Around São Paulo: Mercado Municipal and Estação da Luz

The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge.
 All work and no fun.

That, according to my aunt, is how the Cariocas (native inhabitants of the city of Rio de Janeiro) describe the Paulista (inhabitants of the state of São Paulo).  IMO, it's easy enough to get that impression since the state is considered as the "major industrial and economic powerhouse of the Brazilian economy."*

In fact, its capital, the city of São Paulo, reminds me very much of Makati City, our very own financial district here in the Philippines.  But despite commerce being its strong suit, the city is not devoid of culture.   Beneath those flashy skyscrapers, horrendous traffic, and thick smog are different haunts where you can get lost in the Paulistas' world of arts and entertainment.

Mercado Municipal de São Paulo (The São Paulo Municpal Market)

Once you enter its gates, your senses will be seized by the bright colors of fresh produce and the smell of food, particularly mortadellas and pastéis (pastel), wafting in the air.

It is also home to what they say is the best pastéis (pastel) in town!  (Read more about the must-try dishes in Brazil here.)

Street Rua da Cantareira 306
6am-6pm Mon-Sat, 6am-4pm Sun

Estação da Luz (The Luz Station)

I know what you're thinking.  What could possibly be interesting in a train station, right?  Well, Estação da Luz is the kind of train station that you could actually mistake for a museum.  By merely looking at its Victorian architecture, you will already get an idea of the vintage AND modern art you'll find inside.

When we went there, there was even some sort of silent play going on.

Once inside, you will be amazed at the architecture that boasts not only of grandeur but of history as well.

An all-too familiar scene.  I guess it's not only in Manila that crowd control is needed in train stations.

TRIVIA:  The station was built in the late 19th century with materials entirely shipped from Britain.**

And as we were about to go out, we chanced upon this small music ensemble entertaining passersby.

So if you're all about arts and culture don't write off São Paulo from your Brazil itinerary just yet.  Because this metropolitan just might surprise you with its hole-in-the-wall nooks and captivating colorful crannies.





  1. As usual worth the wait ang post mo Ms. Koryn. You really know when to take a picture. Yung tren, ang gulo din no. Parang MRt din pero the architectural design was awesome!

  2. inviting mages, koryn! you find beautiful colors and patterns everywhere. (i'm playing catch up on blogs and) i adore your graffiti captures of beco do batman too!

  3. LUV the pic of food+building, what a suprise, ha?:-))) we saw only Rio, Fernando de Noronha and Buzios, when we were ther, thanks for the tour...

  4. The masses at the train station reminds me of the MRTs here in PH. =)


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