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The 11 Hottest New Restaurants in São Paulo, Brazil

Where to find pristine ceviche, bespoke hot dogs, Portuguese pastries, and a killer cup of Brazilian-grown coffee

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The vibrant spread at Barú Marisquería
| Photo by Rubens Kato

Today, Eater returns to São Paulo to discover the buzziest drinking and dining destinations in Brazil’s most populous city and thriving gastronomic center. We asked frequent Eater contributor and São Paulo local Rafael Tonon to give us his picks for the city’s most talked-about openings in the last 12 months or so.

“Many of the most popular new restaurants have opened in neighborhoods far outside the conventional food-scene hotbeds,” says Tonon. “It’s a good indication that Paulistanos, as the locals are called, are more than willing to re-discover their own city.”

Here now — and in geographic order — the Eater Heatmap to São Paulo:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Futuro Refeitório

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R. Cônego Eugênio Leite, 808 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP
05414-001, Brazil
(11) 3085-5885
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In São Paulo, the future is female, mostly vegetarian, and open all day long. At least, that’s the case at Futuro Refeitório, or Future Cafeteria, which recently opened on the site of a former parking lot in the Pinheiros neighborhood. Run by four women, the charming cafe is in the spirit of the all-day dining craze that has taken off around the world. The menu features a variety of small dishes that diners are encouraged to mix and customize — everything from Thai curry to cornbread to roasted chicken with paprika to a chopped salad. The options lean heavily on vegetables, and since the team includes a barista and a baker, expect supreme bread and pastries (this might be the best croissant in town) as well as coffee made from beans roasted in-house.

The coffee offerings at Futuro Refeitório
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2. Bráz Elettrica

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R. dos Pinheiros, 220 - Pinheiros
São Paulo - SP, Brazil
(11) 3061-5132
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A sister restaurant to the successful Bráz Pizzaria chain, Bráz Elettrica focuses on authentic, individual Neapolitan pizzas baked fresh and devoured by hand. Located in the trendy, restaurant-rich area of Rua dos Pinheiros, this is a more casual place for Paulistanos to indulge their passion for pizza. The recipes were created in partnership with Anthony Falco, lead pizza wizard at Brooklyn’s famed Roberta’s, and it’s refreshing to see toppings like jalapenos, potato puree, and spring cream in a city whose pies are, for the most part, very traditional.

3. Apothek Cocktails & Co.

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Rua Oscar Freire, 2221 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP
05409-011, Brazil

Last year, bartender Alexandre D’Agostino decided to retire from a nearly two-decade career behind the bar to create his own brand of bottled cocktails. His pre-made versions of the Negroni, Boulevardier, and Old Fashioned were so successful that he had no choice but to open a new bar to sell and serve them. At the tiny, hidden Aphotek, D’Agostino prepares cocktails like the classic Sazerac and Martinezto to order with whatever he has at hand. With just five bar stools, the intimate space feels more like drinking at a friend’s home than partying in public.

4. Confeitaria & Deli Marilia Zylbersztajn

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R. Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, 433 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP
04530-000, Brazil
(11) 3071-0041
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Known for making some of the best pies in São Paulo, pastry chef Marília Zylbersztajn recently opened this modern deli to showcase her skills beyond the dessert case. There are a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, and toasts, including a delicious version topped with sour cream and gravlax. Zylbersztajn also lends her skills to breakfast staples like waffles and pancakes, which show off her trademark sense of sugar balance. Of course, you’ll also find a huge selection of her famous pies; don’t even dream about leaving without a slice.

Breakfast at Confeitaria & Deli Marilia Zylbersztajn
Photo: Marilia Zylbersztajn / Facebook

5. Barú Marisquería

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R. Augusta, 2542 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP
01412-100, Brazil
(11) 3062-0898
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After leaving the acclaimed ceviche restaurant Suri Ceviche & Bar, Colombian chef Dagoberto Torres is back, now with his own marisqueria — a restaurant dedicated to all kinds of fresh seafood. Located in a quiet village within one of the busiest areas of the city, Barú features everything from clams to patacones (fried green plantains) with tuna tartare to a crunchy shrimp tostada. But Dagoberto’s iconic ceviche dishes can be found here as well, gathered under a section of the menu called levanta muertos. To drink, there’s a small but excellent list of cocktails, like the tiquira tonic with tiquira, an indigenous Brazilian spirit made from cassava.

