Collected by Fiona Cornall
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...
Paraty - State of Rio de Janeiro, 23970-000, Brazil
Since it had been awhile since I had traveled on my own, I hesitantly booked a bus ticket from the Rodoviaria Tietê (bus station) in São Paulo and the friend who I was visiting there to the quaint colonial town of Parati. Not only did I make some...
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....
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...
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...
R. Fradique Coutinho, 1340 - Vila Madalena, 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...
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...
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. 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...
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,...
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. 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. 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...
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 da Mãe d'Água à Praça da Alegria, 1250-000 Lisboa, Portugal
This stone building, called the Mother-of-Water Fountain, is an old cistern where Lisbon locals used to fetch the water that flowed to the city along the monumental Águas Livres Aqueduct. Now, inside the cool walls, a wine bar has been...
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...
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