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R. Barão de Capanema, 549 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01411-001, Brazil
São Paulo’s D.O.M. is currently rated sixth in the World’s 50 Best ranking, but to me it is simply the restaurant where I take every visiting non-Brazilian for a guaranteed reaction: “What just hit us?!” The more confident that chef–owner Alex...
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R. Fradique Coutinho, 1340 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05416-001, Brazil
Isabela Raposeiras knows good coffee. Lucky for us, she's willing to share this wisdom at her incredible café and roastery, Coffee Lab. She sources directly from farmers all over Brazil and roasts the beans to perfection in this Vila Madelena...
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R. Clélia, 93 - Pompeia, São Paulo - SP, 05042-000, Brazil
Architects should be cultural agents who are concerned with both good and functional design. For me, Lina Bo Bardi and her raw, modernist architecture exemplified this. She really thought about the people who would use her spaces. My favorite...
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R. Alagoas, 903 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01242-902, Brazil
“The particular strength of the MAB’s permanent collection of nearly 3,000 works is early 20th-century Brazilian modernism (Di Cavalcanti, Tarsila do Amaral, Victor Brecheret, Anita Malfatti), but it has also mounted hit exhibitions that were...
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Rua Oscar Freire, 413 - Jardins, São Paulo - SP, 01426-001, Brazil
With its comfortable seating, Parisian-style tables, and hardwood decor, Santo Grão Café on Rua Oscar Freire is the type of café that's impossible to leave. The list of coffee drinks is impressive, and the food delicious. Perfect for a french...
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R. Dr. Veiga Filho, 133 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01238-000, Brazil
“Built around 15 years ago amidst a lot of opposition, this upscale shopping mall has become a symbol of the neighborhood, giving it new energy and pushing up real estate prices in the environs. Its design respects the historical buildings around...
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São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
In Liberdade, Sao Paulo, the home of the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, I felt like I was in Tokyo while knowing I was in Brazil. Portuguese was spoken on the streets but the stores and the street food reminded me more of Shibuya.
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Praça Júlio Prestes, 16 - Campos Elíseos, São Paulo - SP, 01218-020, Brazil
by Alondra De La Parra A former train station, the Sala has some of the finest acoustics I have ever heard. I’ve been working with the resident orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, which I think is the best in Latin America....
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R. Pará, 36 - Consolação, São Paulo - SP, 01243-020, Brazil
“Ici resembles a cozy Parisian brasserie with its painted tin ceiling, tiled floor, and red banquettes. I especially like the magret of duck and steak tartare with shoestring fries.” —Arthur Casas Rua Pará 36 55/11-3257-4064. This appeared in the...
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R. Minas Gerais, 350 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01244-010, Brazil
“One of São Paulo’s preeminent art galleries, it has a striking design by Brazil’s own Pritzker-winning architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. It sits at the juncture of the Higienópolis and Jardins districts, near the western tip of iconic Avenida...
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R. Fradique Coutinho, 914 - Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP, 05416-001, Brazil
One of the wonderful things I found in São Paulo was a culture of sustainability that appeared to be more forward-thinking than many other cities around the world. Meeting with friends at the Ekoa Café, I listened to several of them discuss their...
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Av. Paulista, 1578 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-200, Brazil
São Paulo has a thriving culture scene that can be seen in its museums, craft fairs, graffitti, and artsy shops. If you spend a Sunday there, be sure to head over to São Paulo's main avenue, Avenida Paulista, for a three-part cultural experience....
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Rua Tupi, 979 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01233-000, Brazil
“What I like the most at this steakhouse is its winter garden, which feels like a leafy backyard. The ojo de bife is delicious, but, because I tend to be on a perennial diet, I usually order the fraldinha, a Brazilian cut of beef that is quite...
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Av. Brg. Faria Lima, 1814 - Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo - SP, 01451-001, Brazil
It is not very often in São Paulo that you ask the price of a drink and think, "Wow, that is reasonable!" It is even rarer to find such a location outside of a corner boteco. Sofá Café has it all, mandioca chips, inexpensive drinks, and a great,...
