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Though German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is widely credited with coining the phrase ‘God is in the details’, we suspect the modern maestro had one eye fixed firmly on Italian neighbour Florence when considering design in such divine terms.
While most of São Paulo’s liveliest bars and major art galleries call hilly bohemian haven Vila Madalena home, many a hipper, younger thang will regale you with tales from the edgy, grit-n’-grungy Centro district, hiding manifold delights behind its decidedly rough and tumble facade.
Headlines may be reading polar vortex and six feet of snow up in the northern states, but in ever-sunny Florida the mercury drops only slightly, with the thermometer still pointing firmly to ‘sun’s out, buns out’. If it’s just a tad nippy for a dip in the ocean however, there’s no need to ditch the ‘kini – instead head for the heated pool and feel the Latin sizzle at atmospheric rooftop golden girl Highbar.
While it’s true that Sao Paulo has the lion’s share of fine Brazilian cuisine, sister Rio hides a handful of delicious secrets up her sleeve... just ask Roberta to show you the goods.
Years ago, nobody knew the name Roberta Sudbrack, except for the former Brazilian President for whom she served as private cook. Later, she set off to open the eponymous Roberta Sudbrack... and now, seven years on, her restaurant is ranked 10th on the illustrious S. Pellegrino’s Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, with the woman herself a bonafide local celebrity, and arguably Brazil’s most famous female chef.
Put down the greasy quesadilla, Connie, and step away from the late-night curbside taco shack. Though sating a Mexican craving in Manhattan has long been limited to scouring the streets for the nearest Chipotle, there’s a Latin American minx who’s new to town and here to stay.
Set below bustling Hollywood Road, this low-lit sister-act nest of cleverly constructed experimental blends has garnered the attention of savvy quaffers, thanks to painstakingly paired menus of seasonally-inspired signature cocktails and sophisticated morsels. Go hungry, thirsty, and with an open palate. A la carte drinks menu too.
Once a fool's errand, locating locavore Cantonese slow food that's free of MSG but full of carefully-sourced, classically-prepared ingredients is now oh-so easy - if you can get a table, that is. This intimate, chandeliered bi-level's lip-smacking steamed crab and spare ribs are highly-coveted... so book well ahead!
The most darling, French-inflected nursery-loft in town with just about anything your precious lil’ burdens could want. Squeal with delight at too-cute rompers, pleated skirts, swim trunks and PJs, plus games, soft toys, furniture, décor, art and more. Trop chic, les petits!
With regular exhibits by emerging and established local/international names (particularly Australian and British) including Emma Hack, Mark Demsteader and Kho Sang Woo, Cat Street Gallery bridges the gap between affordable and fine art for an eager fanbase of contempo art-ficionados.
Creative cats beeline to this restored heritage landmark now housing 8 floors of design-led retail, dining, markets and special events, including standout store Smith & Norbu - with its consummately chic range of bespoke eyewear handcrafted from Tibetan buffalo and yak horn - plus Jason Atherton's Brit-centric dining desti Aberdeen Street Social.
Step inside this stylish, knick knack-packed PoHo shophouse for precision mani/pedis and one of the city's best and most exclusive polish selections including Tom Ford, Deborah Lippman, YSL and OPI, plus funky nail art, Shellac treats, spa-rty sessions and dancey tunes. Yep, nailed it.
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