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Top Choice Museum in São Paulo

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Sampa’s pride, this museum possesses Latin America’s most comprehensive collection of Western art. Hovering above a concrete plaza that turns into an antiques fair on Sunday, the museum, designed by architect Lina B…
Top Choice Brazilian in São Paulo

Mocotó

It's worth the trek to Zona Norte for a meal at this darling of regional restaurants, where the city's most likeable and impressive young chef took over his father's simple emporium and started churning out Northeas…
Top Choice Boteco in São Paulo

Veloso

Arrive early to this outstanding boteco a quick walk from Vila Mariana's metro station – crowds fight over tables for some of the city's best caipirinhas, in exotic flavors (jabuticaba, starfruit with basil, tangeri…
Top Choice Brazilian in São Paulo

Maní

Maní will astound you. This rustic-chic restaurant run impeccably by the 2014 Veuve Cliquot World's Best Female Chef, Helena Rizzo, is often touted as Sampa's best Brazilian restaurant, and rightly so. The inventive…
Top Choice Church in São Paulo

Mosteiro São Bento

Among the city’s oldest and most important churches, São Bento dates to 1598, though its neo-Gothic facade dates only to the early 20th century. Step inside the church to view its impressive stained glass. Masses (7…
Top Choice Brazilian in São Paulo

Feijoada da Lana

Lana, a journalist by trade, offers her hugely popular version of feijoada, Brazil's national dish, inside a smallish Vila Madalena house. Production here isn’t as elaborate as at more expensive options or fancy hot…
Top Choice Viewpoint in São Paulo

Banespa

For one of Sampa’s best panoramas, head to the top of this 161m-high skyscraper, Brazil’s version of the Empire State Building, completed in 1939. Ride free to the observation deck on the top floor for views of the …
Top Choice Bahian in São Paulo

Patuá da Baiana

It's expensive; we probably shouldn't even include it, but the experience at Bahian beauty Bá's 'secret' underground restaurant in her own home is just too priceless. You must call ahead and know someone who knows s…
Top Choice Pizza in São Paulo

Bráz Pizzaria

Higienópolis Moema Start to finish, the experience here will leave you forgetting pizza ever originated in Italy. Do as Brazilians do and order a Brahma draft beer (chope) followed by an appetizer of warm sausage br…
Top Choice Brazilian in São Paulo

Aconchego Carioca

A boteco (small open-air bar) import from Rio, Aconchego Carioca quickly gained an avid following in Sampa due to its undivided attention to specialty Brazilian microbrews, creative bolinhos (fried finger foods - tr…