Italian

Aguzzo Caffe e Cucina
R. Simao Alvares, 325

Wide, tall windows make it anything less than an undercover spot.

Hostels

Vila Madalena Hostel
R. Francisco Leitao 686

Possibly the world’s first boutique hostel.

Hostels

Hostelling International Praça de Arvore
R. Pajeu, 266

Original funky ’60s/’70s decor in converted large residential house.

Parks

Parque Aclimacao‏
R. Muniz de Sousa, 1119

A quaint neighborhood park that seems like the city grew up around it.

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Museums

Ipiranga Museum
Parque da Independência

Grandiose museum set in grounds reminiscent of European country estate and next to historic park is well worth the effort to visit despite being off the beaten track.

Bar/pub

Pandoro
Av. Cidade Jardim, 60

Classy bar where your dad would hang out sipping caju amigos instead of whiskey.

Italian

Nello’s
R. Antônio Bicudo, 97

Roman family’s acting career plays starring part next to food at neighborhood fave.

Wilson das Neves

By Phuong-Cac Nguyen / Photo by Domenico on 3 December 2009

Wilson das Neves

A quick chat with the seminal percussionist on the cusp of his third solo album release.


Pets

Au Pet Store
Av. Lorena, 1784

Upscale pet shop with exotic birds, including a $7,000 Congo parrot, that could double as an alternative zoo.

Club

Hot Hot
R. Santo Antônio, 570

International electronic music DJs play underneath digital ceiling while dancers get drunk on popsicle cocktails.


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