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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to São Paulo is complete without tasting the traditional São Paulo food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in São Paulo to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Carne-de-sol: or "sun beef", heavily salted beef, exposed to the sun for one or two days to cure.
  • Chorizo (Brazil): sausage.
  • Coconut-and-crab mix: creamy dish made of boiled crabs, coconut milk, red onion and spices.
  • Mandioca: also cassava, is a root that can be fried, steamed, boiled, etc.
  • Pao de Queijo: Brazilian cheese buns, or cheese breads made of cassava manioc or corn flour.



Main courses


Fast food

  • Bauru (sandwich): a sandwich made with melted cheese, roast beef, tomato and pickled cucumber in a French bun.
  • Mortadella sandwich: any sandwich using mortadella, a large Italian sausage.
  • Pastel: a typical fast food Brazilian dish, consisting of thin pastry envelope wrapping with assorted fillings that is deep fried.

Street food

  • Acaraje: peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in palm oil.
  • Bolinhos de camarao: shrimp dumplings.
  • Calabresa: a type of sausage.
  • Coxinha: made from shredded chicken and spices, enclosed in wheat flour.
  • Cuzcuz paulista: made from cornmeal, sardines, olives, shrimps, and others.
  • Pamonha: a paste made from fresh corn and milk, boiled wrapped in corn husks.
  • Queijo coalho: a firm but very lightweight cheese produced in Brazil.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Acai juice: made from the açaí berries, one of the most nutritionally dense berries in the world.
  • Cafezinho: strong and sweet coffee prepared in the Brazilian style.
  • Caldo de Cana: juice of raw sugar cane. Sugar cane juice with lemon or pineapples.
  • Cashew apple juice: healthy, rich in vitamin C and mineral salts juice made from cashew apples.
  • Guarana: soft drink from guarana.
  • Guarana Antarctica: it is the second best-selling soft drink brand in Brazil.
  • Mamey juice: juice prepared from mammee fruit, other fruits can be added too.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Antartica beer: one of the most popular beer in Brazil.
  • Cachaca: he most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil.
  • Caipirinha: Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime.
  • Devassa beer: refined and thick tasting beer, made with the purest ingredients.

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