For all of its Italian heritage, São Paulo isn’t a city famed for a love of extravagant hand gestures. So it may take a while to notice the impeccable state of the smart paulistana’s hands, but once you do, you’ll have to make a choice: whether to brazen it out, raggedy nails and all, or make a beeline for the nearest manicurist.
There’s no shortage of spots for a quick hand job, so to speak – all hair salon offer manicures and pedicures, either straight up, on their own, or while a stylist does your ‘do. In most salons, manicures average out at around R$18, but depending on the surroundings, they can ramp up the experience, and the cost, to levels that will impress even the highest of high maintenance women.
We’ve rounded up five of the funkiest nail salons in town, featuring chic drinks and smooth tunes and all your favourite colours.
- Note: these salons have not yet been reviewed by Time Out.
Rua Sabiá 23, Moema (5051 3737/bembonita.net/)
Choose from more than 1,000 different nail polishes while you relax, free from the whine of hairdryers, listening to lounge music and Brazilian MPB music. Manicures and pedicures from R$20-$32.
Alameda Franca 1243, Jardim Paulista (98525 4235)
The swish selection of 300 nail polishes here include products by Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Tom Ford. Manicures and pedicures from R$35-$200.
Rua dos Pinheiros 365, Pinheiros (3892 1910/cosmopolish.com.br)
Drop in for a ‘quickie’ – an over-the-counter exfoliation followed up by hydration – and check out the Delsol nail varnishes, which change colour in daylight. Manicures and pedicures from R$18-$70.
Rua Leopoldo Couto Magalhães Júnior 187, Itaim (3078 7970/lilacnails.com.br)
With depilation services as well as a range of foot spa treatments, Lilac seems to have most things covered. Manicures and pedicures from R$12-$170.
Rua Haddock Lobo 935, Jardim Paulista (2362 8861/spadesjardins.com.br)
What was once the spa’s garage recently became a ‘nail bar’, with natural-focused drinks and snacks. Manicures and pedicures from R$18-$100.