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This tiny cafe sits in the bustling neighborhood of Jardins, a short walk from the famous Avenida Paulista. With a chef who crafts the meal in front of you with painstaking detail, you cannot go wrong no matter what you get on the menu. Their...
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Av. Paulista, 1578 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-200, Brazil
I love to travel, but something I rarely admit is that I'm not very adventurous when it comes to food on the road. I love to try local specialties but don't eat much meat or heavy, fried food. As a result, it took me a while to get into street...
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Cerqueira César, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
Saturday is feijoada day - rice, beans, and everything you see here. Bring your appetite - you'll be glad you did.
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Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01415-000, Brazil
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Ordering something local, often something you have never heard of or cannot pronounce, is one of the best ways to get to know a new culture. While Sao Paulo doesn't ooze with culture, it does boast an incredible food scene. One of the more notable...
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Av. Paulista, 1578 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-200, Brazil
São Paulo is home to many vibrant markets, and the Sunday antiques market on Avenida Paulista is one of them. The market is located under the Museum of Art (MASP)--the museum is built off the ground, leaving a large open space where vendors set up...
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Praça da Sé - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01001-000, Brazil
Once in awhile, there are moments while traveling when I know I am in the right place at the right time. One of these moments was when I walked into Catedral da Sé de São Paulo. The grandeur of the cathedral was impressive in its own right, but I...
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Rua Cardeal Arcoverde, 772/776 - Pinheiros - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05408-001, Brazil
Behind this seemingly pedestrian rust-red bar facade is an incredible restaurant. Located in Pinheiros, Bar do Biu has a tradition of serving authentic and tasty food from the Northeast of Brazil. On a hot Saturday afternoon the place will be...
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R. da Consolação, 3153 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01416-001, Brazil
The Jardins neighborhood is known as a pretty chic part of the city, and rightfully so due to its legion of high-end clothing stores and fancy restaurants. However, its location can't be beat. A short walk away from Avenida Paulista, o Centro, and...
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Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 664 - Barra Funda, São Paulo - SP, 01156-001, Brazil
After 12 years of visiting the megacity of São Paulo, Brazil, I finally made a point of seeing all of Oscar Niemeyer's work there. My husband, a native of São Paulo, drove us into the center of the city, with its curving avenues and bustling...
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Edifício Copan - Av. Ipiranga, 200 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01046-010, Brazil
While it may not be the over-the-top chic, tree-lined portion of the city, "o centro" provides the architecturally curious with some amazing sights. Edificio Copan is a such building with a history as intricate as its design. A walk through the...
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Rua Peixoto Gomide, 949 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01409-001, Brazil
Many things surprised me about São Paulo, Brasil: The city was much larger than I imagined it to be - ranked in the top five largest metropolitan areas in the world; disparity between the rich and the poor could be seen within the same city block...
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Paraíso, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, 01310-000, Brazil
Sometimes in SP it's a matter of just looking to the tops of these very tall buildings to see some remnant of the past or some architect's incredible whim.
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R. Mateus Grou, 488 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05415-040, Brazil
Right in the heart of Pinheiros, this restaurant is the perfect stop after a day of wandering through the tiny art galleries, ample music stores, and busy antique stands off of the nearby Rua Teodoro. The food is an imaginative and fresh blend of...
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R. Manuel Guedes, 349 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04536-070, Brazil
Itaim Bibi is a bustling neighborhood in the center of São Paulo, filled with glass office buildings and an impressive array of restaurants. Before heading home, however, make sure to stop by Cuor di Crema. If you're lucky, you can watch the...
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R. Graúna, 137 - Moema, São Paulo - SP, 04514-000, Brazil
Brazilian beer is, to put it charitably, undistinguished. Which may be why Brazilians are obsessed with the intricacies of properly pouring draft beer. It is served ice cold and with a sizable, perfect head. A draft beer is called a chopp, and a...
