Top choice boteco in Parque Ibirapuera & Around

Arrive early to this outstanding boteco, a quick walk from Vila Mariana's metro station, where crowds fight over tables for some of the city's best caipirinhas in exotic flavors (jabuticaba, starfruit with basil, or tangerine with dedo-de-moça pepper; R$20 to R$26), and shockingly good coxinhas (battered and fried shredded chicken, catupiry cheese and spices; R$33).

The house-made hot sauce is the best we've found in the country. Put your name on the list, but you'll be drunk and full before you get a table, though an expansion next door has relieved some of the long wait times.