Written by François Correia
Graffiti Art & picture by Kobra
ão Paulo, the financial capital of Brazil, is one of those places that speeds up the energy of any traveler – exhilarating, cosmopolitan, hyper-urban and fast. This sprawling city is a global melting pot – in a very Brazilian way of living.
With the best gourmet scene in the country, a nightlife to match any big metropolis around the world and a cultural fusion of up-and-coming artists, ex-pats and entrepreneurs, this city never gets old. It is Brazil in it’s most urban state – a concrete jungle like no other.
From conceptual hostels for artists on the move to luxury accommodations for the uncompromisable jet-set, São Paulo has something great for every kind of traveler. We Hostel Design, is a cool-creative option for the artsy types out there – the space is full of clever design solutions and the hostel is housed in a stunning 1926 mansion, close to a subway station and the Ibirapuera Park. For the trendy fashion crowd there is no other place then the Fasano Hotel – located in posh Jardins. The hotel is famous for its gourmet experiences, excellent service and design. And for those who look for an exquisitely luxurious option, Emiliano Hotel is one-of-kind. Its beautiful design, exceptional service and well appointed rooms make this hotel the place to go for those in search of something very refined. We love the penthouse cube suite at Emiliano – with views of São Paulo like none other and your very own pool and jaw-dropping mezzanine.
Dalva e Dito
This exquisitely designed restaurant, where outdoor space blends seamlessly with indoor seating, is the place to see and be seen. The experimental Michelin-starred menu uses Brazilian produce, mostly cultivated on site – fruits and herbs from the Amazon, fish from the marshlands, and the most well-crafted caipirinhas in town!
Modern Mamma Osteria
This modern osteria brings a very exciting and vibrant menu and ambiance – fusing traditional with modern in every aspect of the experience.
Chefs Paulo Barros and renowned former Fasano chef Salvatore Loi, command the kitchen, and it’s bliss! We loved the polenta with porcini mushrooms, the spaghetti carbonara was divine and the tiramisu was as air-light as it comes. All accompanied by fine wines and an excellent negroni.
Dalva e Dito
One of the many culinary endeavors of Brazilian star chef Alex Atala, Dalva e Dito showcases the finest Brazilian cuisine. In what Atala calls ‘gastronomia afetiva’ or ’emotional gastronomy’ – its dishes referencing memories and ingredients of the chef’s upbringing with his grandmother.
The exquisite interior design also references Brazilian arts & crafts – from indigenous tribal handwork to the clay sculpture traditions of north-east Brazil. The food served here not only embraces your palate but also your soul.
The quaint open-air gardens of Maní offer a sophisticated ambiance with great service. The menu, commanded by the Brazilian & Catalan duo Daniel Redondo and Isabel Rizzo, draws from Brazilian ingredients and reinterprets classic dishes from various parts of the country. Some of the ingenious interpretations include : smoked eggplant compote, with orange flower gelatin and goat’s cheese mousse – an intriguing and delicious dessert composition. The mains – regional fish and organic meat – a tasteful statement to the power of culinary creativity.
A La Garconne
Cartel 011 is more then a store – it’s a platform to showcase the culture and tastes of the São Paulo youth culture. In a multidisciplinary approach, the space showcases art, fashion, design, gastronomy, entertainment and contemporary culture at large.
Among the permanent spaces within the store are a hair design salon, restaurant & bar and exhibition space in collaboration with a creative agency that looks after Cartel’s own label CZO and promotes events and collaborative projects.
À La Garçonne
With a strong focus on sustainability – À La Garçone Store is a vintage-fan paradise. At its conception it was focused on vintage clothing but with time and the demands of its clientele, they have evolved vintage lifestyle destination.
The 500m2 warehouse in the posh Pinheiros neighborhood showcases a curated selection of vintage furniture, objects d’art, fabrics and stunning household items. The first collection by the brand in partnership with Brazilian Fashion designer Alexandre Herhcovitch primes on the trademark urban aesthetics with a strong industrial influence.
This multi-brand concept store is a gem. Prepare to find international & local limited editions collections here – not only the fashion items of Comme de Garçons but exclusive artworks from northeast of Brazil.
Masterminded by Marcelo Ribas, from publicity agency BBH in partnership with French designer Francis Petrucci, the store is an interpretation of the likes of Merci and Colette in Paris. And as its European counterparts, worth a visit for the scene and its one-of-kind products.
A Coffee Tasting Afternoon
There is no better place to learn about coffee then Brazil – the biggest producer of this world loved infusion. As of late, Brazil has stepped it up a notch in its coffee production, with a greater range of organic labels. Coffee here is serious business and the crew of Coffee Lab is knowledgeable and happy to show their expertise – the quaint indoor garden, the open kitchen & premises spaces are also a wonderful choice for one’s coffee fix after a day’s walk in trendy Vila Madalena.
The barista courses at Coffee Lab are fun and full of practical information – if you are serious about it there is a professional 2 days course you can take to become an accredited barista.
São Paulo’s Nightlife
São Paulo’s nightlife is a patchwork of rhythms and tribes, with spaces & paces for everyone. Club Jérome is a stylish, unpretentious dimmed light space where the beats usher the trendy black-cladded crowd into the night; we love Balsa Club – possibly the coolest rooftop party in town, with great vibes, awesome tunes and an openness of space and crowd to make one’s night memorable. For your pop-tunes fix, head to Club Yacht – a former cinema turned disco, completely redesigned with curated pieces from old discotheques in town, cinema decorative elements like the light design, an aquarium – with no fish by the way – and an enormous Carnival sea-horse sculpture: the crowd here is fun and there for a good time.