Shopping, Dining, and Art Guide
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When travelling to
Anthony Bourdain described it best: “
Paulistas, as the city locals are called, are known for being the hardworking-stress out people. While Rio’s cariocas have a more laidback approach to life, paulistas are viewed as a more serious crowd living in a fast paced megacity, instead of the beach, they usually hit the malls, dive into gourmet restaurants, enjoy the beautiful artistic and cultural activities that this city has to offer.
No matter where you are at in
When I say shopping mall, do not imagine the typical Macy’s shop. We are talking high end top notch “malls” with amazing gourmet restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, beauty saloon, spas, gyms, exclusive boutique shops, movie theaters (shows go after 1 am) and pretty much the social afternoon scene for locals getting their daily cup of coffee (I mean, espresso). A great example of a beautiful mall is Shopping Iguatemi, in the heart of Jardins. Be aware now,
Arab food, especially Libenese food became one of my favorites growing up. Esfihas, a flat dough pizza shaped (tiny pizza) filled with meat, tomatoes and onions is sold in most corner bars and eateries. A great restaurant to get good Arab fusion food is
Talking of corner bars, or lanchonetes and barzinhos , these are not the typical bars most would assume. Barzinhos are usually in the corner of the streets. When called a padaria or bakery, they offer fresh bread and a huge selection of sweets and salgadinhos (salty food). Also, they will most likely offer sandwiches, beer, and coffee. Cheap, quick and usually delicious, it’s worth making it a snack stop. Order a esfiha, coxinha de frango com catupiry (deep fried dough with cheese and chicken), and some fresh juice (they are all blended freshly right in front of you).
Gabriel Monteiro da Silva is home to a good selection of design, furniture and lightning stores. Its worth going for a stroll if this is your type of thing. Primo Basilico, offers one of the best pizza’s I ever had in my life. Some good galleries are also found in this area, as well as, MuBe (
If we are talking serious art, then here’s a place: MASP (
Into live music, dancing and drinking? Check out Saturday and Sunday night at the Clube do Choro. Paulistanos block off a street at the Jardim América and erect a stage for the Clube do Choro, an evening of live music, dancing, drinking and dining al fresco.
Here’s where I cannot give you too much advice: clubbing. These places change with the years, and what can be an amazing spot one week, is lame the other. Here’s where things get crazy. If you decide to go out to a club at night, be prepared to dress up and throw some serious cash for cover. Some of these places have an interesting way of keeping the tab. Usually, you walk into a bar and you receive a tab. Whatever you do, DO NOT loose this! Every time you order a drink or food, a stamp or note will be in this “ticket”. Once you are ready to leave the place, you go to the cashier and pay off your dues.
Get out! There is so much more to
-CEASA: This is the most amazing food and flower market. Get there by sunrise to experience the fresh food and colorful rows of fruits and flowers;
-Catedral da Se;
-Insituto Butantan: seriously, a trip. Lots of snakes.
-Mercado Municipal: expect to eat more food than you can possible encounter. Another open market. Grab the mortadela sandwich.
-Parque Ibirapuera: Large park in the heart of the city. Home of the
Veja Sao Paulo
Avenida Paulista 1578,
Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo.
Av. Brig. Faria
0 xx 11 3816.6116
Here’s a list of some pretty unique stores that I believe are worth checking out:
Amor aos Pedacos- very yummy cakes. Stop there for dessert.
Antonio Bernardo and H. Stern- Beautiful jewelry suing local Brazilian stones.
Gelateria Parmalat- Grab some of their delicious banana gelato.
Capodarte- extensive shoe collection at good prices.
Sarah Chofakian- women’s shoes.
Osklen- outdoor/adventure high end fashion
Triton- Alternative style clothing for men & woman.
Forum, Ellus, and Iodice- These three stores offer great styles and amazing jeans.
Track & Field- Amazing sports clothing. They last forever and absolutely the best materials.
Gabriel Monteiro Da Silva
Banca Europa- Boostore, magazines, coffee.
Bolinha- considered one of the best Feijoadas (black beans with pork) in
MIS - Av. Europa, 158, tel. (11) 3062-9197
MuBE - Rua Alemanha, 221, tel. (11) 3081-8611.
Z Deli – Jewish Food. Al. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1350, tel.: 3064-3058
Primo Basilico- Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1864 Jardim Paulistano - Zona Sul - 3082-8027