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The vigorous sounds of beating drums, flags flying, fans singing and chanting; finally, the FIFA World Cup 2014 has come to Brazil. With the excitement of the tournament setting the scene, visitors to the 12 host cities should take the opportunity to absorb themselves in the local culture and experience the hidden gems that make each location unique.
São Paulo, the City of Paulistanos
True to its city motto of “Non ducor, duco,” which translates to “I am not led, I lead,” São Paulo will lead the celebration by hosting the first games of the World Cup. Located in the southeastern part of Brazil, between Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo is a major business hub, but its hospitable people, the “Paulistanos,” know how to enjoy the diverse pleasures of life through food, art and music.
Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain visits Sao Paulo – one of the most populous cities in the world. Tony’s top Sao Paulo travel tip? Know someone in the city to show you around … otherwise, it can be overwhelming.
Unfortunately, we can’t all be so lucky as to have a collection of super-cool (and trustworthy) foodie friends all over the world. But if you’re planning a trip to Sao Paulo soon, you do have Mr. Bourdain himself! Plan your itinerary based on our travel guide from Tony’s layover – it includes all the restaurants and places he visited, plus some tips for where to stay (even if you’re looking to get a room for just a few hours …).
See behind-the-scenes photos from Tony’s trip, and find out where he dined on “the perfect dish,” admired the art of Sao Paulo’s graffiti artists — and where he nursed his hangover!