Avenida Paulista is the most famous street in São Paulo. Its 2.8km is lined with tall office buildings, banks, and shopping malls. It’s often compared to Fifth Avenue in New York, but it’s more of a business and financial center than anything. It also boasts the most expensive real estate in all of Latin America.
One of the best and most important fine arts museums in Brazil, Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), is located along Avenida Paulista in an iconic modern building. It’s definitely worth a visit for art lovers.
Parque Trianon is also located along the avenue. It is a small piece of lush green vegetation immediately eliciting a peacefulness from the chaos outside. It was my favorite spot along the street. When I walked by, there was a craft market outside of the park along Avenida Paulista.
Across the street from Parque Trianon is another small park, Praça Alexandre de Gusmão.
Just north is the former residence of Colonel Joaquim Franco de Melo. This house was built in 1905 and is one of the last remaining houses from Avenida Paulista’s residential phase (1891-1937). Unfortunately, the house is in terrible shape.