A large number of São Paulo’s residents descend from (amongst other nations) Portugal, Peru, Italy, France, Lebanon, Japan and Spain. So as you would expect, when it comes to restaurants and exceptional cuisine, you really are spoiled for choice here. And this is before you even consider the contributions made by those from the North East of the country (Food from this region is outstanding!).
But let’s face it, having too much choice can be a problem in itself – especially for a first time visitor to São Paulo on a budget. I mean, where the hell should you visit!?!
Once you’ve tried the pastels at the local markets, the sandwiches at the Municipal Market or the coxinhas sold in any self respecting bakery – where should you go for a dining experience that won’t break the bank?
Well, allow me to give you four of my favourites. What I will recommend in this post are reasonably priced restaurants I often go back to again, and again, and again!
If you live here and can tell me another restaurant you feel would be deserving of a place on this list, be sure to let me know in the comments below!
So let’s start with:
Rua Francisco Leitão, 282, São Paulo – SP, 05414-020
R. Aurora, 451 – Santa Ifigênia, São Paulo – SP, 01209-001
Photo taken from the Rinconcito Peruano Facebook page
Why, oh why, had I waited a full six years before going to this restaurant? I ask myself this because Rinconcito Peruano is easily one of the most delicious restaurants in town. Admittedly, the place isn’t much to look at from the outside; there isn’t even a sign above its door! But herein lies its charm, this place is ALL about the food and not at all about the frills! As the Guardian wrote back in 2014, this restaurant ‘is humble, unpretentious, cheap as chips, and almost invariably rammed’.
This eatery is located right in the heart of downtown São Paulo. If you’re not familiar with the location then I’d strongly advise you to get a taxi to the front door (especially late at night). Then, after ascending the stairs during peak hours, you’re likely to find yourself in a line for a table. But the food that awaits you after being seated is definitely worth waiting for. I go to Rinconcito Peruano for one reason and one reason only. I go there to eat what many locals have dubbed ‘the best ceviche in São Paulo.’
If you’re thinking of doing the same, you won’t be disappointed!
Take a look at the Facebook page here.
Bar do Biu
Bar do Biu – Rua Cardinal Arcoverde, 772/776
Photo Credit: http://www.timeout.com.br/sao-paulo/
Bar do Biu doesn’t look like much from the outside, however once you’ve stepped inside the bar and into restaurant area, its charm instantly becomes obvious. The decor is very homely and there are always mouthwatering smells coming from the kitchen. The restaurant specialises in food from the north east of Brazil and dishes range in price from 15 to 60 reais (the more expensive dishes feed 2 people). Saturday afternoon is when this place really comes alive!
In a city full of expensive restaurants, gems like Bar do Biu are pretty hard to come by.
Biyou’Z Restaurante Afro
Alameda Barão de Limeira, 19A
Picture taken from the Facebook page
São Paulo is a cultural melting pot, which gives its residents some fantastic culinary options. None more so than the Biyou-Z restaurant in the centre of São Paulo. It is located within walking distance of Republica station, and as with most places in the centre of São Paulo, if you’re planning on eating late at Biyou-Z at night I’d advise those unfamiliar with this neighbourhood to take a taxi. Just to be on the safe side.
This simple African restaurant serves up delicious food at very reasonable prices and also boasts fantastic service too. So if you’re looking for something a little different on your trip to the city, I’d totally recommend this place!
Where else would you suggest for this list?