Rua Cel. Bordini, 156 - Auxiliadora Tel: 3343.5020
from monday to saturday from 11h to 14h30 and from 19h30 to 24h.


France

L'Assiette
Rua Florêncio Ygartua, 106 - Moinhos de Vento Tel: 3222-4978
from 11h30 to 14h. and from 20h to 24h., saturday until 2h.

Le Bon Gourmet
Av. Alberto Bins, 514 (Hotel Plaza San Rafael) - Centro Tel 3211.5767
from monday to thursday from 12h to 14h30 and from 19h to 23h ands friday to saturday from 19h to 23h30.

Mélange
Rua Luciana de Abreu, 354 - Moinhos de Vento. Tel: 3395-4399
from monday to saturday from 11h45 to 14h15 and from 20h45 to 24h.


German

Chopp Stübel Rua Quintino Bocaiúva, 940 - Moinhos de Vento tel(51) 3332.8895
from monday to saturday 18h/1h .

Baumbach
Av. Pará 1324 - São Geraldo Tel: 3346.4322 / 3222.0940
From 11h30 to 14h and from 19h30/ 24h, except monday and sunday nights.

Bier Garten
Rua Nova Iorque 79 - Auxiliadora Tel: 3343.1775
from monday to thursdays from 19h to 24h, fridays and saturday from 18h30 to 1h, sunday.closes

Chopão
Av. Padre Cacique 891, Estádio Beira-Rio - Menino Deus Tel: 3233.5122 and 3233.1522
from tuesday to sunday from 19h to 2h.

Hannover
Av. Cristóvão Colombo, 2140 - Floresta Tel: 3222.7902
From tuesday to saturday from 11h30 to 14h30 and from 19h30 to 23h.

Max Und Moritz
Rua Mariland, 720 - Auxiliadora Tel 3337.0042
From monday to saturday from 17h30 to 1h .

Prinz
Av. Protásio Alves 3208 - Petrópolis.
From monday to saturday from 18h to 1h .

Rock`s
Rua Cândido Silveira, 246 - Auxilidora Tel: 3342.9165
From monday to saturday from 17h to 1h.

Sociedade Germânia
Av. Independência 1299, 6º andar. Tel: 3312-2034
From tuesday to fridays from 11h30 to 14h and from 19h to 23h;

Sociedade Suíça
Rua Santo Inácio, 568 - Moinhos de Vento Tel: 3222.2069
from 11h30 to 14h and from 19h to 24h, Sunday night closed

Steinhaus
Rua Cel. Paulino Teixeira, 415 - Rio Branco Tel 3330.8661
from monday to saturday from 19h to 23h30.

Tirol
Rua José de Alencar, 520 - Menino Deus Tel 3233.7434

Walter
Av. Cristóvão Colombo, 933 - Floresta Tel: 3225-2658
from monday to saturday from 18h30 to 0h30

Wunderbar
Rua Marquês do Herval, 598 - Moinhos de Vento Tel 3222.4967
from 19h to 1h.


Grill

São José Grill
Av. Assis Brasil, 1204 - Passo D´Areia Tel: 3362.7422 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
from 11h to 15h30 - 19h to 1h

Adega da Beira
Rua Marechal Floriano, 290 - Centro Tel: 3221.8144
from monday to friday from 11h to 23h, saturday from 11h to 15h.

Búffalo Grill
Rua Félix da Cunha, 324 - Floresta Tel: 3346.3937
from 11h30 to 14h 30 and from 19h to 24h.

Chef's Grill
Rua Miguel Tostes, 424 - Rio Branco Tel: 3330.8749
from 12h to 15h and from 19h to 24h.

Durhan
Rua Riachuelo, 1300 - Centro Tel: 3226.4120
from 11h to 24h, with buffet from 11h to 14h30.

La Grelha
Rua Felipe Neri, 104 - Auxiliadora Tel: 3330-4120
from monday to saturday from 19h to 1h.

Rio Carreiro
Av. Cel. Marcos, 2488 - Ipanema Tel: 3246-8590
from tuesday to sunday from 19h to 24hs, in the weekend open for lunch.

Riverside's
Shopping Praia de Belas, Av. Praia de Belas 1181, loja 2132 - Shopping Center Iguatemi , João Wallig 1800 Tel: 3231.6487/ 3231.4032/3334.1922
from 11h45 to 15h and from 17h30 to 1h .

Telha Grill
Rua Vasco da Gama, 763 - Rio Branco
from 18h.


Indian

Govinda
Rua Tomás Flores, 331- Bom Fim
from tuesday to sunday from 12h to 15h .

Ganesh Indian Restaurant
Rua Felipe Neri,332 Fone: (51) 3333-8596
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Italian

Al Dente
Rua Mata Bacelar, 210 - Auxiliadora Tel: 3343.1841
from monday to saturday from 19h.

