Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Syndikat is a great place to enjoy some Jazz

Amoung all the options São Paulo offers to listen some great sound, there is a astonishing pub called Syndikat. It's located close to the Paulista Avenue and receive plenty of great musicians. Jazz is the music style played on the stage and is very easy to feel at home inside the pub. That's because, it's located in a average two store house addressed in single block street.

Once you decide to check out my advice, observe the mood coming along when you step on the street. It's unique location brings an interesting calm feeling wrestling with a strong curiosity about what is happening beyond the entrance door. The staff is kind and there is a counter to get beer and drinks. Sofas and benches surround the people on the way to the stage located downstairs. The house brings musicians from Tuesday to Saturday.

Syndikat is very near O'Malley's Irish pub so, you can have a beer during the happy hour and head to the enjoy some Jazz afterwards. Have fun!

Where: Rua Moacir Piza, 64
When: from Tuesday to Saturday.
How much: around R$ 35

Monday, March 28, 2011

Introducing: mTrip Sao Paulo, smartphone Application

We proudly announce a huge project that the Inside São Paulo team has been involved in: mTrip São Paulo!

It's an intelligent Sao Paulo travel guide about attractions, restaurants, hotels, bars, entertainment and shopping destinations to explore. The options are endless. The APP offers a tool called mTrip Genius to automatically create a completely personalized trip based on your preferences and needs. It's easy to get crazy using augmented reality to see what’s around you or check out the map for ideas on top experiences nearby. The guide also can take you to your next trip destination by foot or subway. E-postcards can be sent to your friends while you are out seeing the sights – no need to wait until you get home from your trip.

"It can drive you through the city, using the most advantage technology, connecting our knowledge with your personal device."

My name is Diego Ramos and I'm the editor of mTrip’s Sao Paulo guide and manager of the blog Inside São Paulo. I used my knowledge of the city to create a unique guide aiming to drive travelers in a new way to the city sights including highly recognized attractions, frequent concerts and experimental theatre and dance. But of course, I wouldn't be able to do it all by myself. I had the support of a very important and brilliant team. Thank you very much to: Annalisa Volse, Flávia Panachão, Bruna Giovanna, André Marcondes, Mari Patrão, Camila Pardo and Kahina Robinson. It wouldn't be possible without them. I'm very glad and proud about what we have done.

How it works
This APP is the result of a partnership with the mTrip company. All Rights Reserved. Device Requirements:
  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
  • Requires iOS 3.1 or later
  • 91.8 MB
  • It's also available for Android system devices. 

Pricing and Availability
Sao Paulo Travel Guide 1.2.2 is $5.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). For more information on the applications or to download a travel guide visit the mTrip Travel Guides website.

Download the Sao Paulo Travel Guide now

Friday, March 25, 2011

Two new metro stations soon in Sao Paulo

Butantã Station of the Line 4 (Yellow)subway will be delivered next Monday, March 28. The statement came from the Governor Alckmin. The Butantã Station is forecast to receive 35 thousand passengers per day.

 The metro station Pinheiros on the same Line will open in May. In June it will be possible to make the integration of Line 4 Yellow with the train of Company of Metropolitan Trains (CPTM) Line 9 through the Pinheiros Station.

The 98 trains of the lines 1-Blue and 3-Red will undergo reform. The first modernized train is now passing through the final testing and should operate on Line 3 (Corinthians / Itaquera - Palmeiras / Barra Funda) duirng the next 60 days.

The train has air-conditioning upgraded, surveillance cameras (four per car), sensors for detecting smoke, audiovisual information system (monitors and displays) and brake system with slip control which improves performance under conditions of low grip, a common situation in rainy days.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Restaurant Week 2011 starts today

Another edition of the Sao Paulo Restaurant Week (the eighth) begins today, Monday 21. Until April 3, 233 restaurants of the city and 68 from the the state will offer a menu with starter, main course and dessert for R$ 29.90 at lunch and R$ 39.90 for dinner.

