Hidden among what is often nicknamed the ‘concrete jungle’ of Brazil is a quirky, cool and vibrantly colourful little neighbourhood that goes by the name of Vila Madalena. It’s one of those places that you probably won’t hear about until you actually arrive in São Paulo but that’s what makes it so special.

Tourists come and go but usually only stay for a few hours which means that this little gem continues to keep it’s grungy/bohemian it picked up back in the 70’s. By time the 80’s rolled around, one of the first street art groups in São Paulo, Tupinãodá, created the famous ‘Beco do Batman’ and the São Paulo street art scene was born.

Holding the title of São Paulo’s premiere open-air art gallery, Beco do Batman, otherwise known as Batman Alley, is a collaborative masterpiece that simply can not be missed. Encapsulating a variety of powerful, sometimes controversial artworks by an ever-increasing group of street artists from around the world in a small, compact space, Beco do Batman is a magical world of it’s own.

If you’re interested in visiting Beco do Batman, take a look at this…

The São Paulo Street Art Scene: Exploring Beco do Batman, “Batman Alley” In Vila Madalena

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

ADVERTISEMENT

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

Beco do Batman, "Batman Alley" in Sao Paulo, Brazil | This Sao Paulo street art alley is magical beyond belief | StoryV Travel + Lifestyle

How To Do It

If you want to experience the São Paulo street art scene then we definitely recommend a visit to Beco do Batman in Vila Madalena, just a 15 minute cab or tube ride away from the bustling Paulista Avenue.

To get there, simply quote the neighbourhood, “Vila Madalena” with the street names, “Rua Gonçalo Afonso” and “Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque” as well as “Beco do Batman” to your taxi driver or alternatively, catch the tube to Vila Madalena station and ask staff for walking directions. From the station it’s probably a good 20 minute walk away so you may want to wave down a taxi.

When you arrive you will be dropped off in what looks like a small gravel car park, splitting Batman Alley in half. It’s up to you where you start, just as long as you remember not to miss the other side! It’s also important to note that Beco do Batman is located in a very residential area with cars sometimes needing to access their homes through the alleyway. Be careful!

Other than that, take your time and have some fun! There’s definitely an array of pretty spectacular artwork plastered across the brick walls as you wind your way through so don’t forget to charge your camera up the night before.

Happy wandering!

Have Like what you’ve read? Follow us on Facebook for more daily travel tips and inspiration!

Pin this >>

São Paulo, Brazil is very well known for it's incredible street art scene and one place in particular really struck us as totally COOL. This Sao Paulo street art alley is a whole other world! Come take a look...

 

ADVERTISEMENT
Previous articleHow To Make Money Whilst Travelling The World: 8 Nomads Reveal All!
Next articleHere Are The Most Instagram Worthy Australian Landscapes
Hannah is an Australian nomad and the Founding Editor of StoryV Travel & Lifestyle. After finishing her studies in Business Administration Hannah took off to Thailand with her father for a life-changing volunteer experience that shaped the way her future panned out. The day she returned home she took up 3 jobs and booked her next ticket out. 3 months later she had quit the rat race completely and was off to Thailand once more - this time, on her own. Little did she know, that solo adventure would lead her to meet the love of her life and go on to explore the rest of the world as a digital nomad. With a thirst for experiencing unfamiliar cultures in exotic destinations around the world, Hannah most enjoys chasing sunsets, lazing on tropical beaches and getting lost among a myriad of crooked buildings and small alleyways. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Facebook!