Praça Benedito Calixto
Praça Benedito Calixto, 112, Pinheiros, São Paulo – SP, 05406-040.
Address: Rua Francisco Leitão, 282, São Paulo – SP, 05414-020
This party is set in the grounds of the MIS museum, which is reason enough for being included on my list! But in addition to the outdoor location there will be an internationally renowned DJ (or sometimes two) spinning electronic music from 4pm to 10pm on a Saturday afternoon, and your ticket also includes entry into the art exhibitions inside. At 14 reais, tickets for this monthly party are very reasonably priced and so perhaps unsurprisingly, they always sell out quickly.
The majority of people here are well dressed, so if you’d planned on wearing something you’d usually dig up the garden in…my advice to you is, just don’t!!! To get your ticket, check out the MIS website in the weeks leading up to the event (these parties are generally held on a Saturday in the middle of the month) and then either buy online or head down to the museum to pick it up (tickets are limited to two per person).
It’s not just the tickets that are reasonably priced here, but the drinks once you’re inside. There are also vendors on hand to sell light refreshments and a free welcome drink on arrival. Green Sunset doesn’t really get into full swing until around six o clock and it goes until ten at night, so works as a great pre-club party for those with stamina!
Address: Avenida Europa, 158 – Pinheiros, São Paulo – SP, 01449-000, Brazil.
Last month I went to a free concert in Parque da Juventude, a tribute to the late singer Cazuza. What made this show so unique was that it wasn’t just going to be a collection of singers performing his hits, but Cazuza was actually set to appear in the form of a hologram. I’d never seen a hologram included as part of a live music show before, and I was pretty intrigued to see what it was all about.
As the concert started the atmosphere within the crowd was electric. Although what I was seeing wasn’t nearly as significant for me as I’m sure it would have been to the many Brazilians watching, I really enjoyed being in the midst of that crowd. Listening to Gal Costa sing for the first time and seeing Cazuza ‘perform’ were both pretty special.
This event might have been a one off, but throughout the year the city of Sao Paulo plays host to a variety of other music events. Since moving here I’ve seen the likes of Gilberto Gil, Maria Rita, Daniela Mercury and Vanessa da Mata at free shows, as well as a whole host of other less well-known Brazilian artists. If you’re in Sao Paulo for the weekend, you might want to check sites such as Time Out Sao Paulo here or MyDestination Sao Paulo here to see if there is an opportunity for you to also get a free taste of some of the big names in Brazilian music.
Perhaps the most unusual space I found myself partying in 2013 came courtesy of Calefaçao Tropicaos. This free event was held in the Casa das Caldeiras, a huge disused boiler house not too far from Barra Funda station. It was large enough to accommodate three dance areas; one of which being in outside area where the DJ was spinning funk and soul on vinyl. There were also reasonably priced food and drinks on offer, clothes stalls and even a space created exclusively for children to play in. The atmosphere was very laid back and there was an eclectic mix of people of all ages there, dancing away their Sunday night blues in an incredibly unique venue.
Calefaçao Tropicaos isn’t limited to just setting, and this year I’ve had the pleasure of attending other free events organised by these guys in both Tracker Tower and in Parque Augusta. So my advice to you as we head into 2014 is if you want to experience Sao Paulo’s more underground scene, you could do a lot worse than check out Calefaçao Tropicaos.
I’ve included a link to their Facebook page here.
Praça Pôr do Sol
Address: Praça Ignez Guimarães Soares Pestana, São Paulo.
“There is a free party in the centre of the city this afternoon,” said my friend, “let’s go!” I looked at her like she was about to drop the punch line. A party in the centre of the city? In the street? Erm…Is this safe? She responded with a reassuring smile: “Trust me, you’re gonna love it!”
And she was right. Not only was the party safe (and largely free of the crack addicts and beggars I’d expected to see ), but it was clearly popular with an alternative crowd. As the parent of Calefaçao Tropicaos, it will come as no surprise to hear that there is an underground vibe to Voodoohop Parties too (Voodoohop and Calefaçao Tropicaos often collaborate on projects), they are fairly sporadic and the venues change frequently. Voodoohop is not limited to these free parties on Friday and Saturday night events either, as the editions with a cover on the door are very popular too. Yet the one thing that is consistent is the quality of each event. Voodoohop boasts an eclectic and varied line up of DJs that never seem to fail to deliver.
Check out the website: here or Facebook page here for more details.
I’d love to visit India too, but 2014 isn’t likely to be the year I get round to it. So in the mean time, I like many others, have my fingers crossed for another Holi edition in 2014. If you’re in Sao Paulo in Spetember next year, you might want to check out the events Facebook page here.
I’m surprised it took me so long to discover this absolute gem in Sao Paulo’s culinary crown. Located in the centre of the city (not too far from Republica station) this restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is guaranteed to be packed over the weekend. Why? Well I suspect this might have something to do with one item on its menu, the Pernil (pork) sandwich.
The diner-like restaurant is just on the right side of chaotic and with incredibly fast service and some pretty interesting looking people eating here, it really is a must-visit. You’re not likely to find many tourists here (the staff are incredibly accommodating to foreign visitors though) so don`t expect to see the place listed in too many guide books. However Estadao comes highly recommended by not just myself, but the unpretentious crowds you’re likely to find queuing for food at any given time of the weekend.
For more information on my top find of 2013, check out the Facebook page here.
What do you think to the list? Did I miss out your favourite? What would have been your number one?
Any recommendations for 2014?