A healthy weekend in Pinheiros, São Paulo

Sometimes travelling can shake up your habits in ways that take a toll on your body. You swap long baths for long nights out, the gym for a bar, kale for caipirinhas… you get the idea. So, here’s a few things that can help you feel great if you find yourself in Pinheiros, whilst exploring the area and making the most out of your trip!

Where to shop for groceries: 

Quitanda. Whilst it is expensive, it is slightly cheaper than Pão de Acuçar and arguably better quality. However, if your planning on doing your weekly shop, you might want to head down to an Extra after, as products such as sauces and tinned food will really rack up the bill.

Rua Mateus Grou, 159.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 – 22:00; Saturday 08:00 – 21:00; Sunday 08:00 – 16:00

Other supermarkets in the area: Extra (£), Pão de Açucar (£££), Dia (£)

Dona Vitamina:

Across the road from Quitanda is this little gem, Dona Vitamina. Famous for its healthy smoothies and shakes, if you find yourself in Pinheiros it’s not worth missing. With a wide selection of wraps, salads and soups, its an ideal spot for a healthy lunch any day of the week!

Try one of its vitaminas (smoothies), batidas (shakes) or Açai na tigela (açai in a bowl) served with a whole banana and their artisanal granola made in house… yummy!!

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You won’t go hungry with this açai na tigela


Rua Mateus Grou, 152. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 07:30 – 20:00; Saturday 07:30 – 19:00; Sunday 09:00 – 16:00

Smartfit gym:

Smartfit, Brazil’s equivalent of Pure gym, have over 250 gyms in Brazil, including 37 in São Paulo and 47 in Rio de Janeiro. Located on Rua dos Pinheiros (road of the pine trees), it’s a 3 minute walk from the metro station Fradique Coutinho, Linha 4 – Amarela (Line 4 – yellow).

19 reais for a day pass… so no more excuses. If being in Brazil doesn’t make you want to run to a gym and start squatting, then I don’t know what will.

Rua dos Pinheiros, 1037

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 06:00-23:00; Saturday 09:00 – 18:00; Sunday 10:00 – 16:00



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