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A Local's Guide to São Paulo

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Arthur Casas, one of Brazil's leading architects, believes São Paulo’s true beauty is best seen one building at a time. He built his studio in Higienópolis, a neighborhood filled with green space, architectural treasures and worthy eats. Here, he shares his favorite gems, from the buildings that offer a haven from the city's hustle to the meal that keeps him coming back. "In Higienópolis, even at the graveyard there’s something worthy of a photo," he said.
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Parque Buenos Aires, Suzano - SP, Brazil
“This is the most charming green space in Higienópolis. I don’t go as often as I used to, but I can still say my golden retriever knows it well! The topography is very interesting, and it’s surrounded by beautiful buildings, among them an art deco...
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R. Alagoas, 903 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01242-902, Brazil
“The particular strength of the MAB’s permanent collection of nearly 3,000 works is early 20th-century Brazilian modernism (Di Cavalcanti, Tarsila do Amaral, Victor Brecheret, Anita Malfatti), but it has also mounted hit exhibitions that were...
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R. Minas Gerais, 350 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01244-010, Brazil
“One of São Paulo’s preeminent art galleries, it has a striking design by Brazil’s own Pritzker-winning architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. It sits at the juncture of the Higienópolis and Jardins districts, near the western tip of iconic Avenida...
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R. Pará, 36 - Consolação, São Paulo - SP, 01243-020, Brazil
“Ici resembles a cozy Parisian brasserie with its painted tin ceiling, tiled floor, and red banquettes. I especially like the magret of duck and steak tartare with shoestring fries.” —Arthur Casas Rua Pará 36 55/11-3257-4064. This appeared in the...
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R. Dr. Veiga Filho, 133 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01238-000, Brazil
“Built around 15 years ago amidst a lot of opposition, this upscale shopping mall has become a symbol of the neighborhood, giving it new energy and pushing up real estate prices in the environs. Its design respects the historical buildings around...
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R. Maranhão, 220 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-000, Brazil
“Mere steps away from one of Higienópolis’s most iconic buildings, Edificio Cinderela, [a modernist marble condominium with columns in bright pink tile] this is a regular morning stop for me. I usually order a ham and cheese croissant. It’s one of...
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Praça Charles Miller - Pacaembu - Pacaembu, São Paulo - SP, 01234-010, Brazil
“Designed by Jayme Fonseca Rodrigues and built in 1935, after years of neglect it was bought and restored by the law firm Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia, which now occupies what were once residential spaces. They welcome visitors who call ahead, and...
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R. Maranhão, 617 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-001, Brazil
“I am a lover and a collector of photography, and this is where I go most frequently to buy new works. It’s essentially a library of some of Brazil’s best photography, which also holds exhibitions of artists such as Thomas Farkas.” —Arthur Casas ...