These neighborhoods have become a hot spot for artists, writers, journalists, movie directors, intellectuals in general and, of course, wannabes in every one of these categories. It's not uncommon to run into someone famous – or nearly so – when casually drinking in a bar, leaving the supermarket or having an espresso. Keep your eyes peeled.
Stations Clínicas, Sumaré and Vila Madalena of Line 2 - Green and station Faria Lima of line 4 - Yellow.
Stations Hebraica-Rebouças, Pinheiros e Cidade Universitária of line 9 - Esmerald.
Buses that drive on avenues Rebouças, Eusébio Matoso, Brig. Faria Lima, Pedroso de Morais, Henrique Shcaumann, São Gualter, Heitor Penteado and Dr. Arnaldo, and on the streets Teodoro Sampaio, Butantã, Mourato Coelho, Fradique Coutinho and Cardeal Arcoverde.
Remember the region is a refuge for intellectuals. That’s why there are always good options for buying books.
The neighborhood streets are dotted with excellent thrift shops, full of preciosities.
Benedito Flea Market, everything is on offer: antiques, rarities, collections, etc. It’s also a great place to have lunch or a snack, as there are many bars and restaurants.
Cardeal Arcoverde Street, and antique away.
Fnac, Praça dos Omaguás, 34, tel. 11 3579-2000. 
Shopping Villa-Lobos, entrance by Avenida das Nações Unidas, 4777 (Marginal Pinheiros towards Castelo Branco), near Jaguaré bridge. 
Teodoro Sampaio Street, on the section between Henrique Schaumann Avenue and Hospital das Clínicas, is the place to sell or trade musical instruments. From Henrique Schaumman Avenue down, the street is a magnet for shops selling new furniture, much of which is made to order.
Die-hard Bohemians unite! Vila Madalena – Vila Madá, for those in the know – is THE place for you. Its bizarrely named streets, such as Aspicuelta (who was a 16th century Spanish priest), Girassol (the sunflower) and Purpurina (glitter), are home to bars with something for everyone: there are “classic” pubs with Portuguese tiles on the walls serving super-chilled draught beer and bean soup. Some are homes away from home for journalists and soccer fans, and there are still those for the gay crowd.
Casa Club Hostel Bar, Rua Mourato Coelho, 973, tel. 11 3798-0051.
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