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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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
Praça Benedito Calixto - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 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...
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...
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...
Av. São João, 439 - República, São Paulo - SP, 01035-000, Brazil
São Paulo downtown is rich in architectural history and inexpensive shopping, but for a more diverse and alternative shopping experience go to Galeria do Rock where you can get everything from dreadlocks to sneakers. A modern architectural...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
R. Maranhão, 220 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-000, Brazil
“Mere steps away from one of Higienópolis’s most iconic buildings, Edificio Cinderela, [a modernist marble condominium with columns in bright pink tile] this is a regular morning stop for me. I usually order a ham and cheese croissant. It’s one of...
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...
R. Mateus Grou, 472 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05415-040, Brazil
Brazilians can to feel separated from the rest of the South American continent, due to language and cultural differences. But it's easy to overcome this feeling: just add food to the equation! Happily, we're no short of options to taste our...
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...
R. Pedroso Alvarenga, 1051 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04531-012, Brazil
According to a story, two Italians were stranded on the high seas. In the midst of the storm, they vowed to open a restaurant serving the best pizzas and pastas if they survived. They did, and opened Serafina in New York City in 1995. The...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
R. Bela Cintra, 2325 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01415-002, Brazil
It’s not easy to find a good restaurant open on Sunday evening in Sao Paulo. After a full day of visiting art galleries, and feeling somewhat tired, my husband and I discovered that every restaurant on our list was closed. We went to inspect two...
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...
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,...
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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