São Paulo

Restaurants in São Paulo

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.

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

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

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.

Sao

Restaurants don’t get any cooler—or more Brazilian—than this current cult spot owned by 30-year-old Rodrigo Oliveira.

Known for its piled-sky-high mortadella sandwich and flaky pastel de bacalhau (salt-cod pastries).

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.