As every year, you have a very varied list of options, from Asian to Italian and of course Brazilian culinary. On the Restaurant Week website you can find the entire list of restaurants taking part at the event. Enjoy your meal!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Ninth Symphony of Beethoven for free in Sao Paulo

Next Saturday, March 19, the State Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo (Osesp) presents outdoor concert at (Parque da Independência) Independence Park, at 6 pm.

The concert is for free the Osesp will play the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, the work that became the hymn of the European Union.

Obama in Brazil, but not in Sao Paulo

On his first trip to Brazil, the U.S. president, Barack Obama, will pass by Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro before heading to Chile and El Salvador. By now, the president's schedule is not including Sao Paulo, but we hope it will next time. In Rio de Janeiro he will have a public speech and he will visit the Christ and the favela City of God (Cidade de Deus), in Brasilia he will meet with the Brazilian President Dilma.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today the Cinema Belas Artes closes its doors

With special program called "A Última Sessão do Cinema" a reference to the film by Peter Bogdanovich, The Lats Picture Show (1971), the Cinema Belas Artes closes its doors today after 68 years. At the corner of Avenida Paulista and Rua da Consolação, then the property will remain empty indefinitely.

The owner of the building, Flávio Maluf, refused millionaire proposal of members of the cinema, they offered payment of annual rent over $ 1 million. Maluf ensures he will not lease the building while the City Council for the Preservation of Historical, Cultural and Environmental of São Paulo (Conpresp) does not set something about the overturning. Even because the new tenant could not make any reform in the property, while the Council does not take a decision.

Over the past 20 days, André Sturm managed to drum up support from three great companies willing to sponsor the Belas Artes. This allowed him to make an offer to rent over R$ 85,000 monthly guaranteed payment of five-year period and annual correction. But the owner did not agree.

There is no deadline for the Conpresp to decide on the future of the property. The Department of Heritage (DPH) in the city received within 90 days to make a technical opinion about the overturning. This report serves as support for the vote of the directors of Conpresp.

Don't miss your chance to watch a last movie at the Cinema Belas Artes, part os Sao Paulo culture and art history.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Sao Paulo

If you prefere something more calm that a huge Irish festival, Sao Paulo of course has plenty of options. Here a list of Irish pubs where you can spend an amusing night, pick up one and have fun

All Black
Rua Oscar Freire, 163, Jardins
This is the one organizing the St. Patrick's Party and Inside Sao Paulo already wrote a post about it

Rua Min. Jesuino Cardoso, 178, Vila Olímpia

Rua Cristiano Viana, 358, Pinheiros

O'Malley's Bar
Alameda Itú 1529, Jardins
Here is Inside Sao Paulo post about the O'Malley, a good option in town.

Paddy's Pub
Avenida Luiz Dumont Villares, 655, Santana

Republic Pub
Rua Delfina, 110,Vila Madalena

The Blue Pub
Alamenda Ribeirão Preto, 384, Bela Vista

St. Patrick's Party

You don't need to be in Ireland to celebrate the famous St. Patrick's Day. Many events will happen in Sao Paulo's pubs but the most important is undoubtly the one taking place tonight (March 17) in the Lapa district. It's a real festival with bands and DJs.

The St. Patrick's Party (that's the official name) is sponsored by Guinness and the All Blak Irish Pub which has built a huge pub in the Espaço TW able to receive 4000 people.

The festival counts with the partecipation of Green Hot Clover, Andy Redanka, The Rev, U2 Cover One, Insônica and Junkie Box.

Where: Espaço TW, Rua Guaicurus 324 - Sao Paulo
When: March 17 from 7 pm
How much: From R$ 70 to 90

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Morcheeba in Sao Paulo

Morcheeba, the British band that has made the trip-hop famous  around the world, will play in Sao Paulo with Skye, the singer who got away and no one could replace.

