The Museu Paulista - Jardins do Ipiranga is the most visited attraction in the city. More popularly known as the Museu do Ipiranga, it was built in 1890 as a monument to Brazilian independence from Portugal. Today, its collection bears witness to the history of both 19th and 20th century societies. The gardens, done in a French style, are an attraction in and of themselves. Back at Vila Mariana, visit the Museu Lasar Segall with works by this famous painter. On the 28th of every month, the nearby Igreja de São Judas is visited by thousands of worshipers.
One of the fastest-growing regions in São Paulo is on the south side, in the corridor formed by Luiz Carlos Berrini and Jornalista Roberto Marinho Avenues and the Pinheiros Expressway. Theaters such as Credicard Hall and Tom Brasil are located there. Crossing the bridge towards Morumbi, stop by the stadium that bears the neighborhood’s name and Fundação Maria Luiza and Oscar Americano (with an art collection, park and tea house). While you’re there, enjoy some fresh air at the Capivari-Monos Environmental Protection Area in Parelheiros; the famous Billings and Guarapiranga reservoirs are located in this region as well. City icons such as the Jockey Club (with its bars and restaurants) and the Autódromo de Interlagos are also on the south side, in addition to the Zoo and the Zôo Safari.
Capivari-Monos is the first-Monos Environmental Protection Area established in the city of São Paulo, and is located in the sub-prefecture of Parelheiros and Marsilac. With 25 000 ha, or 1 / 6 of the municipal area, was established in 2001, and is within the Biosphere Reserve of the Green Belt of São Paulo. as well as the areas of watershed protection watershed Guarapiranga Capivari-Billings and Monos. The vegetation is totally in the Atlantic Forest, and APA strategic reserve of drinking water for the city of São Paulo is the buffer between the State Park of Serra do Mar and the city. It houses the headwaters of the Rio Guaçu Embu, a major tributary of Guarapiranga Reservoir. There are small areas of the APA primary forest, surrounded by secondary forests in different states of regeneration. The waterfalls are numerous, and the potential for ecotourism (allowed in APAs) is significant. Inside the APA there are three villages of Guarani Indians: Krucutu, Morro da Saudade and Rio Branco (this in the State Park of Serra do Mar). There are other current uses of the area, as small farms and recreational sites of horticulture and floriculture, as well as clubs and a small urban center, old, in Marsilac Engineer.There is also a growing number of squatter settlements and invasions.
Parque do Ibirapuera You can spend an entire day there and not even notice the hours fly by. Sports enthusiasts can take advantage of well-maintained courts and soccer fields, jogging paths with distance indicators, and several places to rent bicycles. It’s a healthy way to enjoy the 1.7 million square meters of green space in the park, inaugurated in 1954, during the celebration of the city’s 400th anniversary. The park was designed by Roberto Burle Marx and among its nearby attractions is the Monumento às Bandeiras, by Vítor Brecheret. Inside the park, a traditional Japanese dwelling and a botanical nursery share space with two excellent museums. The Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), with excellent exhibits, a varied schedule of independent movies and a boutique restaurant; and the Museu Afro-Brasileiro, that tells the story of Africans in Brazil and their influence on our culture. The collection includes emotionally moving objects and documents. Ibirapuera is also home to the Oca Exhibit Hall, with outstanding temporary shows, such as Picasso, Painted Bodies, and Warriors from China—and to the Biennial Pavilion, where the art and architecture biennials are held. Besides these buildings, in 2005 it was inaugurated the Auditório Ibirapuera, a building that was already foreseen in the original project of Oscar Niemeyer in 1954. Conceived for musical presentations, its 20 meter back door, when opened, allows it to cater for about 20 thousand people.
In this region—home to the temple of luxury consumers, Daslu—there’s no shortage of shopping centers. After all, the first Brazilian shopping center was born in Itaim in 1966: Iguatemi. Today it boasts the most famous international brands in the world, from A for Armani to Z for Zegna, passing through Tiffany’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and other big names. The gigantic Shopping Ibirapuera, with its 500 shops, and another center for international brand names— Morumbi are also located on the south side. The Marketplace is right next door, and in addition to the shopping mall, it’s the perfect place for amusement featuring six Cinemark movie theaters, three Playarte spaces, and one Playland park that even has a roller-coaster. Outlets are the highlight on João Cachoeira Street, in Itaim, and also on Bem-Te-Vi Street, in Moema.
In Moema, focus on Lavandisca Avenue and its surroundings: there are several bars, both modern and traditional, as well as Italian cantinas. On the other side of the neighborhood, go to Anapurus Avenue. Good options are beer on tap at Bar do Giba on Moaci Avenue, or at Original, on Graúna Street, and pizza served at the nearby Braz restaurant. The German presence is strong at the restaurants in Moema. If you go up to Vila Mariana, check out where the best esfiha or empada pastries are served, or visit some of the good local bars on Joaquim Távora Street. The neighborhood of Itaim is home to the so-called “hamburger row” on Joaquim Floriano Street, where the burgers are served with style, and if you prefer, with a hearty milkshake, and to trendy little bars, such as those on Prof. Atílio Inocenti, Jesuíno Arruda, Amaury streets and Juscelino Kubitschek Avenue. For dancing, Vila Olímpia is the place, especially in the area around Gomes de Carvalho Street. The options are many and ever-changing. You can tell how well a place is doing by the length of the line—and the clientele. This region is also home to good Brazilian barbeque restaurants, known as churrascarias, such as Fogo de Chão and Baby Beef Rubayat. The intimate Bourbon Street bar, with its repertoire of jazz and blues, is also worth a visit.