Category Archives: Trendy

New York style burger in São Paulo

In Sao Paulo there are TONS of different types of ‘burger focused’ restaurants, from small hole in the wall spots, to Fifties (chain/ Johnny Rocket style) to upscale and ‘trendy’ like Butchers Market.   When you walk in, you will feel like you entered a traditional bbq or burger joint in Brooklyn, you know what […]

First Look: Barteco Sao Paulo’s newest cozinha e bar

There are tons of unique, delicious restaurants in Sao Paulo, however Barteco, the newest edition in Pinheiro‘s stands apart from the rest.  Set in a 3 story house with high ceilings, beautiful wood floors and artistic tiled walls.  You can sit inside, at the bar or outside under the heat lamps (it’s winter in Brazil […]

Spanish tapas in Humaita

  Another awesome restaurant on Humaita’s Rua Iraja, Entre Tapas is serving traditional Spanish tapas cuisine adding some ‘spice’ to the street.  The restaurant is housed inside a nineteenth-century mansion creating a cozy atmosphere.  The specials are written on the wall as is the top wine and sangria selections of the day.  The restaurant it […]

Hidden gem in Botafogo: Miam Miam

Tucked away in an old mansion (that belonged to the grandma of chef Roberta Ciasca) in Botafogo is restaurant Miam Miam (French for ‘yum yum’).  You could walk past this house a million times and not even realize it’s a trendy restaurant; a true ‘hidden gem’, one of the best contemporary restaurants in Rio.  You can sit outside in the […]

Chic roof top bar in Jardim Botanico: Paxeco Bar

Since it is summer, New Yorkers are flocking to posh rooftop bars like 230 Fifth, and the Gansevoort roof.  To get their ‘trendy roof top’ fix carioca’s head to Paxeco Bar which is located on top of Restaurant Couve-Flor in the heart of the Jardim Botanico.  Paxeco  is wide open which provides for great views of Jardim Botanico and Christ […]

New gastronomic complex in Zona Sul: Gourmet Lagoon

When I feel like going to see a movie I have always tried to go to Cinepolis Lagoon for two reasons: It’s a beautiful location right on the Lagoa and they serve caramel and regular popcorn (you can mix them).  You can read more of my thoughts on the movie theater here, but I want to […]

Contemporary cuisine in Botafogo: Iraja Gastro

Since I live in Leblon and Ipanema is close by, I have covered a number of the restaurants in the area and have decided it was time for me to branch out.  Botafogo has become one of my new favorite areas to discover restaurants; the area offers a variety of cool bars, tapas, and contemporary […]

It’s Always A Good Time for Champagne At The Charleston

“There comes a time in the life of every woman, the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.”  Bette Davis I couldn’t agree more, and I am sure YOU know the feeling too! So when that feeling hits or you feel like having a ‘classy’ evening out, head over to Charleston Champagneria in Copacabana. The […]

ZaZa: Date Night In Ipanema

In the mood for some good contemporary/ Moroccan food in Ipanema? Head over to ZaZa Bistro, a great restaurant inside a local house which as been converted into a cozy restaurant and painted bright blue.  There are little colored lights decorating the outside patio area so at night you will be able to spot it pretty […]

São Paulo’s Hotel Unique

While in São Paulo this weekend, I stayed at the Hotel Unique and I must say, it is very unique.  The hotel was created by architectural genius Ruy Ohtake who made this boat shape or watermelon, not just a ‘unique’ hotel but also an urban work of art. When you enter the Unique, you will […]