From hidden bars serving up $2.50 caipirinhas and tiny boutiques, to the best clubs and vintage markets, Total Sao Paulo: A Guide to the Unexpected (Unhinged Jaw Press) is the latest must-have travel resource for discerning creative types traveling to one of the worlds most up-and-coming cities. Written by Phuong-Cac Nguyen, an American journalist who has been reporting and breathing Sao Paulos pop culture/lifestyle beat for years, this paperback packs in places off -the-beaten track in 10 essential neighborhoods. Sprinkled among the candid, gorgeously shot photographs are also 11 easy-to-read, illustrated maps and 17 interviews with Sao Paulo VIPs who give the inside scoop.
Total Sao Paulo: A Guide to the Unexpected leads travelers through a rigorously edited list of Sao Paulos locally adored restaurants, art spaces, boutiques, street fairs, bars, clubs and other cant-miss sights, like the citys Red Light District and its version of Little Tokyo. The guide has a streetwise and clean magazine-style design (think Tokion, Wallpaper, or Nylon) and is written in a smart, edgy tone that makes it a speedy reference unlike any other travel guidebook about Brazil or South America on the shelf today. Its small, handbook-like size is convenient for on-the-go reading and has a sewn spine for extra durability. Thanks to a team that includes talented, locally based photographers and illustrators, travelers will get a truly first-hand experience of Sao Paulo through their eyes.
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PS. A supplemental online Sao Paulo city guide will be launched in early 2009 at http://www.totalSPguide.com with profiles on hotspots, provocative features and a regularly updated happenings calendar.