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Circo no Beco Make 'em laugh

Children, circus fans and artists often gather at this unofficial rendezvous point in an otherwise unremarkable Vila Madalena alleyway.

Clowns, jugglers, conjurers, trapeze artists—the whole spectrum of circus art—train, perform and otherwise make their entertainment magic here.

These open air activities are all free, but in accordance with street performance custom, a hat is often passed around to collect contributions at the end of the shows.

Since these mini circuses take place right in front of the Cidade Escola Aprendiz, an NGO dedicated to teaching art to kids from all social classes, it is common to see scores of these young “apprentices” mingling with the cheerful circus crowd.

Guarapiranga Golf and Country Club Hole in one featured

On greens nestled next to the lush tropical vegetation of the Guarapiranga Reservoir, it’s easy to understand why golf is becoming increasingly popular in Brazil—and why this is the best place in the country to play it.

The Guarapiranga Golf and Country Club, situated at a mere 30 minutes by car from central São Paulo, features a state-of-the-art 18-hole course (including an awe-inspiring back nine almost entirely surrounded by water), equipment rentals and caddy services, a driving range, a putting green and a restaurant that serves a fine range of appropriately stiff post-game cocktails. Could a golf lover ask for anything more?

Feira do Bexiga A joyful jumble

Feira do Bexiga is one of São Paulo’s classic fleamarkets. Every Sunday, the Praça Dom Orione fills with stalls hawking antiques, LPs, vintage clothing, Italian food and all sorts of fascinating junk that’s just waiting for the right buyer.

As the cradle of Paulistano samba, the Bexiga neighborhood also comes with a soundtrack: a “chorinho” group (usually composed of a flute, guitar and cavaquinho trio that plays popular music) or two always accompanies the bargaining.

And the square is surrounded by small Italian “cantinas”, which offer a fine view of the action on market days and a bit of coffee-fuelled respite at any other time of the week.

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