June 19, 2015
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15 Reasons to Choose My Home SP’s Furnished Apartments Over a Hotel!

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Ok, for stays of 1 or 2 weeks, we get it. Perhaps you want to eat out every night and have no need for a washing machine or windows that open. For those of us travelling on business, or refurbishing our home, for example, a furnished apartment from My Home SP is the absolute best alternative to the wonderful home sweet home!

 

Here’s why:

 

  1. No hidden add on fees (parking, Wifi, early check in, late check out) – with My Home SP this is all included!

 

  1. In a hotel you get a mini bar (that charges you every time you indulge).

Staying with My Home SP you get a Gift basket completely free of charge! In your Gift basket you’ll get Champagne, nuts, chocolate, biscuits and even popcorn – for those delicious nights at home relaxing in your sitting room with a movie.

 

  1. Windows you can actually open!

 

  1. Noisy neighbours – hotels tend to have these! Residential building neighbours keep to themselves.

 

  1. No more faulty key cards and therefore no need to trek to reception! You have a good old key or, alternatively, your own fingertip will open the door!

 

  1. Room service – My Home SP has a variety of excellent take-away restaurants and the delivery can be made right to your door.

 

  1. Maintenance services – We have a 24/7 guest service that will resolve your issue, a network of excellent repairmen and every building has a caretaker.

 

  1. Hotels have: daily maid service or in other words a quick 30 – 40 minute tidy up. My Home SP has: an actual cleaner who will do your laundry, iron your shirts, clean the apartment until it’s spick and span and even prepare food for you!

 

  1. Check in convenience – We can check you in any time you want (with no additional fees) and no waiting in the lobby with your bags!!

 

  1. Facilities – if you want a pool and a gym we have properties with these facilities! We can also guarantee they will be less crowded than those at a hotel. If you want a spa we would be happy to recommend an excellent, fairly priced one, in your neighborhood!

 

  1. Privacy – My Home SP delivers a 100% discrete service.

 

  1. Communal Laundry – Wouldn’t it be better to be able to have your own washing machine and a cleaner who can do your laundry and iron to perfection?

 

  1. Hotel Restaurant & Breakfast – São Paulo is packed with excellent restaurants and bakeries. Why waste time at the hotel! Also when you have your own fully equipped kitchen you can stay in and relax when you want to have a home cooked meal!

 

  1. Payment – All credit cards are accepted at My Home SP and payment can be made via the site.

 

  1. Space and cost – There’s no denying it, you get much, much more for your money!

 

 

 

 

June 1, 2015
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Sao Paulo Art Scene: Joan Miró – A sandbox of the subconscious mind.

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Joan Miró Exhibition – Tomie Ohtake Institute, Pinheiros São Paulo

 

 

A very special exhibition of the modern artworks of the legendary and very talented Joan Miró, has been brought to São Paulo and is currently showing at the Tomie Ohtake Institute (Rua Coropés 88, Pinheiros), just off Faria Lima Avenue. Joan’s playful, child-like, mostly surrealistic paintings and sculptures, can be keenly appreciated by all, even those who least expect it!

Born in Barcelona, Miró initially set out to be a businessman but suffered a nervous breakdown and turned to his true passion, art. He disliked conventional art and initially took his inspiration from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne.

Lovers of Miró’s work include Ernest Hemingway, who praised his painting The Farm as a perfect depiction of ‘all that you feel about Spain when you are there and all that you feel when you are away and cannot go there’.

Though the exhibition started just 10 days ago and is undoubtedly popular on the weekends, if you can get there on a Friday evening the team at My Home SP found that to be a very quiet time!!

Entry: R$ 10, free on Tuesdays

Location: Tomie Ohtake Institute (Rua Coropés 88, Pinheiros)

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Joan Miró – Sao Paulo Art Exhibition – Tomie Ohtake Institute, Pinheiros

 

 

May 27, 2015
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Best Bars in Jardins – Chosen By Expats!

This time we are visiting one of My Home SP‘s absolute favourites and possibly, São Paulo’s most fashionable neighbourhood, Jardins! From the glitz swank of Oscar Freire, to the laid-back groove of Alameda Campinas, Jardins has something for everyone!

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Skye Bar, Hotel Unique – A gorgeous, rooftop bar which comes with delicious drinks, a pool and a view!

Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 4700 (access via lift to rooftop)

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Chez Oscar – A spacious, trendy bar with an upbeat vibe, outdoor seating and great cocktails.

Rua Oscar Freire 1128, Jardins

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Numero – an upscale number just off Oscar Freire Street offering an intimate setting and a wide selection of exotic drinks!

Rua da Consolação 3585, Jardins

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Noh Bar & Restaurant – some say Sao Paulo’s most sublime drinques are served in this traditional Casa Paulistana!

