The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

Looking for restaurants with delicious food? There is no lack of good dining options in São Paulo! From the most luxurious places to simple and neighborhood restaurants – the city offers a bit of everything. It’s amazing how São Paulo’s cuisine is so rich in flavors, in addition to the countless international cuisine restaurants.
I made a selection with my favorites to share with you. It has a restaurant for all tastes (and pockets)! Ready? So, you can already take a paper or cell phone to write down the tips, because you will be mouth watering seeing super appetizing dishes 😉

Orpheus

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo
With a super modern atmosphere and delicious homemade food, Orfeu is one of our favorite restaurants in São Paulo. He belongs to the same group as Chez Oscar and Bar Secreto, so it couldn’t be better.
Although the options on the menu are traditional dishes and already known to all of us, the seasoning of the chef makes all the difference, creating a unique flavor. The champion of house orders is, without a doubt, the feijoada. Baião de dois is also a great choice, especially for those who don’t eat meat!

The Central

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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Do you like Mexican food? If your answer is yes, this restaurant is perfect for you! Located on the ground floor of Copan, La Central is one of the most sought after locations in the city center when it comes to Mexican cuisine. In addition, the concrete walls and pendulums of light create a rustic and, at the same time, very cozy atmosphere.
As for the dishes, I recommend the fried mushroom quesadilla and the La Central picadillo, basically made from ground beef chile, bean puree, corn, totopos and freshly grated cheese. Banana and fried eggs also accompany the dish. The local drinks usually receive many compliments, it is worth trying.

Bar Estadão

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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Bar do Estadão has nothing luxurious or trendy, but it is one of the most incredible places in the city. The snack bar has existed since 1968, but the current owners have been with the point since 1974. It is a super relaxed atmosphere and great for spending hours talking with friends, no matter the time.
Their ham sandwich is amazing and is the most requested snack there. To give you an idea, they usually consume 30 pieces of ham per day – each weighing an average of 7 kg!
Are you out of a club or party and looking for an open place to eat? Just stop by the Bar do Estadão. They are open from Monday to Friday and open 24 hours a day 😉

Peruvian rhinconcito

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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Although it is not the type of cuisine we are used to, traditional Peruvian food has fallen in the minds of many people. This explains the success of the Peruvian Rinconcito, which is close to the República subway. The portions are very well served and the dishes are not usually expensive.
The Rinconcito’s specialty is ceviche. With a super original and balanced seasoning, another differential is the portion of Peruvian corn that accompanies ceviche. Both the taste and texture of this corn are very different, and it is a great opportunity to try something new. The classic dessert of the place is alfajor, which even has a recipe here on the site 😉

Dona Onça’s Bar

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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Another restaurant / bar super busy in downtown São Paulo is the Bar da Dona Onça. As it is a very busy place, it usually has a long waiting time. For this reason, be prepared to spend a few minutes in the queue.
The menu is very diverse and with options for all tastes, from fish and seafood to pasta and meat. It is interesting to see how original they are by recreating super traditional and Brazilian recipes, both in flavors and presentation. The beef sausage with wood sauce, served with mashed potatoes, for example, is served with a super modern and elegant dish.

Hot Pig

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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Hot dog is a snack that has different versions depending on where you go, both in Brazil and elsewhere in the world. However, a more different recipe is still made by Hot Pork. They have two types of sausage, one of which is pork and the other vegetarian, prepared with a mix of mushrooms and tofu.
The side dishes are also not traditional: apple ketchup, tucupi mustard, mayonnaise and red onion pickles. It may seem like a strange combination, but the combination of all these ingredients is just divine!

Z Deli

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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Anyone who has been with us for a while knows that we love Z Deli. I confess that I am bothered that they only have a vegetarian option on the menu, but it is delicious, as are all the other sandwiches on site. They have three units around the city, the center one being less than five minutes from the República subway.
The hamburgers served there are among the most tasty and best served in São Paulo. The pastrami sandwich and the Deli Burguer are some of the favorites of the locals. Some of the snacks are so big that they don’t even fit in your hand, so go prepared to eat a lot and get out of there super satisfied 😉

Esther Rooftop

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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Although an expensive restaurant, Esther Rooftop is the perfect example of French bistro. In addition to tasty meals, you can enjoy a privileged view of downtown São Paulo, especially Praça da República. Oh, and you’ve probably heard of the chef at home, Olivier Anquier!
Like any good restaurant with classic French cuisine, you will find terrines and different cuts of meat. The food is tasty and sophisticated, with drinks also very creative and varied. For dessert, I recommend brioche with super buttery dough, served with caramel sauce, boiled apple and gelato. salted butter caramel.

Pig House

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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The chef and owner of Hot Pork is also a hit with Casa do Porco. As the name says, all the dishes there are based on some cut of pork. The house drinks are also incredible and go well with all the options available on the menu.
The place is usually full and with lines, but the wait is compensated as soon as you have the first mouthful on the dish you chose. The protagonist there is usually the Porco San Zé, accompanied with bean tutu, onion flour and another egg, banana tartar, cabbage salad and also almond. It’s super complete and ideal for sharing with someone if you’re not used to eating a lot 🙂

Mancini family

The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown São Paulo

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There could be no lack of good Italian cuisine on that list, right? Some say that the Famiglia Mancini restaurant is the most delicious in São Paulo when it comes to this type of cuisine. For you to reach your own conclusions, you can now add it to your Wishlist of places to visit.
Fettuccine à genova, with chips of cod, fresh tomatoes, black olives and basil is a classic served there. The Mezzaluna à Mamma di Luca is another alternative that is among the most popular!
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As you may have noticed, downtown São Paulo is a surprise at every corner. In a single street you will find a super sophisticated restaurant and a simpler one, both with delicious food. I promise you will not regret visiting at least one of these places on the list 🙂

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