Beco do Batman is a colorful alley (composed of two streets, actually) filled with graffiti; it’s an open-air gallery located in the charming neighborhood of Vila Madalena, in São Paulo. Vila, how the neighborhood is commonly called by the Paulistanos (people from São Paulo), is a bohemian place, full of cool bars and trendy restaurants. I can’t see a better place for Beco do Batman be located.
The name of the place is because, back in the 80’s, a graffiti of Batman was found there. After that, the walls were covered in many others graffiti, and today it’s a very touristic spot in the city. The drawings are constantly renovated by different artists. So, there is always a reason to come back. By the way, you can also find other painted walls in the surrounds.
That is a great spot to visit when in São Paulo, especially if you enjoy urban art. If you go to the Beco do Batman during the weekend, you’ll see a lot of people walking around and taking a bunch of pictures. Also, during the weekend is really easy to find a fair or some kind of festival happening in there (or close to it). Music, food trucks, and graffiti, what a great combination.
The only problem is that the place is open for cars (they use them as a parking lot), what I think it’s a bummer. But the idea of the neighborhood city hall is to close the street soon, prohibiting the cars to circulate in there. I hope that really happens, but for now, watch out for the cars while taking your pictures.
Other things to do near the Beco do Batman
Eat in one of the many cool restaurants, have a few drinks in one of the bohemian bars, visit the Benedito Calixto fair (happens on Saturdays), visit the art galleries. Vila Madalena is a good neighborhood to get lost, one of my favorites in São Paulo!
How much? Free as a happy bird.
When? Any day at any time. I suggest to go during the day; it’s safe, and there’s sunlight.
Where? Rua Gonçalo Afonso and Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque, Vila Madalena – São Paulo, Brazil