Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aline, 31
MKT analyst
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a MKT analyst, working mainly on products development. I love to work on new projects, to learn how things work and to be able to get the picture of it and turn into a real thing.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Oh gosh... take Adele away from me!!! Bring me some Rihana, Queen, Bruno Mars, anything I can dance to! Haha

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends - I do know most of the lines from it, no shame on that!

Name some spots in Sao Paulo that are good for a Tinder date.

Sancho Bar - Chou Restaurant - Botteghe di Leonardo (a sweet ice cream place)

Who’s your hero and where in Sao Paulo would you take them out for a serious hang?

Freddy Mercury. Drosophila bar.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Thrift shops in Pinheiros

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

No restrictions. You will see me from the top bar to dive bar!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Rollerblade in Ibiraquera Park

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Sao Paulo and where did you get it?

Shark and warthog. Same night, same place, Tantra Restaurant.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Sao Paulo that you particularly like?

Apotecario - a speakeasy bar, underground of a antique shop in Bela Vista.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Sao Paulo? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Rubayat. Around $400 reais per person for the best meat I've ever had.

What restaurant in Sao Paulo looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

ChiFu - great Chinese- cash only!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Sao Paulo? Which one do you like?

Skye Bar - Cosmopolitan, top of the Unique Hotel. Drinks and great view.

Where would you take your partner in Sao Paulo if you wanted to really pamper them?

Terraço Itália - romantic atmosphere, live piano music, great wine selection and the sweetest view of São Paulo from the top.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Coxinha (sort of a chicken cheesesticks), Pastel (deep fried dough stuffed with all sort of things), sanduíche de pernil (pork sandwich), sanduíche de mortadela (baloney sandwich) , brigadeiro (sweet condensed milk and chocolate).... and many many many more

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Sao Paulo?

The whole Outback franchise.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Sao Paulo?

B.lem, small portuguese bakery, great service, good food.

What are the Sao Paulo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Mercado Municipal, try the best fruits they have around, and finish the tour with a baloney sandwich.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Sao Paulo. How do you spend it?

Have a "pão na chapa" and coffee at my local bakery, wonder around Ibiraquera Park, have a nice coconut water, head to Halim Restaurant (Arabic food), spend the afternoon window shopping at oscar Freire, meeting up my friends at Mori or other good Japanese restaurant, and end the night with some cocktails ant Astor Bar.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

New York. I studied in NY for a year, so every time I visit, it just feels like home!

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