Pinheiros, Vila Madalena & Butantan

West of Jardins lies Pinheiros, a sprawling, mostly residential neighborhood of identi-kit high-rise apartments with a blooming restaurant and arts scene. At the heart of the larger Pinheiros neighborhood is the distinctly low-rise and pedestrian-friendly Vila Madalena. Long a Bohemian enclave, it has in recent years become a popular alternative to the high-end, attitude-heavy clubs and restaurants of nearby Vila Olímpia. The epicenter of the bar and restaurant scene is the corner of Rua Mourato Coelho and Rua Aspicuelta, which are crowded at happy hour and, on weekends, stay that way until the wee hours. There are also a number of interesting shops, cafes and art galleries.