On March 26, HSBC Brazil presents the
band's most new album: "Blood Like Lemonade. " The disc promises to keep the essence of old psychedelic as in "Who Can You Trust?"(1996), and bolster the characteristic grooves mixed with the experiences of individual group members.

Where: HSBC Brasil, Rua Bragança Paulista, 1281 - Sao Paulo
When: March 26
How much: from R$ 60 to R$ 300.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mostra do Filme Livre - Independent Film Festival

Between March 11 and 31 the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (CCBB) receives the tenth edition of the Free Film Shows, for the first time in Sao Paulo. With free entry, the festival displays 200 independent films of the current Brazilian production.

Experimental event, Mostra do Filme Livre is a pioneer in accepting films of all formats (VHS, Beta, MiniDV, HD, 35mm, 16mm, etc.), formats (short, medium and feature films), genre (fiction, documentary, animation and experimental) and time periods.

In addition to the contemporary production, the festival holds special sessions with films from independent filmmakers who were honored in previous editions, such as Andrea Tonacci, José Sette, Elyseu Visconti, Sergio Ricardo and Petter Baiestorf, among others.

Check out the website for more information.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chemical Brothers in Sao Paulo

Only one concert in Sao Paulo of the Chemical Brothers so you can't miss it! The tickets can already be purchased on these websites:, and

 The price goes from R$ 75 to R$ 215 and it depends on when you buy it. The soonest the cheapest!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vai-Vai is the winner

 ISP team has been following Carnival in Sao Paulo and couldn't leave to write some lines on the winner school of Samba of 2011: Vai-Vai.

The school scored 269.5 points and left behind the schools Acadêmicos do Tucuruvi and Unidos de Vila Maria, who were tied, by 0.25 point. It was the 14th title of  the Vai-Vai samba school, since 1972.

The school was the last to parade on Friday and led to the Anhembi a tribute to the conductor João Carlos Martins, with the theme “A Música Venceu!” (The Music Won).

The school will participate at the parade of champions on Friday (March 11), at 9:30 pm together with   Acadêmicos do Tucuruvi, Unidos de Vila Maria, Mancha Verde and Gaviões da Fiel.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Great concerts at the Ibirapuera Auditorium

Next weekend the program of the Auditorium at the Ibirapuera Park offers two great concerts: Orquestra Tipica Fernandez Fierro (OTFF) and Coro Luther King.

The OTFF from Argentina will have show on March 11, 12 and 13 to celebrate 10 years of career and success. The band has a a particular attitude based on its powerful way of perceiving and interpreting tango and it is organized in a cooperative manner.
When: March 11 and 12 at 9 pm, March 13 at 7 pm.
How much: R$ 15 and R$ 30

The Coro Luther King, that started in 1970 to bring good music all around Brazil, will sing on Saturday 11 at 6 pm in the Foyer of the Auditorium. This will be free entrance.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blocos in Sao Paulo - March 2011

Banda do Candinho (Center)
Meeting point: Rua Santo Antônio, corner with Rua 13 de Maio
When: March 3rd, meeting at 5 pm, it starts at 9 pm.
T-shirt: R$ 10
Year of foundation: 1981

Bloco Umes Caras Pintadas (Center)
Meeting point: Rua Rui Barbosa, 323
When: March 3rd, meeting at 5 pm, it starts at 9 pm.
T-shirt: For free
Year of foundation: 1993

Banda do Trem Elétrico (Center)
Meeting point: Rua Augusta, esquina corner with Rua Luis Coelho
When: March 4th,  meeting at 7 pm, it starts at 9 pm.
T-shirt: For free
Year of foundation: 1981

Cordão Cecília (Santa Cecília)
Meeting point: Rua Vitorino Carmilo, 449
When: March 5th,  meeting at 3 pm, it starts at 4 pm.
T-shirt: R$ 3
Year of foundation: 2010