Chocolate bomb from Offner, in SP

OFFNER

Fomiguinhas on duty who think of sweets when they think of places to eat in SP have to stop by Offner, even if it is to buy a chocolate bomb ( fashionably called éclair) for travel. Like a good little ant I am, I always go to São Paulo, and I don’t miss it even for a few hours.

Sweets are expensive, it’s true, but they’re worth every penny. The people here at home slap themselves for them. Hahaha

In addition to sweets, Offner has ice cream, snacks (coxinha is very good), and coffees. And the best part: some stores are open 24 hours a day. In other words, the right stop for the predawn gluttony!

There are several stores in São Paulo. See addresses and hours of operation.

. Photo: Marcelle Ribeiro.

BURGER

RITZ

Start by tasting the pastries (if it’s a pastry day, because it’s not every day. Serving two units at R$15), and the rice balls (my husband doesn’t go without!), at R$32 a serving with ten. Then, go for a cheeseburger (160 g hamburger with cheddar cheese melted on sesame bread) for R$ 42, including a side (I suggest fries or onion rings). I don’t remember having dessert there, but some options look good. The website has a menu with prices.

Ah, about the environment: the burger joint is cool without being too modern and far from the “fast-food chain” atmosphere, and it appeals to young and old.

The menu has “real food” options too, such as pasta and salads. The Ritz has three units (Franca, Itaim Bibi, and Iguatemi). The one I went to is at Rua Jerônimo da Veiga, 141, in Itaim Bibi. The telephone number is (11) 3079-2725, and they also have a delivery option. Just call (11) 3079-3661 or (11) 3088-6808. They are open from Monday to Wednesday, from 12:00 to 15:00 and 20:00 to 00:00, on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 15:00 and 20:00 to 01:00, on Saturdays from 12:30 to 01:00, and on Sundays until 00:00.

GENERAL PRIME BURGER

This burger place is for those who want to have many options when choosing a hamburger and want to vary from the classic cheeseburger. There’s a picanha burger with buffalo mozzarella, picanha hamburger with teriyaki, pepperoni hamburger, lamb hamburger with yogurt sauce, veggie burger….

Burgers cost from R$33 to R$43, without the fries. On the menu, there is also picanha, salads (Ceasar is great!), pasta, enhanced hot dogs, dessert…

I only went to the Itaim Bibi hamburger, and the atmosphere is very beautiful. It looks like a restaurant, not even remotely reminiscent of fast food. The address is Rua Joaquim Floriano, 541, and the telephone is (11) 3060-3333. They also have other units, which you can check out on their website.

JOAKIN’S

In a city that doesn’t sleep, full of ballads, the list of places to eat in SP wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t have a place to starve at dawn, right?

The Joakin’s is the stop for the guys coming back from the ballad and wanting to eat. It’s a big hamburger, but it has a “fast food” atmosphere: a cafeteria, with those yellow and red colors. The sandwiches are served for you to eat without cutlery. It tastes good, but it’s not my favorite. Ah, the milkshakes there are famous too.

It is located at Rua Joaquim Floriano, 163, in Itaim Bibi. The phone is (11) 3168-0030, and they deliver it at home. They are open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 5 am, on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 6 am, and on Sundays from 11 am to 3 am.

THE FIFTIES

This burger place has a retro feel, reminiscent of cafeterias from the 1950s and 1960s, but it doesn’t look like a “fast food” look. Those who don’t want to miss football on Wednesdays have TV, but for those who don’t care about TV, it doesn’t interfere with the atmosphere of the place. I wasn’t even a fan of their burger until I tasted one I loved, the Pic Oceania, with onion rings inside the sandwich and a delicious barbecue sauce.

Another delicious thing is the hot dog there, the Pet Dog, which comes with tomato sauce and french fries. The french fries with cheddar and bacon are also all good! Salads, nuggets, cold cuts or steak sandwiches, wraps, Beirut, omelet, milkshakes, banana splits…

There are The Fifties in several places in São Paulo : Itaim Bibi, Morumbi, Moema, Vila Olímpia, Higienópolis, Alameda Santos, Shopping Pátio Paulista and Shopping Eldorado. They also have stores in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Campinas, Granja Viana and Ribeirão Preto. On their website you have the full addresses. And for the early morning crowd, some units work until later.

CITY CAFETERIA

This snack bar is very famous in São Paulo, and I went there only once and had a classic cheeseburger, which was tasty. But what I liked the most was the dessert: the “grandma’s cake“, which was a huge slice of chocolate cake (a cake, not a frozen pie), with chocolate syrup and ice cream.

In addition to hamburgers, there are salads, omelets, steak, and other delights.

They have units in Jardim Paulista, Moema, Morumbi, and Shopping Pátio Higienópolis (the list of addresses and opening hours, as well as the prices of snacks, you can see on their website, here ).

