São Paulo

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São Paulo offers world-class dining. The city’s cuisine draws on the culinary traditions of its immigrant communities. Top Italian, Japanese, German, Arab, Spanish, and Portuguese restaurants are common, but a wide variety of Brazilian options can be found as well including Bahia dishes (seafood with a West African tinge), Minas Gerais (hearty, farm fare) and contemporary Brazilian.

Top Restaurants in São Paulo

A Figueira Rubaiyat

Named after the 164-foot-high, 130-year-old tree at its center, this is where business executives impress clients and associates. The varied menu features Mediterranean fare, seafood, and steakhouse-worthy beef.

Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738, 011-55-11-3063-3888, www.rubaiyat.com.br/figueira/index.htm
Tags: expensive | smart splurge

Barbacoa

This rodízio-style, all-you-can-eat steakhouse or churrascaria is obligatory for meat-lovers. Following an ample salad buffet, waiters bring skewers of sausages and beef straight from the grill to your table.

Rua Doutor Renato Paes de Barros, 65, 011-55-11-3168-5522, www.barbacoa.com.br
Tags: moderate | bbq

Bolinha

Head here for Brazil's national dish - a black bean and pork stew called feijoada. Although most establishments serve the specialty only for lunch on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Bolinha serves it all day, everyday.

Ave. Cidade Jardim, 53, 011-55-11-3061-2010, www.bolinha.com.br
Tags: moderate | brazilian

Cantaloup

Spacious and fashionable, with a warm, award-winning interior design, Cantaloup offers contemporary international cuisine and a top-notch wine list.

Rua Manoel Guedes, 474, 011-55-11-3078-3445, www.cantaloup.com.br (Portuguese only)
Tags: expensive | contemporary

Die Meister Stube

Set inside the Kolpinghaus, a club frequented by descendants of German immigrants, this establishment offers some of the best German cuisine around.

Rua Barão do Triunfo, 1213, 011-55-11-5536-4982
Tags: moderate | german

Gênova

Enjoy excellent Genovese-style cuisine in a simple, homespun atmosphere. The owners pay strict personal attention to the menu and ingredients – the wine list, for example, is frequently updated based on customer reviews at regular tastings.

Rua Lisboa, 346, 011-55-11-3064-3438
Tags: moderate | italian

Mestiço

The combination may seem odd at first, but the fusion of Thai and Bahian cuisines works well. The décor changes regularly but always features contemporary art.

Rua Fernando de Albuquerque, 277, 011-55-11-3256-3165, www.mestico.com.br
Tags: moderate | contemporary

Sushi Yassu

This restaurant has been one of the town’s best Japanese places since 1972. Sushi Yassu offers a full menu, but the best choice is, not surprisingly, the sushi.

Rua Tomás Gonzaga, 98, 011-55-11-3209-6622, www.sushiyassu.com.br
Tags: moderate | japanese

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