Dishes at Barú
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6. Fabrique Pão e Café

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R. Itacolomi, 612 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP
01239-020, Brazil
(11) 4801-4318
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Finding good bread in São Paulo is not an easy task — despite the city’s long and rich baking history. The supply is improving, however, and Fabrique is proof of that, bringing together both French and Italian baking traditions. The naturally leavened baguette is one of the main draws, made using French flour and slow fermentation, as are the croissants, including a version filled with a fried egg and fleur de sel. Sandwiches are, as you’d expect, excellent. Try the iconic misto quente, or grilled ham and cheese, to pair with a good cup of coffee.

Breakfast at Fabrique Pão e Café
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7. Hot Pork

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R. Bento Freitas, 454 - Campos Elíseos, São Paulo - SP
01223-000, Brazil
(11) 3129-8735
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After moving downtown to open A Casa do Porco, his wildly popular salute to pork, chef Jefferson Rueda has launched his follow up: Hot Pork, a hot dog specialist with a purist bent. Rueda spent three years studying every aspect of the classic dog, and the result is that everything from the buns to the sausages at Hot Pork are handmade. Dogs come simply dressed with only guava ketchup, tucupi-spiked mustard, and pickled onion, and there’s a vegetarian version made with tofu and mushrooms called the Not Pork. To drink, find natural soda, beer, and cider on tap.

Artisanal franks at Hot Pork
Photo by Rogério Gomes

8. Bar Fel

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Av. Ipiranga, 200 - Centro, São Paulo - SP
01046-925, Brazil

Located in the landmark Copan building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, this small bar is part of the recent revitalization of downtown São Paulo. With dim lighting, great music, and a speakeasy vibe, Fel is the perfect place to sip long-forgotten cocktails such as the 1930s-era Avenue (bourbon, Calvados, grenadine, orange blossom water, passionfruit, and orange bitters) and other historic libations. Run by bartender Michelly Rossi, it’s a nightcapper’s dream.

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9. Café do Farol

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R. João Brícola, 24 - Centro, São Paulo - SP
01014-010, Brazil

The new Café do Farol is part of a massive project to revitalize one of São Paulo’s most iconic buildings. Formerly known as the Banespa building, built in 1939, the rebranded Farol Santander already includes an indoor skateboard park, art galleries, and even a spacious Airbnb. On the 26th floor, this coffee shop specializes in espresso and coffee drinks using beans harvested from a micro-lot in Mogiana Paulista, considered one of the finest coffee-growing regions in Brazil. The shop also offers snacks — pão de queijo, cakes, and a delicious coffee pudding — as well as weekday lunch and weekend brunch menus from chef Victor Dimitrow. Top it all off with some of the best views in town.

10. Balaio IMS

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Av. Paulista, 2424 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP
01310-300, Brazil
(11) 2842-9123
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Chef Rodrigo Oliveira of the gastronomic institution Mocotó has finally landed downtown — more specifically, Paulista Avenue, one of the noblest and most central avenues of the city. At Balaio he serves a more diverse range of modern Brazilian cuisine — from pasteis and other appetizers to moqueca, a traditional fish stew that Oliveira makes with cashew fruit — all with his signature touch. You’ll also find Mocotó’s iconic dadinhos de tapioca — crunchy, chewy cubes of tapioca and cheese curds — and just like at Mocotó, they shouldn’t be missed. Situated inside the Instituto Moreira Salles cultural center, it’s become a true destination for modern Brazilian cuisine.

A dish at Balaio
Photo: Balaio / Facebook

11. Capivara Bar

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R. Dr. Ribeiro de Almeida, 157 - Barra Funda, São Paulo - SP
01137-020, Brazil

It doesn’t look like much from the outside, with metal garage-style doors and no real sign, but just cross the threshold to see what the fuss is about. The cooking of Rodrigo Felício (formerly of the Ritz Carlton’s L’Espadon) is well worth the trip to the far-out Barra Funda neighborhood. Seating is communal, and a changeable letter board displays the day’s menu (and, occasionally, political messages). Felício’s focus is fresh fish, and the menu appropriately revolves around the catch of the day. For sides, expect mashed cauliflower, grilled seasonal vegetables, or anything else that strikes his fancy.

