Juiz de Fora

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Juiz de Fora is a city in the southeast of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, close to the state border with Rio de Janeiro. According to the 2006 estimate the population was 509,125 inhabitants. The area of the municipality is 1,437 km².

The location is strategic for economic growth, between the three most important centers of southeast Brazil: Rio de Janeiro (189 km), Belo Horizonte (260 km) and São Paulo (486 km). Major highways connect Juiz de Fora with these three metropolitan areas, the most important being the BR 040, which connects Brasília with Rio de Janeiro, passing through Belo Horizonte.

Often referred to only as "JF", this traditional city is located in the deep Paraibuna river valley, a major tributary of the Paraíba do Sul, in the Paraíba do Sul basin, between the Órgãos and Mantiqueira ranges.

Juiz de Fora is a gay friendly city, homophobia is punished by law since 2000.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Juiz de Fora is on the way between Belo Horizonte (4.5 hours) and Rio de Janeiro (3 hours). São Paulo is approximately 8 hours away. The city is also a regional bus hub and has frequent links to nearby cities.

Buses leave from the main bus station (rodoviária) at Av. Brasil, 9501. (32) 3215-7696. The bus terminal is connected to the downtown area by taxis and frequent regular buses that drop passengers near the very central corner of Av. Getulio Vargas and Av. Rio Branco.

By plane[edit]

Juiz de Fora (IATA: JDF) has 2 daily flights to/from São Paulo (Guarulhos) by the Trip carrier, and daily flights to/from Belo Horizonte (Pampulha), Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) and São João Del Rey by TRIP , with connections to other cities. Many budget-conscious travellers, however, take a cheaper flight to Rio or Belo Horizonte then shift to buses to finish the trip.

The airport is located 6 km from the city center, at Av. Guadalajara s/nº. Phone (32) 3233-1089 (Fax:(32) 3690-8330)

Get around[edit]

The city center is compact and can be crossed on foot. For longer distances, the bus system is quite effective, with frequent and clean buses. Most lines converge to the central Rio Branco Avenue. Tickets cost R$ 2,05.

Taxis are also widely available and not expensive for larger city standards.

  • Albatroz Rádio Táxi - Phone: 32 3215-4400 / 3215-5418
  • Tele Táxi - Phone: 32 3215-4410 / 3217-7102

See[edit]

  • Museu Mariano Procópio. The museum counts itself as one of the principal exhibitions of the imperial period of Brazil.
  • MAM. Juiz de Fora Museum of Modern Art.
  • Morro do Imperador

Events[edit]

  • Festival Internacional de Música Colonial Brasileira e Música Antiga[1]- International Festival of Colonial Brazilian Music and Antique Music (July)
  • Miss Brasil Gay[2] - The biggest event in the city. Self-explanatory (August).
  • Rainbow Fest - Several events (parties, debates and a parade) targeting the GLBT community. In the same week of Miss Brasil Gay (August).
  • Goa Trance - Rave in outskirts of city (November)
  • Celebra Open Air - Electronic music festival with some foreign attractions (March)
  • Primeiro Plano - Independent movie festival (November)

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • BudiRua São Mateus, 103 32 3216-6628. São Mateus, (vegetarian)
  • Cachaçaria Pinga Nu NinhoRua Roberto Stiegert, 31 32 3231-3000. São Pedro.
  • Cantina e Pizzaria Gordeixo´sRua São Mateus, 38 32 3215-8182. São Mateus,
  • Estação GeraesRua Santo Antônio, 650. Centro (at Rua Floriano Peixoto).
  • Kibe MauadAv. Sete de Setembro, 412 32 3215-7996. Costa Carvalho, (quibe)
  • Kidelícia ChurraskiloRua Santa Rita, 361 32 3215-7298. Centro,
  • Mary MilkAv. Independência, 2 32 3232-4699. 267 - São Mateus,
  • MazzolinoAv. Independência, 2 32 3214-8550. 323 - São Mateus,
  • Mohamed´sAv. Independência, 2 32 3084-4573. 665 - São Mateus.
  • Pastelaria Mexicana - Installed on a truck between Independência and Rio Branco Av. Classic street food.
  • Sapore di CalabriaAv. Rio Branco, 2 32 3218-8244. 585 - Centro (Casa d´Italia). Pasta.
  • Vida e SaúdeAv. Rio Branco, 2 32 3212-9922. 143 - Centro. Vegetarian restaurant.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Mamma RomaRua Braz Bernardino, 90 32 3215-0990. Centro.
  • Berttu´sRua Santo Antônio, 572 32 3215-5026. Centro.
  • Bertu´s AeroportoRua Acácio Alves Alvim, 2 32 3233-1209. 510 - Aeroporto.
  • BaccoAv. Independência, 1 32 3249-1850. 850 - São Mateus.
  • Babbo Giabba PizzeriaRua Padre Café, 384 32 3217-9020. São Mateus.
  • Churrascaria ChimarronAv. Rio Branco, 700 32 3217-3353. Loja 07 - Manoel Honório.
  • Churrascaria Estrela Grill, Ladeira Alexandre Leonel, 180 - Cascatinha. Phone: 32 3217-1146 / 3232-9060
  • Churrascaria Potência do SulAv. Deusdedith Salgado, 4 32 3241-4800. 060 - Salvaterra.
  • ChurraspizzaAv. Governador Valadares, 473 32 3214-1991. Manoel Honório.
  • Churrasqueira Alto dos PassosRua Dom Viçoso, 111 32 3214-1598. Alto dos Passos.
  • Churrasqueira São MateusRua Padre Café, 73. São Mateus. Phone: 32 3232-2113 / 3218-0707
  • Faisão DouradoRua Halfeld, 316 32 3215-9058. Centro.
  • BrasãoAv. Rio Branco, 2 32 3215-8263. 262 - Centro.
  • Restaurante Vaporetto 32 3215-9650. Rua Barão de Cataguases,102 - Santa Helena.

