As recommended by paulista Ryma Ghazzaoui.


Praça Benedito Calixto, in Pinheiro. Very charming square with a mix of exhibitors; from family owned antiques to local craftsmanship. Every Saturday.

Another good option is to go to MASP (Art Museum of São Paulo) on Sunday and go to the flee market that happens in the street, underneath the building.


Shopping Iguatemi is a great option for a rainy day, a shopping haven for all the major national brands and the luxury international brands. Stop for lunch in one of many lovely restaurants.

Some local brands to explore:
Clothes: Lita Mortari, Maria Bonita, Maria Bonita Extra, Le Lis Blanc, G, Forum, Osklen, Adriana Barra, Isabela Capeto and Adriana Bittencourt.

Jewlery: H Stern, Jack Vartanian, Raphael Falci.

Bikinis: Lenny, Cia Maritima, Rosa Chá, Salinas and Adriana Degreas.

Shoes: Capodarte, Arezzo, Melissa and Havainas (concept stores in Rua Oscar Freire), Schultz, Sarah Chofakian and Shoestock.

Interior Design: Cecilia Dale, Tania Bulhões, Paola da Vinci and Blue Gardenia.

For a more upmarket shopping experience go to Daslu. Daslu is seriously luxury, seriously gorgeous and seriously expensive!

Le Lis Blanch home and Zaha Hadid for Melissa
Bienal building designed by Oscar Niemayer


If the weather is nice, go to Parque do Ibirapuera. There you'll have the opportunity to see some of famous architect Oscar Niemayer's work, such as the Bienal building and Oca. Have an Açaí (berry frappé) in one of the many kiosks.

Another great thing to do would be to book a walking tour in the old town centre. You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the city's most iconic buildings. It’s a very dangerous area, so book a tour with a local guide.

For a more upmarket day, go to Rua Oscar Freire and the surrounding area for some retail therapy.Walk around, explore the local shops and walk the beautiful people!

If you fancy a more nature orientated day out, a trip to Pedra Grande, in Atibaia which is only one hour drive from the city. Ideal for hiking or extreme sports such as paragliding and mountaineering.

The beach is not that far from Sao Paulo, so if you have the time, go to the North Coast, where you’ll find the best beaches of the state. Ubatuba, Maresias and Ilha Bela are lovely places to visit.


Pao de queijo (cheese bread), originally from Minas Gerais, is at its best in a small shop in Rua Haddock Lobo.

For the best Pastel (savoury pastry) in town, Barraca do Ze, Feira do Pacaembu. It’s a fruit and vegetable market that takes place in Charles Miller Square. Have a Garapa (sugar cane juice) with extra lime. Thursdays and Saturday.

Another typical brazilian dish is Feijoada, originally created by slaves in colonial times, from the leftovers of pigs sent by the land owner. The dish has evolved, and is now a national treasure. For the most famous feijoada in São Paulo, go to Bolinha, located in Av. Cidade Jardim.

Pizza: Quintal do Braz, Camelo, 1900 Pizzeria, Monte Verde, Piola or Cristal.

Japanese: Mori or Aoyama.

Italian: Cantina Esperanza.

Sandwiches: Lanchonete da Cidade, Chico Hamburguer, Forneria Sao Paolo, The Fifties.

Churrascaria Fogo de Chão: A must for meat eaters, this is the best BBQ house in the city. You pay a set price and eat as much as you like from the salad bar and have meat served to your table. A great variety of salads and vegetarian dishes as well.

For a more upmarket experience, go to Fasano, A Figueira or D.O.M. Reservation in advance is required. Exceptional food and gorgeous interiors.

Pastel and Feijoada
A Figueira
View from Terraco Italia piano bar


Cafe Suplicy in Alameda Lorena, Cafe Oscar in Rua Oscar Freire, Octavio Cafe in Avenida Faria Lima and Havanna Cafe.

Upmarket: Baretto (Fasano Group), Skye Bar (Hotel Unique), Terraco Italia, Bourbon Street, Buddha Bar in Daslu. Pubs: Sr. Pitanga, Bar Brahma, Boteco Sao Bento and Mercearia Sao Roque.


Mokai, Pink Elephant and Museum.

MASP | Av. Paulista, 1.578 |
SHOPPING IGUATEMI | Av. Brig. Faria Lima |
Daslu | Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 |
LITA MORTARI | Rua Oscar Freire, 679 |

MARIA BONITA | Rua Oscar Freire, 702 |
MARIA BONITA EXTRA | Rua Oscar Freire, 705 |
LE LIS BLANC | Rua Oscar Freire, 1119 |
FORUM | Rua Oscar Freire, 916 |
OSKLEN | Rua Oscar Freire, 645 |
ADRIANA BARRA | Alameda Franca, 1243 |

ISABELA CAPETO | Rua da Consolação, 3358 |
H STERN | Rua Oscar Freire, 652 |
RAPHAEL FALCI | Rua Joaquim Floriano 111, sala 4 |
LENNY | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |

ROSA CHÁ | Daslu, Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 Loja 137 - C1 |
SALINAS | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |
ADRIANA DEGREAS | Daslu, Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 |
CAPODARTE | Rua Oscar Freire, 902 |
AREZZO | Rua Oscar Freire, 808 |

MELISSA | Rua Oscar Freire |
HAVAINAS | Rua Oscar Freire, 1116 |
SCHULTZ | Rua Oscar Freire, 944 |
SARAH CHOFAKIAN | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |
SHOESTOCK | A. Bem-te-vi, 221 |
CECILIA DALE | Rua Dr. Melo Alves, 513 |

TANIA BULHÕES | Rua Colombia, 270 |
PAOLA DA VINCI | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |
BLUE GARDENIA | Alameda Lorena, 1986 |
BOLINHA | Av. Cidade Jardin, 53 |
QUINTAL DO BRAZ | Rua Gandavo, 447 |

CAMELO | Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 151 |
1900 PIZZERIA | Barão de Capanema, 348 |
MONTE VERDE | Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 198/200 |
PIOLA | Praça Vilaboim, 49 |
CRISTAL | Rua Professor Arthur Ramos, 551 |
MORI | Rua da Consolação, 3610 |

CANTINA ESPERANZA | R 13 De Maio, 1004
CHICO HAMBURGUER | Avenida Ibirapuera, 1753 |
FORNERIA SAO PAOLO | Rua Amauri, 319 |
THE FIFTIES | Rua Tabapuã, 1100 |

FOGO DE CHÃO | Av. Moreira Guimarães, 964 |
FASANO | Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88 |
A FIGUEIRA | Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738 |
D.O.M. | Rua Barão de Capanema, 549 |
CAFE SUPLICY | Al. Lorena, 1430 |
CAFE OSCAR | Oscar Freire, 727 |

OCTAVIO CAFE | Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2.996 |
HAVANNA CAFE | Rua Bela Cintra, 1829 |
BARETTO | Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88 |
SKYE BAR | Av. Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 4700 |
TERRACO ITALIA | Av. Ipiranga, 344 |
BOURBON STREET | Rua dos Chanés, 127 |

BUDDHA BAR | Daslu, Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 |
SR. PITANGA | Rua Tabapuã, 1446 | T. (5511) 3073-1208
BAR BRAHMA | Av. São João, 677 Centro |
BOTECO SAO BENTO | Leopoldo Couto Magalhães Júnior, 474 |
MERCEARIA SAO ROQUE | Rua Amauri, 35 |
MOKAI | Rua Augusta, 2805 |

PINK ELEPHANT | Rua Gumercindo Saraiva, 289 |
MUSEUM | James Joules, 65 |

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