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1. Futuro Refeitório

R. Cônego Eugênio Leite, 808 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05414-001, Brazil
The coffee offerings at Futuro Refeitório
Photo: Futuro Refeitório

In São Paulo, the future is female, mostly vegetarian, and open all day long. At least, that’s the case at Futuro Refeitório, or Future Cafeteria, which recently opened on the site of a former parking lot in the Pinheiros neighborhood. Run by four women, the charming cafe is in the spirit of the all-day dining craze that has taken off around the world. The menu features a variety of small dishes that diners are encouraged to mix and customize — everything from Thai curry to cornbread to roasted chicken with paprika to a chopped salad. The options lean heavily on vegetables, and since the team includes a barista and a baker, expect supreme bread and pastries (this might be the best croissant in town) as well as coffee made from beans roasted in-house.

R. Cônego Eugênio Leite, 808 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP
05414-001, Brazil

2. Bráz Elettrica

R. dos Pinheiros, 220 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, Brazil

A sister restaurant to the successful Bráz Pizzaria chain, Bráz Elettrica focuses on authentic, individual Neapolitan pizzas baked fresh and devoured by hand. Located in the trendy, restaurant-rich area of Rua dos Pinheiros, this is a more casual place for Paulistanos to indulge their passion for pizza. The recipes were created in partnership with Anthony Falco, lead pizza wizard at Brooklyn’s famed Roberta’s, and it’s refreshing to see toppings like jalapenos, potato puree, and spring cream in a city whose pies are, for the most part, very traditional.

R. dos Pinheiros, 220 - Pinheiros
São Paulo - SP, Brazil

3. Apothek Cocktails & Co.

Rua Oscar Freire, 2221 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05409-011, Brazil

Last year, bartender Alexandre D’Agostino decided to retire from a nearly two-decade career behind the bar to create his own brand of bottled cocktails. His pre-made versions of the Negroni, Boulevardier, and Old Fashioned were so successful that he had no choice but to open a new bar to sell and serve them. At the tiny, hidden Aphotek, D’Agostino prepares cocktails like the classic Sazerac and Martinezto to order with whatever he has at hand. With just five bar stools, the intimate space feels more like drinking at a friend’s home than partying in public.

Rua Oscar Freire, 2221 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP
05409-011, Brazil

4. Confeitaria & Deli Marilia Zylbersztajn

R. Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, 433 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04530-000, Brazil
Breakfast at Confeitaria & Deli Marilia Zylbersztajn
Photo: Marilia Zylbersztajn / Facebook

Known for making some of the best pies in São Paulo, pastry chef Marília Zylbersztajn recently opened this modern deli to showcase her skills beyond the dessert case. There are a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, and toasts, including a delicious version topped with sour cream and gravlax. Zylbersztajn also lends her skills to breakfast staples like waffles and pancakes, which show off her trademark sense of sugar balance. Of course, you’ll also find a huge selection of her famous pies; don’t even dream about leaving without a slice.

R. Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, 433 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP
04530-000, Brazil

5. Barú Marisquería

R. Augusta, 2542 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01412-100, Brazil
Dishes at Barú
Photo: Rubens Kato

After leaving the acclaimed ceviche restaurant Suri Ceviche & Bar, Colombian chef Dagoberto Torres is back, now with his own marisqueria — a restaurant dedicated to all kinds of fresh seafood. Located in a quiet village within one of the busiest areas of the city, Barú features everything from clams to patacones (fried green plantains) with tuna tartare to a crunchy shrimp tostada. But Dagoberto’s iconic ceviche dishes can be found here as well, gathered under a section of the menu called levanta muertos. To drink, there’s a small but excellent list of cocktails, like the tiquira tonic with tiquira, an indigenous Brazilian spirit made from cassava.

R. Augusta, 2542 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP
01412-100, Brazil

6. Fabrique Pão e Café

R. Itacolomi, 612 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01239-020, Brazil
Breakfast at Fabrique Pão e Café
Photo: Fabrique Pão e Café / Facebook

Finding good bread in São Paulo is not an easy task — despite the city’s long and rich baking history. The supply is improving, however, and Fabrique is proof of that, bringing together both French and Italian baking traditions. The naturally leavened baguette is one of the main draws, made using French flour and slow fermentation, as are the croissants, including a version filled with a fried egg and fleur de sel. Sandwiches are, as you’d expect, excellent. Try the iconic misto quente, or grilled ham and cheese, to pair with a good cup of coffee.

