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micePLACES.com The Magazine
NOV/DEC 2012
SPOT
LIGHT
SAO PAULO
A Substantial Collection
The Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo houses a substantial collection of both European and
Brazilian art from antiquity to the present day. Visitors can see works by Rembrandt, Rubens,
Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Raphael among the amazing exhibitions. This striking low-rise
building designed by architect Lina Bo Bardi
and hovering above a concrete plaza that turns
into an antiques fair on Sundays, is considered
a classic of modernist architecture. The
museum hosts temporary exhibits, and there is
a bright, pleasant cafeteria on the lower level.
Baroque sculptor Aleijadinho, expressionist
painter Lasar Segall, and expressionist/
surrealist painter Cândido Portinari are three of
the many Brazilian artists represented here.
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+55 11 2515 644
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Food & Drink
Sao Paulo prides itself on
the quality and variety of its
cuisine. Head to Liberdade
quarter for Japanese,
Korean and other Asian
cuisines. Bela Vista quarter
is home to traditional Italian
cantinas and first-rate pizza
houses, and Jardim Paulista
provides sophisticated dining
courtesy of the city’s best
chefs. And don’t miss the
Mercado Municipal, Sao
Paulo’s first grocery market.
This huge 1928 neobaroque-style building got a major renovation in 2004 and is now the
quintessential hot spot for gourmets and food lovers. The building houses 318 stands that
sell just about everything edible, including meat, vegetables, cheese, spices, and fish from
all over Brazil. It also has restaurants and traditional snack places – don’t miss the salt cod
pastel at Hocca Bar.
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Above It All
During Brazil’s Modernist architecture
boom in the middle of the 20th century,
Franz Heep designed the Edifício Itália to
be the second tallest skyscraper in the city
after the Mirante do Vale. Its name honors
Sao Paulo’s large Italian community. The
tall, slim, slightly rounded building was
intended to offer a new perspective on the
city: Sao Paulo, spread out like a high-def
relief map during a clear day or an artificial
constellation at night, looks unquestionably
striking from a height of about 500 feet. The
city’s skyline can be seen from the piano
bar, the Noble Room and the Sao Paulo
Room (for events), but most spectacularly
from the Panoramic Room.
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Neo-Gothic
Masterpiece
The Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Paulo
was built under Duarte Leopoldo e Silva, the
first archbishop of Sao Paulo. Construction
began in 1913 on the site of the demolished
colonial cathedral following the project of
German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl,
who designed a Neo-Gothic structure.
Work proceeded slowly; inauguration of the
new Cathedral finally happened in 1954,
with the towers still unfinished, but in time
for the celebration of Sao Paulo’s Fourth
Centenary. Although the building in general
is Neo-Gothic, the dome is inspired by
the Renaissance dome of the Cathedral of
Florence. With capacity for 8,000 people, the
interior features incredible marble work and
design details. Group tours are available.
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A Place to Breathe
Ibirapuera Park
is the place to
chill out and
take a deep
breath in Sao
Paulo. One
of the largest
parks in the
city, Brazilian
architect
Oscar Niemeyer and landscape artist Burle Marx
incorporated many delightful features, including
four lakes, a plant nursery, a Japanese pavilion,
the Planetarium, the Folklore Museum and the
oldest museum of modern art in the country,
the Marquise of Ibirapuera Park, founded in
1948
by Francisco Matarazzo and housing more
than 4,000 Brazilian contemporary art works.
Inaugurated in 1954 to commemorate the city’s
400
th anniversary, the park’s landmark structures
are linked by a long and distinctively serpentine
covered walkway.
Phone: +55 11 5745 177