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T+L's Definitive Guide to São Paulo

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São Paulo: Local Take

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Three insiders share their top picks in the city they call home.

Isay Weinfeld


Where I Go...
To Decorate My House:
“For one-of-a kind porcelain vases and bowls, go to Amoreira (510 Rua dos Macunis, Alto de Pinheiros).

For Cocktails: “In Vila Madalena, Sabiá (370 Rua Purpurina, Vila Madalena) serves delicious caipirinhas.”

For a Quick Bite: “Don’t miss the Beirute sandwich—pita bread filled with roast beef, mozzarella, and tomatoes—at Frevo (603 Rua Oscar Freire, Jardins; 55-11/3082-3434; $).”

Clarissa Schneider

Editor of Brazilian magazine Bamboo

Where I Go...
For Weekend Exercise:
On Sundays, I ride my bike on Ciclo-Faixa, a 40-mile lane that passes through vibrant streets like Jardins’ tree-lined Alameda Lorena.

For Stylish Furnishings: “There’s a great collection of sleek glass tables at Jacqueline Terpins (374 Rua Gustavo Teixeira, Higienópolis).”

For a Light Brunch: “The vibe at Las Chicas Restaurant (1607 Rua Oscar Freire, Pinheiros; $$) is lovely; order cappuccino with doce de leite.

Alex Atala

Chef at D.O.M.

Where I Go...
For Sushi:
“The sushi in São Paulo is top-notch. One of my favorite spots is Jun Sakamoto ($$).”

To Expand My Art Collection:Choque Cultural (997 Rua João Moura, Pinheiros) has innovative street art curated by owner Baixo Ribeiro.”

For a Low-Key Dinner: “I love Tenda do Nilo (638 Rua Coronel Oscar Porto, Paraíso; $$), a Lebanese joint with incredible fried kibbe.”


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