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a perfect weekend
from 7am to 4pm. You can rent a bicycle at Ibirapuera Park or Villa-Lobos Park, and then go from one to the other, riding through People’s Park. At lunchtime, a suggestion of a place with a homely atmosphere and a balcony is Beco do Bartô (R.Sampaio Viana, 216, Paraíso; 3884-0119), where FrancoBrazilian dishes present a good cost-benefit relation and the service is friendly. If you missed the crafts market on Benedito Calixto on Sunday, you may make up for it by going to Praça Dom Orione, in the district of Bela Vista. Stroll among the stalls to loiter before heading to the movies, the typical program on Sunday afternoons. If you’re keeping an eye on Hollywood releases, check the listings of Cinemark (cinemark.com.br), which has theaters within major shopping malls. It is possible to buy tickets and select seats on the internet. If you prefer a cinema on the street, pick Cine Sabesp (R. Fradique Coutinho, 361, Pinheiros; 5096-0585). To close out your weekend just like paulistanos do it, nothing better than tasting a pizza. Right there in Itaim Bibi is the best pizzeria in São Paulo, according to Guia Brasil 2012: A Tal da Pizza (R. Dr. Mário Ferraz, 351, Itaim Bibi; 3079-3599). It is a spin-off of a restaurant located in Cotia; it strictly follows the formula that ensures that the crust will be crisp and firm, so you can hold it in your hands. If you are in Pinheiros, try I Vitelloni (R. Conde Silvio Álvares Penteado, 31, Pinheiros; 3816-3071). It lies on a hidden backstreet, but patrons were seduced by their creative and tasty toppings, such as quattro funghi, with four types of mushrooms.
Another nice venue is Quintal do Bráz (R. Gandavo, 447, Vila Mariana; 5082-3800). This pizzeria occupies a house with a backyard (in Portuguese, quintal) and is a spin-off of Bráz (R. Graúna, 125, Moema, 5561-1736), which owns other units around the city. If your Sunday must have a bohemian feel, then head to Genial (R. Girassol, 374, Vila Madalena; 3812-7442), where waiters serve endless rounds of creamy beer. If you still have to line your stomach at the end of the night, your bet should be the mashed polenta (side dish made from ground corn meal).
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