Sao Paulo for Business
With companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Nestlé running offices in this vibrant city, few are surprised to discover that São Paulo has taken the business world by storm.
Known as one of the biggest financial centres in the world, the city is undergoing continuous transformation and set to increase rapidly by 2015, boasting strong industrial character. Attracting the economic, scientific, sporting and cultural business sectors, it is a city known for business tourism, holding over 200 events per day.
The 10th richest city in the world, São Paulo has become the Brazilian capital of finance, cultural events and International fairs attracting business delegates worldwide. The city’s main focus lies on services and businesses for the country and is known for its high numbers in foreign corporations, making it unique to other Brazilian cities. Over 60% of international companies with businesses in Brazil have their head offices in São Paulo and many can be found in the corporate hub of Rua Oscar Freire (named after the physician, Oscar Freire de Carvalho.)
Best Places to Meet Clients
Caesar Business São Paulo Faria Lima Hotel
Located in the Vila Olímpia is the Caesar Business São Paulo Faria Lima Hotel. With cosy and dynamic surroundings, it is situated in one of São Paulo‘s most important business and financial centres which plays host to the headquarters of major companies such as Coca Cola, Bain & Company and Regus.
The Caesar Business São Paulo Faria Lima hotel features its own restaurant offering top Brazilian cuisine. For those needing meeting facilities, it also features various rooms that can be adapted to host up to 800 people in an auditorium. Each room is accompanied with a white board, electric screen, flip charts, coffee service, Wi-Fi and broadband internet, video conference facilities and personalised service. The hotel is situated less than 10 minutes away from the airport and from Ibirapuera Park, and is also close to prestigious international stores.
Grand Hyatt Hotel
The Grand Hyatt Hotel is located a short distant away from the city’s business district. Offering elegance and distinguished style, it is the most desirable accommodation to suit your business needs during your stay and can act as an escape for those needing recuperation.
The luxurious Grand Hyatt benefits from its own business centre giving business travellers the latest in support services. The centre is equipped with multiple computer workrooms with high-speed Internet access, videoconferencing equipment, mobile phone and office equipment rental. The perfect location for meetings, presentations, seminars and conferences, luxury and sophistication are seen in all aspects of the Grand Hyatt. The hotel has meeting and event space, with seating for up to 1,350 people and can provide guests with event coordinators and professional AV experts to assist you from start to finish.
Best Restaurants in São Paulo
A Figuera Rubaiyat
Opening in 1957, ‘A Figuera Rubaiyat’ is the perfect mix of top European and Brazilian cuisine. The decor inside the restaurant boasts the traditions of Latin America and features a striking centre piece of a Bengal fig tree. The tables are spread under the huge branches of this majestic tree, giving a unique and forest like atmosphere.
The restaurant serves top dishes such as fresh shrimp of Santa Catarina and lobster and peacock bass of Pernambuco. This restaurant also features an extensive wine list containing more than 700 labels. For corporate or business lunches it has multiple spaces reserved for private parties and business meetings. The Madrid room accommodates up to 120 people that can be expanded to up to 235. The Brasilia room promotes intimacy working as an ideal for smaller meetings or receptions at the highest level.
Offering the best of Japanese dishes to São Paulo is the decadent ‘Kosushi’. The restaurant is located in Itaim, near the business and shopping districts. Considered to be the best in the city, its specialities include intricate sushi and sashimi dishes. The open space accompanied with oriental decor was designed by famous architect Arthur de Mattos. Often visited by politicians and business tycoons, this restaurant offers nothing but the very best.
Its name derives from old Japanese legends, stipulating that turtles lived up to ten thousand years and therefore are a symbol of happiness and good omen. Kosushi offers catering arrangements with specially designed menus and impeccable service. For corporate or business lunches, the restaurant closes of a section specifically for this use and supplies customers with an appointed waiter for a personal and immediate service.
Top Bars in the City
Unique and architecturally spectacular is ‘Skye Bar’ located in Avenue Brigadeiro Luís Antônio. Perched at the top of the magnificently designed Unique Hotel, this rooftop bar bears breathtaking views of the São Paulo skyline. Visually exuberating, this bar is rare in its beauty and a must see on any visit to this glorious city.
Skye Bar features includes a red- tinted pool and a fabulously lavish lounge area on the terrace. Allowing breathtaking views of the horizon, clients or business colleagues will be struck dumb in awe. With independent access via a panoramic lift, the decoration is pearl white with stylish lounge areas. You and your clients can enjoy the colourful cocktails, decadent atmosphere and fall in love with the sweeping view at this stunning bar.
Promoting privacy and exclusivity ‘Numero’ is the perfect place for intimate drinks with business associates and partners. Expect to see São Paulo’s elite in this top ranking bar situated on Rua da Consolação. The bar opened in May 2010, customers must make a reservation before stepping through its distinctive sculptural entrance-way and up the striking walkway.
The slickest new bar in town, Numero features dramatic interior with its cinematic visual effects and eye-widening gardens. Boasting the works of designer Isay Weinfeld, the bar is split into two distinct areas. Downstairs is the basement where customers can enjoy live DJ’s and São Paulo’s musical flavours. The bar also has a private room available to hire for you and your corporate guests. The exciting liqueurs and cocktails will satisfy your taste buds bringing a new definition to the term ‘after work drinks’.
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