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R. Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, 538 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 03178-200, Brazil
If you ask the average paulistano for a recommendation for Mexican food, chances are they will send you to Sí Señor, a ubiquitous chain that tends rather toward Tex Mex. For a more "authentic" experience, head to Hecho en Mexico in the...
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R. Graúna, 125 - Vila Uberabinha, São Paulo - SP, 04514-000, Brazil
Brazilian pizza is like nothing else you have never eaten. It's LOADED with toppings and smothered with cheese (cheese on top of other ingredients). I once had a pizza peddler try to sell me a pizza americana-a pizza with eggs and bacon, since,...
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Situated just a few blocks from hectic Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, this café provides the perfect sanctuary for an afternoon coffee. The ambience is incredibly tranquil and is almost never full. The café offers a full line of small sweet and...
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R. Manuel Guedes, 199 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04536-070, Brazil
The large blue cow in front announces your arrival to one of Itaim Bibi's more chic botecos. During happy hour, it can be nearly impossible to find a seat as the stylish young paulistanos who work nearby flock to the bar. It's not a problem,...
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Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral - Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04002-010, Brazil
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, this expansive park was meant to be an improvement to Central Park in New York City. Home to an impressive amphitheater, museums, water bodies, and lots of paths with some impressive landscaping,...
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R. Martim Francisco, 98 - Santa Cecilia, São Paulo - SP, 01226-010, Brazil
São Paulo didn't give me my first introduction to sushi, but it was here that I first ate a sushi rodízio, which is basically an all you can eat special. My favourite, and the best value rodízio I've eaten is at Toshiro Sushi in Santa Cecilia,...
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Av. Angélica, s/n - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01228-000, Brazil
From Trianon to Ibirapuera, São Paulo has a fair share of parks to complement the otherwise urban landscape. Parque Buenos Aires is a beautiful spot to grab some fresh air and sun on a lazy afternoon. The park makes for wonderful people watching...
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Praça da Sé - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01001-000, Brazil
One of the main attractions around São Paulo's historic main square, Praça da Sé, is Catedral Metropolitana. It is the largest church in São Paulo. A 15-min walk from my hotel in the City Center (Republika station), brought me to this bustling...
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R. Cantareira, 306 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01103-200, Brazil
Go to the Mercado Municipal in Sao Paulo for all your gourmet needs. The market has everything from fresh vegetables to homemade candies. I decided to go for a mortadella sandwich from Bar do Mane. The locals seem to have a soft-spot for the...
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R. Dr. Melo Alves, 150 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01417-010, Brazil
Bar Balcão is a wonderful spot for a hamburger and a "chopp," or draft beer at the end of a long day. The Lychee capirinha is highly recommended by Monocle magazine, and the zig-zagged bar arrangement makes for interesting people-watching on a...
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R. Pedroso Alvarenga, 1285 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04531-012, Brazil
Though it was described to me as a bar that "only foreigners go to," I love MyNY so much that I can't stop going back. The shining stars of the menu are the kobé beef burger (worth every centavo of the R$40 price tag) and a variety of drinks...
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R. Manuel Guedes, 233 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 03178-200, Brazil
Nestled in a surprisingly quiet and green street in the neighborhood of Itaim Bibi, L'Amitié is the perfect place to spend a long, romantic lunch. Choose to sit in the cozy interior of the restaurant or outside to watch life pass by while French...
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Rua Maria Carolina, 674 - Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo - SP, 03178-200, Brazil
São Paulo is a city full of various varieties of Arab restaurants, but none are quite like Balila. Located off Rebouças, a packed main avenue connecting Faria Lima and Avenida Paulista, Balila offers modern Lebanese fair in a wonderful ambience....
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R. Apeninos, 963 - Paraíso, São Paulo - SP, 04104-020, Brazil
A perfect place to buy bread, pastries and coffee in the morning, Padaria Jennyfer also makes a delicious variety of sandwiches, including the Rosbife X-Salada, or Roast Beef with cheese (x) and salad. Goes down well with a freshly squeezed orange...