Porto Alegre, Brazil
Rafaela, 29
Product Designer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a product designer and I work in a design company developing all kinds of industrial products. In my spare time I love to watch movies and eat eat eat.

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

Réu confesso - Tim Maia; Depois - Marisa Monte; Back to Black - Amy Winehouse; And to finally cheer up (no more crying, please!) Feel It Still from Portugal. The Man

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends, Black Mirror, Girls, Broen and Cosmos.

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

Olivos 657 and Locals Only. Both places have a casual vibe, great food to share, amazing drinks and cool interior. On a first date I always prefer a busy place than a more quiet/intimist vibe. Olivos has a restaurante format with three rooms in a house located at the busy Cidade Baixa area. I love the pizza there and the caipirinhas are also amazing. Locals Only is a two floor reburshid house with a industrial/urban vibe with a lot of bricks, steel, wood and grafitti. They have a vast option of craft beers and a small yet great snack menu.

Who’s your hero and where in Porto Alegre would you take them out for a serious hang?

I would take Neil de Grasse Tyson to have barbecue.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

No fancy or specific brands. I usually go to Iguatemi Shopping where I can find what I need fast and at once.

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

I find hard to say a place I would never go because we never know what will happen in this life... Anyway I can't imagine myself going to a Sertanejo Party.

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

Cultural day wondering around the historic center. Museums like Santander Cultural, Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, MARGS are great places to go in a sunny day at the weekend.

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

Xis with chicken hearts at Speed. Xis is a type of cheeseburguer popular in Rio Grande do Sul. You can try one at other better places.

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

La Cava is a really small and charming bar with maybe four tables that you can get relatively cheap sparkling wine. You will probably end up dancing like a freak and choosing your own musics on spotify.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Porto Alegre? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Sakura restaurant. I had sushi and yakisoba. I spent around 120 reais on just food and a soda which at that time it was very expensive. Except the price is a great experience.

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

There are a lot of places like that in Porto Alegre. I would say La Pizza Mia. The pizzas apparently have a uruguayan influence and (half or one meter) are really delicious but the place is really generic.

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

I really like the cocktails of Loft 1020. The bar has a cosy and charming atmosphere and makes you feel like home. Orla is my favorite one and is made with aperol and tangerine.

Where would you take your partner in Porto Alegre if you wanted to really pamper them?

I would go to Le Grand Burguer. I absolutely love their french inspired burguers. Everything is amazing, ingredients, size, chips, sauce,...

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

It depends of the place. Brazil is a really big country. The most famous is cheese bread (you can definetely find anywhere). You can also go to a bar and have a beer with some polentas (fried cornflour) and fried mandioca.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Porto Alegre?

Public Market. It is a nice building, but don't expect too much. There are some good shops to buy fruits, wines, nuts, cheese...but the second floor is closed for reburshiment for a long time so there are almost no good restaurants. Any way, it is worth a visit.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Porto Alegre?

The Cinemateca Capitólio. It has been refurbished after a long time closed and is one of the very few street cinemas in Porto Alegre. It is an important historic place for the city. You can watch local movies, independent productions and classics.

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

Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, Iberê Camargo Museum, DMAE garden, Le Grand Burguer and Agridoce Café.

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

Brunch at Priscilla's Bakery, afternoon in a park with friends, dinner at Le Grand Burguer or Madero (another great burguer) and party time at Cabaret Club.

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

I don't think I have a favorite. It's is impossible to choose just one! I love Paris because of the endless options of museums and restaurants. I find so interesting just to walk around the city, grab a coffee and admire the beautiful buildings. I also had some great nights out with my friends. Another amazing place for a vacation is Santorini. Greek food and blue sea, what else do I need?

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