Jardins, the best area to stay in Sao Paulo
Jardins is one of those neighbourhoods that has been specially looked after and has had a fair bit of money pumped into it, which has helped turned the area into one of the most sought after locations to live in. One of the first things that you will notice is the impressive amount of elegant family houses that have been wonderfully designed as well as renovated, which are found just off tree-lined side streets. Jardins is one of only a couple that is in walking distance of the city centre and comes with the fact that most residential houses have at least a garden or a swimming pool or in some cases both. The main attraction for visitors in Jardins is the shopping opportunities as this area is the city’s most well-known luxury shopping district, which centres around the Oscar Freire street. Along this road as well as the surrounding streets, you will find many top brand shop names like Gucci, Chanel, Christian Dior, Levi’s, Diesel and many others. There are also plenty of shopping malls that are found on the street with the best being Shopping Cidade Jardin, which consists of various expensive and luxury brands as well as a food court. There are also various small art galleries that display work of the famous as well as the not-so-famous artists and there are some interesting museums including the Museu da Imagem, which has brilliant exhibitions on recorded image and sound with some 300,000 pieces of albums, records, films and discs. Another museum to check out is the Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, which mainly focuses on sculptures that have been created by local, regional and national personnel. There are some amazing buildings to explore too like the Igreja Nossa, which is one of the most beautiful churches that has a baroque influence.
Being based in Jardins means that you aren’t far from other major attractions in the city like the Ibirapuera Park, which is Sao Paulo’s answer to New York’s Central Park with a size of 2 million square metres where you will find numerous cycle and walking paths that take you to pleasant lagoons, large green spaces, playgrounds, various stages used for events, a free outdoor library, a couple of buildings that usually host travelling art exhibitions and some popular museums like the Museum of Modern Art and the fascinating Afro-Brazil Museum.
The nightlife in Jardins is second to none with some of the best restaurants in the country, let alone city, with many of them being reviewed as the highest rating in terms of cleanliness, quality of food and customer service. The range of cuisines is mind blowing with traditional Brazilian steakhouses called ‘Rodizio’s’ is a hands down must and there is also Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Middle East, American on offer with the best streets being Rua Consolacao and Rua Ausgusta. These streets and others roads off them have an amazing selection of bars, pubs and clubs and there is no shortage of luxury hotels.