Brasilia Basic Information
Divided into north (N) and south (S) sectors by the Monumental Axis and referred to by acronyms, Brasília’s addresses can be hard to understand at first. The superquadras or residential sectors are known as SQS/SQN, while the comércio local or local commerce sectors are called CLS/CLN. For more need-to-know info about Brasília, read on.
Australians travelling to Brazil on holiday are required to have a proper and valid visa prior to your arrival and to remain aware of their visa status while in the country. If you plan to leave Brazil and then return during your trip, Australian travellers should obtain a multiple entry visa before leaving Australia, and ensure an exit stamp is placed in your passport by Brazilian immigration authorities when you depart Brazil. Be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Brazil.
The currency of Brasília is the Brazilian Real. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Brazilian Real fluctuates constantly so it’s a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.
As a planned city, Brasília lacks a distinctive local cuisine however the traditional beans and rice variants of Brazil and other regional specialities such as churrasco (Brazilian barbecue)are popular here, as are many other international cuisines including Japanese, Mexican, French and other Western styles of food. The most-visited eat streets are located in the local commerce sections within the residential areas where you can find Brazilian, Italian, Spanish, Mexican and Japanese specialities. Don’t miss the great desserts and pastries in this capital of sweet tooths as well!
Outside of Carnival in February, Brasília is not known for its raging nightlife, however there are a number of bars, clubs and pubs and a lively local student scene worth checking out. Caribeño in the south commercial sector (SCS) is the place to go for salsa, meringue and zouk, while Bar do Calaf in the Empire Center is a restaurant renowned for its Spanish cuisine but more so for its Afro-style ‘Criolina’ samba-funk parties. Head to Pôr-do-Sol in the CLN for a slice of student life and cheap beer, or gay-friendly Bar Beirute with its massive outdoor patio and Middle-Eastern grub in the CLS.