The Calçadão Urbanoide is a cool open-air space, home to several food trucks and food stands in the heart of São Paulo. The place was created at the beginning of 2015 when there was a food truck boom in the city. Thus, a former parking lot on Augusta Street became a gastronomic space. The location couldn’t be better, Augusta Street is “the place to be” for the youth since the 60’s, frequented by a variety of urban tribes. Besides, the Calçadão Urbanoide is just a few blocks from the busy Paulista Avenue.
It’s an outdoor food hall, stylish, with graffiti on the walls, wooden community tables, DJ playing (at certain times), and a funky vibe. Unfortunately, there is no green area with trees nearby – which would be a relief on those warm days – what you see around are buildings and more buildings. Most of the tables are covered, so you don’t have to worry if drizzles.
There’s a varied of dishes to choose from, flavors, colors and aromas to please every taste. Brazilian food (of course!), Asian, Italian, Colombian, Peruvian, and so on. In the drinks department, you can find craft beers (regular ones as well), colorful drinks (caipirinha, mojito) and non-alcoholic beverages.
Some of the vendors are specialized in desserts, such as churros, waffles, and brigadeiro. From time to time, the trucks and tents can move away to other locations since the spots at the Calçadão Urbanoide are rented. But some of them have been there since the first time I visited the place (at the beginning of 2015).
The prices of the food vary, can cost from R$20 to R$30 (some more, others less). Certain dishes are worth the price, others, honestly, are not. I’ve been there several times, and I’ve tasted many of the options, some of them were mouthwatering, others not so much – It’s a matter of taste and opinion, of course. Everything is served in disposable utensils, which is practical but does not contribute to the environment.
On the weekends the movement is bigger, both at lunchtime and night, but there are always people coming in and leaving, just keep an eye on the tables. Usually, on Fridays and Saturdays, there’s a DJ playing, the atmosphere is relaxed and lively. The Calçadão Urbanoide is frequented by families with children (mainly by day), couples and groups of friends, seeking for food and drinks in an informal and fun ambiance.
When? It opens from Tuesday to Sunday at noon. The closing times vary: Tuesdays at 10 pm, Wednesdays at 11 pm, Thursdays at midnight, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 am, and Sundays at 10 pm.
Where? Two entrances: Rua Augusta, 1291 and Rua Frei Caneca, 1024 – Consolação, São Paulo, Brazil.