Things to do in Curitiba Downtown
We were really surprised by Curitiba, in more than one way. There’s enough life on the streets and the squares, but it’s not bursting at the seams; you would hardly guess this is a 2 million-people metropolis. We would have that feeling again in Porto Alegre, although that is palpably smaller.
The centre is the part where you’ll find most hotels and hostels for every budget. On our evening stroll back from a free movie projection, we saw many youngsters sitting and drinking on the street. We went for a craft beer in one of the many bars not far from the flower clock.
Have a stroll in Centro
We recommend you start your Curitiba sightseeing walk from the main squares: Osorio and Tiradentes, maybe with a glance at the basilica.
Check out the Ground Zero landmark before heading towards the Memorial de Curitiba. Continue to the Red House, Casa Romário Martins (which is the oldest house in Curitiba) and Paço da Liberdade. Photos about Curitiba often feature this iconic building, which is the old town hall. Visits are free from Tuesday to Friday. Then head further to the surprising Arabic monument (Memorial Árabe) on Praça Gibran Khalil.
OR just follow your nose and your curiosity. Look at the names of the buildings, the weird public art. Follow the crowd on one of the walking streets, like Rua 15 de Novembro. On weekends, Praça da Espanha is buzzing with an antiques fair.