Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lucas Bello, 31
Designer
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a bit about Lucas Bello

What do you do and why do you do it?

I consider myself a designer...with fashion, furnitures and decor as my interests. Now working in retail store with insane routine, but always enjoying my city when I can do it! I appreciate simple and special moments, and in this I discovered nice places in my town. Some trendy, some traditional....São Paulo is a culturally rich metropole that would be nice to explore as a tourist. I'm open to being helpful and making some friends! =D

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

My first job, offering credit card on old town streets. It was really stressful because I had high goals per day, and I met a large variety of people from all over the country with problems and living a hard life, having a feeling that I couldn't help those people because I was running to earn my own money in the same time.

Were you born and raised in Sau Paulo? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Sau Paulo?

I was born in Osasco, a city beside São Paulo, but always working in São Paulo because it's really close. Part of my family lives in the countryside, Sorocaba (1 hour by bus). São Paulo is a huge city, and sometimes it can take extra time to get places, but every part has it's own particularities to work, live and have fun!

What’s your current hood in Sau Paulo and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Now I'm living in Itaim Bibi, a nice location, with my boyfriend and friend. Here we can go anywhere in São Paulo in a short time, like Jardins area, Old town, Vila Madalena or Pinheiros for example, with many options of cultural scene, restaurants, open markets and malls.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I'm eclectic in music tastes...In Spotify I have 4 main playlists to relaxtime, gymtime, goodvibes and "for the heart"...and I listen to all these during the day, on the way to job or at home. Music is about spirit mood, and me astrologically talking, like a good gemini I'm exchanging moods all the time, listening to music frequently.

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

I'm a bit dramatic...in this set, needs to have Christina Aguilera with "Turn to you" or "Remain", Queen with "Let me in your heart again", "Someone to watch over me" by Ella Fitzgerald, "Tell me this night is over" from Carola, "She's not me" - Zara Larsson and Sam Smith....well...take a look in my playlist for more ;)

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Today I can answer "Ancient Aliens", because makes me think about suppositions about what happened in the past, or what's happening today without our consciousness....

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

Maybe a nice artisan icecream at Le Bothegue di Leonardo? It's a cool place and not too crowded. In advance I could suggest a dance night in Vila Madalena or D-Edge club ;)

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Hm...this isn't a kind of thing that I catch myself thinking about...maybe Teletubies? :D

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

Not exactly a hero, but Raissa from Youtube channel Dulce Delight is a person who I consider in my pastry adventures..she's funny, alternative, and it would be nice to spend an afternoon with her cooking in my kitchen. ;)

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My wardrobe is a mix of various brands and styles, mixing new with stuff from charity shops. São Paulo has a large variety of malls that we can find Zara, Cotton On, Gap and other international pop brands, and good charity shops to hunt vintage items.

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

At Villa Country dancing country music? :D

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

I like the Botanical Garden and Butantã Institute to enjoy nice walks and free time, that is hard to do because it's a bit far compared to other spots.

Where do you go in Sau Paulo for a casual night out?

I really love a bar called "Lekitsch". It's close to Augusta street and Old town, at the Roosevelt Square, and there we can enjoy a beer and delicious snacks like tambaqui fish ribs with sour cream :P with friends, for a good price.

Where would you go in Sau Paulo to celebrate some freaking good news?

Well...I would think about a nice place with delicious snack options like Eataly...there we can enjoy a piece of fogazza with soda in a casual setting, or a traditionally Italian dish with a glass of wine for a more intimate moment.

What’s your choice of transportation in Sau Paulo and why?

Well...I try to avoid public transport and walk by foot. Sometimes traffic jams can be exhausting. But we can consider metro/bus and Uber in each situation, because the city is large and we always want to save time to enjoy ourselves to the maximum.

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

We have some highlights like MASP museum in business Av. Paulista and right at the back stairs to the Anhangabaú Valley there is a cafe called "Isto É Café" with a gorgeus view of the sunset, Municipal Market in Old Town, Ibirapuera park with MAM museum...

What are the Sau Paulo spots tourists should run from screaming?

I heard about a new double-deck bus for tourists to discover some city points. Anyway is expensive and local people look at this like bullshit. Please, Choose a cousin...a cool cousin of course ;)

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

Well...maybe I can start with a breakfast at Bastrô, a nice cafe in my hood, a walk in Ibirapuera Park lunching at MAM's restaurant, and an alternative movie with wine at CineSesc. If this day were a Tuesday and there was good weather I could go to the bar in Unique Hotel or MAC museum terrace to enjoy the landscape. :)

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

Well...Everybody could expect an answer talking about Rio de Janeiro or other sunny brazilian city. But I love cold weather. :D I know! Somewhere in Europe, like some cities in France, Italy and England. But my last two vacation were in Stockholm and I love that city, because it isn't too touristic like Paris or Rome. We can be introduced in local lifestyle quickly, enjoying warm places in wintertime. I would like to have more opportunities to discover more from Sweden and the Nordic countries.

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