Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tiago, 43
Cultural Producer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a cultural producer, I work with independent music and theater troupes. I start playing in indie bands back in the 90s and been doing this for most of my life. In my spare time I do a lot of research for my website, DescubraSP, an online guide where I write about alternative restaurants, pubs, stores and cultural programs.

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

Alt-J - Something Good, Low Roar - Friends Make Garbage (Good Friends Take It Out), Bon Iver - Holocene, Booker T & The MGs - Summertime, Liars - The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack, Pélico - Não Vou Te Deixar Por Enquanto, Baden Powel - Canto de Ossanha, Benito de Paula - Retalhos de Cetim, Laura Wrona - Luz Linda, Os Mutantes - A Minha Menina

What are the best TV shows of all time?

X Files, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Black Mirror

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

It depends on your (and your date's) mood. But here are some suggestions: JazzB, if you want to hear some good music; Astor, if you want some really good drinks; Festa Santo Forte, if you want to dance.

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

It may seem a bit too obvious, but my father did a lot for me and my family, I can not think of anyone else to take with me at Cantina Capuano, the oldest restaurant in São Paulo. They opened in 1907, more than a century ago. My family has Italian blood and Cantina Capuano is located in the heart of Bixiga, an Italian neighborhood.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

There are a lot of nice stores at Rua Augusta, like El Cabritón and Endossa. There's also some thrift stores near Vila Madalena station. I like tees that have pop inspired designs, basic pants, maybe a nice jacket, and these are the best places to find them.

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

Hard question... I like so many things in São Paulo. But I'm not into fancy places. Or worst, wannabe fancy places.

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

See the skyline from the top of historic buildings, like Martinelli or BANESPA.

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

There's no such thing as a "decadent dish". But once I ate roosters testicles at Valadares Aperitivos. I must confess, I like all kinds of exotic meat. And roosters testicles' flavor are not so exotic as one may think. Everyone should try!

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

A lot of them! But there are two of them I'm particularly fond of. The first one is Casa do Mancha, a small club/bar where you can find the best bands from the indie music scene and excellent drinks. Casa do Mancha means Mancha's House and, at least for some time it really was his house. The other is Casa do Araujo, but in this one Araujo is still living there. But every friday and saturday he morphs his place into one of the nicest restaurants in São Paulo.

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?

As I said, I'm not the kind of person who likes fancy places, so the expensive places I've been are not very expensive at all. And depending on the overall experience you have at any two different places you can find one expensive and the other not, even paying the same amount. That been said, I guess Ruela is one of the most expensive restaurant I've ever been, but with very reasonable prices.

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

Capivara, at Barra Funda. It looks like an old dusty bar but they make some serious dishes.

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

Drosophylla, in downtown. I'm a mojito fan.

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

I'll take them to Mani, to have the tasting menu. But then I should review my answer on "expensive restaurants".

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

Coxinha, definitely. But also pão de queijo, mandioca frita, buraco quente and dadinhos de tapioca.

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

Paris 6. But people still going there just to say they went there. I can't find any other reason, cause the food is not good, ugly and expensive.

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

Take a walk at Paulista Av. and through downtown. Doing that you will find some of the best places to visit in São Paulo. Then you can visit some of the ethnical fairs, at Liberdade, Armênia and Vila Prudente. Watch a sunset at Praça Pôr-do-Sol. Drink a coffee at Mirante 9 de Julho. Attend to a party at Casa da Luz.

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

After enjoying all the thrills from a big and unstoppable city like São Paulo, you should spend your last day in one of our calm oasis, like Horto Florestal. Yes, there is peace in São Paulo.

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