Higienópolis, Pacaembu & Barra Funda

Northwest of Av Paulista lies the leafy neighborhood of Higienópolis, one of the most traditional of the city’s upscale neighborhoods and a good spot for a stroll. Praça Buenos Aires, a tree-filled, European-style square, serves as the neighborhood’s lungs and playground. As you continue northwest, you pass through Pacaembu, a low-rise neighborhood of ramblingly luxurious homes reminiscent of upscale Los Angeles and home to the excellent Museu do Futebol. Finally, you reach Barra Funda, a more workaday neighborhood that at night comes alive with some of the city’s trendiest nightclubs.