where to stay:
Hotel Unique: Plush, carefully styled, and comfortable-- Hotel Unique is a must when in São Paulo, whether you are passing through or on an extended stay. Architecturally unlike any other hotel, Unique stands in an arc or boat-like shape majestically over the city. Now most modern hotels can give off a cold feel to its guests, but while staying at Hotel Unique you will be greeted with nothing but warmth and friendliness (maybe even a glass of champagne). Room prices begin at $260 USD/night. http://www.hotelunique.com.br/
O'Riley's Perdizes Hostel: Clean, quiet, hip, and located in a great neighborhood, this hostel is a great choice for those looking to save a few pennies in São Paulo. A close walk to Allianz Parque and Espaco das Americas. The staff will welcome you with warm smiles and frequently hosts barbecues for guest's to mingle and meet other fellow travelers. Each room is artfully curated from floor to ceiling, leaving guests feeling as if they are staying in an art museum. Rooms range from shared rooms of 4,6,8, and 10 for groups, as well as a private room for those who like to rest alone. Room pricing begins at $19 USD/night. http://orileyshostel.wix.com/orileys-hostel
Cozy 1 Bedroom Loft in Moema: Take a step out of the São Paulo buzz and into this charming 1-bedroom loft. The modern decor coupled with the sleek wood flooring will cause your jaw to drop when you walk in the door. The loft includes a full kitchen to cook meals and a queen sized bed that will ensure a good night's sleep after a day of exploring the city. You will also have access to the apartment's gym for squeezing in a quick workout or the outdoor pool for an afternoon of relaxing. Amenities include maid service, 24 hour security, Internet, air conditioning, and free parking. You'll be just steps away from the fabulous Ibirapuera center, plenty of bars, and the Museum of Modern Art. A minimum stay of 7 nights, at a rate of $80/night. Book here at http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g303631-d7341716-Cozy_1_Bedroom_Loft_in_Moema-Sao_Paulo_State_of_Sao_Paulo.html
where to eat:
Vila Das Rosas: In a city like São Paulo, where the gastronomy industry is booming and one of the best in the world, restaurants like Vila Das Rosas prove this to be true. It is a place of tranquility and harmony, located in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Experimental vegetarian cuisine with dishes such as a falafel hamburger or homemade hummus, enjoy with a fresh-squeezed fruit juice as well. Best for lunch!
Temakeria Paulista: A high-tech Japanese restaurant that will impress even the snobbiest of food snobs. The owners and chefs are all Japanese, so you will be eating only authentic Japanese cuisine. Located in the Zona Leste neighborhood of São Paulo, the restaurant caters to all, as well as English speakers. Enjoy the fried salmon tekami and some sunomono salad to start- you won't be disappointed!