Birra & Pasta
Av. Praia de Belas 1181, 2º floor (Shopping Praia de Belas) Tel: 3231.5488
from 11h30 to 1h.

Bologna
Av. Coronel Marcos, 2539 - Ipanema Tel: 3246.8485
from tuesday to fridays from 19h to 24h

Casa Vecchia
Rua Auxiliadora, 80 - Auxiliadora Tel: 3342.1004
Open 19h

Il Gatopardo
Av. 24 de outubro, 1585 Tel: 3330.1972
from monday to fridays from 12 to 15h, monday to thursdays from 19 to 0h30 , fridays and saturday from 19 to 1h30.

Restaurante Copacabana Praça Garibaldi, nº 2 - 90050-020 – POA/RS email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel: (51)3221-4616 Fax: (51) 3225-9885


Japanese

Dado Bier - Sushi Bar
Av. Nilo Peçanha, 3228 - Chácara das Pedras Tels: 3328-5111
from tuesday to sunday from 18h30 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Miyaki
Rua Castro Alves, 819 - Rio Branco Tel: 3332.7122
from Wednesday to monday from 11h30 to 14h and from 19h to 22h30.

Sakaes
Rua Castro Alves 690 - Rio Branco Tel 3222.5533
from wednesday to monday from 11h to 14h and from 19h to 23h .

Sakura
Av. Cristóvão Colombo 3237 Tel: 3343.8602
From 19h30 to 23h. Cc: AE. Ar condicionado.

Riverside´s
ShoppingsPraia de Belas e Iguatemi.


Mexican

Azteca
Padre Chagas, 44 - Moinhos de Vento. Tel:3222.4414
from 18h to 1h.

Taco Loco
Shopping Praia de Belas - Lj. 2083 from 10h to 22h.


Portuguese

Calamares
Av. Mercedes, 58 - Floresta Tel: 3346-8055
from tuesday to sunday from 11h30 to 14h and from 19h30 to 23h30 .

Casa de Portugal
Av. João Pessoa, 579 - Cidade Baixa. Tel: 3224.2824
from tuesday to sunday from 11h30 to 15h and from 19h30 to 1h.

Galo
Av. Aureliano de Figueiredo Pinto, 904 - Cidade Baixa Tel 3228.7148
from tuesday to saturday, from 18h to 24h, saturday to sunday from 11h to 14h .


Regional

Churrascaria Galpão Crioulo
Loureiro da Silva, s/nº - Parque da Harmonia Tel: (51) 3226.8194
from 11h30 to 15h and from 19h30 to 0h.

Recanto do Tio Flor
Av. Getúlio Vargas, 1700 - Menino Deus Tel: 3233.6512
from 11h30 to 14h and from 19h30 to 1h and on sunday from 11h30 to 15h.

Restaurante Prenda Minha
Endereços: Av. Santana, 1332 –
Av. Getúlio Vargas, 1075 –
Rua Silveiro, 137 -
Av. Bagé, 521 –
Rua Maria, 32 Tels: 3233-0200 / 3332-1117


Spanish

Centro Espanhol
Travessa Sul 102, - Higienópolis Tel 3342.5990
Sunday only, from 11h30 to 14h30.


Thai

Koh Pee Pee
Rua Schiller 83, - Rio Branco Tel: 3333-5150
from monday to saturday opens 19h30min.


Uruguayan

Don Juan
Rua Augusto Pestana, 29 - Santana Tel: 3330.7762
from 18h to 24h.

how to get there

Porto Alegre is the Main Hub for the South. Most southern Airports do serve it. And there are international services to Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago too. The airport is linked by metro to the Mercado Publico, in the city centre, or take the L5 Bus. Taxis should cost about 5$.

general info

TELEPHONE AREA CODE:
051

CLIMATE
Mean Annual Temperature (capital) 19ºC

CLOTHING:
Consider that the south of Brazil has temperatures like Europe. During summer (Nov-Mar)clothes should be light and comfortable. Be sure to take a warm sweater and even thick cloths during winter.

ELECTRICITY: 110v

AIRPORT: AEROPORTO INTERNACIONAL SALGADO FILHO
Av. dos Estados, 747
Anchieta
Distance from downtown: 6 km
Tel: (51) 3358-2000

BUSINESS HOURS:
09:00-18:00, Banks from 10:00-16:00
Shops are opened until 19:00, Main Shopping Centres are opened from 10:00 to 22:00 and some on Sunday too.

TAXIS:
The city has both normal and radio taxi services. Check with hotel reception for the best option from your area.

MEDICAL:
Check with your hotel for information on the nearest.

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