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Sao Paulo Navigator

Sergio Seiji Sampê

Buckle in for a thrill ride round the streets of São Paulo with native Sergio Seiji Sampê as your guide.

Navigator Biography

Sergio Seiji Sampê started out in hospitality with the goal of becoming a Navigator. Now having achieved his aim he is determined to help guests at the Renaissance São Paulo Hotel find their way in the city. Vast and intense, São Paulo can be a tough nut of a city to crack. Sergio is more qualified than most: aside from having a degree in Tourism and Hospitality, he has spent his whole life in the city and retains a passion for discovering its inner depths and sharing his finds with others. He says, “I enjoy the cultural and gastronomic vibe of São Paulo and, being a big city, it changes every day so I'm always updating myself. Going to new places, knowing people and making contacts, this is what I enjoy the most!". He particularly enjoys working in the Jardins area, which eschews the high-rise buildings and industrial fervor found in other parts to provide a sanctum of calm and greenery in the heart of the city. But allow Sergio to fully set the scene: “The Jardins district is a one-of-a-kind in town since you have cultural and historical attractions, an excellent park and several options for bars and restaurants close by.” He adds, “With this amount of options it is difficult not to be inspired.” Even when he is not working, Sergio likes to immerse himself in the neighborhood and though he has a few favorite haunts (namely a gourmet coffee shop and molecular cocktail bar) he enjoys visiting new bars and restaurants.


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Choque Cultural

Stroll the mural-lined alleys of Beco do Batman on your way to this provocative outsider-artist gallery.
Choque Cultural translates as “culture shock,” which sums up the aim of this cutting edge gallery. The curator’s connections to the underground and street art worlds mean Choque exhibits stay at the edgy forefront of contemporary art. On your way out, ask the staff for directions to the famous street mural alley of Beco do Batman, just a few blocks away.
Address: R. Medeiros de Albuquerque, 250, São Paulo, 05436-060, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3061 4051
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm; Sat 1pm-6pm.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 1.8 mi
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Granado Pharmácias

The official pharmacy of Brazilian royalty, Granado's partnership with nature gives way to a line of ethical and biodegradable cosmetics.
The name Granado has enjoyed a long-standing association with au naturale cosmetics. Established in 1870 by José Antônio Coxito Granado, the debut collection was manufactured with floral extracts from the founder's farm. Albeit having been inherited over three generations, the brand retains its original commitment to quality. The line of vegetable soaps, herbal creams and plant-based lotions is a by-product of a nurtured relationship with nature. Traditional techniques combine with European formulas to create breakthrough and effective products for beauty and wellness. It extends its environmental consciousness with ethical testing, the absence of artificial agents and recycled-paper packing.
Address: R. Haddock Lobo, 1353, São Paulo, 01414-003, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3061 0891
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 9am-3pm.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.4 mi
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Bixiga Antique Market

Sip on a cold beverage and enjoy the live music as you make a walk through this unique fair to dig for cool trinkets.
This market takes place every Sunday and you can find a vast array of items for sale, ranging from antiques and clocks to trinkets and furniture. There are not only a large quantity of collectible items available, but those of high quality as well. The goods are looked after and lovingly restored in over 300 stalls, so even if you don't make any purchases, it'd make for a nice stroll through the fair. After shopping, you can relax at the highly acclaimed restaurant - The Capuano - that is situated close to the market area.
Address: Pça. Dom Orione, Bela Vista, São Paulo, 01325-020, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3262 2198
Opening hours: Sun 8am-6pm.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 1.7 mi

JAM Jardins

Japanese Food, Music and Arts promises just that; a great blend of flavors, sounds and libations in a communal milieu.
Bringing a taste of the Orient to the heart of Jardins is JAM - Japanese Food, Arts & Music. Sushi-making is a sublime art behind the counters of the extensive bar, as skilled culinary wizards roll the perfect shari-neta combinations. Versions of classics Sake, Sashimi, Donburi, Udon and Soba feature on the extensive menu, and are slightly tweaked to suit the local palate. The ambiance is warm and inviting; wooden accents, fiery undertones and lively banter contributing to the same. Enjoy occasional art exhibitions as live bands take to the unusual stage.
Address: R. Bela Cintra, 1929, São Paulo, 01415-002, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3473 3273
Opening hours: Ask the Navigator for opening hours.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.5 mi
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Capim Santo

Capim Santo is an oasis of tropical Brazilian cuisine nestled in the culinary hub Jardins. Sip the authentic Cachaça!
"Capim Santo" translates to "lemongrass" in Portuguese and the restaurant of the same name has influences of the plant everywhere - from the greenery that surrounds it to the flavors on the plate to the staff's aprons. This establishment is the manifestation of Sandra Marques and Nando Leite's dream and features a quintessential Brazilian menu designed around traditional recipes. Dine at the enchanting al fresco seating area beneath scattered umbrellas and amidst lively banter and exotic palm trees. Take a go at the lemongrass infused Caipirinha and their signature Brigadeiro.
Address: Al. Min. Rocha Azevedo, 471, São Paulo, 01410-001, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3089 9500
Opening hours: Ask the Navigator for opening hours.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.4 mi

