The capital of Rio Grande do Sul is one of the wealthiest cities in Brazil. Despite its population of two million, it has managed to maintain a wonderful provincial atmosphere. It is very different to other Brazilian cities, both for its cold winter climate and for its diverse culture: a mix between European – from Portuguese, Italian and German immigrants – and that of Pampas, shared with Argentinian and Uruguayan neighbors.
If you would like to live in Porto Alegre and have everything at your doorstep, Moinhos de Vento is the neighborhood for you. It is one of the most ancient quarters in the city, with luxury villas from the end of the nineteenth century, along with spacious luxury apartments. It’s a tranquil spot with many options for entertainment, such as Moinhos de Vento park and the best clubs can be found here. The street Padre Chagas, better known as the “walk of fame”, offers the best pubs in the city and high fashion stores. The most beautiful street in the world can also be found here: the Gonçalo de Carvalho.
The districts Auxiliadora, Higienópolis and Mont’Serrat enjoy an excellent reputation: offering luxury apartments and penthouses with breathtaking views. Purchasing an office on the Avenida Carlos Gomes is a symbol of social status. For those who prefer tranquility and magnificent gardens, areas such as Três Figueiras and Bela Vista are ideal choices: with enormous villas with swimming pools and terraced houses.
The brand new quarter, Jardim Europa, offers luxury apartments and penthouses, while Jardim Lindóia, with its beautiful homes, is home to the new affluent buyers of the city. On the other hand, if you are a lover of nature, the neighborhood Ipanema is perfect: who could possibly resist a villa or luxury apartment with sunset views over lake Guaíba?
The public market in the center is a charming spot where you can find everything you need to prepare the traditional “chimarrão” or “churrasco”. If you are an admirer of more alternative spots, the Cidade Baixa is a great option. For football lovers, attending the Grenal derby in the modern Arena do Grêmio or in Beira-Rio Stadium , home for the World Cup 2014, is certainly an attractive incentive.