Couples of different profiles give tips on places they like to visit and hang out in Campinas and region

by Clara Prado

in a climate of Valentine’s Daycelebrated on June 12, the invited five couples of different profiles to give tips on tours and cool programs that they like to do together in the city and in the region, not only on the date, but in the moments of rest and leisure when they can enjoy together.

Of course, gastronomy predominated, and a lot! There are several restaurant options recommended by couples, after all, nothing better than eating right next to the best company!

But there are also options for tours and very cool experiences, such as a motorcycle ride through the Circuito das Águas Paulista and even learning to make gin!

Check it out below and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Marcus and Vanessa

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Lovers of haute cuisine and a good glass of wine, the couple Marcus Antônio Zanetti Filho, 41 years old, logistics executive and also president of the Brazilian Society of Sommeliers (SBSomm Campinas), and his girlfriend Vanessa Godinho, indicate some restaurants in the city that like to attend.

One of them is Olivetto. According to Zenetti, the place has a wide variety and an excellent wine list, in addition to an international and more elaborate cuisine, in addition to a rustic, elegant and charming decoration.

The couple also recommends Entre Taças, which is close to Olivetto, also in Cambuí. The space is a Wine Bar, which also features a wide variety of wines, with some labels that are imported, giving a differential.

Another recommendation by Marcus and Vanessa is the restaurant Osti, which has sophisticated cuisine, with an excellent and creative chef, who always comes up with new dishes, according to Zanetti. Osti offers the options that are on the restaurant’s menu and also those that are on a blackboard made by the chef, who changes the dishes every 15 to 20 days. A differential is that it allows customers to take their wines to be opened and enjoyed there, and they do not charge the cork.

And, finally, the Único Restaurant, specialized in Italian cuisine, whose chef Jurandir Meirelles, creator of innovative, exclusive and tasty dishes. Zanetti tells us that the chef likes to cook with truffles, which brings a very northern Italian character to his kitchen. And it also brings a differential: in addition to allowing customers to make their own wines, it is also possible to ask the chef to create a menu based on your wine, he tastes it and creates a harmonious sequence of dishes that perfectly match the drink. Nice, no?

Olivetto: Av. Cell Silva Telles, 843, Cambuí – Campinas. (19) 3294-8133
Between Cups: R. Dr. Emílio Ribas, 1151, Cambuí – Campinas. (19) 3253-4568
Osti: Rua Heitor Leme de Paula, 111, Cambuí – Campinas (19) 99155-5598
Only Restaurant: Rua Coronel Quirino, 1722, Cambuí – Campinas (19) 3255-4828

Monika and Flavio

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The couple Flavio Marcondes, 43 years old, lawyer, and his wife, Monika Godoy Marcondes, love motorcycles! They usually venture out on two wheels through the region and give tips on cool tours for a relaxing weekend for two.

It is clear that the Circuito das Águas Paulista is almost an obligatory tourist itinerary in the region of Campinas, especially for those who enjoy the experience of riding a motorcycle. The circuit comprises 9 cities: Jaguariúna, Holambra, Pedreira, Monte Alegre do Sul, Amparo, Serra Negra, Socorro, Lindóia and Águas de Lindóia.

Flavio tells us that the route is a great tour for those who enjoy discovering new places and have a beautiful view of the mountains, also passing through rural roads in the midst of the nature of the region. The couple really enjoy making the journey leaving Campinas, passing through Jaguariúna, Pedreira, Amparo with final destination in Serra Negra, where several groups of motorcyclists park their motorcycles there and spend the weekend. That is, it is also a great program to meet people and make new friends.

Another small town with that country air that attracts the couple is Morungaba. According to Flavio, the Serra das Cabras region (between Joaquim Egídio and Morungaba) is very beautiful and wooded, in addition to being one of the most important forest reserves in the state of São Paulo, located 29 km from downtown Campinas.

The lawyer says that it is a route much sought after by motorcyclists as it also has a stunning landscape! “Around the city, you can find some restaurants, but the indication is a very popular place among bikers: Ponto do Peixe, located 10.7 km from the city of Morungaba. It is a casual restaurant, specializing in seafood and freshwater fish, but also offers meat dishes and portions”, says Flavio.

