Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marina, 27
Graphic Designer & Traveler
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an explorer! I am very curious and I love to travel, meet new people and new cultures. I always travel alone, i believe this is a great way to improve your self-esteem and your independence! I do this because I very curious about our planet and the people. I love to see how people live, think, eat, sing, wear etc. Oh, when I'm not traveling I am a graphic designer hahaha :)

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

Lana Del Rey, obviously!

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Stranger Things!

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

Urbe Café is a great spot for Tinder dates!

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

I would take Lady Gaga to a Buteco (a dirty and cheap kind of bar) near Rua Augusta, hahaha! It would be amazing!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I love fashion and I spend some time researching brazilian online stores, they are incredible! But I also buy a lot of different clothes when I'm travelling, specially in thrift stores :) But there are many amazing brazilian fashion brands, such as: Farm Rio, Sri Clothing, Agora que sou Rica, Renner, A mulher do padre etc.

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

Maybe Vila Madalena, it's the most famous nightlife spot in São Paulo. But it's so crowded that I can't stand to be there hahahaha (but you should visit anyway)!

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

I love doing turistic activities in my city, like visiting São Paulo's historic downtown, but I wish I had more time do do that :( There are some famous spots in the city that I've never been.

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

Some cheap chinese food with unrecognizable meat in Liberdade neighborhood (our Chinatown). And it was AWESOME!

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

"Igrejinha" is incredible! It's a small and hidden gay-friendly bar with some funny decorations :)

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 been to Amazonian Spa, it's on the rooftop of Hilton São Paulo. The view was amazing and the massage too :) The massages costs around $100, but it's totally worth it!

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

Aska is a small and hidden restaurant in Liberdade neighborhood. They sell the best Lamen ever! But if you're not so fan of japanese food, I recommend eating a coxinha in any Padaria (bakery) or Buteco (cheap bar) :)

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

If you're looking for a fancy place there's a new bar on the Tivoli Hotel's rooftop called Seen. The cocktails are incredible and you can have a 360° City view! But if you're looking for a cheaper and fun place you can also visit Veloso bar, they have the BEST Caipirinhas and Coxinhas! Veloso is definetly a must-go!

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

I really enjoying spending the afternoon on Caixa Belas Artes. It's a small and cozy cinema with alternative and cult movies :) and after the movie, we could have some coffee at Mirante 9 de Julho (right behind MASP Museum).

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

You have to eat: pão de queijo, coxinha, brigadeiro, tapioca, pastel, farofa, estrogonofe, churrasco, pudim, feijoada! And don't leave Brazil without having a caipirinha!

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

I think Vila Madalena is quite busy nowadays, it's impossible to walk and find a table in a bar in the weekends at night.

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

There's many cool places and bars you can find at the historic downtown. But since it's a quite dangerous place to go at night, most of the people prefer to go to Vila Madalena or Rua Augusta.

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

Avenida Paulista! It's the most famous avenue in the city and there's so much to see there! Museums, stores, restaursnts, cafés, cultural happenings, bicicle tours, etc.

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

I would spend walking in Avenida Paulista and i would finish the day watching the sunset in Ibirapuera Park :)

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

I love Tokyo. It was love in the first sight, i loved the chaos, the old/new contrast, the people, the food (obviously), the culture, the video games, the fashion stores, and so on. It's actually quite similar to São Paulo, maybe that's why I got so excited about the city!

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