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São Paulo

(75)
Av. Paulista



Description


“You cannot love both Rio and São Paulo”. Tourists frequently listen to this small truth when asked about their preference. Some of the gray city lovers say they love São Paulo particularly for it’s flaws - a kind of sadistic relationship; others, for it’s megalomaniac construction, gastronomy services, diversity, and, manly, by its nightlife.

Our global metropolis received German, Italian, Japanese and Latin American immigrants, besides Jews and Arabs. Therefore, it’s by no accident considered the Latin American cultural capital. Visit the Japanese neighborhood, Liberdade, or watch an Italian opera at the charming Municipal Theater. Visit the many museums of the city, and stay alert for any Broadway play in theaters. Drink a lot at the Vila Madalena neighborhood, walk through the Ibirapuera park, attend to a Sunday mass in latin with gregorian chant at the São Bento’s Monastery, or enjoy a street art at the Beco do Batman. São Paulo brings it all together. São Paulo’s gastronomy and nightlife are internationally recognized. At the Jardins’ region, which is easily accessible, tourists can find anything from Northeastern restaurants to French bistros. For those who cannot let the pizza and the pasta go, checking out the italian accent at Mocca and simple historical houses from Bixiga is indispensable. Maybe drink some English afternoon tea. It’s up to you, and you won’t be disappointed since the service is usually better rated than in other Brazilian cities. At night, among several bars, pubs and nightclubs, you can choose your tribe until the dawn: rock, punk, sertanejo, pop, and electronic, for any sexual orientation. If you’re into all these styles, the Augusta street is just perfect for you.

How to forget the Paulista Avenue, the city’s heart? It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or sunny, if you’re exploring by foot or by bicycle, it’s hard not falling for it. It is also home for MASP, full of architectural exuberance, for the best bakeries, where you’ll probably be eating after the partying, and to small parks. If you’re single, it’s almost impossible to walk through this Avenue without exchanging glances with passers-by. Paulistanos don’t waste time. If after all this you’re not dying for São Paulo, go to the top of the Itália building and contemplate the view from the 41st floor.


Gay scene


São Paulo's gay scene is as wonderful as in European capitals. Pubs, nightclubs, or just a simple coffee: the city actively raises the LGBT flag. The gay heart of the city, the Largo do Arouche, is located at the city center and is a landmark since the 1930s, being home to the Museum of Sexual Diversity.

São Paulo welcomes one of the greatest LGBT pride parades in the world and is a leading capital when it comes to politics of public protection to these minorities. The town hall inaugurated in July, 2015 the “Unidade Móvel de Cidadania LGBT”, which helps homophobia victims and is also prepared to act on the conscientization and disclosure of materials about the current rights and politics concerning the LGBT community. At a near future, it will also be inaugurated the first shelter destinated to transvestites and transsexuals.


Nightlife


São Paulo has a lot of cafés, restaurants, pubs, “botecos” (bars), clubs, private movie theaters and sex clubs, all dedicated to the LGBT public. Even though these attraction are more concentrated downtown, they’re are also spread all over the city. Start your night at bars and pubs, and be ready and willing to enjoy it for a long time, since some parties last much longer than one night. And, as every good paulistano, you will end up in some “after” at least once.