Will it be baby faced favourite Lewis Hamilton or will dashing Nico Rosberg win at this years Brazilian Grand Prix in São Paulo on 9th November? No matter who is up on the podium at the track in Interlagos, we have come up with a winning formula for the drivers to make the most out of this wonderful city, whether they are licking their wounds or celebrating in style.
Everyone knows that the Grand Prix isn’t really about fast cars, but about high fashion, and in Brazil’s most fashionable city you are sure to find the trendiest outfit to stand out in the crowd.
Daslu -Shop like you’ve never shopped before, in this Italianate style villa only accessible by car (preferably chauffeur driven darling!) or helicopter. Amazing for ladies fashion but there are also excellent sections for men and kids, as well as a wine shop and a home furnishings area. There’s even a women’s only floor dedicated to silky lingerie and itsy bitsy bikinis, be warned though, the womens-only access means that ladies will strip off to try on their chosen garments. Do it like only the sophisticated elite of South America can, and spend!
Oscar Freire / Alameda Lorena – Two upmarket streets that run parallel and hold many of São Paulo’s finest shops, with brands like Melissa, made famous by her wacky rubber shoes and collaborations with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld, the shop is equally wacky and painfully trendy! Well worth a wander around to gaze at the beautiful people and clothes, whilst you enjoy an espresso or caipirinha in one of the many cafes or bars in the area.
Grand Prix Gastronomy:
You’ve wowed everyone with your stylish clothes and all that shopping and cheering on the track has certainly worked up an appetite, so head to one of São Paulo’s first class restaurants for a truly unforgettable experience.
Dalva e Dito – A sleek modern restaurant with an open kitchen in one of São Paulo’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The brainchild of Alex Atala, the chef behind D.O.M., the highest rated restaurant in Guia Quatro Rodas, Brazil’s answer to the Michelin Guide. Here he has gone back to basics, teaming up with French chef Alain Poletto and focusing on simple Brazilian home cooking, yet in a super stylish setting.Rua Pe. Joao Maubel, 1115, Jardins.
Carlota – Don’t let the unassuming look of this intimate restaurant fool you, owner and head Chef, Carla Pernambuco, knows what she is doing, having trained for several years in New York. So take a seat and prepare to be blown away by a spectacular fusion of Brazilian and international cuisine with dishes like; baked sea bass with a banana purée or a crunchy shrimp with parma ham risotto.Rua Jergripe, 753, Higienópolis
Kinoshita – Sushi is practically a national dish in Brazil. With restaurants popping up everywhere, you are certainly spoilt for choice. Our favourite though is Kinoshita, more than just your average salmon skin roll. The menu changes regularly and you have the option of leaving your choices up the Master Murakami. If this isn’t quite your style, then choose from the plenty of mouth watering dishes available.Rua Jacques Felix 405, Vila Nova Conceição.
Pit Stop Partying :
Whether you’re celebrating a win or consolling a loss, there is no way you can’t spend a night sampling the best nightlife São Paulo has to offer. A mix of buzzing clubs and quiet little bars, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
3P4 –`Tres por quatro’ (three by four) is the name given to passport photos in Brazil; this club’s website is adorned with photos of the celebrities who frequent it and the club itself is similarly decorated with portraits of models. After the qualifying rounds on Saturday, this is the perfect place to let your hair down and dance all night long to the sounds from international DJ’s. Secretly, Thursday’s are the best nights to be here, when resident DJ Valtinho hits the decks, playing a mixture of hip hop and house.Rua Bandeira Paulista, 676
Bar Secreto –If you’re looking for less of a party, away from heaving crowds then Bar Secreto is the place. One of São Paulo’s speakeasies, perhaps not so secret since Madonna spent a hot night here, but it’s still a favourite haunt for celebrities, and on popular nights the ‘hostess’ may even demand a password before you are allowed in. So put on your gladrags and feel like a celebrity sipping on countless delcious cocktails,Rua Alvar Nunes 97
Café de la Musique – The most exclusive bar in São Paulo. Owned by a prominent businessman and Polo Player, this is a place to see and be seen. The spacious interior is redecorated every six months by one of São Paulo’s top designers and has funky chairs for you to relax in as well as a good sushi bar and Italian restaurant (if you’re still feeling peckish). Thursday’s are the most popular night to go out amongst trendy paulistas, so it is sure to be packed full of women in glittering dresses and uber buff men.Av. Juscelino Kubitschek 1400
Volt- Without a doubt the coolest bar in São Paulo. The neon signs that adorn the walls are rescued from various local brothels, which you can admire as you sip on an equally flourescent vodka, pineapple and apple syrup cocktail (aptly named Neon). Or if you’re looking for a little calming influence, step into the tropical garden out the back with a Carmen Miranda.Rua Haddock Lobo 40, Cerqueira Cesar