Where to eat
Campinas’ gastronomic festivals, its city markets and its restaurants’ rising stars showcase the city’s eclectic tastes – from Brazilian fast food to haute cuisine with a distinctive European twist. And, everywhere, the steak is sensational!
It’s a reassuringly no-frills kind of vibe at this bar/restaurant – based on a traditional tavern – but that suits this breezy, easy-going venue, close to Carlos Gomez Park, just fine. Great for fuelling up before a night on the town. This really is a local gem and the ideal place to enjoy sitting inside or outside. Try the “boquinha de anjo” sandwiches and even better “caipirinhas”.
This stylish, busy venue is one of the best bakeries in the city. Great for a leisurely lunch, the generously-stuffed sandwiches are a meal in themselves – Romana’s hearty steaks, and wonderful patisserie make this a decadent treat for dinner too. And, in summer, its fruit-laden gelato offer a hit of instant refreshment. A real gem.
Charming boulangerie and patisserie with a French flair for all things bread, pastries and macarons. Actually, the cakes owe more to the flourishes and decadence of a traditional Viennese coffee shop. Whatever their inspiration, this is as divine as afternoon tea gets.
This attentive and cosy bistro echoes the intimate dining rooms of Saint-Germain or the Marais in Paris. On the menu, dishes like lobster risotto, truffle crusted rack of lamb, and cherry tomato and gorgonzola salad evoke haute cuisine, while celebrating a Latin influence.
Jovial chef Mauro Tavares ensures this shrine to haute cuisine and the finest Brazilian beef ticks all the boxes, serving New York Strip and prime rib cooked over six or more hours, sous vide style. The results? Mouth-wateringly amazing. You must also try out the home-made cakes.
This pastel-painted cottage has been doing its thing for over 80 years – and its thing is pretty special. Caipirinhas and caipiroska, rum or vodka-based cocktails, draft beers and thirst-inducing croquettes, mini pizzas and burgers. It’s uncomplicated stuff, but when it’s this good, who’s complaining?
If ever a food was abused in the name of globalisation it would have to be the humble pizza. Fortunately, there’s no crimes committed in that direction here. The pizzas are the best in town, and the queues at the weekend testify to it. Try the fresh Caprice, with handmade buffalo mozzarella in the delightful outdoor terrace and this is as close to Naples as it gets.
French-trained, Brazilian-bred, chef auteur Laurent Hervé brings confident modern dishes (gleaned throughout his globe-trotting career) to a menu that celebrates the very best of Brazilian produce. Expect a multi-sensory evening of the finest food, accompanied by an excellent wine flight, should you choose.
Famous for its ham, cheese and general gastromic flair, Palma is one of Italy’s best-known food-exporting regions. They’re all present and correct at this enjoyably laid-back bistro, serving rustic Italian favourites, and platters of deli favourites to an appreciative crowd.