Hotel · Cerqueira César · R. Vitório Fasano, 88 (Jd. Paulista), São Paulo, SP
Travel + Leisure: A good fit for sophisticates and fashion gurus, this sexy retreat has clubby leather armchairs and Brazilian modern art. The Italian restaurant is a see-and-be-seen spot for the creative set.
Brazilian Restaurant · Jardim Paulistano · R. Joaquim Antunes, 210 (Av. Rebouças), São Paulo, SP
Travel + Leisure: Classic dishes such as feijoada, a hearty bean, beef, and pork stew, get a modern spin here; the chef and her husband both worked at El Celler de Can Roca, one of Spain’s molecular gastronomy temples.
Northeastern Brazilian Restaurant · Vila Medeiros · Av. Ns. do Loreto, 1100, São Paulo, SP
Travel + Leisure: Paulistas drive 45 minutes from the city center to sample Rodrigo Oliverira’s northern Brazilian specialties: mouthwatering torresmos (fried pig skin) and rich mocofava (cow-hoof soup with sausage).