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My Brazil: Ana Carolina Ralston

Excitement is mounting in Brazil as the FIFA World Cup Final draws ever nearer, so to conclude our My Brazil series we turned to Vogue Brazil’s Culture Editor, Ana Carolina Ralston, to find out her favourite spots in São Paulo and beyond. There’s much more to Brazil than just football…

If I had 12 hours in São Paulo I would definitely go to Parque do Ibirapuera. It’s a beautiful place to people watch and two of our greatest museums are inside the park: the Museum of Modern Art and Oca. In the afternoon I’d walk around Vila Madalena, a very nice neighbourhood full of little shops that is also an important place for the local graffiti scene.

My favourite restaurant in São Paulo is Maní, from Helena Rizzo, who has just been named the world's best female chef by Restaurant magazine. In Rio, you can’t miss Aprazível, a restaurant located high in the neighbourhood of Santa Tereza with a beautiful view of the city.

The best place for cocktails is Meza Bar, in Botafogo, Rio. Ask for the Trilogy, which is a mix of mango, cashew nut, lychee and vodka. Delicious!

I get my culture fix at the Municipal Theatre, there is one in Rio and another in São Paulo and both are really great. I also love to go to Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, one of the finest museums in Brazil. It’s located downtown so you get a great view of the old city.

The exhibitions not to miss this summer are Henrique Oliveira at MAC-USP and Os Gêmeos at the Fortes Vilaça Gallery; they are two of Brazil’s greatest contemporary artists. I would also recommend a very nice Salvador Dalí exhibition at CCBB in Rio.

The Brazilian artist I play on repeat is Moreno Veloso, who has just launched a new album! I also love Marisa Monte; she has some of the best Brazilian rhythms.

My top beach spots in Brazil are in the Northeast of Brazil, such as Patacho in Alagoas, Espelho in Bahia and Fernando de Noronha, an island near the state of Pernambuco.Baleia and Camburi are my favourites in São Paulo.

Don’t forget to pack a good book to read on the beach, a camera and a bottle of sun lotion to keep in your handbag.

Don’t leave Brazil without Vogue Brazil’s latest edition, with Karlie Kloss on the cover!

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