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Best done on a week­day af­ter­noon, with wits kept about you. Kick off with a java jolt at pretty Pa­teo do Col­le­gio / Pça Pa­teo do Col­le­gio, 2 / 3105 6899 / pateo­col­le­gio.com. br, with sa­cred art up­stairs (in Museu Anchi­eta). Exit left. Left again and you’re on Rua Roberto Si­mon­sen for city photo ar­chive Casa da Imagem at #136B / 3106 5122 / casadaim­agem. sp.gov.br; So­lar da Mar­quesa at #136A / 3105 6118 / museuda ci­dade.sp.gov.br, for­mer home to Dom Pedro I’s fave la­dylove; vin­tage tog trove Casa Juisi at #108 / 3063 5766, and mul­ti­me­dia space Phos­pho­rus (see Art) up­stairs. Exit left, turn right onto Rua Vences­lau Brás, and aim straight over Pça da Sé (with its cathe­dral on your left) to join Rua Dire­ita up ahead. Hang a se­cond right onto for­mer fi­nance artery Rua São Bento and stop at the end. Spin right to espy the mighty Banespa, the São Bento monastery in the dis­tance, and the ‘wed­ding cake’ Martinelli to your left. Tot­ter down Av São João, and hav­ing made an appt., cross over to #108, a pow­dery pink block hous­ing edgy gallery Estú­dio Lâmina / Unit 41 / 3228 6815. Exit left, back­track and march down Rua Líbero Badaró for a creamy pas­tel de Belém (cus­tard tart) from old-fash gro­cery Casa God­inho at #340 / 3104 1520 / casagod­inho.com. br, then at the next cor­ner veer right across Viaduto do Chá, duck­ing into Baroque won­der Theatro Mu­nic­i­pal (see above). Con­tinue straight, as you were, to join pedes­trian street Barão de Itape­tininga. Half­way along on your left, note one of Os­car Niemeyer’s least feted works, Ga­le­ria Cal­ifór­nia at #255, now a drab shop­ping mall. At the end (see­ing leafy Pça da República up ahead), turn left along Av Ipi­ranga, over Av São Luís, un­til you reach Niemeyer’s iconic Copan Bldg at #200 hous­ing im­pres­sive art sphere Pivô (see Ac­tiv­i­ties/Cre­ative Cribs). Choices. Re­trace along the Copan for crowd-pleaser Bar da Dona Onça at #27-29, or exit right and curve round the left wall for Ed­ifí­cio Itália, zip­ping up to the 42/F for stag­ger­ing vis­tas, pi­ano-tin­kling and tip­ples at Ter­raço Itália (see Bars). Bot­toms up!

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