Business

Brazil,
São Paulo

Introduction

São Paulo is South America's melting pot and financial powerhouse. It has the second biggest GDP per capita in the country - the first is Brasília, the seat of the government. The city is defined by its enormity: the traffic jams, the number of bars and restaurants, the amount of helicopters in the air, homes with bodyguards and the scale of the cultural divide.

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Essentials

  1. Avoid travelling by car from 07.30 to 10.00 and 17.00 to 20.00 - São Paulo redefines rush hour.
  2. Most cab drivers speak little or no English; always have your directions written down.
  3. São Paulo has recently gained almost 300km of bike lanes. So why not rent a public bike to make short distances?
  4. Carry a driving license or ID with you at all times. Most buildings won’t let you in without one.
  5. Enjoy the nightlife. While other cities pretend that you can go out every night of the week, in São Paulo you actually can.

Two-hour tour

  • Museu do Futebol

    Praça Charles Miller, S/N - Estádio do Pacaembu

    +55 11 3664 3848

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  • Mercado Municipal (municipal market)

    Rua da Cantareira 306, Sé

    +55 11 3313 3365

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  • Pinacoteca do Estado (museum)

    Praça da Luz 2, Bom Retiro

    +55 11 3324 1000

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel Emiliano

    Oscar Freire 384, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3068 4399

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  • Dependable chain

    Grand Hyatt São Paulo

    Avenida das Nações Unidas 13.301, Brooklin

    +55 11 2838 1234

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  • Premium

    Hotel Fasano

    Rua Vittorio Fasano 88, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3896 4000

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Pão – Padaria Artesanal Orgânica

    Rua Bela Cintra 1618, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 2193 2116

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  • Business breakfast

    Octavio Café

    Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2.996, Jardim Paulistano

    +55 11 3074 0110

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Padaria Benjamin Abrahão

    Rua José Maria Lisboa 1397, Jardim Paulistano

    +55 11 3061 4004

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    A Figueira Rubaiyat

    Rua Haddock Lobo 1738, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3087 1399

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  • Lunch on your own

    Chez Oscar

    Rua Oscar Freire 1128, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3081 2966

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  • Late bite

    Spot

    Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo 72, Cerqueira César

    +55 11 3283 0946

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  • Weekend brunch

    7 Molinos

    Alameda Lorena 1908, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3063 4433

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Trattoria

    Rua Iguatemi s/n, Itaim Bibi

    +55 11 3167 3322

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    King of the Fork

    Rua Artur de Azevedo 1317, Pinheiros

    +55 11 2533 9391

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Chou

    Rua Mateus Grou 345, Pinheiros

    +55 11 3083 6998

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  • Private dinner

    D.O.M.

    Rua Barão de Capanema 549, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3088 0761

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  • Drink after dinner

    Número

    Rua da Consolação 3585, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3061 3995

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  • Late drinks

    Balcão

    Rua Dr Melo Alves 150, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3063 6091

  • On the tiles

    PanAm

    Alameda Campinas 150 (Hotel Maksoud), Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3111 6330

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Reading

  • Newsstand

    Livraria da Vila

    Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek 2041, Vila Nova Conceição

    +55 11 5180 4790

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Thank yous

  • Food and Wine

    Casa Santa Luzia

    1471 Alameda Lorena, Jardim Paulista

    + 55 11 3897 5000

Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Designer clothes from Heloisa Faria

    Rua Harmonia 342, Vila Madalena

    +55 11 3081 7733

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  • Something for someone you love

    Jewellery from Jack Vartanian

    Rua Bela Cintra 2175, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3061 5738

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Richard's

    Rua Oscar Freire 1129, Cerqueira César

    +55 11 3062 6784

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  • Something for the kids

    Fábrica Idéias

    Rua Aspicuelta 135, Vila Madalena

    +55 11 3034 3044

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  • Something for yourself

    Menswear from Reserva

    Rua Bela Cintra 2149, Jardim Paulista

    +55 11 3064 0289

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Transport

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Bioritmo Academia

    Conjunto Nacional, Avenida Paulista 2073, Terraço 2

    +55 11 3365 0800

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  • Running route

    Burle Marx's landscapes — Through Parque do Povo with the city's skyline as a background.

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