São Paulo is definitely the most important city in Brazil. Brasilia is the federal capital and Rio de Janeiro is the most touristic city, but it’s in São Paulo where everything happens! So, whatever you are doing in São Paulo, you have to eat and this city sure knows how to impress on this area. Here is a list of great places for you to go – and we ate in all of them!
Where to eat in São Paulo
Places for lunch and dinner
If you like Italian food you have to visit Eataly, even if you are not going there for a meal!
Eataly is a mixture of gourmet market and little restaurants suitable for every taste. Both times we went there we ate at La Pasta, the pizza and pasta restaurant and loved it!
Eataly – Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek, 1489 – Vila Nova Conceição
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When you visit São Paulo, you must have a pizza! The pizza in São Paulo is said to be unique in Brazil. We went to Speranza with some friends that lived in the city for many years, and for them, this is the best place to go. We haven’t been to other pizzerias in São Paulo, but we really liked this one!
Pizzaria Speranza – Av. Sabiá, 786 – Moema
Lanchonete da Cidade
Full of burgers, sandwiches, milkshakes and French fries, this is a fun place to go. We had some delicious fries seasoned with garlic and rosemary and very good sandwiches! It has sort of a 50’s American dinner vibe, but with a Brazilian twist 🙂
Lanchonete da Cidade – Alameda Tietê, 110 – Jardim Paulista – they have other locations
On Lanchonete da Cidade’s menu they say: if you want to try the best beirute in town, go to Frevo. Beirute is a sandwich made with pita bread and many different fillings. It’s very traditional in São Paulo. You’ve got to give it a try!
Frevo – Rua Oscar Freire, 588 – Jardim America
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Mercado Público (Public Market)
There are many options but we chose Hoca Bar to have the famous mortadella sandwich. But we also had other classics like pastel and bolinhos de bacalhau (salt cod fritters). The mortadella sandwich is a staple in São Paulo, served in a classic Brazilian bun, although it is called french bread – go figure 🙂
Hocca Bar – R. da Cantareira, 306 (Mercado Municipal de São Paulo) Mezanino Box 05 Loja 2 – Centro
If you want to skip Brazilian food, Jamie’s Italian is a nice option. Cool restaurant and nice flavors!
Jamie’s Italian – Av. Horácio Lafer, 61 – Itaim Bibi
Z Deli Sandwich Shop
This place could easily be in NYC, but lucky for us Brazilians, it’s in São Paulo! There you can have bagels, pastrami, club sandwich, burgers and many other options. If you miss NYC, this is the place to go (eat).
Z Deli Sandwich Shop – R. Francisco Leitão, 16 – Pinheiros
Famiglia Mancini is a great restaurant in São Paulo! Very traditional family-style Italian food! Just don’t order one dish for each person, because portions are huge! And don’t indulge in the appetizers buffet (or you won’t have any space left for the main course).
Famiglia Mancini – R. Avanhandava, 81 – Bela Vista
If you want the best pastel of your life, and fruits so fresh you could swear they were picked just minutes before, go to a street market. They are held througout the city.
Street Food Fair on Liberdade
Liberdade is a Japanese neighborhood and, if you like Japanese food and street food fairs, I think you will enjoy it. Just be prepared for the crowds! It is held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Feira da Liberdade – Av. da Liberdade, 365 – Sé
Calçadão Urbanóide Food Park
Here you will find options for every taste. We had a Portuguese Burger, a Pastrami Burger and a Korean Sandwich. And there is so much more!
Calçadão Urbanóide – R. Augusta, 1291 – Consolação
Cafés, cofee shops, bakeries and pastry shops
Padoca do Mani
We went there after lunch and had a chocolate cake. So good! We also wanted to buy every bread they had 🙂 But you can also have breakfast, sandwiches… It is a great way to enjoy some of the delicious flavors from the same chef as Mani restaurant.
Padoca do Maní – R. Joaquim Antunes, 138 – Pinheiros
PÃO – Padaria Artesanal Orgânica
We had heard about this bakery’s chocolate cake, and that’s why we went there 🙂 And it was worth it! Very intense cake, no so sweet, just the way we like it!
PÃO – Padaria Artesanal Orgânica – R. Bela Cintra, 1618 – Consolação – they have other locations
Another bakery, but here we had a croissant that reminded us of the ones we had in Paris ! Great coffee and atmosphere! We also had “pão na chapa”, which is bread toasted on butter. Very traditional in São Paulo.
Santo Pão – R. Padre João Manuel, 968 – Jardim Paulista
If you miss Portugal’s pasteis de nata, this is the place to go! Just like the ones we had in Lisbon! Haven’t tried a Portuguese pastel de nata yet? No problem, these taste just like the ones across the Atlantic.
Manteigaria Lisboa – R. Pamplona, 674 – Jardim Paulista
So, if you are ever in São Paulo, make sure to eat at one (or more) of these places!
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