Soccer hotspots in Belo Horizonte

Leonor Macedo

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In the city with the largest number of bars in Brazil, there’s always a place to celebrate your team’s victory


Mercado Central

The place where América Mineiro played until 1929 is now home to Belo Horizonte’s Mercado Central. Nowadays, the only trace of soccer there is some memorabilia on sale at the stands, which share space with cheese, sweets, and cachaça.


Mercado Central: Avenida Augusto de Lima, 744

Sion neighborhood

Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay. The streets of the neighborhood of Sion, which is full of bars and restaurants, are named after many Latin American countries. There’s no shortage of team flags at Bar do Paulinho. You’ll also find a location of Choperia Pinguim – tap of choice of late player Sócrates Brasileiro – in the neighborhood.

Bar do Paulinho: Rua Pium-Í, 1.174

Choperia Pinguim: Rua Grão Mogol, 157


Museu do Futebol Brasileiro: Avenida Antônio Abrahão Caram, 1.001

Museu do Futebol Brasileiro

With the renovation for the 2014 Soccer World Cup, the stadium  got a brand-new museum dedicated to the sport. On the Hall of Fame, great masters like Pelé and Dadá Maravilha left their footprints.



Parque Municipal Américo Renné Giannetti

It may sound unlikely, but the promenades are evocative of the beginning of Brazilian soccer. In 1908, students gathered at the park gazebo to create Atlético Mineiro – they had no idea the team would become one of the most important in the state.

Parque Municipal Américo Renné Giannetti: Avenida Afonso Pena, 1.377




7 pm – Mineirão stadium

June 16 - Uruguay X Ecuador


Eating at the stadium

Serving sizes are generous in Minas Gerais. The perfect food at Mineirão is a great plate of tropeiro beans, kale, and eggs.