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A little jungle surrounded by a bustling metropolis, Parque Trianon, also known as Parque Tenente Siqueira Campos, has been in existence since 1892. It showcases native plants and various sculptures. Spend a few hours exploring the winding pathways of this delightful park, situated just across the street from Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) attracts many locals and tourists throughout the year on account of its eclectic collection. Another reason for the popularity is the Sunday market that has been taking over the space under it since the '70s. Predominantly known for rare antiques and other collectibles, the MASP Antique Market is spread over 74 meters (243 feet) of the museum's periphery. The many, non-descript stalls that line here feature remarkable trinkets and souvenirs like vintage, posters, postcards, coins and much more at affordable rates.
Estádio do Pacaembu or Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho opened in 1940 and was the home of the famous Corinthians, one of the best clubs in Brazil till 2013. This multifaceted, beautiful stadium has a sports complex which includes a swimming pool, gyms and a tennis court. Located under its grandstands is the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) which is all about Brazilian football history. The stadium has held many concerts in the past such as Avril Lavigne, Iron Maiden and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Beco do Batman (Batman's Alley) lies on a through-way of Sao Paulo's bohemian Vila Madalena neighborhood, calling out to spray paint-wielding locals to continue to reshape the artwork. While a graffiti alley may seem unsavory, it's simply an extension of the vibrant personality of the neighborhood, and is surrounded by tall upscale houses and luxury boutiques. Of course, Beco do Batman rarely looks the same on repeat trips as most if not all of the murals, tags and scribbles are covered up with layers upon layers of fresh paint. A haven for growing talents who seek some civil space to work with their canvas, Beco do Batman is an impressive sight that shows how graffiti can get along with urban design.
Cervejaria Nacional may evoke notions of industrialized flavorless beer, but the artisanal operation at this Pinheros District microbrewery couldn't be further from that. Head brewers Alexandre Sigolo and Luis Fabiani have created 23 original recipes for their brewing operation, five of which are produced year round to sate the thirst of locals. This three-floor monstrosity features a brewing facility on the ground floor and a bar on the second floor from which the brewing tanks are still completely visible. On the third floor, chef Alexandre Cymes prepares flavorful dishes that are certainly no afterthought to Cervejaria's operations. Guests can sip on beer styles such as hefeweizens, IPAs, amber ales, ales and stouts as they chow down on soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and even local favorite, bolinhos. For a delicious taste of the leaps and bounds made in international and Brazilian brewing, Cervejaria Nacional is a must stop.
Inaugurated in 1954 to celebrate the city's fourth birthday, and designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer together with landscape designer Burle Marx, Ibirapuera Park covers an area of almost two million meters and is São Paulo's very own Central Park. Museu Afro Brasil and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo are found here, as well as the famous obelisk and the Monumento às Bandeiras. There are also sports grounds, a jogging track, a children's playground, a restaurant and a snack bar.
Tucked away in São Paulo's equivalent of Central Park, Ibirapuera Park, this well-known landmark honors the Constitutional Revolution of 1932. Beginning construction in 1947, this grand monument wasn't finished until 1970, even though its inauguration took place in 1955. The brain child of Galileo Ugo Emendabili, the obelisk stands 72 meters (236.2 feet) tall, and is carved out of travertine marble.
Known as the largest residential building in Brazil, Copan is so big in fact it has its own postal code! The Edifício Copan is the brainchild of the well-known architecture office of Oscar Niemeyer. Featuring shops, restaurants, bars, movie theater, grocery store and even a church, this giant building is truly a sight to behold.
All things cultural find their place here at Centro Cultural São Paulo, an imposing and multi-faceted complex of pathways with over 50,000 square feet (4645.17 square meters) of space. Constructed in 1982, this interdisciplinary center holds all types of events, from art exhibitions, conference, seminars and workshops to dance performance, classical concerts and film screenings. And aside from all of the entertainment that can be found here, the cultural center acts as a repository for various art collections, an information and documentation department about art and history in Brazil, in addition to some wonderful libraries that are all accessible and open to the public.
Praça Pérola Byington (Pearl Square Byington) is a square and a playground in São Paulo. This outdoor recreation area is a popular spot for practising yoga as well as general exercising. Women practising various poses and Asanas is a common sight while passing through this spot; some organizations also use it as a venue to conduct formal classes. Head here for a breath of fresh air or for exercising in leisure.
Republica is a thriving neighbourhood at the heart of the city. With its historic buildings and bustling public square, the neighborhood makes a rather picturesque sight. Although the area is replete with a number of bars, theatres, restaurants and shops, it is best known for the crafts market held at the Republic Square every Saturday and Sunday. The market is made up of a variety of stalls selling souvenirs, art and craft items, furniture and other knick-knacks produced by local artists. With its thriving cultural scene and as a transport hub, the square attracts an eclectic group of locals and visitors alike. As the neighborhood is still in the midst of revitalization, it is best explored during the daytime.
Largo da Memoria is a historic square that was established during the colonial era, and originally served as a gateway to the city. During the 19th Century, the square served as an important meeting place for the city dwellers and offered weary travellers a chance to replenish their water supplies at the fountain that could be found here. In 1814, the Obelisco do Piques, a tall and elegant obelisk, was constructed at the square. Bounded as it is by the streets of Coronel Xavier de Toledo, Quirino de Andrade and Ladeira da Memória, many pass by this tranquil square without realising that they are in the presence of the city's oldest monument. A fig tree was planted at the square towards the end of the century and continues to stand even today, sheltering the square with its leafy canopy. In 1919, the square was renovated, and a new fountain and tiled arch were added to commemorate the centenary year of Brazil's independence. Although much neglected by tourists, this beautiful square is definitely worth a visit. Largo da Memoria can be found just off the Anhangabaú metro station.