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Central Market
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels Close to Central Market

Quality Belo Horizonte Lourdes
Quality Belo Horizonte Lourdes
3 out of 5
Rua Bernardo Guimaraes 2032, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is $43 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in Lourdes, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of DiamondMall and Afonso Pena Avenue. September Seven Square and Academy of Military Police are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (409 reviews)

"Neat place. Great staff. Room was impeccable was cleaned and sanitized daily."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

Quality Belo Horizonte Lourdes
Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Prudente de Moraes, 520, Cidade Jardim, Belo Horizonte
The price is $48 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in Santo Antonio, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Abilio Barreto Historical Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Afonso Pena Avenue and September Seven ...

4.2/5Excellent! (530 reviews)

"Small room, cheap breakfast, rude staff and reason for leaving early"…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
H2 Platinum
H2 Platinum
4 out of 5
Avenida Olegário Maciel, 1748 - Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is $38 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Located in Santo Agostinho, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DiamondMall, Afonso Pena Avenue, and September Seven Square. Academy of Military Police and Lagoinha ...

4.3/5Excellent! (482 reviews)
Will come back.

"Great friendly staff, attentive and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2020

H2 Platinum
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Best Lodging Options Near Central Market

Quality Belo Horizonte Lourdes
Quality Belo Horizonte Lourdes
3 out of 5
Rua Bernardo Guimaraes 2032, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is $43 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17
Quality Belo Horizonte Lourdes
Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Prudente de Moraes, 520, Cidade Jardim, Belo Horizonte
The price is $48 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17
Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
H2 Platinum
H2 Platinum
4 out of 5
Avenida Olegário Maciel, 1748 - Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is $38 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
H2 Platinum
Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes Hotel
Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida do Contorno, 7315 - Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is $40 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes Hotel
Samba Belo Horizonte
Samba Belo Horizonte
3 out of 5
avenida afonso pena 772, Belo Horizonte
The price is $25 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14
Samba Belo Horizonte
Hotel Esplanada
Hotel Esplanada
2.5 out of 5
Av. Santos Dumont, 304 - Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
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Hotel Fasano Belo Horizonte
Hotel Fasano Belo Horizonte
5 out of 5
Rua São Paulo, 2320, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
The price is $234 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14
Hotel Fasano Belo Horizonte
Hotel Pampulha
Hotel Pampulha
3 out of 5
Rua Tupis, 646, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is $21 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14
Hotel Pampulha
Royal Golden Savassi Hotel
Royal Golden Savassi Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Rio Grande Do Norte 1 015, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is $37 per night from May 12 to May 13
Royal Golden Savassi Hotel
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