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Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Central Market Not To Be Missed Say Cheese!

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2017   » View Photoset (75 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I had heard that Belo Horizonte is a great city for food and that the main Central Market is something not to be missed! Brazil in general is
Brazil Photo - Red, orange, green, yellow, chocolate colored and Mexican chilies, hot! Central Market, Belo Horizonte.
Red, orange, green, yellow, chocolate colored and Mexican chilies, hot! Central Market, Belo Horizonte.
a top destination for food from many cultures and it's always close at hand. I know this personally of course from having been to over 30 cities and places here! Before arriving in Belo Horizonte by plane I was in Sao Luis, an historic city a long way north.

About Central Market

Central Market is located on Av. Augusto de Lima, 744 - Centro. I walked here from my hotel across the road from the bus terminal (10-15mins). Broadly speaking Central Market is about food and crafts but it's also a place where the local people gather at one of the informal bars and restaurants throughout the building. It's both a market and an event in many ways! The official website of Central Market.

Smile and Say Cheese!

Cheese is in high demand in Belo Horizonte and
Brazil Photo - Busy outdoor markets on Sunday in Belo Horizonte.
Busy outdoor markets on Sunday in Belo Horizonte.
Central Market caters to this demand in flying colors! Many shops specialize in the finest cheeses. Varieties of Ricota, Goiabada (Guava cheese), Requeijao (Creamy cheeses), Burrata (Italian cheese), Gorgonzola (Italian blue veined cheese), Leite de Cabra (Goats cheese), Mozzarella, Canastra (Sao Roque cheese), Parmesan, Serro (yellow-white cheese), Smoked cheeses, Provolone (an aged Italian cheese), Camembert (ripe and creamy cheese), Cured cheeses and Padrao (standard cheese). And there are many more types of cheeses for your taste buds to enjoy inside Central Market!

Chilies and Peppers

Chilies are another product at Central Market that come in many varieties, flavours, shapes, textures and colors! Red, orange, green, yellow,
Brazil Photo - Corn, bananas, pumpkin and mango, plastic fruit at Central Market, Belo Horizonte.
Corn, bananas, pumpkin and mango, plastic fruit at Central Market, Belo Horizonte.
chocolate colored and Mexican. These chilies look dangerously hot to me and the very sight of them could bring tears to your eyes! Paraiso das Pimentas is one such shop selling chilies at Central Market. Their products are from the northern Minas region. Products include fresh peppers and chilies, preserves, vegetables in miniature and varieties of sauces. You can buy the chilies in jars pickled with vinegar at amazing prices,
Brazil Photo - This abstract mural is exploding with color and dwarfs the cars below it in Belo Horizonte.
This abstract mural is exploding with color and dwarfs the cars below it in Belo Horizonte.
$2-3USD.

Crafts and Souvenirs

Crafts in Brazil come in high quality and there is a lot to choose from at Central Market! Fashionable bags, figures and cultural dolls, cane baskets and vases, colored glass mobiles and other hanging ornaments, little signs, large shiny wooden tigers and other wooden products and toys and games for children. Small and large, it's all here!

More Products

Dried fruit and nuts, grains, flowers, ranges of beer, plant seeds, plastic fruit, fancy kitchen instruments, birds and pets, coffee and tea ranges, health products, cooking spices and powders, sweets.

Feijoada is the National Dish

Some of the dishes you are likely to find on the menus of restaurants at Central Market in Belo Horizonte include: Platters of Beef Liver, Chicken Steak, Chicken Gravy, 2 Fried Eggs,
Brazil Photo - Kitchen and cooking products at a shop at Central Market in Belo Horizonte.
Kitchen and cooking products at a shop at Central Market in Belo Horizonte.
Omelete, Mince, Sausage, Chicken Stew, Beef Stew and Pork Steak. These platters are all served with rice, beans, mixed salad and the side dish of the day! Feijoada is the national dish of black beans and smoked pork stew served with rice, farofa (seasoned cassava flour sauteed with onion and garlic), collard greens and vinaigrette! These dishes go for $15-22 Reals.

2hrs by Bus to Ouro Preto

From Belo Horizonte I took a bus from the central Rodoviaria terminal to Ouro Preto, just 2hrs away. I had seen some amazingly fantastic street art and murals on the outskirts of the city while in the taxi from the airport. I even thought about heading back out there at one point to get some pictures. Luckily though I could see on the map that the likely route to get to Ouro Preto would pass by these huge murals again and I was right. I did get some good, sometimes abstract photos of these great works of art! Belo Horizonte is surrounded by mountains so as you climb out of the city, after around 15-20 minutes you get some big wide views of the whole shebang on the right-hand side.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Belo Horizonte (Brazil) to:


Map location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I had heard that Belo Horizonte is a great city for food and that the Central Market is something not to be missed! Taste the finest cheeses and enjoy this awesome indoor market!
 A : Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 336 kms 336 kms straight distance
 B : Ouro Preto - Brazil 81 kms 81 kms straight distance
 C : Sao Paulo - Brazil 508 kms 508 kms straight distance
 D : Salvador da Bahia - Brazil 977 kms 977 kms straight distance
 E : Brasilia - Brazil 626 kms 626 kms straight distance
 F : Campo Grande to Foz - Brazil 1142 kms 1142 kms straight distance
 G : Pantanal (Wildlife Forest & Grasslands) - Brazil 1115 kms 1115 kms straight distance
 H : Florianopolis - Brazil 979 kms 979 kms straight distance
 I : Penedo and Neopolis - Brazil 1340 kms 1340 kms straight distance
 J : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 1261 kms 1261 kms straight distance
 K : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 1249 kms 1249 kms straight distance
 L : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 1245 kms 1245 kms straight distance
 M : Porto Alegre - Brazil 1346 kms 1346 kms straight distance
 N : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 1372 kms 1372 kms straight distance
 O : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 1415 kms 1415 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Belo Horizonte, Brazil:

Hotel Madrid, Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Large Photo
Hotel Madrid, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (March 2017 - 1 night) - Located right beside the bus terminal in the city center and not far from the central market. $60 Reals bought me a room on the corner of the building with an open balcony looking down upon the streets. Bathroom was shared for this price. Comfortable for a night or 2, secure and kept clean by the friendly cleaning girls. Handy to have a look around town and make an easy getaway! Rooms with bathrooms of course are available. Recommended.

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