Comfort Suites Oscar Freire
Rua Oscar Freire, 1948
Sao Paulo, 05409-011
Phone: (55) 11 21374700
Fax: (55) 11 21374701
Beco do Batman (Batman's Alley) lies on a through-way of Sao Paulo's bohemian Vila Madalena neighborhood, calling out to spray paint-wielding locals to continue to reshape the artwork. While a graffiti alley may seem unsavory, it's simply an extension of the vibrant personality of the neighborhood, and is surrounded by tall upscale houses and luxury boutiques. Of course, Beco do Batman rarely looks the same on repeat trips as most if not all of the murals, tags and scribbles are covered up with layers upon layers of fresh paint. A haven for growing talents who seek some civil space to work with their canvas, Beco do Batman is an impressive sight that shows how graffiti can get along with urban design.
Cervejaria Nacional may evoke notions of industrialized flavorless beer, but the artisanal operation at this Pinheros District microbrewery couldn't be further from that. Head brewers Alexandre Sigolo and Luis Fabiani have created 23 original recipes for their brewing operation, five of which are produced year round to sate the thirst of locals. This three-floor monstrosity features a brewing facility on the ground floor and a bar on the second floor from which the brewing tanks are still completely visible. On the third floor, chef Alexandre Cymes prepares flavorful dishes that are certainly no afterthought to Cervejaria's operations. Guests can sip on beer styles such as hefeweizens, IPAs, amber ales, ales and stouts as they chow down on soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and even local favorite, bolinhos. For a delicious taste of the leaps and bounds made in international and Brazilian brewing, Cervejaria Nacional is a must stop.
Estádio do Pacaembu or Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho opened in 1940 and was the home of the famous Corinthians, one of the best clubs in Brazil till 2013. This multifaceted, beautiful stadium has a sports complex which includes a swimming pool, gyms and a tennis court. Located under its grandstands is the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) which is all about Brazilian football history. The stadium has held many concerts in the past such as Avril Lavigne, Iron Maiden and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
A little jungle surrounded by a bustling metropolis, Parque Trianon, also known as Parque Tenente Siqueira Campos, has been in existence since 1892. It showcases native plants and various sculptures. Spend a few hours exploring the winding pathways of this delightful park, situated just across the street from Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) attracts many locals and tourists throughout the year on account of its eclectic collection. Another reason for the popularity is the Sunday market that has been taking over the space under it since the '70s. Predominantly known for rare antiques and other collectibles, the MASP Antique Market is spread over 74 meters (243 feet) of the museum's periphery. The many, non-descript stalls that line here feature remarkable trinkets and souvenirs like vintage, posters, postcards, coins and much more at affordable rates.
With about 90,000 students, the University of São Paulo is one of the largest learning institutions, not only in Brazil, but all of Latin America. Four of the campuses are located in São Paulo, and Campus Armando de Salles Oliveira is the main one. Many important public figures in Brazilian have attended this university.
Established in 1929, Parque da Água Branca is one of the city's most popular open spaces. Officially known as Parque Fernando Costa as a tribute to former Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Fernando Costa, who was instrumental in its creation, the park has retained much of its original character from the days when it was used for animal husbandry and agriculture. Although it is a nice picnic spot, the park is actually known for the many animals and birds, among which oxen, geese and chicken are a few, that can be found here.
This is an unusual, exotic and rather hair-raising attraction, that is not for the squeamish! This research institute was set up to find antidotes for poisonous animal and insect bites, and is now a world-leader in its field. There are four main sections: the Biological Museum with live spiders, scorpions, vipers, frogs, lizards and other poisonous creatures; the Snake House where dozens of these reptiles live outdoors; the Historical Museum and last but not least, the Monkey House.
You'll find plenty of great cultural events going on at the Latin America Memorial, or Memorial da América Latina, which is dedicated as a space for all the cultures of Latin America. There are several buildings and spans of lawn that contain art, sculptures, and other cultural artifacts. The library boasts 30,000 volumes, making it a great research resource.
Known as the largest residential building in Brazil, Copan is so big in fact it has its own postal code! The Edifício Copan is the brainchild of the well-known architecture office of Oscar Niemeyer. Featuring shops, restaurants, bars, movie theater, grocery store and even a church, this giant building is truly a sight to behold.
Tucked away in São Paulo's equivalent of Central Park, Ibirapuera Park, this well-known landmark honors the Constitutional Revolution of 1932. Beginning construction in 1947, this grand monument wasn't finished until 1970, even though its inauguration took place in 1955. The brain child of Galileo Ugo Emendabili, the obelisk stands 72 meters (236.2 feet) tall, and is carved out of travertine marble.
Inaugurated in 1954 to celebrate the city's fourth birthday, and designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer together with landscape designer Burle Marx, Ibirapuera Park covers an area of almost two million meters and is São Paulo's very own Central Park. Museu Afro Brasil and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo are found here, as well as the famous obelisk and the Monumento às Bandeiras. There are also sports grounds, a jogging track, a children's playground, a restaurant and a snack bar.