São Paulo Pound Shop for all your Japanese needful things


São Paulo Pound Shop for all your Japanese needful things

Everything is priced at R$6.90 so strictly speaking it’s more of a two-pound shop, but even still this is a bargain hunters delight. Japanese quality (and kitschness) at a Latin American cost. Everything from stationery, gifts and cards, to aprons, buckets and knives. Suitably located near the shoppers chaos of 25 de Marco, the actual address is Rua Direita 247, São Paulo.


Pão na chapa, com Requeijão


Pão na chapa, com Requeijão

This isn’t just “toast ‘n’ cheese”, it’s a grilled slice of paradise. Available at most botecos, but especially delicious somewhere posh (such as Santa Efigênia, above), where they flip the bread and get that cheese truly crispy.

Scotch Eggs, with flavour that gives your kilt a lift


Scoth Eggs, with flavour that gives your kilt a lift

There is a ton of palatable delights that can be found at the Feirinha Gastronômica at Praça Benedito Calixto, São Paulo on Sundays. However some of the most surprising are these homemade “Scotch eggs”. All the essential ingredients of meat, egg, and crunchy breadcrumbs brought to the fore by a local Brazilian company. They also sell variations with a vegetarian, Asian and Arabic twist!

Anyone for afternoon tea? Paulistano style!


Anyone for afternoon tea? Paulistano style!

Setting Bella Paulista aside for one moment, one of the best paderias in São Paulo has to be Benjamin Abrahão. There are several scattered around (including one at Mackenzie Uni), but their delightful Jardins branch has an upstairs section with unlimited doces, salgadinhos, juices and coffee, all for a gob-smacking R$20. Enjoy this impressive afternoon tea amidst leafy high-rise neo-classical apartments Mon-Fri until 7:30pm.

A trove of Indian, Asian, and American spices in São Paulo


A trove of Indian, Asian, and American spices in Sao Paulo

Located at Alameda Ministro Rocha de Azevedo 856, this is a spice-lovers delight. For all things tasty and exotic that you cant find in Carrefour, or can’t afford in Santa Luzia!

I almost had a foodgasm when I entered this little place as it has everything I had struggled to find elsewhere – they even have Saffron and Star Anise!

For those not confident with exotic cooking they have recipes and guides, or “Kit” boxes (upwards of R$100) that contain a selection of spices.

Especially picky chefs will be thrilled to hear they even have imported Thai coconut milk – thicker and creamier than the commonly found local stuff.