Sao Paulo, Brazil
Daniel, 32
Gallerist & Art Fundraiser
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I raise funds for contemporary art and work at an art gallery. Once you're in the contemporary art world you see plenty of things to love, from the artworks to the institutions, to the people and specially, opportunities to connect with others in MANY different incredible ways.

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

Almost everything by Los Hermanos, half of Foo fighters' career, Tony Braxton's Unbreak my heart, LOTS of Eric Clapton, The Cardigans' Lovefool, some Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney's Here Today, Chico Buarque, Tim Maia, Caetano Veloso's Não Enche...

What are the best TV shows of all time?

O Auto da Compadecida (early 2000's Brazilian mini-series based on a classic book), Game of Thrones, Narcos, Top Gear (the one with Clarkson, Hammond and May).

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

Frank bar for fancy excellent drinks, Apotheke for casual excellent drinks, Side bar for nice food with fancy excellent drinks, the rooftop of the contemporary art museum MAC-USP for a stunning view with culture, Pinacoteca, to show off architecture and culture knowledge, La Central restaurant for something unexpected.

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

Toto Wolff, Mercedes-AMG F1 director. I'd arrange a fine dine with brazilian artists and curators in the studio of one of my fellow artists

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Anywhere cheap and cool. And I make a point on getting at least one fine shirt from each country I visit.

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

Vila Country, crappy new-country brazilian music with ugly people paying tenfold prices for terrible beer

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

Explore really unexpected new places, like restaurants in the East side, take a helicopter flight in the afternoon, bet on horses at the Jockey club on a sunday...

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

Churrasco grego, the dirty version of a donner kebab, specially if eaten from the Bom Retiro unnamed street-stores as I had the "pleasure" to have. The weirdest thing I've eaten by far were jellyfish in a japanese restaurant in Pinheiros neighborhood.

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

There's Câmara Fria, a speakeasy in Moema neighborhood. It is the coolest beer bar in the city, hidden right above a really bad bar!

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?

I've stayed a night at the Unique hotel, the gorgeous watermallon-shaped building. It was for free, a courtesy of the hotel as I managed to host 20 of my guests there, or else I wouldn't be able to afford!

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

Saint Marie, a contemporary lebanese food place in Morumbi. btw: this is my favourite class of restaurants: crappy-looking delicious-tasting.

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

Tough competition! The barrel-aged Negroni by Sal Gastronomia's Victor Zucaroni, There's also the Negroni Jerez and the Smoked Boulevardier by Apotheke's Ale d'Agostino.

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

Praça Barão Pinto Lima, just to have picnic and have some wine through the sunset and laugh the hours away.

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

Coxinhas, a deep-dried chicken dumpling! And torresmo, the crispy pork belly that is a gastro-acoustic experience! and Bolinho de feijoada, which is impossible to translate. And Sanduíche de carne louca, a shredded seasoned meat sandwich. I'd have any of these any time of the day!

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

Myk, the greek restaurant in Jardins. Nice food, but not that good, terrible service, even worst clients.

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

Pacaembu stadium. It is THE most beautiful building in the city, built in the 50's to be the city's main stadium now hosts the Football Museum but almost no games, since every major team have their own mega-structured places.

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

Pinacoteca, this world-class museum in a beautiful building with cutting-edge fine art. Copan, Oscar Niemeyer's most ambitious building that today hosts a museum, about 10 restaurants and is home for some 1000s of people. Parque Ibirapuera, biggest park with two museums and a planetarium. Unfortunatelly, traffic jams will only allow you to chose two of these in one day.

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

In the morning I'd bike around Ibirapuera park, at 10am I'd go uphill to Avenida Paulista visit Instituto Moreira Salles and MASP, then head to Pinacoteca. At 2pm I'd go to Feed, buy some fine barbecue meat and grill away the day with my friends. If theres any energy left, one drink Frank Bar.

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

London. Lots of friends there, culture everywhere, I could just sit and admire how well the city has aged through centuries or party from sunlight to sunset and then keep going. And, of course, São Paulo!

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