The Jardins neighborhood has it all: the best restaurants in the city, the best stores, the biggest mansions, galeries, cinemas, luxury car stores and even some cool night clubs and bars, even though ... read more
it's not particularly known for its' night life. There's three sub-districts making up "Jardins" (literally, "Gardens") Jardim Paulista, Jardim América and Jardim Europa, and each has their own kind of spots. In the lower end, Jardim Europa is home to Brazil's most luxurious car stores and at the same time one of its' coolest museums, the image and sound museum, MIS. Along with Jardim America it's where Sao Paulo's whealtiest live: you can find the biggest mansions in both districts. In that sense, they are pretty much the same district, the difference in the name is due to the street names: you may find Sociedade Harmonia de Tênis, an upscale tennis club, located in Rua Canada and therefore part of Jardim America, or the Escola Panamericana de Arte located in Rua Groenlândia, Jardim Europa's only design school. Going up through Avenida Europa you'll get to Jardim Paulista, comprised of streets whose names were chosen from cities in the state of Sāo Paulo ("paulista" is the adjective of being from São Paulo) This part of the neighborhood is where you'll find some of the city's best restaurants (Dom and Fasano) stores (Rua Oscar Freire) cafés (Suplicy and Santo Grāo) cultural spots (conjunto nacional, cinesesc) and some night life (o'malleys pub, squat, bar balcão) just to name a few examples. There's so much to do that any comprehensive guide will never be comprehensive enough, and the only way to fully enjoy jardins is to walk around and find out for yourself. I was born and lived my whole life here and there's still plenty of stuff I haven't done and spots I haven't been in. Enjoy!