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capital, thanks to a series of free events and activities, as well as plays and concerts at popular prices. The four libraries it houses are attractions on their own, especially for researchers and students. The Sérgio Milliet library holds a collection of theater plays and several books on Latin American literature, philosophy, religion, social sciences, and history. The target public of the Louis Braille are the visuallyimpaired, who may find adapted computers, audio books, textbooks, technical journals and literature, all in Braille. Inside the Gibiteca Henfil are stored more than 8000 titles of comics, fanzines and related books, while the Discoteca Oneyda Alvarenga, created in 1935 by Mario de Andrade, preserves music

scores, records and other items in a collection dedicated to classical, popular, national and international music. When hunger strikes you, walk or take the subway to some restaurant that offers good value for money. A few blocks from the Paraíso station is the Tenda do Nilo (R. Cel. Oscar Porto, 638, Paraíso; 3885-0460), where the sisters Olinda and Xmune serve a hearty vegetable sfiha (Arabic minced meat pies). On the way to the Consolação station, the suggestion to spend little is to have a traditional dinner fare for lunchtime, at O Pedaço da Pizza (R. Augusta, 1463, Consolação; 2619-8408). Still on the Green line of the subway, but in the opposite direction, take a chance at the Bar e Cantina do Magrão

Independência Park has French-inspired gardens and shelters the Museu Paulista

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