5 best restaurants in Sao Paulo
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Fine dining among the branches
One of the most celebrated restaurants in São Paulo, Figueira Rubaiyat gets its reputation from the tropical fig tree that dominates the exterior dining room – even its huge branches have been glassed in, allowing diners to enjoy the outdoors, indoors! This wow-factor restaurant is perfect for a special, romantic meal and its excellent meat and seafood dishes and impressive wine list make it well worth a visit. Try a traditional feijoada (pork and black bean stew). It’s Brazil’s national dish and the house special on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738, (Jd. Paulista)
Tel: +55 11 3087 1399 www.rubaiyat.com.br/figueira
Classic meets contemporary Italian
Located on the ground floor of the super-chic Hotel Fasano São Paulo, this restaurant is a prime place to see and be seen and for over 30 years, has creatively blended the traditions of Italian cuisine with contemporary ideas. In addition to offering sublime pastas and other Italian dishes, Fasano boasts an impressive wine cellar. Overseen by the acclaimed sommelier Manoel Beato, it features a variety of Châteaux, Barolos and Brunnellos, collected during his trips through the wine regions of Italy and France.
Hotel Fasano São Paulo, Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88 São Paulo
Tel: +55 11 3062 4000 www.fasano.com.br
Tel: +55 (11) 3088 0761 www. domrestaurante.com.br
Modern, molecular cuisine at its best
Blending modernist cooking with traditional Brazilian ingredients, D.O.M. has a reputation for being one of Latin America’s best restaurants and is currently elected the 6th best restaurant in the world by S. Pellegrino ‘World´s 50 Best Restaurants’. This unique restaurant offers a bold and daring tasting menu that includes exotic dishes such as gelee of green tomato with edible flowers, which can be paired with wines or curiously flavoured waters.
Rua Barão de Capanema, 549 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo
The best pizza in Sao Paulo
Speranza opened its doors over 50 years ago and was the first pizzeria in Latin America to win recognition from the Italian pizza quality control board Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Unsurprisingly it has a fine reputation, offering great-value, fresh oven baked pizza, as well as pasta dishes. Try its famous margherita pie, or if you fancy something different, the crunchy pão de linguiça (sausage bread) is bellissimo!
Rua 13 de Maio 1004
Tel: +55 11 3288 8502
Modern, feminine Brazilian cooking
Offering a casual farmhouse vibe with oversize photos of chicken in the entry hall and picnic tables in the back courtyard, this restaurant melds modern international and rustic Brazilian elements to great effect. However, despite the relaxed décor, you’d be mistaken to underestimate the sophistication of the food at this place - the kitchen is run by husband-and-wife chefs who hail from Spain and Brazil and worked together at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain (Nº1 The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013).
Rua Joaquim Antunes 210, São Paulo 05415 010, Brazil
Tel: +55 11 3085 4148 www.manimanioca.com.br