As one of the largest and most populous cities in the world, São Paulo is a thriving cultural centre in South America. During the twentieth century, the city saw an influx of immigrants from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Large communities of Portuguese, Italian, Arab and Japanese descent now call the city home. This has given rise to a vibrant and varied cuisine in São Paulo that is renowned throughout the world.
From world-class restaurants and experimental fine dining to sprawling food markets and on-street traders, a memorable meal in São Paulo is never far away—but don’t just take our word for it.
Located on Avenida dos Jamaris in the heart of Moema, one of São Paulo’s most desired neighbourhoods, lies Grand Vitrali. This is our leading development in Brazil, comprising high-rise luxury apartments along with a host of onsite facilities. We’ve rounded up the best restaurants and bars within a four-block radius for prospective buyers and avid foodies keen to get to the heart of the São Paulo food scene.
Jules L’Art Du Pain
Grab breakfast at this delightful French bakery in Vila Nova Conceição, just around the corner from the beautiful urban park, Parque Ibirapuera. Jules L’Art Du Pain is renowned for its freshly baked bread, perfectly crafted pastries, and various flavours of handmade ice cream. We recommend the croissant with raclette cheese and homemade ham, paired with a cafezinho.
Italian is one of the most prominent cuisines in São Paulo and pizza is a well-beloved delicacy. This is largely due to the influx of Italian immigrants seen in the early twentieth century. Today, the city boasts the second-highest pizza consumption on the planet, behind only New York City. It is no wonder then that São Paulo has become a master of the craft.
With over 40 years of crafting delicious pizzas, 1900 Pizzeria is undoubtedly one of the best places to go for a slice in the city. It was recently named one of the Top World Artisan Pizza Chains 2023 at San Ferdinando Theatre in Naples. Founded in 1983, the original 1900 Pizzeria still stands in Vila Mariana, and you’ll find several other branches dotted around São Paulo.
Rivas Brewing is one of the highlights of the Moema neighbourhood. With a factory upstairs and a brewpub downstairs, this humble microbrewer offers a full experience, combining drinks from guest breweries with their very own creations. Sample one (or several) of the twelve freshly brewed beers on tap in this ambient venue, which often hosts live music performances.
Those with a taste for something more sweet might opt for a Margarita, Caipirinha, or Jack Sour. Rivas Brewing also offers a vast menu of gastropub grub, featuring burgers, hot dogs, and an enticing Mac’n’Beer Cheese.
La Empanada Chilena
If you’re looking for a South American staple, head to La Empanada Chilena. This eatery just south of central São Paulo offers delicious artisanal empanadas stuffed with fresh ingredients such as ground beef, pepperoni, mozzarella, olives, and finely chopped onion. Also known as pastels, empanadas are one of Brazil’s best-loved dishes and a must-try while in São Paulo.
São Paulo is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, making Japanese food both abundant and incredibly popular. With its colourful, artfully crafted plates and all-you-can-eat style buffet, Djapa leads the way in modern Japanese cuisine. The restaurant offers a sophisticated yet relaxed setting with floor-to-ceiling windows, ambient lighting, and a stylish open kitchen where you can watch your food being prepared by skilled itamaes.
Bar do Juarez
Bar do Juarez is a trendy, atmospheric bar based in Moema. It boasts four more popular venues across the city in Itaim, Pinheiros, Brooklin, and Mooca. Patrons are welcomed by a cosy interior featuring TV screens, fairy lights, and an elegant bar offering a vast library wall of distilled spirits. On warmer evenings, take a seat in the alfresco on-street dining space where you can enjoy a refreshing draft beer and the best picanha in town.