Belo Horizonte Through Local Eyes

The reason I travel the way I do is because I believe local interaction is the key to understanding a place and culture.

Building true friendships leads to the most authentic experiences and to me, that’s everything.

I was fortunate to meet Rey (Reinaldo), a Belo Horizonte native, and someone who made my trip to the city so special.

I also met a few great girls while exploring the city on my own, who showed me a excellent first night in town.

After traveling throughout Brazil over the past year, I can say (in my experience) that Belo Horizonte is home to the friendliest people in the country. They helped me with directions, invited me in and made me feel welcome.

I arrived on a Wednesday afternoon and stayed through Monday, here are some of the things I did and things to do in Belo Horizonte.

Brazilian Food from Belo Horizonte to Try:

Pão de queijo, feijão tropeiro, frango com quiabo, tutu de feijão, doce de leite and all the fresh regional cheese!

Belo Horizonte Nightlife: 

Belo Horizonte is known for their incredible nightlife and you can find a place to party any night of the week.

Edificio Maleta (Maleta Building) is a great spot to sit and hangout with friends in one of the many traditional table setups.

Feirinha da Savassi is an awesome Thursday night street party with food, live music and a cool, diverse crowd.

The two popular nightlife neighborhoods are Savassi and the more upscale Loudres.

Otherwise, there are a million different bars, dance clubs and live music venues in the city. Check out the BH Guide for nightly information.

Drink: Catuaba – a sweet-wine that’s cheep a dangerously refreshing.

Belo Horizonte (and surrounding area) Activities:

Day trip to Inhotim, day trip to Ouro Preto (new video coming soon), Pampulha lake area, Cruzeiro/Galo soccer match, Central Market, Feira Hippie (sundays), Parque Municipal (central park), Serra do Cipo (waterfalls)

If you’re looking for a more long-term guide, check out the Brazilian Gringo’s guide to Living in Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!


  1. Hey there I am an american living and working here for three years in BH! Just because it is my team I would like if you could make this correction! Gallo is spanish, here it’s spelled Galo, or you could put the real team name Atletico Mineiro.

  2. Gareth, you should go to Niterói (a city close to Rio de Janeiro). We’re not so famous, but it’s very beautiful. I think you’ll enjoy.

    Type Camboinhas, Itacoatiara, MAC (Museu de Arte Contemporânea), Icaraí, São Francisco, Fortaleza de Santa Cruz, Parque da Cidade, etc at Google

  3. VALEU Gareth, esse vídeo me deixou com saudades, de pegar a estrada e revisitar meu país! o que você fez na sua passagem pelo Brasil foi algo muito ESPECIAL!! não vejo a hora de seus vídeos na índia, vietnan, russia…

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