sexta-feira, 30 de maio de 2014

Eat, pray, love São Paulo City!

Eduardo Kobra painel of Oscar Niemeyer

We can and we must say that there is no more contrasting city than São Paulo, albeit in numbers. Numbers out of the ordinary.

Not easy to write of such a cosmopolitan city, so fascinating, so unpredictable . Understanding São Paulo city is too complicated task best left to talk with natives than trying to understand all the complexity that surrounds this city.

Not easy eithter to summarize kind of such city, so, we opted to name in this post points which can describe its abundance in nature, fruits, soil, cuisine, styles! We belive this is the best way to attempt to interpret the city. Thus it is possible to show the reader the impression of its grandeur and wealth far beyond a single large city.

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Concrete Jungle

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

This post is intended to share an overview of the city for foreigners who come to watch the games of the World Cup . Important, interesting places where what you see in all strokes, corners , buildings , markets ... is something very common in the city : plenty ! São Paulo is abundant is everything. From luxury to rubbish, everything is in gigantic proportions , affectionately nicknamed " Sampa " !

Abundance of the residents themselves frantically connected all devices and are everywhere at all times . Conferences , events morning, noon , evening and night , weddings , lectures ... the pace of a Paulista is mind-boggling for anyone to come out. Everyone. 

Caio Pimenta/SP Turis

It's unanimous, are always waging left and right as if tomorrow was too late for anything , even to enjoy . Yes, time left for São Paulo. Paulistas know as anyone else to appreciate what your work can provide them.

Colorfull Jungle

Eduardo Kobra painel of Oscar Niemeyer
When we say "Paulistas" we are saying they can also be Italians, French, Japaneses, Lebaneses or Brazilians from other states, once Paulistas are made of all of them, one of the key points in description of its main feature, the abundance.

For a town of only 460 years the numbers are overwhelming :

- 1 event every 6 minutes
- 125 museums
- 164 theaters
- 53 malls
- 5000 pet shops
- 95 parks
- 9 stages
- 15 000 restaurants
- 3,200 bakeries
- 5,000 pizzerias , with 1 million pizzas per day, 720 per minute
- 240 000 stores
- 6 million cars
- 33 000 taxis
- 470 helicopters
- 18 million inhabitants...
- 1.530 km square meters

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
Let´s start with what we believe to be the high point for each and every tourist, to enjoy and watch closely the abundance of Brazil giant country like everything, too !

Rich soil 

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
Usually take foreigners to the Municipal Market and there who does not get out of there with his chin dropped .

The Market Hall was opened in 1933 where you can see all the wealth who comes from the land of Brazil and still enjoy to taste the typical snacks in town , washed down with a good beer.

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Not only concrete in abundance Sao Paulo is done ! Nature is no shortage here! And of course with the fundamental characteristic of the city, in abundance ! Of the 95 parks, we cite here the Park
Ibirapuera (Tupi word meaning " IBIRA " tree = + = PUERA already off ) . This name is because the area was marshy ground, but that was resolved with the planting of eucalyptus that drained soil. Opened in 1954, today is the most important city park.


Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Cynthia Camargo
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
The trickiest part to give an overview ? Restaurants, of course ! Difficult to choose ...

Original Cuisine

Cynthia Camargo

It is very difficult to tell because there are thousands of excellent restaurants in São Paulo! From steakhouses ( fascination of tourists ), local food from Bahia (exceptional ) to the best of international cuisine with Italian taverns, pizzerias, French, Japanese restaurants ... The list is endless and we think, be the most difficult to pinpoint where to go ... For this task we decided that would be the best indication of Brazilians serving typical Brazilian food in general!

Pedro Preturlon

Still also recommend that eat the food street,  the fair of the Republic Square or even in any corner pub there will always be a delicious pastel, bolinhos de arroz, coxinhas, acarajés...

After a stroll through the City Market, it's time to present to the taste and the other senses the experience of Brazilian food and São Paulo gives us what is best. For a true Brazilian dining experience, we list 5 places more than required :
Sergio Coimbra

The famous Brazilian chef Alex Atala ( DOM also owns the restaurant), the Dalva e Dito stands out as a democratic place , with a typical Brazilian environment serving old traditional Brazilian recipes .



The best chef woman of all time, Helena Rizo, for those who appreciate a full of charm and flavor, totally avant-garde cuisine is obligatory tasting his unpublished creations !



Fans of Brazilian high gastronomy will not be disappointed by this rare example of a famous chef making truly traditional dishes. Mara Salles was inspired by her roots in rural São Paulo state to work mostly with local ingredients and to highlight regional dishes.

Brasil a Gosto 


It was elected the best Brazilian restaurant by the jury, the award of Veja São Paulo Eat & Drink 2013/2014 Magazine. Brazilian chef Ana Luiza Trajano

Capim Santo


Morena Leite’s Jungle Book restaurant features two gardens. The front bar patio is reminiscent of Bahian beaches, with wooden benches and throw pillows; and the stunning back garden is fit for Amazonian royalty. (Time out)

In this city you can see some traces its history through architecture There is no style, but all at once! We are probably in sixth or seventh city as we did not know very well  to live with the past and spent over almost everything that was " old " , but we have our cultural references scattered throughout this city and our impressive collection of modern architecture quite representative .

MASP - Art Museum of São Paulo
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
São Paulo symbol , design architect Lina Bo Bardi, a building with 74 meter span, which is his body supported on four pillars, keeping sight of the ground that had once been a belvedere 
( Trianon ), demolished in 1951 ( a must visit) .

Se Cathedral 

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris
Built on the ground where there was the first cathedral in 1616, this replaced around 1764 by a work in the Baroque style . In 1913 begins the work of the cathedral we have today . With neo-Gothic foundations , is part of the collection of architectural eclecticism had much force in the city of São Paulo in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Project of the German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl , had much of its materials brought from Italy. 

Julio Prestes Station 
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Part of the set of all the building still stands as the CPTM Rail, area of the boarding platforms, constructed in metal frame which was brought from England train station. The design of the station is assigned to the British architect Charles Henry Driver and the work was officially inaugurated in 1901

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

The current building opened in 1938 , designed by Cristiano Stockler das Neves and today houses a fantastic Sala São Paulo . Local concert with project developed by Dupré Architecture , permanent center of the state of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra  
Paulista Museum 
Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

More eclectic features of a building , designed by Italian engineer Tommaso Gaudenzio Bezzi opened in 1890 and houses the Museu Paulista of the University of São Paulo, with a fairly representative collection of the history of the country , especially with reference to Brazil's Independence . The gardens as they stand today , are from the 1920s and had the German Reinaldo Dierberger project.

Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Now installed in the building which , in principle, was built to host pair of the School of Arts and Crafts , Design Ramos de Azevedo and Domiziano Rossi . Paulo Mendes da Rocha was responsible for the refurbishment and adaptation of the building to resume the seat of the Pinacoteca and created a place of rare harmony, warm and unpretentious.


Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

Icon of the city of São Paulo , designed by Claudio Rossi and built by Ramos de Azevedo office . Building , once again , in an eclectic style, as favored by the ruling classes of the time, opened in 1911, was the scene of the Week of Modern Art 22 .

Anyway, Sao Paulo is this, is all, and in all odd abundance! Prepare yourself to experient this giant!

Giant of concrete, nature, food, culture, archicteture, people...Here you can use your 5 senses to explore the meaning of the word Plenty!

Welcome to our city! If you visit any of these places mentioned please report us your impressions! Thank you and enjoy your stay! We are glad to have you here! 

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