Sao Paulo, Brazil
Maria Elisa, 27
Graphic Designer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a graphic designer because I like to create things :)

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

Taylor Swift and Lana del Rey are a must.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

This is a very serious and difficult question. I'll have to go with HIMYM, Black Mirror and GoT.

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

Bars in hotels ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) hahah but seriously, I wouldn't know. I've been in a relationship since high school!

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

My friends are my heroes ♥ So anywhere is good, preferably with food.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I like to shop from small business I find on instagram! Some of my favorites: @naovivosemstore, @agoraquesourica, @ahlma.cc, @atelierue, @afinemess_sp, @saluneloja, @sriclothing and @mariatangerina

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

Villa Mix night club. Not my kind of music nor people.

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

Walk around town with nothing to do, just discovering new things, places and people.

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

Probably something I can't even pronounce in Liberdade neighborhood streets. It was a mix of greasy, fried and soft...? Whatever it was, it was worth it.

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

A Balsa is great, you really feel at home there. Very cozy and with great music.

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?

Maksoud Plaza was probably the most expensive hotel, cost me around R$400 – and the spa on top of the Hilton! Great massage though, and they're on Spa Week!

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

Sobaria in Vila Mariana was a great surprise! They work with a very unusual cuisine, a mix of japanese and brazillian food, created by the Okinawa immigrants that came to the south of Brazil. You have to try the Sobá!

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

Olivio! They just opened up in Vila Madalena. Usually my drink is wine or beer, but their Moscow Mule is amaaazing!

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

An afternoon at LUSH Spa and then dinner at Le Manjue ♥ What's better than relaxing massages and good food?

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

Brigadeiro, coxinha, feijoada, caipirinha, pudim... food is Brazils #1 attraction really. Try it all! If you're vegan, you'll find vegan versions of these foods in some of the spots I recommend!

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

I feel like Vila Madalena got overrated, but it's still a good place to go at night. Just be ready for some crowds! If you go by day you can take some pictures at Beco do Batman and see some great little stores that are close by.

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

Vila Mariana neighborhood. They have great restaurants and stores, just walk around.

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

Av. Paulista is truly great. You'll find amazing museums, restaurants, stores and street art. You can easily join a bike or walking tour too. Liberdade also have amazing little hidden secrets.

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

I would have brunch first, walk around town a bit and then watch the sunset at Praça do Pôr do Sol. Pizza with friends later would be a great closure.

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

Anywhere I've never been before!

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