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Sao Paulo, Solo

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A May 2002 trip to Sao Paulo by Tavia

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Quote: Most of the time, I am a business traveler trying to fill my down time in new cities. The plethora of cultural sites and international-calibre restaurants in Sao Paulo makes it easy.

Sao Paulo, Solo

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Overview

Pinacoteca do Estado Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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I once read a book in which the bachelor uncle had spent too many years living in Brazil, and had returned home with a bad case of saudade, or nostalgia. At the time, I thought this was poetic license. However, after my first week in Sao Paulo, I realized the author was writing from experience. Brazilians seem to have ancient echoes of this saudade, and at times I felt it too. I recommend that you spend at least one day in Sao Paulo observing the paulistas in their public spaces, in their cultural centers, and try and get a sense of this national nostalgia. Once it hits you, you will feel it in your fibers.Quick Tips: Do your research on where to stay in Sao Paulo, and if possible get a r...Read More

Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej

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Hotel | "Sheraton Mofarrej Hotel"

Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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The Sheraton Mofarrej is one of the big five-star hotels in town. That being said, if you can afford to stay at a five-star hotel in Sao Paulo, I'd say stay at the Renaissance unless your company stipulates the Sheraton. Certainly I have no quibbles with the service. The concierges and the desk clerks were all kind and helpful, consistently making me restaurant recommendations and reservations. The business center was well-equipped as well for all my needs. Even the bell hops were terrific, making sure I always left and arrived with a smile (even though I knew I was overpaying on their car service). Room service was fine but overpriced, and the breakfast buffet was absurd -- who ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 11, 2002

Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej
Alameda Santos 1437
Sao Paulo, Brazil 01419-001
(55) 11 3146 5900

Parthenon Flats Hoitel

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Hotel | "Parthenon Flats - Manhattan Residence Service"

Parthenon Flats Hoitel Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Wow! Unless the sky's the limit, I am never staying in a hotel again in Sao Paulo. At R120 a night, these flats are such a bargain, and they are so comfortable. Instead of getting just a room, you get a whole suite, with a kitchen, bedroom and living room. Breakfast buffet in the adjoining restaurant is included, as well (and it was a diverse and fresh buffet). These flats are located right down the block from the Renaissance Hotel (in case you want a drink after work), which is perhaps the finest hotel in the city. And you can't beat the location -- three blocks from Avenida Paulista, and a few blocks from excellent restaurants and couture boutiques, it is also as safe as it gets in Sao Paulo. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2002

Parthenon Flats Hoitel
Rua Alegre 440, Sao, Caetano do Sul
Sao Paulo, Brazil
4228-9000

Mestico

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Restaurant | "Mestico Restaurant and Bar"

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Two of my customers took me here, and I loved it! Its vibrant decor was cheerful and hip, yet didn't give off a "too hip for the average guy" feel. Mestico means mix, and the menu reflected this with choices as varied as pad thai, spaghetti bolognese, and enchiladas. The solicitous wait staff brought a few plates of appetizers to us right away, since they knew my customers' favorites (apparently they are regulars). They were delicious, as was my meal. I had the Guanabara' plate, which was rice and black beans, a fliet mignon steak, and three leek tartlettes. It was an exceptional blending of simple, savory food (rice & beans) with more elegant and subtle tastes (leek tartlettes). And, I thi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2002

Mestico
Rua Fernando de Albuquerque 277 - Consolacao
Sao Paulo, Brazil
(011) 256-3165

L'osteria del Generale

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Restaurant

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Asked the concierge for a restaurant that's "nothing fancy" and within walking distance of the Sheraton Mofarrej and this is what I got: a family-oriented Italian restaurant writ large. It was perfect for me, because not only was the waiter going for low-visibility (which meant he never bothered me), but there were always a few tables empty, so I could sit as long as I liked and read my book without feeling like I had to scoot. The restaurant had those wine jugs with the straw baskets woven on the bottom as decoration, with the red and white checked tablecloths. You know what I'm talking about. The menu kept with the theme - big, family style portions of heavy pasta dishes, huge ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2002

L'osteria del Generale
Rua Pamplona, 957 - Cerqueira Cesar
Sao Paulo, Brazil
(11) 3284-4470

Pinacoteca do Estado

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Attraction

Pinacoteca do Estado Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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I never would have visited this charming gallery had my customer not recommended it. That's the thing about Sao Paulo -- it offers so much, but the best parts about it can be easily overlooked if not pointed out by a native. However, once in this manageable museum, I did not need a native to recognize the place held a gem of a collection. It's housed in a renovated and adapted building that's situated next to an only-somewhat sketchy park. The renovation perfectly combines the classic architecture of the facade with a contemporary layout. The building is practially sliced in half by a huge atrium that runs through the entire height of the museum. This not only allows the curators to separa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2002

Pinacoteca do Estado
Av. Tiradentes 141
Sao Paulo, Brazil
11 2299-844

Livraria Cultura

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Attraction

Livraria Cultura Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Sao Paulo is to Brazilian publishing what New York City is to American publishing. And, Brazil is internationally-recognized for having a rich and talented pool of authors and book publishers. Livraria Cultura, for that reading public, is a national institution. The owner once told me he received a letter sent from Portugal addressed simply "Livraria Cultura, Brazil." Founded by the current owner's parents, the business is more than 50 years old. However, it is a thoroughly modern mini-chain of bookstores, selling fiction and nonfiction in Portuguese, English, Spanish and a few other languages, and merchandising them in an attractive and extravagant way. There are two main stores in Sao Paulo, o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2002

Livraria Cultura
Avenida Paulista 2073 - Conjunto Nacional
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Quinta da Mandioca

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Attraction

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My two paulista girlfriends and I were going for drinks after work, and I was staying in Jardins. They chose Quinta da Mandioca, and they chose well. Not only does it have a nationalistic flair (naming itself after manioc, a potato-like tuber that is part of the local cuisine), but there are plenty of tables where groups may sit, the snack menu is fantastic (selections range from the greasy to the light), the drinks are yum, and it's in a great neighborhood close to many other restaurants and bars. I think you can even order dinner if you wish. Apart from the excellent conversation I had with my friends, the thing I remember the most about this restaurant is the leafy decoration. Wer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2002

Quinta da Mandioca
Rua Oscar Freire 726
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, a place to read

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Story/Tip

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Sao Paulo is the hub of the Brazilian publishing industry (which is internationally-considered to be blessed with excellent authors and editors who acquire translations wisely), so no journal of this city is complete without mentioning a couple of my favorite books about Brazil. Author Jorge Amado is a cross between Charles Dickens and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In the history of national literature, Amado is to Brazil what Manzoni is to Italy. His novel Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is essentially a love story (everyone loves Gabriela), but Amado artfully demonstrates the class (and gender, and generational) struggles of an industrializing city in Bahia. The culture and history of Brazil is lovi...Read More