O velhão, the restaurant

When good friends invite me to go somewhere I really don’t care if it’s a good place or not. Good friends equals happy moments for me, no matter what. But if the place is a good one, all the better! Such was my mood the day I went to meet some friends and was happy to make a new one. Miró, the dog:

Ok... Miró, the dog, didn't go with us to the restaurant... But I just couldn't resist sharing a picture of this lovely dog with you from the day I first met him!

Ok… Miró, the dog, didn’t go with us to the restaurant… But I just couldn’t resist sharing a picture of this lovely dog with you from the day I first met him!

The plan was to go to a restaurant called “O Velhão”, something like “The Very Old Place” (velho means old in Portuguese). It’s no more than twenty minutes away from the full-of-cars, smooky and crawded São Paulo downtown, if the traffic allows. And it’s in the northern part of the city, where you have some some green hills, so the air is colder, more humid and you have a lot of green all around. Quite the opposite of a typical “São Paulo experience”. When you arrive at the O Velhão, there’s this small street with some shops on both sides. A lovely place.

You arrive at the restaurant walking in this small street with some shops on both sides. If you are with women, the 50 meters up to the restaurant will take quite a long time!

You arrive at the restaurant walking in this small street with some shops on both sides. If you are with women, the 50 meters up to the restaurant will take quite a long time!

Brazilian themes...

Brazilian themes…

You have basically two main environments in the restaurant… One is devoted to the “mineira kitchen”, some special kinds of brazilian food, and the other is where you find more italian food, but all adapted to brazilian taste. Depending on the time of the day you will also have live music, maybe in Italian, sung by a real italian!

name of the restaurant: "As Véia", sort of "The old ladies", but said in an informal way

name of the restaurant: “As Véia”, sort of “The old ladies”, but said in an informal way

Varieties of italian pasta!

Varieties of italian pasta!

You will also want to take some pictures to catch the atmosphere of the place

You will also want to take some pictures to catch the atmosphere of the place

Why not to put a bike in the roof?

Why not to put a bike in the roof?

The general aspect, from outside, is of an old an rustic place

The general aspect, from outside, is of an old an rustic place

This was just a first eye-contact; they are best-friends by now!

This was just a first eye-contact; they are best-friends by now!

Coffee theme!

Coffee theme!

The kind of view surrounding the place

The kind of view surrounding the place

When you visit São Paulo, don’t forget to spare a day to have lunch at “O Velhão”!

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About Axel Pliopas

Between flying and engineering, I try to find some time to explore everything I can... Looking for interesting people and places, and trying to tell some of the interesting stories I find, is the objective of this blog. In the process, hopefully, my pictures will get better and better (they all say experience time has something to do with this...)
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