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Restaurants in Higienópolis offer international menus, living up to São Paulo’s reputation as a gastronomic capital. From Brazilian flavors to Argentine barbecue, there is room for Italian, French, and even North American food. Nearby, it is worth trying a well-known national snack: the pastel, usually sold at open-air markets, which is the attraction on a stall right in front of the Estádio do Pacaembu. Popular passion has turned this venue into a true soccer temple; it also houses a museum dedicated to the beautiful game. Barra Funda, a neighborhood that has had a remarkable development in the last years, boasts options such as the Memorial da América Latina and an intense nightlife.
ATTRACTIONSi CASA GUILHERME DE ALMEIDA The last dwelling of the modernist poet houses his publications, the original furniture and an art collection. R. Macapá, 187, Pacaembu; 36731883; casaguilhermedealmeida.org.br. MEMORIAL DA AMÉRICA LATINA The architectural complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer hosts exhibitions, shows, and festivals; it is also the site of a center for Latin American arts and sciences studies. Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 664, Barra Funda, 3823-4600; memorial.org.br. MUSEU DE ARTE BRASILEIRA (FAAP) Renowned for its fine temporary exhibitions, the museum also shelters a collection of 2,500 pieces, whose highlights are works from cityofsaopaulo.com
Água Branca Park: the atmosphere of a farm and the green areas please the public
the Brazilian modernism. R. Alagoas, 903, Higienópolis; 3662-7198; faap.br/museu. MUSEU DO FUTEBOL AND ESTÁDIO DO PACAEMBU Audiovisual projections on screens, tv monitors and displays deliver a thorough account of the history of Brazilian soccer. The museum is located underneath the stadium bleachers. Pça. Charles Miller, s/n, Pacaembu; 3664-3848; museudofutebol.org.br. ÁGUA BRANCA PARK Reminiscent of a farm, with poultry wandering freely, the park houses an animal exhibition center and an aquarium, as well as a playground for children and a range of cultural activities. Av. Prof. Francisco Matarazzo, 455, Barra Funda; 3803-4200; parqueaguabranca.sp.gov.br.
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