The worldwide craze for gourmet burgers doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, none more so than in Brazil’s largest and trendiest city, São Paulo, where burger joints are popping up in the coolest neighbourhoods, attracting the young and fashionable with their mouth wateringly good variations of the classic beef patty in a bun. Check out our Top 5 places to get your burger fix…
You wouldn’t normally associate a burger with the decadence of the Ritz, but the ones here are without a doubt some of the best in São Paulo. Drawing in a trendy crowd, it is always busy so you may have to wait a while for a table, but the delicious and exotic cocktails will definitely help you pass the time! The burgers themselves are relatively simple, but cooked to perfection, and will leave you wanting more! Try the ‘bolinhos de arroz’ and chicken wings as a starter.
Burger Bite: The newly opened Ritz in Shopping Iguatemi, has an impressive chalk drawing of São Paulo, by designer and architect Giancarlo Latorraca and is well worth checking out. If you’re not in the mood to leave home, the burgers will come to you!
Al. Franca 1088 – Jardim Paulista
R. Jerónimo de Veiga, 141 – Itaim
Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 – Jardim Paulista
Paulista chef Benny Novak’s American style diner is everything you expect it to be and more. Diner staples are given the 210 remodel; lobster roll or the customisable chilli dog. With a wide range of local and international beers as well as delicious cocktails you will certainly be spoilt for choice.
Burger Bite: Travelling to New York on a regular basis, Novak returns with copious ingredients that are hard to find in Brazil, resulting in an ever changing and improving menu.
Rua Pará, 210 – Higienópolis
St Louis Burger
Don’t let the kitsch Americana decoration put you off, the burgers here are perfectly grilled and when you finally make up your mind from the seductively long menu, which includes a gorgonzola filled pattie or the most popular pepper crust dripping with gruyere, you won’t be disappointed. If you have room for more, be sure to try the Bacon Sundae – you’ll thank us!
Burger Bite: Veggies aren’t left out, meat can be replaced by a homemade mushroom, rice soy and mozzarella veggie burger.
Rua Batataes, 242 – Jardim Paulista
An exciting and modern Brazilian restaurant from Chef Rodrigo Oliveira certainly caught the attention of São Paulo’s gastronomy crowd. The decoration here may be modern and include a graffitied wall by artist Speto but the driving force behind this innovative restaurant is the food and culture of north east Brazil. The menu includes a manioc gnocchi, Amazonian fish and of course a pork burger in an artisanal yucca bun. Make the rewarding trip to São Paulo’s suburbs, for a foodie experience unlike anything you’ve had before!
Burger Bite: Ask UK imported barman Arhon Rosa for a customisable seasonal fruit caipirinha.
Av. Nossa Sra do Loreto, 1104 – Vila Medeiros
If you’re craving the American classic, head to P.J. Clarke’s. Orginally from New York but now with two branches located in the heart of the fine dining area of São Paulo, where you will find glamorous Paulistas rubbing shoulders with ex-pats enjoying a Sunday brunch of waffles or an outstanding burger. It may be small, but the exposed brick wall and large windows give a touch of classic American style, in keeping with P.J. Clarke’s legacy.
Burger Bite: Head there for Friday night cocktails or to nurse your hangover for Sunday Brunch. There is also a newly opened P.J. Clarke’s in Rio for those not able to make the trip to São Paulo!
Rua Oscar Freire, 497 – Jardins
R. Dr. Mário Ferraz, 568 – Itaim Bibi
Av. General San Marin, 1227 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro