This tour is a combination of two of our most popular group tours: Paulista Avenue Sites & Bites and Vila Madelina Art & Booze.
Your comprehensive tour of São Paulo and her trendy neighbourhoods begins at Japan House, which is a pioneering cultural centre in Brazil. Next door, you can admire a beautiful mural of the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer by well-known Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra.
As we walk we will try some delicious Brazilian and Portuguese desserts and popular local snacks as your guide takes you to his or her favourite places to eat in the city.
As we stroll around the avenue, we'll see different architectural styles and designs, such as French/1930's at the Casa das Rosas and modern examples like SESC Avenida Paulista, boasting incredible views across the city. Here we will stop to learn about brigadeiro (a delicious Brazilian fudge truffle) as we admire the city vistas.
To feel and live like a typical local — known as a Paulistano — you absolutely HAVE to try our famous coxinha (fried dough filled with seasoned chicken) and sugar cane juice, which we will taste as we saunter around Paulista Avenue like the locals do!
A change of scenery is next as we continue to explore the city. Feel the out-of-this-world Star Wars vibe as we pass by one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the FIESP.
This might be a good time to say that São Paulo is not all about buildings and architecture. In the middle of all this rock forest, we will explore another side to the city in Trianon Park. Created in 1892, this beautiful green space was a frequent stomping ground for noble men and women of the time. We’ll spend some time here soaking up the peace and tranquillity as we almost forget that we’re sat almost in the centre of one the busiest hubs in South America.
Next, we’ll head across Paulista Avenue to the stunning MASP museum, a landmark in modern Brazilian architecture boasting a carefully curated programme of events throughout the year. We'll show it to you from a different angle at 9 de Julho lookout, so you can soak it all in.
We'll keep mixing culture, food and architecture at our next stop, the Conjunto NacionalComplex, synonymous with culture, art and commerce in the city. This 60-year old cultural and urban space is full of shops, restaurants, offices and is also home to the Livraria Cultura bookstore, a popular spot where Paulistanos go to relax and enjoy a good book. While we’re here we'll have the chance to try one of their delicious pastel de natas and indulge your taste buds a bit.
As we get to the other end of Paulista Avenue, we'll witness another impressive work of Eduardo Kobra, featuring the most famous Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver, Ayrton Senna.
A hidden passageway is next, known as the Literary Passage of Consolação, an underground walkway for pedestrians, built in 1970 to facilitate the crossing of Consolação Street. This will lead us towards the Moreira Sales Institute where we’ll stop to enjoy a cup of coffee and another splendid view of Paulista Avenue, which you now know so well.
The evening portion of our adventure begins in Pinheiros, one of the oldest areas of São Paulo. Here you can see why the city is often described by visitors as a city full of contrasts. It will feel like you’re in a different country, with a totally different vibe and look.
We will then head over to Vila Madalena, a vibrant enclave for young, creative types that are richly decorated everywhere you go with street art. Some of the back streets hide truly unique and exciting artworks as well as achingly cool little bars and trendsetting galleries and concept stores.
New artists are encouraged to ‘perform’ their artwork for passers-by, which makes for an awesome photo opportunity. Hopefully, we’ll see one of the street artists in action as we walk.
Next, on our Vila Madalena agenda, we'll stop at the first of two of our favourite local bars to soak up the party vibe that attracts so many students and fun-lovers from across the city every night of the week. It’s time to try Brazil’s most famous spirit — cachaça — at a traditional cachaçaria. This drink is made from sugar cane juice and is used worldwide in tropical cocktails, most famously as one of the key ingredients in the caipirinha cocktail. There are hundreds of varieties here for you to try.
Our final stop will be at another of our favourite bars, this time to try a Brazilian craft beer. As elsewhere in the world, the craft beer revolution has been popular is São Paulo, too. As we sip our beers, your guide will give you some tips and recommendations on things to do to continue your night out and who knows, maybe your new Urban Adventures friends will want to join you?!
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, 3 food stops (1 brigadeiro, 1 coxinha, 1 pasel de natas sweet treat), 1 sugar cane juice, 1 coffee, 1 local soft drink + 2 drinks in Vila Madalena: either two beers or one beer and one cachaça shot + subway fee
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.