Carol and Marcia

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Businesswomen Carol Tafuri, 41, and Márcia Piellusch, 42, are very fond of sports and outdoor activities. So much so that on June 12, Márcia will run a half marathon in Campinas, and Carol intends to go to cheer for her girlfriend. “On this date, we know that some places are always crowded and with a line, so we always avoid more traditional itineraries”, says Carol.

The two met through mutual friends. However, it was only in 2018 that they met again and started a romance.

Among the tours they like to do, they indicate the Terrassos Winery. Located in Amparo, the winery is really a great ‘roll’ to do with the ‘better half’. In addition to wines and handmade pasta, the place offers a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains, as it is at the top of Serra da Mantiqueira. Thus, it is possible to visit the place and taste wines, learn a little about viticulture, stroll through the gardens and vineyards and even taste the delights of a picnic basket, with all the infrastructure.

Another tip from them is BEG, a distillery in Joaquim Egídio that offers the experience of getting to know the production of gin. On site, Carol and Márcia learned all the manufacturing processes and then had the chance to make their own gin. The space is located in the former headquarters of a coffee farm, and, according to the two, it is a very nice experience!

Terrassos Winery – Amparo: open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (choose your preferred date). Sales through the platform: visit the attraction link
BEG: José Bonifácio Coutinho Nogueira Highway, Km 13.5, Joaquim Egídio – Campinas /

Thiago and Giuliana

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For younger couples, who enjoy a romantic place to date and eat well, we have some restaurant tips from Thiago Schlodtmann Beato, 22, a journalism student at PUC-Campinas, and his girlfriend Giuliana Monaco Erbetta.

One of them is L’Entrecôte de Paris, one of the places chosen by Thiago to spend Valentine’s Day. The restaurant has the peculiarity of offering the option of a single dish that comes with succulent meat, crispy fries and the house’s special sauce.

Another indication of the couple is the restaurant Famiglia Gianni, specializing in Italian cuisine. According to them, the restaurant offers a varied menu, with delicious recipes that combine bright colors and flavors with special touches. Thiago says that he likes the restaurant both for the food and for the charming and welcoming atmosphere, and for being well located in Campinas.

Entrecôte de Paris – Parque D. Pedro Shopping. Av. Guilherme Campos, 500, Jardim Santa Geneva – Campinas. (19) 3209-2609
Gianni family. Rua Pedregulhos, 27, Chácara da Barra neighborhood – Campinas. (19) 3294-2087

Marcia and Narcissus

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And we have more tips from the couple Márcia AoKi Garbellini, a real estate consultant, and her boyfriend, Narciso Garbellini Jr, a chemist, who really likes to travel, walk and cycle, and then, that very nice restaurant to enjoy together.

“A suggestion for couples who like sports, good walks or bike rides, the place is Joaquim Egídio”, says Márcia.

According to them, the Vila Paraíso restaurant, in Joaquim Egídio, has an incredible landscape, with a variety of dishes such as pasta, risotto, fish, seafood, among others, in addition to a different night program, such as jazz, paella and of fondue.

The couple also highlights Bouquet Garni, a restaurant that offers French and Brazilian seafood cuisine. They comment that it is a great place to have lunch after exercising, such as hiking or biking. The house, in the Sousas district, offers a rustic decor, with a playground and a view of the lake.

Another gastronomic recommendation by the couple is Chef Theo, a French bistro that offers international cuisine mixed with Brazilian dishes and ingredients. “The restaurant has a cozy and very charming space. The chef is very creative when assembling his dishes, bringing textures and aromas to the recipes”, they comment.

Vila Paraíso: Rua Dr. Heitor Penteado, 1716, Joaquim Egídio – Campinas, (19) 3298-6913
Bouquet Garni: Rua Treze de Maio, 1650, Sousas, Campinas (19) 3258-5119
Chef Theo: Rua Dr. Sampaio Ferraz, 175, Cambui, Campinas. (19) 3255-4333

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