If you’re looking for a reason to go to São Paulo, add cuisine to the top of your list. After all, people of all ethnicities are concentrated in the most populous city in Brazil and present us with the most diverse types of cuisine. There are so many places to eat in SP that we get lost! There is food for all tastes and budgets, ranging from the classic Italian Pizza from Bixiga to the famous mortadella sandwich at the Municipal Market of São Paulo.
See our selection of the best places to eat in SP.
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The Almanara is the hottest Arabic restaurant I have tasted in Sao Paulo (no, I have not been to another famous well, but much more expensive, the Grape Leaf). The dry curd is divine, and the kafta with rice and lentils then… Not to be said. It’s not cheap, it’s true, but it’s worth it (see the delivery menu with prices here ).
There are fifteen (that’s right!) units spread across SP. You can check the addresses on the website. If you want any information, the telephone is (11) 5181-7770.
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The Verissimo was one of the best places I ever went to eat feijoada. The place is beautiful, super bright, with a glassed-in veranda, full of strips by Luis Fernando Veríssimo, whom the restaurant pays homage to, and photos of him.
We arrived at 1:45 pm, and about 30 minutes later, we got a table for six. Table for four is much easier. The value of the feijoada entitles you to be served at will on the appetizer table (rain bean broth, pururuca, and peppered pepperoni sausage, as well as passion fruit and lemon shakes) and on the feijoada table (beans, dried shredded beef, jerky beef traditional, sausage, ear, steak, rice, farofa, kale, orange, breaded banana, fried cassava. All in separate pans).
There is also a very good choro band (they charge cover charge) that is very good, playing at the right volume (that is, without the sound interfering with the conversation of the people at the table).
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If you want a table for many people, the receptionist will offer you to stay in the “VIP area” downstairs. Don’t accept it. The look is different: closed, small, and almost without the music.
For dessert, there is also a “ruler” with five or six “sweets in the cup” per couple, with delights such as brigadeiro, lemon candy, dulce de leche, corn candy, and coconut candy. Delicious!
Veríssimo also serves other dishes for those who don’t want feijoada. Their address is Rua, Florida, 1488 – Brooklin Novo – São Paulo. The telephone is (11) 5506-6748. They are open from Monday to Saturday, from 11:40 am to 1 is, and on Sundays from 11:40 am to 11 pm. It is also possible to order via iFood.
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If you are from Rio and your list of places to eat in SP has to have a place that reminds you of Rio, go to Pirajá. The bar is one of the “carioca bars” in São Paulo, with a decoration full of photos of samba dancers.
The bar is located in Pinheiros and has a balcony with tables on the sidewalk (in the shape of the “waves” on the Copacabana sidewalk). It is very nice. Those inside the bar can enjoy the numerous posters and photos showing the samba dancers, such as Cartola.
In Pirajá, the feijoada, for two people, is placed on the customer’s table. In an iron pan, come the beans and their meat (sausage, pain, etc.). On a platter, fried sausage, and steak. On each person’s plate comes rice, farofa, cabbage, and orange. Delight!
The Pirajá is at Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 64 -. Pinheiros. The telephone is (11) 3812-2063. It also has units in Paulista and in the Morumbi, Eldorado and Iguatemi Alphaville malls. Open from Monday to Wednesday, from 12:00 to 1:00; Thursday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 2:00 and on Sundays, from 12:00 to 19:00.
The Genuíno, in addition to appetizers, serves a feijoada in the “self-service” style: on a table are bowls of beans, feijoada meat, steak, fried sausage, and shakes. It tastes good, but I think the beans could be a little saltier. The bar is large, and in the back, there is a choro band on Saturdays, which plays very well, but at a slightly louder volume than ideal.
The price is fixed per person. The Genuíno is located at Rua Joaquim Távora, 1217, Vila Mariana. The telephone is (11) 5083-4040. The closest subway is Vila Mariana, but I don’t know if it’s possible to walk… It opens from Monday to Friday, from 5 pm to 1 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from midnight to midnight.
If your business is feijoada, Sabiá is another restaurant that should be on your list of places to eat in SP. It is served at the table, in little bowls, and is very tasty. The Sabiá Bar is located at Rua Purpurina, 370 – Vila Madalena. The telephone is (11) 3032-1617.
Feijoada comes with side dishes such as rice, cabbage, and orange. Photo: Marcelle Ribeiro
In terms of meat, my list of places to eat in SP has to start with one of the most famous Argentine restaurants in the city, Pobre Juan. We went to Shopping Cidade Jardim, which is one of the chicest malls in the city. The environment is a delight, very beautiful. We ate Ojo de Bife and different potatoes called Papas Souffle. The meat was delicious, but I confess that I didn’t enjoy the potato so much, I thought it was boring. It looks like a potato pastry with a windy filling.
The address is Av. Magalhães de Castro 12.000, 3rd Floor. The phone is (11) 3552-3150. They are open from Monday to Thursday, from 12:00 to 16:00, and from 19:00 to 23:00. Friday: from 12 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to midnight. On Saturdays: from midnight to midnight. Sundays and holidays: from 12 pm to 9 pm.
The other units are in Higienópolis, Vila Olímpia and Alphaville. You can check the days and hours of operation on the website.
The Barbarian we were was from Vila Olímpia. This is another Argentine restaurant on your list of places to eat in SP. The meat we ate was great. To accompany it, we ordered a salad and the incredibly delicious potato, Papa Quimérica (Beef with potatoes are the hubby’s favorite foods!). This potato is a kind of mashed potato with a shell on the outside and a filling inside (we eat it with a cream cheese filling). It’s hard to explain, just eating to know.
For starters, try the delicious empanadas. For dessert, a friend ordered dulce de leche pancakes, but I preferred the petit gateau. Ah, on the way out, ask for the well-married mini as a freebie!
The maitre d’or owner, I don’t know, is Argentine, and he speaks to you in Spanish, despite knowing how to speak Portuguese. The atmosphere is more relaxed, but it’s tidy.
The restaurant is located at Rua Doutor Sodré, 241, Vila Olímpia. The telephone is (11) 3845-7743. They are open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 12:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.
If there is one successful thing in São Paulo, it is the “skewer” bars. You sit down to drink a caipirinha and ask for picanha skewers, steak, chicken, vegetables, sweets… And you can’t wait! A delight!
One that I like is the Esquina do Espeto, at Aclimação. The skewers are delicious and come with farofa and vinaigrette sauce, and it even has a sweet skewer (strawberry or banana with chocolate). It is located at Rua Brás Cubas, 379.