All is delicious at Padaria da Esquina, and it’s a great way to start the day. For those who want to enjoy a full and unhurried breakfast, I suggest the breads with natural lactic fermentation and the delicious sandwiches.
Alameda Campinas 1630, +55 11 2387 0149; www.padariadaesquina.com
Padoca do Maní is a cosy place. The food and atmosphere are so comfortable, it’s like home, and whether you want to have a breakfast or even an evening tea, everything makes the visit worthwhile. Choose bread in a hot griddle or a cuca, a typical cake from Brazil’s southern region.
R. Joaquim Antunes, 210 – Jardim Paulistano; +55 11 3085 4148; www.manimanioca.com.br
You will definitely have a delicious meal and experience at Tan Tan Noodle Bar. Serving casual, comfort food, one of the best dishes is the Lamén Shiô. The entrées and appetisers also surprise guests.
Fradique Coutinho 153 – Pinheiros; +55 11 2373 3587; www.tantannb.com.br
Mocotó is one of the best in São Paulo. The restaurant opened in 1973 and there you can find authentic and regional Brazilian food. Chef Rodrigo Oliveira is rescuing culinary traditions and cooks such a special sun-dried meat, I decided to honour him in my restaurant Dalva e Dito.
Av. Nossa Sra do Loreto, 1100 – Vila Medeiros; +55 11 2951 3056; www.mocoto.com.br
Salvatore Loi is a brilliant chef. His pastas are unique and the way that the chef respects and innovates traditional Italian cuisine is admirable. At UN Restaurante, chef Tadashi Shiraishi is devoted to Japanese food and this is one of the best Japanese restaurants in town. Ask for the donburi of pork belly with nuts, miso and sweet potato.
Salvatore Loi: R. Joaquim Antunes, 102 – Pinheiros; +55 11 3062 1160; www.salvatoreloi.com.br
UN Restaurante: R. Padre João Manoel, 1050 – Cerqueira César; +55 11 3086-0066; www.un-restaurante.com
If you are looking for a night with friends and amazing drinks, you need to go to Guarita to try drinks from bartender Jean Ponce. My tip is the rabo de galo, a cachaça cocktail that is a trademark in Paulistano bars. But even if you don’t sample traditional drinks, you will find incredible and unforgettable flavours.
R. Simão Álvares, 952 Pinheiros; +55 11 3360 3651; www.facebook.com/guaritabarSP
Delicate, inspiring and contemporary. Helena Rizzo is a special chef, her cuisine is ethereal and you will have a great experience at the table. Helena’s tasting menu entails all her experience and excellence in her cuisine.
Maní, R. Joaquim Antunes, 210 – Jardim; +55 11 3085 4148; www.manimanioca.com.br