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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. 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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R. Bela Cintra, 1618 - Consolação, São Paulo - SP, 01415-001, Brazil
Tucked into the trees on the quiet Rua Bela Cintra, PÃO offers a peaceful respite from the traffic on nearby Avenida Paulista. This cozy padaria has homemade breads, sandwiches, granola, and other treats for any traveler in need of a nice meal....
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002 - Alameda Lorena, 1731 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
When it comes to bookstores, São Paulo does it right. There is an array of stores with excellent selections of titles in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. In addition, these spaces are inviting to the wandering Brazilian and tourist alike,...
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Rua Oscar Freire, 413 - Cerqueira César, 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. 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. 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. Maranhão, 220 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-000, Brazil
This bakery and deli is the ideal spot for a delicious pastry or a heaping New York style deli sandwich. If you're in need of something sweet, try the pão doce with chocolate and bananas or a decadent chocolate croissant. For something savory,...
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Av. Paulista, 2073 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01311-940, Brazil
Located on the bustling Avenida Paulista, the Livraria Cultura has multiple storefronts in the same shopping center. One store is dedicated to all types of travel, food, art, and design books. Another serves as a movie theater, showcasing the...
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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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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. 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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Av. Paulista, 1499 - Loja 6 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01311-200, Brazil
On a weekday evening the tables will fill with Paulistanos and travelers, rubbing elbows, sipping glasses of cold beer, and snacking on tasty food. Watch the world walk by on Avenida Paulista.
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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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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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Viaduto Nove de Julho, 193 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01050-060, Brazil
Estadao is situated in downtown Sao Paulo. They serve up an incredibly delicious roast pork sandwich: crisp skin on the outside, succulent meat on the inside, all piled onto a fresh-baked roll. A newspaper used to be headquartered nearby and so...
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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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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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Vila Madalena, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, 03178-200, Brazil
Sao Paulo is a massive, business hub of South America and not the greatest place to visit. It's full of great food, but not much in the way of culture or beauty. But there is a funky oasis in the middle of this skyrise city in the artsy...
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Praça Benedito Calixto - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 03178-200, Brazil
Anyone who has been to Brazil knows that the country has fantastic open-air markets, known as "feiras" in Portuguese. They often feature a combination of handicrafts, antiques, live music, dancing, and street food. The market on Saturdays at Praça...
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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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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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Rua Paulistânia, 450 - Vila Madalena São Paulo - SP, 05440-050 - Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP, 05440-050, Brazil
Though seating is limited and the shop closes quite early for a weekend (8 pm), Stuzzi is the perfect place to meet up with friends for a weekend gelato. With flavors that change every few days and range from the traditional flavors like...
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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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R. Gonçalo Afonso - Jardim das Bandeiras, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
The sprawling, dirty, chaotic metropolis of São Paulo is known worldwide for it's street art. Popping up on virtually every street corner in the city, it's impossible to miss on even the shortest tour of the city. For some of the best work,...
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R. Thomaz Gonzaga, 57 - Liberdade, São Paulo - SP, 01506-020, Brazil
Making connections with locals abroad can enhance your travel experience to another level. Not knowing much about Sao Paulo seemed like a disadvantage at first, but then I thought it would be exciting to discover the city on my own. The only...
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R. dos Pinheiros, 265 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05422-010, Brazil
With an exotic array of pastries (a tart made with the cashew fruit, for example) and Illy coffee, the serene environment of Goshala is the perfect place to escape the hectic pace of the city. Sit outside under a canopy and take advantage of the...
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R. dos Pinheiros, 223 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05422-010, Brazil
Tucked away on Rue dos Pinheiros, this café pays homage to the Brazilian obsession with French culture. La Bombe serves only eclairs, but don't think this limits your options!! They serve a variety of traditional eclairs, more adventurous flavors...
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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. Herbart, 47 - Lapa, São Paulo - SP, 05072-030, Brazil
After hearing so much about the huge Municipal Market in downtown Sao Paulo, I was excited to visit a slightly smaller version in Lapa, one of Sao Paulo's central districts. I wanted to see not just the array of food but also Brazilians going...
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As a lover of architecture, visiting Edificio Copan in the center of São Paulo was high on my list during my last visit to this lively city. However, what really struck me while standing outside Copan was this fun street art behind us. It seems to...
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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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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. 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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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. 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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I love exploring the markets in São Paulo. There are many, some big and some small, but my latest discovery is the big one on Sundays in Praça da República in the center of the city, very close to the famous Italian and Copan buildings. This...
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Rua Haddock Lobo, 955 - Jardins, São Paulo - SP, 01414-001, Brazil
Sao Paulo is a foodie's paradise with phenomenal restaurants behind every door, especially in the neighborhood of Jardins. Behind one of the smaller doors on Rua Haddock Lobo and Al. Itu leads to Na Cozinha, a tiny restaurant creating gigantic and...
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Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01415-000, Brazil
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...