1. Hamburger at Lanchonete do Seu Oswaldo.
Go for the x-salada, with bread, meat, lettuce and fresh tomato sauce. It’s simple, cheap, and delicious.
A pastel (squares of deep fried dough filled with minced meat, or cheese, or palm hearts, or whatever) is a tradition of the urban open-air daily markets called feiras livres. My personal favourite is Pastel da Maria. Try the minced meat and egg version.
3. Bureka at Casa Búlgara
The soft, round pastries known as burekas are from Bulgaria, and the original Casa Búlgara in São Paulo serves them at this small Bom Retiro shop. Try the cheese variety, and be sure to order some apple juice too.
4. Pork sandwich at Estadão
The sanduíche de pernil at Estadão (open every night, all night) are made with fresh white bread and filled with portions of succulent, roasted pig meat. Perfect with a last bottle of beer before going home.
5. Ceviche at Suri
Suri, in the Pinheiros area, serves ceviche in small paper cups to eat on the street on weekends. Try the creative versions with ginger, mango, and Brazilian fish.
6. Churros at Casa do Churro
Found on cheap stalls on the streets of São Paulo, churros are pieces of deep fried dough filled with creamy doce de leite. At Casa do Churros you’ll find those, but also the traditional Spanish churros, circular and larger. Choose the São Paulo or Spanish varieties, but avoid the salty inventions.
7. Empanadas and salteñas at Feira Kantuka
The Bolivian empanadas variety, salteñas, are small and creamy enough to eat with a spoon. Find on one of the many stalls of Feira Kantuta, a Bolivian open-air market happening every Sunday in the Pari neighbourhood.
8. Bolinhos at Bar do Luiz Fernandes
Bar do Luiz serves cold bottled beer and a variety of delicious bolinhos — fried snacks with different fillings, some, winners of annual competitions.
9. Hot dog at Pedrinho Hot Dog
The hot dogs you will find at Pedrinho are served inside fresh, warm, crispy white bread. Avoid lunch hour, as the place is very small and can get crowded.