Are you foodie like me? Then you should add down in your bucket list a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The huge number of immigrants during the 19th century has greatly influenced the diversity of Sao Paulo’s cuisine and that’s exactly why this place is a perfect destination for food lovers. Most of my outings in the city revolved around street foods, bars and restaurants. With a city as huge as Sao Paulo with over 20 million residents, exploring can be fun, exciting and endless. In this blog, I will walk you through my eating experience in the city.
After a very exhausting walkathon at Ibirapuera Park, we decided to head down to Alameda Santos for a delicious buffet. I found really good reviews about the restaurant in TripAdvisor so we decided to give it a try and boy we were happy! It was a very great buffet experience. The salad bar is unbeatable with lots of fresh vegetables and salad dressings to choose from. Pizza and bread are freshly made in the wood-fired ovens which are in open view as you walk in the restaurant. Their pasta bar is also a must-try. You can choose your own meat, sauce and pasta and everything is freshly cooked. They also have a good selection of wines.
The restaurant also have ala carte menu available which includes some beef and lamb cuts but I suggest that you really try their buffet or you can try both. Even though it is not that easy on the wallet, the experience is worth it. The service is also remarkable. We did not feel disappointed at all even though it was really hard to communicate with them in English. The waiter assigned on our table tried his best to converse with us. He was very helpful and attentive to our needs.
Address: Alameda Santos 870
Price Range: $12 – $75
- Sunday 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
- Monday 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm; 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Tuesday 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm; 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Wednesday 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm; 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Thursday 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm; 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Friday 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm; 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Saturday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
We passed by this restaurant after visiting the famous Rua Oscar Freire shopping street. The interior has a very nice decor. They served Brazilian, South American and French cuisines. Their dishes are named after famous celebrities who attended the Bistro.
We ordered creamy chicken breast stroganoff with mushrooms sided with white rice and shoestring potato, homemade P6 gnocchi filled with creamy brie cheese prepared in a fresh tomato sauce served in a cast iron skillet, the famous Chocolate Grand Gateau and cappuccino. All of their dishes are delicious and Instagram-perfect.
I recommend this restaurant especially for those craving for sweets. They have a wide selection of desserts available and they are open 24 hours daily. So in case you are in Sao Paulo and craving for some food at 3 am, you know where to head to.
Address: Alameda Tiete 279
Price Range: $25 – $67
Open hours: 24 hours
Block your weekend for a food tripping in Liberdade district. It is the best place to experience authentic food from the land of the rising sun. There are stalls selling takoyaki, hot roll, ramen, meat skewers, sushi and a lot more. It is pretty hard to choose but it is cheap so you can try all of them. You can already have a decent meal there for only R$35. The place is also very accessible. It is located just right outside the Liberdade station.
There is also a very popular restaurant in Liberdade called Aska. I had it on my itinerary, however, we had to cancel because of the very long queue. If you ever plan to head there, make sure to be early and let me know how did it go in the comment below!
Price Range: $2 – $ 15
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM
Asterix is a small and cosy bar located next to Avenida Paulista. They have exceptional selection of beers from all over the world. This is a best place to sit, relax and drink. They have different dishes in their menu also to pair up with your bottle of beer. Their handmade sausage and sun-dried beef paired with fried cassava are a must-try. It goes well with a cold bottle of beer. Their pizzas are also good.
Address: Alameda Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 575 – Jardim Paulista
- Mon- Thu 5 PM – 1 PM
- Fri – Sat 3 PM – 2 PM
- Sun 3 PM – 12 AM
Free Food Tour – closed
Just as I was finalizing our itinerary, I ran into some very good reviews about this group. They are offering food tour to tourists who want to experience Sao Paulo’s gastronomy. The tour lasts for three hours along Paulista Avenue. You do not have to pay anything for the food. Just give the guide a tip you deem honest.
During our tour, they had these foods and beverages in the menu for us: Coxinha, Pao de Quiejo, Caipirinha, Açai, Rice and Beans, Cachaça 51 and Guaraná Soft Drink. Our guide was very passionate and friendly and speaks English very well. It was just unfortunate that they have stopped their operations already due to undisclosed reasons.
If you are a great foodie, you don’t wanna miss out in your itinerary the Mercado Municipal located in the historic centre of the city. It is not only popular to tourists because of its architectural structure but it is also a great place to try classic Brazilian dishes and local produce. Vendors are happy to offer samples of their products.
There are a plenty of restaurants located inside the market. Restaurants are always full because of their delicious dishes so you have to come a little bit early to find a table. We tried the mortadella sandwich and the virado a paulista. Mortadella sandwich is a very popular sandwich in Sao Paulo. It is made from nearly half a pound of mortadella sausage with melted cheese. The latter is another signature Brazilian style lunch. It consists of rice, beans, pork, vegetables and fried egg.
Address: R. Cantareira, 306 – Centro, São Paulo – SP, 01103-200, Brazil
Hours: Monday – Sunday 6AM – 6 PM
So that summarizes my food experience in Sao Paulo. There are still a lot more places to visit and a lot more dishes to try out. As I’ve said, Sao Paulo is very huge. There are plenty of things to explore. If you have been to Sao Paulo and have some recommendations, please feel free to comment down below.
Have you ever tried Paulistano cuisines? What are your favorite dishes?