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Things to do in São Paulo, Brazil – Vila Madalena e Praça Benedito Calixto

I’ve been writing about my lifestyle and travel experiences to a portuguese speaker audience for a while now.I am from Brazil but left home ten years ago when I moved to Italy. From Italy I came to England, Ireland and then England again. Today, London.
The meaning of my blog’s name in portuguese is ” Inside Carol’s Suitcase” and the idea is to bring you along with me in my journey through life and experiences. I love exploring and learning and there is no better away to do these things but traveling.

Today I want to tell you about São Paulo.The busy, caothic and incomparable São Paulo. My place and the most exciting city in Brazil. Home for 17milliion people and the economic capital of Brazil (the real capital is Brasilia) is where everything can happen and a place that never, ever sleeps. The term “24 hours” there it really means 24hours.
There will be loads to talk about São Paulo but today I want to tell you about a bohemian place called Vila Madalena. A place in the western side of the city at the hangout of Pinheiros. This is our correspondent to London’s creative East side: full of vintage stores, craft-beer bars, restaurants and events.
Saturdays they host one of the most traditionals flea markets at praça Benedito Calixto. You will see a variety of antiques beautifully displayed around the square and you be able to try traditional and delicious dishes at its cosy food market.
You will see and be seem. The relaxing athmosphere is unique and you may even forget you are in the middle of a metropolis. Stop for a while just to observe and take your time to understand what I mean.
Another great thing about Pinheiros and Vila Madalena is the amazing street art culture that you can see stamped everywhere. Once visiting Benedito Calixto you have to pass by Cardeal Arco Verde and check the its famous stairs: great example of the open air art gallery of this vibrant area. You can also do the complete Sreet Art walking tour and learn all about the artists and their influences.

After spending part of your afternoon at the market make your way to FNAC and discover the amazing collections of the South America’s biggest book store. Also a great place to by some braIizian music and to have a coffee at the local chain Fran’s Café.
Very close you can walk to  the “Tomie Ohtake Institute“- the cultural centre home for exciting exhibitions and events of the city’s calendar. Tomie Ohtake was a talented and important artist, born in Japan and raised in São Paulo. The centre carries her name as a tribute to her legacy and was designed by her son and architect Ruy Ohtake.
By the time you finish your tour it will be nearly evening so you may want to go to one of the great bars in the area.
Brazilians love the fraternization that happens in a “mesa de bar” (bar’s table) around baskets of beers full of ice, loud music and even louder voices. It is all about the happiness and the hope hidden in each evening. Even more special if is a Saturday evening. Try Mercearia São Pedro, one of the top 10 bars  in the area.
We normally start in a bar and late (really late like 11ish) we go out clubbing or dancing somewhere else until the sun shines.
Get a cab and try one of the many options the night life there has to offer. Here some suggestions:
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If you want to call the night and have something to eat before, a good call would be to choose one of the many food trucks you will find nearly in each corner. They are all amazing and it is the most popular and rooty way to end your evening. Like a real “Paulistano”.
Few pratical tips for you to make the most of your day:
– Use “bilhete único” the city’s travel card. The day rate for any transport ( train, tube or bus) will cost R$16,00 – £4 or €5
– The most popular taxi app used by the locals is Easy Taxi, you may want download it!
Attention: be carefull with phone charges while you’re there as the local rates are really high. The good thing is that wifi is provided by pretty much every place you go 😉
Where to stay: www.guest607.com.br, doubles from about £50
Visit Brazil and have fun!
Carol

Sobre Carol Pascoal

Brasileira, residente em Londres, profissional de visual merchandising e blogueira. Viajar é minha paixão e por isso criei o Na Mala com Carol, onde escrevo sobre minhas experiências e tudo que faz parte do meu estilo de vida.

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