São Paulo, Brazil’s sprawling megacity, is the largest in South America with 20 million people calling it home. It’s fast-paced with its own unique charms, abundant with culture and history. Beneath the layers, it’s not hard to find good design in this urban landscape. Plus, with Brazil recently lifting the visa requirement from the US and Canada, it makes it that much easier for North Americans to come and explore for themselves.
Dalva e Dito is a casual eatery with good design taste in a hip neighborhood in Jardins. The chef is Alex Atala, who also runs D.O.M., the 2 star Michelin sister restaurant. A polished space with a full glass wall to peek into the kitchen, vibey local scene, and beautiful tiles used throughout the interiors. The menu is inspired by Brazilian traditional flavors from “grandma”. Complete with a cute bakery next door where you’ll find artisanal products and bake goods.
Dalva e Dito
Izakaya Issa is located in Liberdade, São Paulo’s Japantown and home of the largest community of Japanese outside of Japan. Walk in and feel transported to a traditional Izakaya, a Japanese tavern, offering sake from both Japan and Brazil with traditional snacks.
Casa Do Porco (House of Pork), as the name suggests, is an establishment that celebrates pork in many forms. Listed in the 50 best restaurants of the world at #39. The chef, Jefferson Rueda, raises local pigs on a natural diet on his farm and makes use of all parts of the animal so nothing goes to waste. The atmosphere is fun and energetic, not traditional of fine dining. The husband and wife team are on a mission to make their menu accessible to all, with a 10-course tasting menu at around $33.
Casa Do Porco
Mendes Wood DM was founded in 2010 with the intent to exhibit international and Brazilian artists to conduct critical dialogues and cross-pollinate ideas.
Mendes Wood DM
Beco do Batman or Batman Alley in the Vila Madalena neighborhood gives a taste of why São Paulo is a street art capital.
Casa Triângulo, is one of the most important contemporary art galleries in Brazil. The gallery plays a pivotal role in building and supporting the career of several important contemporary local artists.
Casa de Vidro Lina Bo Bardi or Glass House was the home of Linda Bo Bardi, one of the most celebrated architects from Brazil’s modernist architecture movement. This was once a meeting point for architects and artists like Max Bill, Emily Steinberg, and Alexander Calder.
Glass House (images from Archeyes)
The Fasano Hotel comes from a family that knows hospitality. They established their name from years of being in the restaurant industry. Showing their style of understated design with interesting details like tucking away the reception desk out of sight and having the lobby bar as the main focal point.
The Catuçaba Hideawayis an award winning modernist country home available for rental when you want to head out of the city and get into nature. Set in the beautiful UNESCO protected area of Serra do Mar, landscape of rolling hills and farmland.
Unique Hotel also known as the “Watermelon” for its particular crescent shape. The architect Ruy Ohtake designed the hotel inspired by a ship with its circular windows dotting the exterior. The hotel successfully balances luxury and playful decor.
And from the same group, the more secluded Unique Hotel Garden & Spa
Close to an Atlantic Rainforest conservation area in Mairiporã, a more private retreat in São Paulo’s countryside to recharge both the body
and the soul in, near to the city but distant from its pace and routine. (image below)
Vanda Jacintho, Brazilian resortwear that defines the playfulness and vibrance of the culture.
Adriana Degreas, a luxury beachwear brand known for her elevated and unique swimwear. She designs for the cool-chic Brazilians with innovative shapes with a vintage twist.
Lane Marinho, designer-craftsman and colorist. Lane’s desire is to make poetry with everyday objects and colors by translating the beauty that lives in the small and unexpected things.