São Paulo: two tales of one city

Jungle show you how to do it on the cheap and how to blow it all in the city that keeps climbing on the list of the most expensive cities in the world:

EXTRAVAGANT SÃO PAULO

Hotel Fasano
A little soirée in a suite with a marble jacuzzi and a built-in bed, dozens of LCD surround sound TVs, an extensive collection of DVDs and CDs  and 24 hour butler service…. Does that sound alright to you? Make like Madonna and rent a suite in the Grand Hyatt, which has probably already graciously received the pop legend herself.

24 hours From R$12,000 a night
www.fasano.com.br

Helicopter Ride
The 11 million inhabitants and 1, 522, 986 square kilometres of São Paulo are surprising beautiful from the air, and much more exhilarating at 300 kph. Pick the helicopter best suited for your adventure and discover the true wilderness of the largest Brazilian metropolis.

www.monark.tur.br/fretamentos
Dates and prices to be arranged.

Disco
Wanna dance in Gisele Bündchen and Benício Del Toro’s favourite hotspot and rub shoulders with local celebrities? Then head to Disco, which pumps out the best in House music all night long. Your night will certainly be memorable, mostly for the substantial hole it will make in your wallet…

Rua Professor Atílio Innocenti, 160
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11pm till late
From R$100,00
www.clubdisco.com.br

Dom
According to the gastronomic experts, São Paulo is home to one of the top ten restaurants in the world, Alex Atalla’s D.O.M.  Brazilian ingredients with unusual touches of eclectic flavours – an unforgettable experience, where each mouthful is worth every single penny.

Rua Barão de Capanema, 549 – Jardins
www.domrestaiurante.com.br

Oscar Freire
The most elegant street in São Paulo… and the most extravagant. Indulge yourself in some serious window shopping in the likes of Melissa and Louis Vuitton …. though if you do have the cash to burn on luxury presents and food, there is no better alternative.

www.visiteaoscarfreire.com.br

FREE SÃO PAULO

Saturday Market at Benedito Calixto
São Paulo’s traditional market takes place every Saturday. Rare vinyls, antiques, books, clothes, collectors’ items and crafts with more than 300 stands, live samba and chorinho and delicious Brazilian dishes in a typically lively paulistano setting.

Praça Benedito Calixto
Pinheiros (Metro Sumaré)
Saturday 8am – 6pm
www.pracabeneditocalixto.com.br

The city centre on foot
The history of São Paulo unfolds in the city centre, where many of the main sights are to be found: The Luz Station (Estação da Luz), the São Paulo See Metropolitan Cathedral, the Municipal Theatre, the art gallery Pinacoteca do Estado, and the historic market place, Mercado Municipal. Put a map in your bag and set out to discover the real São Paulo.

www.cidadedesaopaulo.com

Vila Madalena
Vila Madalena is one of the “cultural” neighbourhoods of São Paulo, home to shops, bars, restaurants and cultural attractions for all tastes and budgets. Just wander through the streets to get a taste of the area, making sure to drop into the free galleries Choque Cultural, the Tomie Ohtake Institute and the Galeria Nuvem.

www.vilamadalena.com.br

Domingo na casa at Casa Fora do Eixo
Come to the Sunday churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) at Casa Fora Do Eixo – the thinktank of a collective of 18 independent artists. Churros, cold beer, live music and interesting people… all for the price you think they are worth! Boxes are placed throughout the venue, for you to make a donation.

Rua Scuvero, 282 – Liberdade
Sunday
www.casa.foradoeixo.org.br

One Comment

  1. Edye

    Are you kidding? It is nonsense stating São Paulo is a 1,522,986 square kilometres city. Just think, Brazil has 8,511,965 square km. São Paulo city is large, but not that large… LOL

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