Territorio Havaianas




Traditional or fusion, colonial-style or avant-garde, here we give you six places with a Brazilian flavour that have taken Europe by storm, with something for every taste.

1. Temakinho (Milan). For epicures with a conscience.

Feast for the eyes: Wood-paneled walls and white lighting create an organic, natural ambiance in one of Milan's liveliest districts.
On the palate: : Fresh meat and fish, organic ingredients, Brazilian beer (Brahma, Bohemia, etc.) and the best caipirinha in the city. Even Sting would be happy here.
Icing on the cake: “Temakinho for Rocinha”, a humanitarian project to help improve living conditions in Rocinha, the largest favela in Río de Janeiro.
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 37. www.temakinho.com

2. Prazeres da Picanha (Lisbon). For classical tastes.

Feast for the eyes: Sober decoration, a bustling atmosphere, and almost always full – the best sign of all.
On the palate: The name says it all. This is a shrine to superior meat.
Icing on the cake: To wash it all down, head to A Brasileira. This café, where time stands still has been serving up the best Brazilian coffee since 1905. Poet Fernando Passoa’s words at the entrance remind us: “Give your all to even the smallest things you do”.
Av. Barbosa Du Bocage 48, www.prazeresdapicanha.pt, and Rua Garret 120.

3. Ikibana Paralelo (Barcelona). For urban night owls.

Feast for the eyes: A modern space where Brazilian exuberance meets Japanese minimalism in Barcelona's new hip district, El Paralelo.
On the palate: Gastronomic bridge between Tokyo and Sao Paulo, with tropical touches and provocative textures. Try the Moqueca de Bahía, a traditional dish of bream stewed in coconut, peppers, cilantro, hot chili oil and jasmine rice.
Icing on the cake: The kitchen stays open until one in the morning. Viva España!
Avenida del Paralelo, 148. www.ikibana.com

4. Sushisamba (London). Heights of foodie delight.

Feast for the eyes: An avant-garde venue with spectacular interior design and the best vistas of the city. Don't be surprised if James Bond interrupts dinner jumping through a window.
On the palate: The perfect union of Brazil, Japan and Peru. Try the Churrasco Río Grande.
Icing on the cake: A panoramic lift provides direct access to floor 38 from the street.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate. www.sushisamba.com

5. Brasil-brasileiro (Berlin). For meat fanatics.

Feast for the eyes: A spacious venue with simple aesthetics and tables that go on and on.
On the palate: There's a buffet of appealing appetizers, but don't fall for it. You've come for the meat, so save room for that churrasco.
Icing on the cake: Live music shows and capoheira to sweep you across the Atlantic.
Kurfürstendamm 151. www.brasil-brasileiro.de

6. Leblon (Paris). Getting back to the basics.

Feast for the eyes: Everything in this simple restaurant is 100% made in Brazil: the food, drinks, waiters... even a lot of the customers are! You really get your money’s worth.
On the palate: Authentic flavors like Pão de Queijo or Escondidinho de Camarão Feijoada.
Icing on the cake: Discovering that outside hectic, central Paris there are secret getaways like this one. Enjoy the atmosphere on the colorful terrace.
5, Rue du General Renault. www.leblonparis.com
Javier Díaz De Lezana - writer