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)