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de Marte, 2221-9100), you may arrange exclusive scenic flights above the metropolis.
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Evening Having a sophisticated dinner in São Paulo will require some patience, as you will have many renowned restaurants to choose from. To make things easy, do your best to know at least one of the two establishments that received three stars at the Guia Brasil 2012: D.O.M and Fasano. Run by Brazilian chef Alex Atala, D.O.M (R. Br. de Capanema, 549, Jardins; 3088-0761) was elected in 2014 the seventh best restaurant in the world by British magazine Restaurant. Trust Atala’s vast experience and order the dish that has been on the menu since 1994: sole with passion fruit farofa (flavored crumblike flour), vinaigrette and red rice. Within the namesake hotel, Fasano (R. Vittorio Fasano 88, Jardins, 3896-4000) specializes in Italian haute cuisine. In the black-marble hall, choose the tuna medallion with Sicilian lemon sauce, potato and asparagus croquettes and admire their flawless service. Gero (R. Haddock Lobo 1629, Jardins; 3064-0005) is known as the bistro version of Fasano. If you care for less traditional options, try Epice (R. Haddock Lobo 1002, Jardins; 30620866). Opened in 2011, it delights customers with dishes like octopus with Sherry vinaigrette, tomato confit and pine nuts, designed by the talent of chef Alberto Landgraf, who has worked with British chef Gordon Ramsay. Another alternative is to pick one of the chic restaurants on Amauri Street in Itaim Bibi. In Dressing (R. Amauri, 337, 3167-5347), fish and seafood prevail on the menu. Ecco (R. Amauri, 244, 3079-2299) stands out for its casual
chic dishes and atmosphere. If you are considering a drink at the bar Número (R. da Consolação, 3585, Jardins; 3061-3995), remember to book in advance, and that the bar sets a minimum charge, ranging from R$ 100 to R$ 200. Try the mojito made with rum, mint, strawberry and sparkling Perrier water, prepared by bartender Derivan Ferreira de Souza. To wrap up your day “up above”, go to Arola Vintetres (Al. Santos, 1437, Jardins; 3146-5923), located on the top floor of Hotel Tivoli. Get a drink to wash down the tapas created by Catalan Sergi Arola.
Courses In the largest hub of sophistication in the country, winelovers may look for the Brazilian Association of Sommeliers (R. Gomes de Carvalho, 1327, Vila Olimpia, 3814-7853, abs-sp.com.br), which provides amateur classes and professional training. To find out what was eaten in the largest feasts in history, and to learn how to choose the best eating options in the city, the tip is the course The Art of Eating Well, at the Casa do Saber (R. Dr. Mário Ferraz, 414, Itaim Bibi, 3707-8900; casadosaber.com.br).
One of the most pulsating metropolis in the world, São Paulo is much more than a great place for doing business. Taking a day off is the fir...