Particularities of the cuisine of São Paulo

Image in close up. On a paper plate, French bread sandwich with hearty stuffing of mortadella.

Municipal Market’s Mortadella Sandwich. Photo: Caio Pimenta

With 240,000 shops, 77 shopping malls and 59 specialized streets in 51 segments, the city of São Paulo attracts thousands of people during all times of the year. And there is nothing better than to savor the delights that the restaurants and bars located close to the major shopping centers have to offer.

If close to the center of the city, one cannot miss the opportunity to stop by the Municipal Market of São Paulo and try the famous mortadella sandwiches from Bar do Mané and the codfish pastel (typical Brazilian dish, consisting of rectangle-shaped thin crust pies with assorted fillings, fried in vegetable oil), which are favorites of the people who visit the region of the 25 de Março street.

And speaking of pastel, a few blocks away from the Benedito Calixto Square, a traditional haven for the selling of antiques and musical instruments on the Western region of the city, Pastel da Maria is located, elected by São Paulo’s city hall, in 2009, to be the best pastel de feira (street market pastel) of the city, which now has a fixed address in the region. It is worth it to stop by and enjoy the meat pastel, which is the most famous, accompanied with a refreshing caldo de cana (sugar cane juice).

Located near one of the biggest textile shopping centers in the city, José Paulino Street, the visitor can stop to rest and have an espresso at the State Art Gallery’s café, which has outdoor tables and a menu with snacks which are named after artists. It is also worth it to take the opportunity to enjoy some of the art works exposed at the gallery, which is located opposite the Luz subway station.

Those shopping for luxury items for gifting friends and family on the Oscar Freire Street should definitely stop by and try the specialties of the famous Nestlé café named Nespresso Boutique.

The shopping malls of the city are also filled with delicious options. Cuisines from different parts of the world gather in these conglomerates of shops around the city, in addition to the diversity found in the coffee shops, candy stores, fast food and self-service restaurants.


Mercado Municipal – Bar do Mane e Hocca Bar
Address: Rua da Cantareira, 306 – Parque Dom Pedro II – Center (São Bento Station)
Phone: (11) 3326-6664.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and holidays, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closes every last Sunday of the month for maintenance

Pastel da Maria
Address: Fradique Coutinho Street, 580 – Pinheiros – Western region – São Paulo
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat and holidays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Phone: (11) 2373-7071.
Price: from R$ 5 to R$ 8

Café da Pinacoteca do Estado
Address: Praça da Luz, 2 – Luz – Center (Luz Station)
Phone: (11) 3324-1000.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: up to R$ 30

Nespresso Boutique
Address: Oscar Freire Street, 893 – Jardins – Western region – São Paulo
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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