Meet my type of hood: Vila Madalena. It’s already been called ‘the Brooklyn of São Paulo’: street art, galleries, vintage shops, artsy bars and restaurants – you name it, they have it.
I only had a limited amount of time but I managed to do quite a lot. First stop: the famous graffiti street ‘Beco do Batman’ (Batman Alley).
At the end of it I was lucky enough to bump into the only place I already knew. The shop Farm (originally from Rio) is located in such a cool building. Could I live here, please?
My next stops: a vernissage at an art gallery and a block party organized by a concept shop (almost the only type of shop you’ll find in Vila Madalena). The music was live, the beer was free and the people looked good. The only problem was that a Brazilian clothing size ‘small’ is often like a European medium.
I also visited this vintage furniture shop. I would have SO bought my entire interior over there, if I were living in São Paulo. The prices were very reasonable too.
I really need to go back to São Paulo to visit so much more, starting with the rest of Vila Madalena.