What to do and see in Brasilia, Brazil: The Best Places and Tips

March 10, 2018 Osvaldo Hartline

Renowned for its modernist lines and futuristic design, Brasilia is a study in urban planning and the only city built in the 20th century to be counted among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Where only five years before its inception there was desert, now there are innovative buildings and imaginative monuments, ranging from the hyperboloid Cathedral of Brasilia to the lunar-esque Complexo Cultural da Republica to the glass-box Palacio da Alvorada.
Restaurants in Brasilia

1. Catedral Metropolitana

Near the Ministry Buildings, Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil +5521 87157295
Excellent
70%
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24%
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4%
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Catedral Metropolitana

Another structure by award-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer, this landmark Cathedral features stunning interior glasswork.

Reviewed By Continent8 - Funk

You enter from below in this wonderful Cathedral. It is 40 meters from the floor to the ceiling and on the edge you can hear a person one fourth of the way around the building even if he whispers. There is no charge for entry and on a sunny day it is glorious

2. Pontao do Lago Sul

Shis Ql, Lotes 1/30 | Lago Sul, Brasilia, Federal District 71630-100, Brazil +55 61 3364 0580
Excellent
66%
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Pontao do Lago Sul

Reviewed By Letícia M

I'll talk about Pontão do lago sul. The place is very good, the food is excellent. The place is neighbouring in Lago Sul. But if I were to give a grade it would be eigth.

3. Santuario Dom Bosco

Quadra Seps 702 Lote B, Brasilia, Federal District 70330-700, Brazil (61) 3223-6542
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Santuario Dom Bosco

Reviewed By phdluchi - Torino

If you have time and you want to see a place outside the usual touristic route, Santuario Don Bosco is the right place. It would astonish you with his blue colors and calm majesty.
If you come from Torino... well... then it is a must see!

4. Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre

Trecho Sces Trecho 2, 02, Lote 22, Brasilia, Federal District 70200-002, Brazil (61) 3108-7600
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre

Reviewed By ireland_timothy - Joao Pessoa, PB

We were lucky enough to catch two Exhibitions as well as visit the CCBB's museum which has an exhibition on the history of the bank. One of the Exhibitions was of contemporary Brazilian art and the other a marvellous retrospective of Cicero Dias, the Brazilian artist who spent most of his working life in Paris. Although the Cultural Centre is not so central it is fairly easy to get to and entrance is free. The Centre also has places to eat as well as ample parking space. Reserve a whole morning or afternoon.

5. Santuario da Mae Rainha e Vencedora Tres Vezes Admiravel de Schoenstatt

Rodovia DF 001 Km 4 EPTC Leste S/N- Setor Habitacional Taquari - Lago Norte- DF 71559-100 Brasilia, Brasilia, Federal District 71507-990, Brazil +55 (61) 3302 2103
Excellent
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

Santuario da Mae Rainha e Vencedora Tres Vezes Admiravel de Schoenstatt

Reviewed By Carlos P - Brasilia, DF

The view of Brasília from this place is amazing, I'd say it's really worth a visit. But if you're a tourist, I'm afraid the only options to go there are hiring a car or spending all your money in a taxi. As far as I know there is no public transportation available to this site.
If you manage to get there, you will be able to see from close range, as a bonus, the bizarre Digital TV Tower, one of the last works by the prolific architect Oscar Niemeyer.

6. Lago Paranoa

Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil 6181248596
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lago Paranoa

Reviewed By John P - Brasilia

This articificial lake is polluted so avoid swimming or extracting fish from it. Other hazards include being drowned by a fast moving craft (jetski, speedboat etc); drivers are sometimes inebriated or high. Otherwise the view is spectacular (JK bridge etc), especially at night. A very nice place to go on the edge of the lake is the Pontão, a kind of entertainment hub, for restaurants etc. A bit pricey but worth it for the occasional splurge.

7. Itamaraty Palace

Esplanada dos Ministerios Bloco H | Bloco H, Brasilia, Federal District 70170-900, Brazil +55 61 20308051
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Itamaraty Palace

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1970, Itamaraty Palace is the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the design conception, Ambassador Wladimir Murtinho was in charge of informing the architect about the needs that had to be addressed. The partnership was so successful that, up to this day, no structural changes have been made to the building for they have not been necessary. The structural calculation, which allowed for the construction of an impressive main hall, free of columns, was carried out by engineer Joaquim Cardoso. Itamaraty Palace was conceived with the purpose of introducing Brazil to foreign visitors; therefore, it was built only with national materials and their halls harbor works by Brazilian or naturalized Brazilian artists exclusively, such as Athos Bulcão, Alfredo Volpi, Bruno Giorgi, Frans Krajcberg, Franz Weissmann, Maria Martins, Mary Vieira, Iberê Camargo, Ione Saldanha, Rubem Valentim, Sérgio de Camargo, and Tomie Ohtake.

Reviewed By JujuBsb - Brasilia, DF

My favorite building in Brasilia´s Esplanada. It´s beautiful on the outside and if you take a tour of the building itself you´ll see some amazing art, divine staircases and all of the wonders that make Oscar Niemeyer Brazil´s most famous architect. Call ahead to make sure of the days and times of the tours.

8. Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church

Entrequadras 307/308 | Asa Sul, Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil (61) 3242-0149
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church

Mon 9am-9pm, Tue-Sat 6am-8pm, Sun 6am-9pm

Reviewed By Joop V - Ede, The Netherlands

This temple was designed by Oscar Niemeyer (who designed a lot in Brasilia) and constructed in 100 days, in order of the wife of the President JK. It was build in favour of their daughter to help her to fight her desease.

9. Memorial JK

Eixo Monumental - Lado Oeste, Praca do Cruzeiro, Brasilia, Federal District 70070-300, Brazil +55 61 3226 7860
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Memorial JK

Many visit the site of President Kubitschek’s memorial, featuring a tastefully inscribed plaque in honor of the beloved leader.

Reviewed By CassioRibeiro - Brasilia, DF

To understand the history of Brasilia, this monument is mandatory. You will travel in time nete memorial well elaborated, with support team of high quality and, still, you can have a coffee with cheese bread (typical of the miner, which was JK) Enjoy!!

10. Clube do Choro

SDC, Quadra 3, Bloco G | Eixo Monumental, Brasilia, Federal District 70070-350, Brazil +55 61 32252761
Excellent
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4.5 based on 640 reviews

Clube do Choro

Reviewed By Constant T - Queenstown, New Zealand

Casual little club apparently featuring mostly domestic talent. We had a combination of very accomplished quartet and quintet for the night. Good refreshments and snacks available and the night finished quietly as a counterpoint to the political turmoil across the road as many locals expressed their condemnation against their president and her predecessor.

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