Lincoln de Melo has worked at the Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel for three years, the last two at the concierge desk. De Melo, 30, says one of the best aspects of his job is discovering new things about his ever-evolving hometown and sharing them with visitors from around the world.
What restaurant would you recommend for a professional lunch or dinner?
For a relaxed atmosphere, I would recommend the Terraco Jardins Restaurant (Tel: 3069-2621) here in the hotel. For a more formal meeting, there is A. Figueira Rubaiyat (Tel: 3087-1399), where you can reserve a private room and enjoy typical Brazilian dishes. Figueiras specialty is beef bur it serves fish and chicken as well.
An Italian restaurant such as Piselli (Tel: 3801-6043) is another excellent choice, especially for vegetarians. They serve a green pasta that I personally like too much!
I have 24 hours in Sao Paulo. What itinerary would you recommend
in order to impress a client?
You could start by visiting the Sao Paulo Cathedral, which is in the central area of the city. From there, you can explore the Mercadao Municipal, which was renovated in 2003 and where you can buy and eat traditional Brazilian and imported foods.
If your client likes museums, our hotel is located only four blocks from the city's main museum, the Museu de Arre Sao Paulo, which has an impressive collection of European paintings in addition to important works by Brazilian artists.
Can you suggest one or two places to shop?
Here in the Jardins district, there are many high-end boutiques along the Rua Oscar Freire and in the area around it. Some of our guests from Europe say they are not so interested in shops that they can visit at home. But on Rua Augusta, you can find places with clothes made by local designers.
Iguatemi Sao Paulo is one of three very elegant shopping malls that are close to one another. You could easily and quickly get to the others--Deslau and Cidade Jardim--by cab.
What are the must-buys in Sao Paulo, if I were to bring something home?
For adults, Brazilian coffee is a good and popular choice. A bottle of cachaca is...