The city of São Paulo is often considered to be the world capital of gastronomy. It is almost impossible not to eat well in the Land of Drizzle (Terra da Garoa) but, to make sure that you get to know the best that the city has to offer, we have chosen some highlights for you. Our selection includes choices for all pockets and all tastes. Check it out.
It would be a pity to visit São Paulo and not go over to see the classic municipal market, right in the heart of the city. The fault is even more severe if, once you get to the market, you do not try the delicacies that it has to offer. One of the most popular specialities at this venue is the famous mortadella sandwich. At Hocca Bar, almost 200 grams of mortadella go into each sandwich.
Turning now to fast food, São Paulo has some of the best hamburger bars in the country. One of the oldest in town is the ‘Seu Oswaldo’ in the neighbourhood of Ipiranga, a burger bar that boasts a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, reasonable prices, and delicious snacks. Another hamburger bar which is always on the list of the best is the St. Luiz, in Jardim Paulista. With gourmet meals, including vegetarian options, this hamburger bar has long queues outside it every day of the week.
The world craze about food trucks has also come to São Paulo. For anyone who likes to have contact with the city in a relaxed atmosphere without forsaking the classy side of street gastronomy, the city of São Paulo is like paradise. In classic food parks such as the Urbanóide Precinct on Rua Augusta, there is immense variety, with everything from a simple sandwich to Asian or Peruvian food. This venue is open every day, even late at night, and admittance is free.
For those willing to splash out a bit, Maní is, without a shadow of the doubt, the best option. This restaurant, located in the suburb of Pinheiros, has just been voted the best restaurant in town by the prestigious ‘Veja São Paulo’ magazine. One of the best things about this restaurant is its simple way of presenting haute cuisine, with elements which are characteristic of Brazilian cuisine.
D.O.M. and Fasano
Those who are more affluent and classy also have somewhere to go in São Paulo. The D.O.M. and Fasano restaurants, both in the neighbourhood of Cerqueira César, are always among the most talked about in town. The D.O.M. restaurant ranked No. 11 in the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016’, is headed by famous chef Alex Atala, who produces works of art in his food. The Fasano, now under the leadership of the three-Michelin-starred Italian chef Luca Gozzani, has its excellent, refined gastronomy as one of its highlights.