Curitiba, Brazil
Janaina, 27
Founder, Bocós
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm starting to promote presential workshops with my company named Bocós. We define the themes and find the people who can teach that. It's all about connecting people, promote knowledge e good times for everyone involved. All the workshops are in illustration, crafts, well being and alimentation areas. It's very exciting to work with all these themes together, promoting the growth in the local community.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

If I was heartbroken I would not listen to any playlist, honestly.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Stranger Things, MasterChef

Name some spots in Curitiba that are good for a Tinder date.

MON (Museu Oscar Niemeyer), New York Café.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Most at the Libélula brechó

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

In country music clubs

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Walk on the city with no schedule, finding new places to eat and peculiar things to buy. Discover Curitiba like a tourist.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Curitiba and where did you get it?

Rollmops - is a preserved roll of herring and cucumber. A typical dish in Curitiba. It is not the most extreme dish in the world, but the texture and aesthetics are not so good. You may find this in some neighborhood bars.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Curitiba that you particularly like?

There is a small Japanese bar named Hyotan. It stays in a quiet street, keeps the door closed and has Japanese plaque. The place is very small, so if it's full you have to wait outside. All team welcome you together when you enter, what's very cozy ♥

What restaurant in Curitiba looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

There is a snack bar here that is famous for it Pastel (a fried dough stuffed with your flavor choice). The Pastelaria Juveve has more than 150 flavors and attracts families and young people for eating. The place is not so great, but it's clean and the Pastel is very good.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Curitiba? Which one do you like?

Officina Resto Bar. I like to try something new every time I go. The list of drinks is full of good surprises and frequently change.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Brigadeiro - It's a typical candy that most of the people here know to do at home. Normally appear in birthday parties with several flavors. It's really, really good. The traditional recipe takes condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder. Coxinha - It is a fried dough, stuffed with seasoned shredded chicken. The combination is really good, you can easily find in some cafes and bakeries. Pão de queijo - It is a very tasty cheese bread, perfect for a snack and great with a cup of coffee ♥ It's also very easy to find in coffee shops and bakeries.

What are the Curitiba spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Curitiba has good parks to visit, with great views and much nature. Definitely worth the visit!! A great idea is to buy the tourist bus ticket to know the main parks. Be sure to visit the Botanical Garden, Bosque Alemão e Parque Tanguá. On sunny weekends it's a good idea to have a picnic. (For this prefer Saturday mornings, on sunny Sundays the parks are very crowded).

Tomorrow’s your last day in Curitiba. How do you spend it?

I would wake up early to have breakfast at the Radisson Hotel, then relax at Japan Square to enjoy nature and observe the city. In the afternoon I would see a good movie at the Patio Batel cinema and have dinner at New York Cafe.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Any city that has nature, museums and good food.

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