Pinheiros & Vila Madalena

Pinheiros, west of Jardins, is a sprawling, mostly residential neighborhood of identi-kit high-rise apartments with bonafide restaurant, nightlife and arts scenes, but few sights. Bohemian Vila Madelena is the city's creative hub; home to artists, designers and other art-focused warriors. There are no big ticket sights in these parts, but Vila Madelena is a destination in itself, home to trendy bars and cafes, independent boutiques and galleries, and is a nerve center for the city's vibrant street-art scene.