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Parque Zilda Natel On the flipside

If you’re in the mood for some four-wheeled madness, look no further. This 2,300sqm skate park features a number of tracks, pipes and bowls to suit everyone from newbies to board-toting pros.

Though funded by City Hall and the Brazilian Confederation of Skating, the tracks themselves were designed and tested by semi-professional skaters while local graffiti artists were given the task of brightening up the decor. Complete with spaces to practices flips and ollies and a somewhat boot-camp-like warm up area, you could easily find yourself losing a whole day here.

Hipodromo de Cidade Jardim Off to the races

If you fancy a far-sighted flutter or are simply partial to the viewing pleasures of a good horse race, the Hipodromo de Cidade Jardim is the place for you: it boasts some of the most spectacular contests and noblest beasts in all Brazil.

Built in 1941, the home of the Jockey Club de São Paulo features a grass and a sand track, as well as two auxiliary training lanes. Cheering from the stands is always exciting, but the art nouveau-style Restaurante Charlô offers the best view—a bird’s eye of the racetrack, framed by São Paulo’s concrete skyline—along with coffee, cocktails and a handsome, varied buffet.

Praça Benedito Calixto Oversized sunnies and vintage vinyl

On a slow, sultry Saturday morning in São Paulo, toddle on down to the fleamarket at Praça Benedito Calixto. You may not be able to move for all the hip young misses and ironically moustachioed monsieurs, but it’ll be well worth the jostle. From second hand fashion to strange paintings, it’s a scavenger’s paradise: if you sift around for long enough, you’re sure to find a brilliant book, frock, lamp, toy truck and record or two.

Praça Benedito Calixto may not attract quite such crowded the rest of the week, but its galleries, shops, bars and cafés are always worth a look.

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