Magazine article Americas Quarterly

10 Things to Do

Magazine article Americas Quarterly

10 Things to Do

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1Spend an Afternoon with Fine Art. Brazil's Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) has the most extensive collection of Western art in the southern hemisphere. The 1968 modernist building designed by famed Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi is art itself. Open daily (except Mondays) 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Admission: 15 reais ($7.40).

2Stroll Down Avenida Paulista. On weekdays, Paulistanos rush to work down the avenue that is the symbol of São Paulo and the city's principal artery. On weekends, things slow down and you can enjoy Trianon Park, as well as boutique shops, street artists, skaters-and even clowns.

3Try a Brigadeiro. Brigadeiros are popular ball-shaped chocolates, which were taken to another level by Maria Brigadeiro, the first boutique of its kind, which opened three years ago. There are 40 flavors, from traditional milk chocolate to dulce de leche, cashew and cachaça. Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Rua Capote Valente, 68, Pinheiros.

4Stroll Through Praça Benedito Calixto. Benedito Calixto Square is a hot spot on Saturdays, when you'll find antiques, handicrafts, avid collectors and resellers of Brazilian music bargaining for records, and stands serving treats like tapioca and acarajé (peeled blackeyed peas deep-fried in dendê-palm oil). Eat while listening to chorinho, old-school samba. Located in Pinheiros.

5Party on Vila Madalena. Vila Madalena is classic São Paulo nightlife. The neighborhood is full of restaurants, shops, and lots of bars and clubs. Among the most notable places is the Astor, with an upstairs restaurant and the downstairs Sub-Astor, where you can quaffGerman-style beer or, if your taste runs to martinis, the fresh fruit Melona-Tini. Rua Delfina, 163, Vila Madalena.

6Visit the Museu da Língua Portuguesa. The Museum of the Portuguese Language is located in the Estação da Luz, a beautiful metro station worth seeing in its own right. …

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