Rua Bela Cintra, 1709, Jardins

 

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 Bar Balcão – a great place for socialising in groups or alone! The communal balcão tables make this the ideal place to meet new people! There are also table upstairs and a genuine Roy Lichtenstein paining on the wall!

Rua Mela Alves, 150, Jardins

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May 14, 2015
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Itaim Bibi’s Best Bars – Chosen By Expats!

 

Everyone loves a great bar! Whether you’re looking for a down-to-earth boteco (Brazilian style greasy spoon bar), a spot of live music or a sophisticated cocktail bar, our favourite, hectic metropolis has got it! With so many drinking establishments on offer we’ve decided to make it easier by publishing My Home SP’s Favourite Neighbourhood Bars – Chosen By Expats, by area! Please let us know what you think and feel free to comment and post your rival favourites!

 

Itaim Bibi  – These hot picks are top of the list! Make sure you arrive early if you want to be able to get a (good) seat.

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Santo Grão – Outdoor seating, great cocktails and a glamorous feel!

Rua Jerônimo da Veiga 179, Itaim Bibi

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Les 3 Brasseurs aka 3B – A Canadian bar/brewery with a large variety of delicious wheat beer in a sports bar setting!

Rua Ministro Jesuino Cardoso, 470, Itaim BIbi

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Vaca Veia – The most sociable bar in town! Always packed and lively!

Rua Manuel Guedes, 199, Itaim Bibi

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La Maison est Tombée – A gorgeous spot for an after-work drink in the sunshine

Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 358, Itaim Bibi

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Karavelle – Live music in a lively setting!

Rua Amauri, 334, Itaim Bibi

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Boteco São Bento – A great space for larger groups, drinking with colleagues or catching a game on the big screen! Check out the cocktails with ice-lollies!

R Leopoldo Couto de Magalhães, 480, Itaim Bibi

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Bar do Juarez – Not only an excellent, traditional, watering-hole but a not-to-be missed picanha na chapa is served here!

Juscelino Kubitshek Avenue, 1164, Itaim Bibi

Our mouth’s are watering already!

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April 8, 2015
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I hate Mon DAYS – Where to dine on a relaxing Monday evening in São Paulo?

HATE Monday blog 3Some like to stay at home and relax on a Monday evening, others prefer to make the most of the fact that there are no queues and enjoy the tranquility of a Monday evening meal!

 

Unfortunately for restaurant owners, Monday isn’t always that tempting! Here is, however, a handful of mouth watering options for the next time your at a loss for where to eat:

 

SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT– Rua Tabapua 830, Itaim Bibi

Contemporary cuisine in slick surroundings

ENTRECOTE DE PARIS – Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 1135, Itaim Bibi

A simple steak menu that never fails!

NAKKA SUSHI – Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 890, Itaim Bibi

Delicious sushi and a varied selction.

OHKA SUSHI – R Prof Carlos de Carvalho, 105, Itaim Bibi

Itaim’s newest Sushi favourite.

TIAN THAI – Rua Jeronimo da Veiga 36, Itaim Bibi

Contemporary Thai

MANJUE BISTRO – Rua Domingos Fernandes 608, Vila Nova Conceição

Organic and delicious!

TANDOOR – Rua Doutor Rafael de Barros, 408, Paraíso

Fantastic curry in a rustic setting (recommended for delivery)

MIYA – R Fradique Coutinho, 47, Pinheiros

Contemporary, tranquil and delightful

MERCEARIA DO CONDE – Rua Joaquim Antunes, 217, Pinheiros

ZUCCO – Rua Haddock Lobo, 1416, Jardins

LE JAZZ BRASSERIE – Rua Dr Melo Alves, 734, São Paulo & Rua dos Pinheiros 254, Pinheiros

JOSEPHINE – Rua Jacques Félix 253, Vila Nova Conceição

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February 22, 2015
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The Fabulous Ron Mueck – Last day today at the Pinoteca, São Paulo

If you are not sure what to do on this hot sunny last Sunday of Carnaval week, why not get down to the fabulous Ron Mueck exhibition at the Pinacoteca Museum in São Paulo?

Today is the very last day you will be able to enjoy these life-like sculptures and admire the work of this true artist! The exhibition, while fairly small, is very impressive and there is also an excellent video which shows how Ron and his team constructed these gigantic and mini human works of art!

