São Paulo

Restaurants in São Paulo

Since this is a city that has grown thanks to immigrants, you’ll find pretty much any cuisine among São Paulo restaurants, from Portuguese to Middle Eastern, Japanese and plenty of Italian. The classic local cuisine, however, is found at the Brazilian churrascarias—all-you-can-eat buffets featuring skewers or the Wednesday--and-Saturday feasts of feijoad, the national dish of black beans and pork with rice, kale, and oranges. In general, São Paolo locals (or Paulistas) tend to dress up a la Europeans for dinner out, and they also like to start late, at 9 or 10 pm. Below are some of the best restaurants in São Paulo.

Mocoto, in the Zona Norte, is an acclaimed São Paulo restaurant that features northern Brazilian specialties, including mouth-watering torresmos (fried pig skin) and rich mocofava (cow-hoof soup with sausage). D.O.M. is a serious foodie-magnet that offers a Brazilian-themed tasting menu by chef Alex Atala. Try the shrimp infused with tamarind and cashew juice and the banana-lime dessert. Just off the Avenue Reboucas, Maria Brigadeiro is a São Paulo restaurant is famous for its brigadeiros, a uniquely Brazilian bonbon concocted of condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder. They are served here in flavors such as pistachio, walnut and cachaça (sugarcane alcohol).

The chocolaty açai-berry shake is a standout.

Prior to the opening of this bar, Brazil’s best microbrews didn’t wander too far from the German-speaking south.

A Jardins steak house legendary for its Saturday feijoada buffet.

Helena Rizzo is a Brazilian model turned chef; her husband, Daniel Redondo, is the former chef of Celler de Can Roca, in Girona, Spain, Europe’s epicenter of avant-garde cuisine.

Not only is this the spot to sample Brazil’s most decadent chocolate, but this small chocolataria and café is also the airport’s hottest stop for a standing-room-only caffeine jolt.

Tuck into the ultra-cheesy pies from the infernal wood-burning oven and the pleasantly oily Calabrian sausage bread.

The restaurant, which sits high above Cambury Beach on a forested hillside, is the current hot spot; Brazilian-accented Italian cuisine (conchiglia del mar—a cheesy, creamy seafood casserole baked in a seashell) fuels the chic diners, who spend the rest of the evening sipping on caipirin

The most popular bar pre-security is nothing special whatsoever, but there are cold chopes (Brazilian draft beer), stiff martinis, and a whole lot of hoopla depending on which soccer match is being shown on the flat-screen TVs.