R. Itacolomi, 612 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP
01239-020, Brazil

7. Hot Pork

R. Bento Freitas, 454 - Campos Elíseos, São Paulo - SP, 01223-000, Brazil
Artisanal franks at Hot Pork
Photo by Rogério Gomes

After moving downtown to open A Casa do Porco, his wildly popular salute to pork, chef Jefferson Rueda has launched his follow up: Hot Pork, a hot dog specialist with a purist bent. Rueda spent three years studying every aspect of the classic dog, and the result is that everything from the buns to the sausages at Hot Pork are handmade. Dogs come simply dressed with only guava ketchup, tucupi-spiked mustard, and pickled onion, and there’s a vegetarian version made with tofu and mushrooms called the Not Pork. To drink, find natural soda, beer, and cider on tap.

R. Bento Freitas, 454 - Campos Elíseos, São Paulo - SP
01223-000, Brazil

8. Bar Fel

Av. Ipiranga, 200 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01046-925, Brazil

Located in the landmark Copan building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, this small bar is part of the recent revitalization of downtown São Paulo. With dim lighting, great music, and a speakeasy vibe, Fel is the perfect place to sip long-forgotten cocktails such as the 1930s-era Avenue (bourbon, Calvados, grenadine, orange blossom water, passionfruit, and orange bitters) and other historic libations. Run by bartender Michelly Rossi, it’s a nightcapper’s dream.

Av. Ipiranga, 200 - Centro, São Paulo - SP
01046-925, Brazil

9. Café do Farol

R. João Brícola, 24 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01014-010, Brazil

The new Café do Farol is part of a massive project to revitalize one of São Paulo’s most iconic buildings. Formerly known as the Banespa building, built in 1939, the rebranded Farol Santander already includes an indoor skateboard park, art galleries, and even a spacious Airbnb. On the 26th floor, this coffee shop specializes in espresso and coffee drinks using beans harvested from a micro-lot in Mogiana Paulista, considered one of the finest coffee-growing regions in Brazil. The shop also offers snacks — pão de queijo, cakes, and a delicious coffee pudding — as well as weekday lunch and weekend brunch menus from chef Victor Dimitrow. Top it all off with some of the best views in town.

R. João Brícola, 24 - Centro, São Paulo - SP
01014-010, Brazil

10. Balaio IMS

Av. Paulista, 2424 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-300, Brazil
A dish at Balaio
Photo: Balaio / Facebook

Chef Rodrigo Oliveira of the gastronomic institution Mocotó has finally landed downtown — more specifically, Paulista Avenue, one of the noblest and most central avenues of the city. At Balaio he serves a more diverse range of modern Brazilian cuisine — from pasteis and other appetizers to moqueca, a traditional fish stew that Oliveira makes with cashew fruit — all with his signature touch. You’ll also find Mocotó’s iconic dadinhos de tapioca — crunchy, chewy cubes of tapioca and cheese curds — and just like at Mocotó, they shouldn’t be missed. Situated inside the Instituto Moreira Salles cultural center, it’s become a true destination for modern Brazilian cuisine.

Av. Paulista, 2424 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP
01310-300, Brazil

11. Capivara Bar

R. Dr. Ribeiro de Almeida, 157 - Barra Funda, São Paulo - SP, 01137-020, Brazil

It doesn’t look like much from the outside, with metal garage-style doors and no real sign, but just cross the threshold to see what the fuss is about. The cooking of Rodrigo Felício (formerly of the Ritz Carlton’s L’Espadon) is well worth the trip to the far-out Barra Funda neighborhood. Seating is communal, and a changeable letter board displays the day’s menu (and, occasionally, political messages). Felício’s focus is fresh fish, and the menu appropriately revolves around the catch of the day. For sides, expect mashed cauliflower, grilled seasonal vegetables, or anything else that strikes his fancy.

R. Dr. Ribeiro de Almeida, 157 - Barra Funda, São Paulo - SP
01137-020, Brazil

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