Back in the day when Avenida Paulista was the domain of the coffee aristocracy, Parque Trianon (Rua Peixoto Gomide 949, Cerqueira César, tel. 11/3289-2160, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. daily), less grandly known as Parque Tenente Siqueira Campos, was the place to go strolling.
Originally designed in 1892 by French landscaper Paul Villon, Parque Trianon received a more tropical makeover in 1968 by Roberto Burle Marx, who played up the exuberant textures and colors of the native Atlantic forest.
Today, this small but surprisingly lush oasis, punctuated with benches, sculptures, and fountains, provides a welcome contrast to the congested avenue. By day, Parque Trianon attracts a colorful mixture of visitors—from bookworms to lunching tycoons. Its more jungly depths are legendary as a gay cruising area.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition