Restaurants in São Paulo
Though the pleasant exposed brick and liberal use of Brazilian woods clash with the awful banquet chairs, this business steak house is the classiest dining spot at Guarulhos.
A required stop for foodies (and big-name chefs from Alain Ducasse to Ferran Adrià), D.O.M. serves a tasting menu by pioneering chef Alex Atala that showcases Brazilian flavors.
Chef Edinho Engel started the Cambury dining revolution 18 years ago when he opened the restaurant in the rain forest at the end of a 50-foot boardwalk.
In addition to its quality beer, this Rio microbrewery serves traditional Brazilian dishes like picanha (roughly though inaccurately translated as rump steak) and croquettes stuffed with sun-dried beef and yucca with India Pale Ale. The only downside?
Head to Emporio de Serra tavern atop the Cantareira, overlooking São Paulo’s skyscrapers, to savor Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, made of lime juice, sugar, and cachaça (distilled from sugarcane).
Big, flat oysters are shucked to order for patrons while they wait for their fish to be cleaned.
Though Argentine by birth, Brazil, too, has fallen for this café chain, especially its dulce de leche–stuffed alfajores (a South American confection featuring fillings between two sweet biscuits). It also has the best coffee, post-security.
The local intelligentsia frequent Filial, where schoppe (draft beer) flows into the wee hours.
The sushi chefs at this hotspot slice fish inside a VW bus.