Brazil’s largest city is, with almost 12 million inhabitants, not only the economic center of the country, but plays the central role for all things cultural as well. Influenced by Italian, Portuguese, German and Japanese immigrants, São Paulo offers a diverse range of fabulous restaurants, museums and architecture worth seeing. As soon as the sun goes down, the mega metropolis captivates with its pulsing nightlife. Here, you’ll party until the wee hours of the morning. The following five tips will bring all facets of the city a bit closer, without losing an overview of this the urban jungle.
Hotel: Hotel Unique
Located close to Ibirapuera Park, you can see the spectacular construction of this design hotel, reminiscent of giant ocean liners, from afar. Architect Ruy Ohtake maintained his concept for the interior design and offers guest rooms resembling a ship’s cabin. A special additional highlight is the rooftop pool with an exclusive view over São Paulo’s skyline.
Day Trip: Praia do Pernambuco
The city of Guaraja is located just two hours from São Paulo and the stunning Praia do Pernambuco beach is the perfect place to recover from the hectic metropolis. Far from tourists, relaxing between Brazilian families you can easily lay in the sun for the entire day, drinking from fresh coconuts or perhaps a caipirinha.
Restaurants: Fogo de Chão
Anyone who likes to eat exceptionally good meat shouldn’t miss a trip to a classic churrascaria. Almost as though in a land of plenty, every minute a waiter visits the table with a range of meats, which can be cut off in slices from large skewers as desired. But, at Fogo de Chão, not only the meat should be savored but also the lavish salad bar.
Favorite place: Casa de Vidro
The former home of architect Lina Bo Bardi, who, among other things, designed MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo). Built in the early 50s, the name appropriately translates as “glass house.” Since her death it’s become part of the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi, an organization for the preservation of her life’s work. Twice a week there’s an opportunity to make an appointment for a free visit.
Drinks: Bar Número
Located in the trendy Jardin district, Bar Número is one of the city’s top addresses. The small bar is particularly noteworthy for the contrast between the minimal concrete walls and the almost painterly view over a lust tropical garden. Anyone able to get a table in this hip locale will not only enjoy the best cocktails in the city, but will also have the chance to see Brazilian top models in the wild.
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Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.