See the blog Uma Viagem Different for more tips on hamburgers in São Paulo.

ITALIAN

MANCINI FAMILY

This is one of the best places to eat in SP and is always indicated in Guia 4 Rodas, Veja São Paulo, etc. The dishes are very well served (serve two to three people), and the atmosphere is like an Italian canteen, with those pepperoni hanging from the ceiling, red and green decorations, etc.

There is always a line at the door (and São Paulo loves to take a basic line to eat at a restaurant!). On Sunday lunch, the queue takes about one h, 1:30h. But it’s worth the wait (the restaurant doesn’t take reservations). If you can’t wait, go to a restaurant owned by the same owner, on the same sidewalk as the street, called Pizzaria Famiglia Mancini (I’ll talk about it already).

Famiglia Mancini is located at Rua Avanhadava, 81, Bela Vista, a 15-minute walk from the Anhagabaú subway station, and is open from Sunday to Wednesday, from 11:30 am to 1 am. Thursday, from 11:30 am to 2 am. Friday and Saturday, from 11:30, are to 3 am.

PIZZERIA FAMIGLIA MANCINI

The difference between this restaurant and the Mancini Family is that it only serves individual dishes and pizza, of course. The dishes are also well served, but only enough for one person. And the decor is cleaner, chicer. Oh, they charge a cover charge.

The address is Rua Avanhadava, 25, Bela Vista, about 15 minutes from the Anhagabaú subway. They are open from Sunday to Wednesday, from 6 pm to 1 am, on Thursdays from 6 pm to 2 am, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 6 pm to 3 am. Reservations can be made from Monday to Wednesday until 4:30 pm on the website or by calling (11) 3255-6599 r.120.

LA PASTA GIALLA

When a friend who likes pasta asks me for tips on places to eat in SP, it’s always La Pasta Gialla that I remember. I’ve been a million times. Almost everything I ate there was delicious. The manioc gnocchi with dried meat ragout (sauce) is wonderful, and the pepperoni pastes too.

Oh, and the bruschetta is a house specialty, don’t forget to try it (I’ve already eaten the traditional ones, with tomato and eggplant, perfect).

The only thing I didn’t like there was once I went there with my family, and the pulp my father-in-law asked for was raw inside. But even so, I always go back there. Ah, this is one of chef Sérgio Arno’s restaurants, with several Italian restaurants in São Paulo (with different names and profiles).

There are La Pasta Gialla units in Itaim Bibi, in Moema, in Jardim Paulista, in Shopping Continental, Shopping Plaza Sul, Shopping Tamboré, in Tatuapé, in Morumbi Shopping, in Jardim Europa, and also (I found out now by looking at their website), in the cities of Salvador, Campinas, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Belém, Goiânia and Fortaleza. See addresses and hours of operation here.

LELLIS TRACTOR

Another super Italian restaurant indicated in several lists of places to eat in SP made by travel guides, newspapers, and magazines is Lellis. He’s also one of those people who usually have a waiting list, but it’s worth it. We always order a meat and pasta dish, which is well served. The atmosphere is very Italian, with tables with green and red cloth.

It is located at Rua Bela Cintra, 1849, in Jardins. From Monday to Saturday, the tractor is open from 11:30 am to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 2 am. On Sundays, it also opens at this time, but it closes at 00:00. Reservations can be made by calling (11) 3064-2727.

JARDIM DE NAPOLI

We went to this restaurant because we are crazy about pop tones. And I read in a magazine that the polpetone there is the best in town. And it is. The restaurant is another small-queue series, but it’s worth it if you’re a polpetone freak. The pasta there is also tasty, but if the objective is to eat pasta and not so much polpetone, there are restaurants with good plates of pasta and better prices in São Paulo.

We went to the Higienópolis unit, whose address is Rua Doutor Martinico Prado, 463. The telephone is (11) 3666-3022. Opening hours: Monday, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and from 6:30 pm to 12:00 am and on and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

JAMIE’S ITALIAN

The restaurant of the famous Englishman Jamie Oliver, from the TV series, is worth the visit. And, amazingly, it is payable. In other words, if you want to include a world-famous chef’s restaurant in your list of places to eat in SP, this is a good tip.

My sister and I started with a mushrooms starter baked in thin bread dough (R$ 42). It’s tasty, but it’s only enough for two people to have a snack.

Mainly, my sister was linguini with shrimp (R$69), which had good quality and was delicious. I tasted tagliatelle bolognese (R$49), very good and also well served.

The Jamie’s Italian is on Avenida Horacio Lafer, 61, corner of Rua Clodomiro Amazonas, in Itaim Bibi . The phone is (11) 2365-1309. On Mondays and Tuesdays, it is open from 12:00 to 23:00. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it is open from 12:00 to 12:00. On Fridays and Saturdays, it is open from 12:00 to 12:30. And on Sundays, from 12:00 to 22:30.

 

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