Brazil is one of my favorite travel destinations.
I've been in the country four times in the past and I've visited most of its amazing cities from the north all the way to the south: Uberaba, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Recite, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia and, of course, Sao Paulo. I've wandered around Sao Paulo and I have explored all of its corners, so believe me when I say I know most of its gastronomic treasures. On this post, I'm going to share some of these secrets with you.
1. Capim Santo
The lemongrass made all the difference in the world at this restaurant. An amazing yard full of large pillows, benches, unique exotic dishes, fresh seafood, lime caipirinha, excellent service and an amazing atmosphere make an incredible experience. Located in one of the most beautiful parts of Sao Paulo, I highly suggest you visiting it when in town. Your order won't be complete without the popunha (palm fruit) shrimps served inside a coconut and the passion fruit sorbet spoonfuls – fresh fish combo – two delicious dishes you must try!
Info: Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo 471 – Jardins, Sao Paulo
2. Pizzaria Camelo
It's neither a fancy place, nor a trendy one. You might actually find it a tad old-fashioned. Let me reassure you though that despite the fact that it looks like a place you'd visiton a past decade, this pizzaria has received the highest ratings from both visitors and locals. It is the it-place to be if you're on the look for great, authentic pizza italiana. The thin, crispy crust is delicious when adorned with anything from cheese and mushrooms to chocolate and strawberries. Your order comes in one of those old-fashioned aluminium trays and served right in your plate. Look for Fransisco - the loveliest waiter you'll meet!
Info: Rua Pamplona 1873, Jardins Sao Paulo
3. Figueira Rubaiyat
An old, immense figtree is the main attraction of this next restaurant. It specializes mostly in veal and it is considered to be one of the best gourmet churrascarias in the city. The farm owned by the restaurant guaranteed the excellent quality of the meat. If you're not a meal love – same here – head over to the colorful bar to enjoy a cocktail with a spoonful of Dulce de Leche and you'll have a taste of heaven!
Info: R. Hadock Lobo, 1738 – Cerqueira Cesar, Sao Paulo
4. Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chao doesn't need much of an introduction. You can find one in every corner of Brazil. If you love meat, you'll definitely love Fogo de Chao. Apart from that, you'll find one of the most rich in variety salad bars around the country. Definitely find one of the many Fogo de Chao churrascarias in Sao Paulo.
Info: there are many restaurants around the town
5. Mori Sushi
Are you a sushi-lover? This is the spot to eat great sushi and have fun. It is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Sao Paulo – you'll need to make a reservation prior to your visit. The popular "all you can eat" menu should be your first choice. Fresh seafood and fish, lots of fruits and a delicious octopus; you'll have to have it all!
Info: Rua du Consolacao, 3610 – Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo
6. Alto de Harmonia
In one of the most boheme and artistic corners of the city, Vila Madalena, you'll find the harmony everyone's searching for. Somewhere among the colorful grafiiti and the wonderful music you'll find Alto de Harmonia. It is the perfect spot to end your night or even your trip. Head to its charming rooftop and enjoy the wonderful view with a cocktail in your hand. A harmonious evening is guaranteed.
Info: Rua Harmonia, 271 – Vila Madalena, Sao Paulo
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