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Total Sao Paulo : A Guide to the Unexpected Paperback – April 29, 2009
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From hidden bars with $2.50 caipirinhas to the steamiest clubs, from tiny vintage boutiques to massive street markets, this authoritative and indispensable guidebook on Sao Paulo covers everything the independent traveler needs to know about Brazil's biggest, baddest cidade. Adventurers are led through a rigorously edited list of Sao Paulo's locally adored restaurants, art spaces, boutiques, street fairs, bars, clubs, and other can't-miss sights--from the city's Red Light District and "graffiti gardens" to Sao Paulo own Little Tokyo. Total Sao Paulo: A Guide to the Unexpected is a speedy, saucy travel reference unlike any other about Brazil or South America on the shelves today. What you'll find inside: * 176 full-color pages detailing the best bars, restaurants, shops, and sights in 10 neighborhoods * 11 colored maps that are elegant, informational, and easy to read * 17 interviews with Sao Paulo VIPs who give the inside scoop on the city's top spots * An array of art of illustrations that capture the feel of a 'hood before you hit it * Full-page features illuminating each area's most famous--and infamous--digs * A handy glossary of Brazilian slang--tá ligado? REVIEW1: "Photos beaming with bright colors paint a titillating picture of the city, but it's the boutiques and descriptions of quirky findings like a Jewish marionette and Mickey Mouse turntable that make us weak in the knees." -- TimeOut Chicago REVIEW2: "Well-curated and from an insider's perspective, every guidebook on a major metropolis should be like Total Sao Paulo... It's an inspiring take on the city..." -- CoolHunting.com REVIEW3: "We expect it'll be an indispensable source of inspiration for those who want to discover the city behind the city..." -- PSFK.com
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and where the Hermes shop is. We got an excellent guide book by Brazilians but it had nothing
that your really wanted to know. This book really reveals the soul of the city and the essence of
each area with really nitty gritty details about the funky and the fine things in each. After reading
the other book I felt like, oh this is nice but had no real idea of what I might expect. This book
has given us the flavors, and the magic of each part of the city. I was not really too keen on going
to Sao Paulo until I read this book. And it is not just for the young, hip, club hopper, I am 65
and completely related to it. This might be the best guide book I have ever found. Kudos to the
author. Girl, go other places and write more!
If you decide to order it, do it three weeks ahead. It took almost that long to get it the mail.
Low and behold, a friend of mine invited me to go watch some Brazilian dancers at some art gallery in L.A., and to my excitement, it was actually a book release party for this book! I wasn't able to talk to the author, but I was able to talk to some people who were actually from Sao Paulo and totally backed the book. I bought it, and it was the greatest travel guide I've ever picked up.
Not only does it look really cool and fit well in my backpack, but it's also not full of the basics you can just find on the Internet. To me, this book showed me the REAL Sao Paulo, for sure. The food and ambience of restaurants were just as described, and they definitely made me feel like I lived in the City--not just visiting.
I really hope they continue the "Total" travel books, because if they give info like this one, I'll never pickup another L.P. again!Total Sao Paulo: A Guide To the Unexpected