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must-see neighborhoods

Photo credits: 1© Carmen Fukunari, 2© Madalena Leles

Store at Vila Madalena

rolls. The shop is a grocery meets snack bar. R. Harmonia, 161, Vila Madalena; 3037-7702. LIVRARIA DA VILA A cozy ambiance, savvy salespeople, an outdoor cafe and more than 150,000 books attract readers. The bookstore has five other branches in the city. R. Fradique Coutinho, 915, Pinheiros; 3814-5811. RUAS TEODORO SAMPAIO AND CARDEAL ARCOVERDE The former is famous for its several shops selling furniture for any home. The latter houses many workshops and antiques shops whose vocation is the restoration of used furniture. cityofsaopaulo.com

NIGHTLIFEi ASTOR One of the best barmen in São Paulo works here. Use the drinks to wash down simple but flavorful appetizers and dishes. R. Delfina, 163, Vila Madalena; 3815-1364. BAR SECRETO Madonna’s visit in 2008 and the mystery of the bar’s name has brought the House music club to the forefront. R. Álvaro Anes, 97, Pinheiros; 3061-1888. FILIAL Paulistanos and tourists congregate in this traditional spot, crowded from the happy hour to the wee hours. R. Fidalga, 254, Vila Madalena; 3813-9226; barfilial.com.br.

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