Orlando’s “Little Brazil” on In-Drive Brings Exotic Flavors to Locals and Tourists Alike
The Brazilian diaspora in Central Florida has imported food, beverage and sounds into the heart of this tourist district
For a little over a decade, Orlando has been a major destination for Brazilians who came to the area to enjoy not just the theme parks, but also world-class shopping. If you’ve been here before, you would have noticed groups of people with same-colored shirts following a flag-wielding tour guide—a typical way of traveling for Brazilians. In more recent years, the migration of Brazilians into the U.S. made Orlando and Miami favorite destinations, largely because flights to Brazil are plentiful from most of Florida’s airports. And thus, before you knew it these Brazilian transplants grew into a community that made International Drive’s tourist district their new cultural home.
Let’s start with the food… If you are looking for casual dining “buffet style” you are in luck since International Drive has a number of them—Café Mineiro, Camilla’s Restaurant, and Vittorio’s Brazilian Restaurant. All of them are reasonably priced and feature traditional rice and black beans “feijoada” along with chicken, beef and sausage. For a more “fine dining” experience, you can go to Fogo de Chao or Texas de Brazil, both of which feature “Rodizio-style” meats, which are served directly from a sword or stake routed regularly from table to table by servers dressed in Gaucho clothing. Catering to the Brazilians who visit Orlando, Perfumeland is a Brazilian-owned specialty store featuring not just perfumes and cologne, but also electronics, clothing and luggage.
Even snacking on I-Drive can have a Brazilian flair with favorites such as Amor Em Pedaços or Pão Gostoso—two bakeries that are known for their sweet breads, caramel-filled pastries and pão de queijo, a Brazilian-style cheese bread. You will also find many stores carrying Brazilian products, including Romero Britto artwork, which can even be found in Disney-branded products and souvenirs. So what are you waiting for? Get the best Brazil has to offer right here in Central Florida.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is always excited to provide great lodging for visitors from all corners of the planet. Whether you come from Brazil, Germany or China—we are the place to stay during your Orlando vacation. So if you are planning to fly into Orlando from the far reaches of the globe, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is ready to welcome you to the world’s leading family vacation destination. And do know that we are located a short drive away from Little Brazil and it’s amazing restaurants and shops.