PINACOTECA DO ESTADO Good temporary exhibitions share the space of this red-brick building projected by Ramos de Azevedo in 1895. The collection houses works by Tarsila do Amaral, Portinari, and sculptures by Rodin. Pça. da Luz, 2, Luz; 3324-1000; pinacoteca.org.br. SALA SÃO PAULO This former train station has become one of the best concert rooms in the world. Pça. Júlio Prestes, 16, Luz; 33679500; salasaopaulo.art.br. ACCOMMODATIONi LUZ PLAZA Recommended by Guia Brasil 2012, it offers the most comfortable rooms in the area. R. Prates, 145, Luz; 2627-3400; luzplaza.com.br.
Sala São Paulo: the stage for the orchestra
FOODi ACRÓPOLES Layers of eggplant, potatoes, minced meat and bechamel sauce make the mussaka the most famous dish in this traditional Greek restaurant in São Paulo. R. da Graça, 364, Bom Retiro; 3223-4386. BISTRÔ DA SARA Fresh and tasty food on a buffet with several options of meat and salads, installed in a pleasant basement. R. da Graça, 32; 3362-1725. CASTELÕES This pizzeria believes in tradition. The crust is slightly thicker and the toppings are restricted to twelve, such as anchovies, with no room for innovations. R. Jairo Gois, 126, Brás; 3229-0542. DARE Bom Retiro has now become a Korean area, and therefore restaurants specialized in food from this Asian country have appeared. Here, anchovies and bulgogi, made with meat slices, are recommeded. R. Correia de Melo, 117, Bom Retiro; 3337-2533. GIGIO Homemade pasta in plentiful servings maintains the fame of this Italian cantina, always accompanied by sardella and crackling bread. R. do Gasômetro, 254, Brás; 3228-2045. PRESIDENTE Cod is the main ingredient of six bountiful options of Portuguese dishes. R. Visc. de Parnaíba, 2438, Brás; 2292-8683. SEOK JOUNG For lunch, a combination of Korean dishes includes a stew, rice, raw and fried fish, with servings of pickled vegetables. R. Correia de Melo, 135, Bom Retiro; 3338-0737. SHOPPINGi AVENIDA RANGEL PESTANA This avenue starts on Praça da Sé, but after crossing the Tamanduateí River and D. Pedro II Park, it becomes the right place for those searching for cityofsaopaulo.com
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...