Splurge[edit]

  • Edo SushiRua São Sebastião, 1 32 3213-6194. 401 - Santa Helena.
  • La CapreseRua Moraes e Castro, 438 32 3217-6507. Alto dos Passos.
  • Mont BlancRua Tavares Bastos, 49 32 3215-8606. Alto dos Passos.
  • Néctar GourmetRua Engenheiro Gentil Forn, 1 32 3214-4723. 700 - Jardins Imperiais.
  • Osteria da SilvanoRua Dom Viçoso, 177 32 3215-4239. Alto dos Passos.
  • Wood House 32 3236-1067. Av. Dr. Paulo Japiassu Coelho, 260 - Cascatinha.
  • ShizenAv. Valdir Pedro Monachesi, 601 32 3232-1198. Aeroporto.
  • Giramondo Pizzeria - Rua Tenente Paulo Maria Delage 386 - Borboleta - "32" 3218-1450

Drink[edit]

  • Café MuzikRua Espírito Santo, 1 (take any bus to rua Halfeld and walk three blocks down the Rio Branco avenue),  (32) 3213-9796. 081. With table service and a dance floor, Wednesdays are Samba night, Fridays cater to the predominantly gay house music crowd and Sundays are for rockers[3]
  • Bar da Fábrica 32 3215-0910. Praça Antônio Carlos, s/nº (Centro Cultural Bernardo Mascarenhas) - Centro -
  • Café AcústicoAv. dos Andradas, 197 32 3215-7518. 2º floor - Centro.,
  • Cenário BarRua Demétrio Francisco, 145 32 8834-2627. Boa Vista.
  • Cultural BarAv. Deusdedith Salgado, 4 32 3214-1289. 800 - Salvaterra.
  • Empório ArtesanalAv. Guadalajara, 6 32 3233-1452. Aeroporto.
  • Estação GourmetRua José Lourenço, 380 32 3236-4269. São Pedro.
  • Lord´s ClubAv. Independência, 809 32 3231-1651. Centro.
  • Mercearia BarRua Dom Viçoso, 98 32 3212-6777. Alto dos Passos.
  • MezclaRua Benjamin Constant, 720 32 3083-2351. Centro.
  • People BarAv. Independência, 1 32 3231-1853. 940 - São Mateus. GLS bar with a small dance floor and ocassional live music.
  • Pró-copãoRua Mariano Procópio, 1 32 3217-9050. 115 - Mariano Procópio.
  • Parlatorium Music LoungeAv. Rio Branco, 2 32 3213-5513. 189 - Centro.
  • PrivilègeRua Engenheiro Gentil Forn, 1 32 3231-7575. 000 - Vale do Ipê.
  • W 100 Street 32 3233-2135. Rua W, 100 - Aeroporto.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Charme HotelRua Halfeld, 320 32 3217-7625. Centro.
  • Colina Verde HotelAv. Deusdedith Salgado, 5 32 3231-3700. 201 - Salvaterra.
  • Grande Hotel Renascença 32 3215-2836. Praça Dr. João Penido, 22 (Praça da Estação) - Centro.
  • Hotel MajesticRua Halfeld, 284 32 3215-5050. Centro -.
  • Hotel dos ViajantesAv. Independência, 2 32 3231-6008. 877 - São Mateus.
  • Hotel AstóriaRua Batista de Oliveira, 284 32 3215-2449. Centro.
  • Hotel São LuizRua Halfeld, 360 32 3215-1155. Centro.
  • Hotel RenascerRua Halfeld, 213 32 3215-9748. Centro.
  • Hotel ImperadorAv. dos Andradas, 25 32 3215-1731. Centro.
  • Hilton HotelAv. Getúlio Vargas, 483 32 3215-8112. Centro.
  • Minas Hotel 32 3215-2787. Av. Francisco Bernardino 85 - Centro.
  • Ômega Apart HotelRua São Sebastião, 375 32 3217-4034. Centro.
  • Pepita HotelAv. Brasil, 9. 367 - São Dimas (próximo ao Terminal Rodoviário). Tel. (32)3215-5319 / 3218-7234.
  • Pousada Aconchego de Minasfax: 32 3233-1305. R. Doutor Décio Guanabarino, nº01 - Aeroporto. Tel/.
  • SESC Pousada de Juiz de Fora 32 3233-1144fax: 32 3233-1005. Rua do Contorno, s/nº - Nova California (acesso pelo Km 794 da Rodovia BR 040)., [4].
  • Solar FlatAv. Getúlio Vargas, 353 32 2101-1100. Centro.

Mid-Range[edit]

  • Cesar Palace HotelAv. Getúlio Vargas, 335 32 3215-6599fax: (32)3216-2177. Centro.
  • Imperial HotelRua Batista de Oliveira, 605 32 3215-7400. Centro.
  • Joalpa Hotel 32 3215-6055fax: (32)3215-2694. Rua Afonso Pinto da Motta, 29 - Centro -.
  • Minas Flat ServiceRua Braz Bernardino, 105 32 3216-2555. Centro.
  • Real HotelAv. Rio Branco, 1 32 3212-6042. 411 - Centro.
  • Serrano Residencial HotelRua Santa Rita, 399 32 3216-2800. Centro.
  • Serrano Apart HotelRua Batista de Oliveira, 809 32 3213-9001. Centro.

Splurge[edit]

Stay Safe[edit]

Juiz de Fora is considered a safe city for Brazilian standards. Just take the common sense precautions and you will be fine.

  • Police : 190
  • Emergency (paramedics/firefighters) : 193

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