If you are new to São Paulo or simply want to know more about São Paulo check out our My Home SP locations page here: http://myhomesp.com/locations.php

Self Portrait of Ron Mueck

October 21, 2014
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Dali Comes to São Paulo

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The incredibly popular Salvador Dali exhibition currently showing in Pinheiros São Paulo is a definite must-see. The exhibition offers a variety of works by Dali from earlier sketches, to his Alice in Wonderland illustration, to some of his more famous colourful works: Memória de la Mujer Niña, Figuras Tumbadas en la Arena, El Sentimiento de Velocidad (to name a few). Dali’s Face of Mae West is also on display and is presented so that you can enter the portrait itself and even sit down on her lips (sofa).

Entrance is free but you will need to collect a senha (number) to enter. During the week this a quick process but on the weekends come early! Senhas are distirbuted at 10am, 2pm and 5pm. We went at 2.30pm on a Tuesday and there was no cue.

Exhibition on: Until 11th January 2015
Location: Tomie Ohtake building, Av Faria Lima 201.
Entry: Free

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December 7, 2012
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My Home SP’s recommendations for: The best Cocktails in São Paulo

As with many places, in São Paulo the general consensus exists that a 5* cocktail isn’t simply delicious, but a true work of art. With numerous chic cocktail establishments – all of who’s aim is to deliver utter excellence in each and every single drink served – My Home SP would like to provide you with our top picks of places in São Paulo for you to indulge in our great cities’ finest cocktails.

 

- Torero Valese 

Address: Avendia Horácio Láfer, 638, Itaim Bibi.

Telephone: 3168-7917

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 7:30pm-Midnight, Sat 12:30pm-Midnight, Sun 12:30pm-6pm

 - Adega Santiago 

Address: Rua Sampaio Vidal, 1072, Jardim Paulistano.

Telephone: 3081-5221

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-Midnight, Fri & Sat 12pm-12:30am, Sun 12pm-10pm

 

- Vermont Itaim 

Address: Rua Manuel Guedes, 199, Itaim Bibi.

Telephone: 3073-1292

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-12:15am

 Asterix 

Address: Alameda Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 573, Cerqueira César.

Telephone: 3368-5610

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sun 4pm-2am

 - At Nine Cocktail Bar 

Address: Rua da Consolação, 2893, Cerqueira César.

Telephone: 3061-3900

Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 7pm-last customer, Fri 8pm-last customer, Sat 9pm-last customer

- Baretto  at the Fasano 

Address: Rua Vitório Fasano, Jardim Paulista.

Telephone: 3896-4000

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7pm-3am, Sat 8pm-3am

 

 

- Blue Velvet

Address: Rua Bela Cintra, 1541, Jardim Paulista.

Telephone: 3063-5232

Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 8pm-last customer, Sat 9pm-last customer (closed Tues and Sun)

- Director’s Gourmet 

Address: Alameda Franca, 1552, Cerqueira César.

Telephone: 3064-7958

Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 10pm-3am

- Dry Bar & Club

Address: Rua Padre João Manuel, 700, Jardim Paulista.

Telephone: 3081-4431

Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 8pm-last customer

October 19, 2012
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Formula 1 Grand Prix in São Paulo

This year, São Paulo is once again playing host to the internationally renowned Formula 1 Grand Prix at the infamous Interlagos track – an occasion that is most certainly not to be missed!

The Interlagos circuit (shown below), is well known for its many inclines and formerly bumpy surface. Sponsors used to dread this track as the unevenness of the track previously took its toll on the F1 cars, due to the cars’ low ride height and slight suspension. Thankfully this problem has now been put right. Even without the bumps, this particular race isn’t solely tough on the cars however. It is also incredibly physically draining on the drivers! This is largely due to the unfamiliar anti-clockwise direction of the track, where the centrifugal forces, charged by the numerous difficult turns, push the drivers to the absolute maximum – making for a truly spectacular viewing experience.

 

 Schedule:

 Fri 23 November 2012:

Practice 1 10:00am – 11:30am

Practice 2 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Sat 24 November 2012

Practice 3 11:00am – 12:00pm

Qualifying 2:00pm

Sun 25 November 2012

Race 2:00pm

As shown in the event’s timetable above, there is an incredible amount of Formula 1 action to feast on.

Both Friday and Saturday offer the chance to see all of the your favourite drivers become familiar with the circuit in the Practice Sessions.

Saturday afternoon then provides the nerve-wracking Qualifying Stage, where the drivers fight for positioning (and above all the hugely sought-after Poll Position) on Sunday’s Starting Grid.

Sunday afternoon: the moment you’ve been waiting for all weekend – The Race. Needless to say, this is the climax of the weekend, and it indisputably never ceases to provide a sensational finale to one of the most exciting weekends in São Paulo’s expansive annual calendar.

Just to reignite your inner F1 spirit…….Depicted below is the Brazilian F1 superstar Ayrton Senna, celebrating his 1st place finish at Brazil’s 1993 Grand Prix.