NOH Bar

São Paulo's premiere molecular gastronomy cocktail lounge, NOH Bar offers more options than simply shaken or stirred.
NOH Bar is equal parts cocktail bar, food laboratory and trendy tapas destination. Head mixologist and part-owner Pablo Moya spends his on-site time developing molecular gastronomy-inspired cocktail creations, altering and swapping ingredients to create one-of-a-kind oddities such as the Mojito NOH, in which watermelon cubes are dehydrated and then injected with a house-made mojito.
Address: R. Bela Cintra, 1709, São Paulo, 01415-002, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 2609 3673
Opening hours: Ask the Navigator for opening hours.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.4 mi

Quai d'Orsay

Lounge on leather armchairs with a cigar and scotch to experience old-world São Paulo at this tabacaria.
Aficionados of cigars and fine spirits must not miss Espaço Quai d'Orsay. This exquisite cigar bar in the heart of São Paulo exudes a sophisticated and old-world charm with its fireplaces, exposed bricks, leather armchairs and warm lighting. Peruse their collection of the finest globe-spanning cigar varieties and unwind at their lounge with a tumbler of whiskey, cognac or wine.
Address: R. Haddock Lobo, 932, São Paulo, 01421-001, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3582 4444
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 3pm-12am; Tue-Fri 12pm-12am.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.2 mi

Athenas

Pair traditional Greek mezze like codfish croquettes or crisp-fried calamari with lime caipirinhas or ouzo at this late-night eatery.
This lively cafe effortlessly transitions from a day to night venue; it is a great spot for a healthy breakfast or a night out on the town. On weekends, the restaurant is buzzing with friendly locals mingling over drinks and chatting till the wee hours of the morning. Fusing the best of both worlds, the cafe serves Greek specialties like moussaka (eggplant baked with minced meat and bechamel) and psari plaki (fresh cod with tomato and caramelized onion), which gel surprisingly well with Brazilian libations like cachaça or a coconut batida. On a pleasant evening, opt for a street-side table and savor the experience, Paulistano style.
Address: R. Augusta, 1449, São Paulo, 01305-100, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3262 1945
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7am-2:30am.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.3 mi
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Lilóri

This bright local cafe specializes in innovative dairy and gluten-free baked treats; it's popular even with those without food restrictions.
While their freshly baked breads and delightful pastries are the main draw to this lively cafe, they serve an equally delicious selection of snacks and healthy light meals. Try their flat bread with hazelnut cream and Belgian chocolate; banana-cinnamon tapioca and chia bowl; or tuna on ciabatta with lime and browned almonds. Their pizzas, burgers and sandwiches are fresh and healthy; a good option for a more substantial meal. Choose a pastry from their eye-catching display or take home a freshly-baked loaf for later. For dessert, their chocolate brownie topped with rich ganache is a real treat.
Address: R. Peixoto Gomide, 1486, São Paulo, 01409-002, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3064 0516
Opening hours: Ask the Navigator for opening hours.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.7 mi
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Rubi Wine Bar

Dedicated to sharing knowledge and spreading a love of wine, Rubi Wine Bar's low prices allow everyone to find just the right kind of vino.
Rubi Wine Bar is a trend-setting location in São Paulo's Jardim Paulista, offering over 80 varieties of brands, styles and varietals in their bar and boutique. Owned by sommeliers Fabiano and Araújo, the level of expertise at Rubi is top-notch. The owners' shared passion for wine and community has made Rubi the best place to grab an affordable glass or half bottle and catch up with friends.
Address: Al. Jaú, 1595, São Paulo, 01420-002, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 4323 1667
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-12am; Sat 7pm-1am.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.1 mi
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Zucco

Wash down a contemporary Italian meal with their namesake martini that blends balsamic vinegar, vanilla vodka and strawberry creme.
Zucco is an Italian addition to Rua Haddock Lobo's eclectic culinary scene. Chefs Jurandir Meirelles and José Meirelles are the creative force behind the contemporary menu that illustrates a modern take on classical Italian flavors. Uncork a wine bottle from over 250 international labels and savor delectable appetizers that steer the palate towards a fine main course. Try dishes like noodles with squid ink and seafood, green ravioli with buffalo ricotta, pumpkin risotto and prawns, as well as inventive pizza and panini varieties are on offer. The aesthetic sense that inspires the plating extends to the elegant ambiance that sees Neno Ramos' art punctuate white-washed facades.
Address: R. Haddock Lobo, 1416, São Paulo, 01414-002, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3897 0666
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-12am.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.5 mi

MASP

MASP is renowned for its significant role in reviving art post World War II, and houses an impressive collection
Museu de Arte de São Paulo is one of country's most iconic cultural institutions. It is renowned for its significant role in reviving art post World War II, and houses an impressive collection from across the globe. Browse through Asian and African work as well as local paintings and artifacts.
Address: Av. Paulista, 1578, São Paulo, 01308-080, SP, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3251 5644
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm; Thu 10am-8pm.
Hotel: Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Distance: 0.5 mi