Santa Catarina Eating, drinking and dancing
(+55 48 3232 7210)
Bistrô Isadora Duncan
This tiny bistro serves up innovative dishes such as salmon in mango sauce and shrimp flambéed in orange juice. There are only five tables, so book well in advance, and ask for a place on the balcony to enjoy glorious views of the nearby lake.
2658 rod. Jornalista Manoel de Menezes, Barra da Lagoa, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina 88061-700, Brazil
(+55 48 3232 5679)
Nave Mae Pizzeria
Join the locals for an Italian feast at this lively restaurant, where the pizzas are enormous, the toppings are inventive and the waiters wander between tables offering free tasters. The wholemeal pizzas come highly recommended.
1296 rua Laurindo Januário da Silveira, Lagoa da Conceição, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina 88062-201, Brazil
(+55 48 3232 5679)
Sample the culinary wares of neighbouring Argentina at this high-class steakhouse, which offers 15 different cuts of meat and an array of Argentine wines in a simple yet stylish setting.
1233 rua Laurindo Januário da Silveira, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina 88062-201, Brazil
(+55 48 3232 6859)
There are few restaurants more intimate than Villa Magionne, where you dine in the owner’s living room overlooking a lagoon. The Mediterranean-themed menu includes mouth-watering dishes such as ravioli stuffed with duck, and Moroccan couscous salad.
273 Srv. da Amizade, Lagoa da Conceição, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina 88054-642, Brazil
(+55 48 3232 229831)
Confraria das Artes
The colonial-style building and vintage furniture of this boho-chic bar attracts local artists, intellectuals and media types, who sip mojitos amid the antiques.
31 rua João Pacheco da Costa, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina 88062-100, Brazil
(+55 48 3282 1325)
Praia Café de la Musique
Gucci handbags, sports cars and the occasional private helicopter are common sights at this beachside club – the setting for plenty of champagne-fuelled nights during the summer season. The owner (a former model) describes it as ‘a mixture between St Tropez and Ibiza, without the attitude’.
Av. dos Merlins, Jurere, Florianópolis Santa Catarina 88053-370, Brazil
(+55 48 232 8969)
Café Dos Araçás
Sip your cappuccino to the strains of live jazz and blues at this colonial-style café, housed in an airy 19th-century building.
19 rua Manoel Severino de Oliveira, Lagoa da Conceição, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina 88062-120, Brazil