About Lais G
Lives in New York City, New York
Since Sep 2013
25-34 year old female
I'm a person who can't stand staying at home for much time: there is the whole world out there to be discovered. My friends know me for my passion for traveling and for the fact that from time to time I tend to move to a new city. I'm usually on a low-budget so I've learned some tips along the way for traveling and going out in your city without spending much. I'm currently a brazilian expat living in New York City, and I've been exploring this place a lot since I moved. There is always something new to try around here and I just can't help it. Also, for the past four years, I have lived in Sao Paulo/Brazil where I had the chance to experience the city way deeper than from my prior short trips to the most populated city in Brazil!
Landmarks/ Points of Interest
This place was the site of former jail complex Carandiru and inspired the book 'Carandiru Station' by Drauzio Varella, which was later adapted as the movie 'Carandiru' directed by Hector Babenco. The penitentiary was demolished in 2002 and today, this large park and a library stand in its place. The park is divided into three sections: Sports Park, Central Park (green area) and Institutional Park (where the library and free internet access points are located).
Once a drum factory, this building was remodeled as a cultural center by architect Lina Bo Bardi. The interestingly-shaped venue, which maintains much of its original structure, hosts a wide selection of concerts, plays and exhibitions throughout the year, and is also a nice setting to pause for a coffee or to read a good book.
If you're looking for a typical Brazilian place to have lunch or head to for happy hour drinks, this is a real hidden gem in downtown Sao Paulo. Its decoration says a lot about Brazilian culture and they have live music every Saturday.
Butantan Institute is a renowned biomedical research center located in a large outdoor park near Sao Paulo's University campus. There are three museums open to visitors and a serpentarium, where you can see a variety of live snakes. It's a great place to take children and to watch animals like lizards, spiders and scorpions doing their thing.
This memorial is dedicated to preserving the memories of resistance and political repression during the military dictatorship (1964-1985) in Brazil. It is located at the former offices of the Department of Social and Political Order of Sao Paulo State, which was a strong police force at that time. Visitors can enter the cells where political prisoners (including many famous Brazilian writers, singers and politicians) were detained, and get more information about what happened in the country during that period.
This is the perfect place to watch the sunset or even just to appreciate Sao Paulo's skyline during the day. The view is so impressive, in fact, that visitors usually applaud when the sun starts to set! On the weekends, you'll find plenty of locals picnicking, reading, walking their dogs or playing the guitar here.
This is a small antiques store in Augusta Street (a busy pub area in the city), which is also a bar and dance club. Here, you can find old toys, TVs, kitchen items and even an old bicycle decorating the walls and the ceiling. A great place for happy hour drinks and to enjoy some music during the evening.
If you are looking for a small park where you can mingle with local residents taking their children to play or walking their dogs, this is the perfect spot. Located in the fancy Higienopolis neighborhood, it makes for a handy getaway from the urban chaos.
The perfect bar and restaurant for game lovers. Here, you can enjoy a meal and/or some drinks while you play board games from their extensive international collection, which includes games in different languages and options for all ages. Waiters and game instructors wear different colors of shirts so you know whom to approach depending on what you intend to order (food or fun).
This cultural center offers a peaceful environment for reading, meetings, working and relaxing. The library has a large collection of books, magazines and newspapers to browse and their events calendar includes a selection of concerts, plays, movies and exhibitions.