For a small but delightful slice of Bolivia in the heart of São Paulo, in the neighbourhood of Pari, head to the small but colourful Sunday Feira Boliviana – the Bolivian market, set on Praça Kantuta.
Take a turn around the market stalls, which sell Andean bits and pieces, and don't miss the long tables piled with bread, grains and Bolivian delicacies including half a dozen different varieties of potato, dried black corn, and sachets of coca tea. A row of gazebos houses cheap and cheerful barber shops, where young lads duck in for a short back and sides; and up on the main square, if you're lucky, there will be folkloric dance rehearsals featuring troupes of Bolivian teenagers.
Hunt down ceviche at one or two of the stalls, graze on a couple of plump empanadas or salteñas (meat pies), or settle at a table at one of the excellent restaurant stalls. They feature well proportioned dishes like lechón al horno (leitão ao forno, in Portuguese) – a hunk of delicious roasted pork; sopa de maní – a rich peanut soup; and chunks of grilled fish. Order up a bottle of Inca Cola or a glass of mocochinche (a cold, sweet tea made with dried peaches, cloves and cinnamon); or get the afernoon going with a can of Brahma or Bolivian Paceña beer.
One of São Paulo's hands-down best Sunday outings.