Things to do in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is a huge city and I only had a few days to know it. These are some of the things I thing you shouldn’t miss in this city:

A. Streets and neighbourhoods

1. Avenida Paulista

I’ve never been to the US, but this avenue resembles a lot the images I’ve seen in movies. This boulevard is very long, there are three metro stations along it. Don’ forget to go for a drink on Augusta, the street perpendicular to Paulista.

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2. Vila Madalena

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Nice houses, workshops, art galleries, bars and restaurants and amazing street art. A must see!

3. Liberdade

This is the asian neighbourhood. It’s like entering a different world. All the signs are written in asian and latin characters. Check out the stores, you’ll find interesting items to try.

photo credits: discoverynikkei.org

photo credits: discoverynikkei.org

4. Ibirapuera Park

I think it’s best to go here during the week-.end, it’s full of people. It’s a great idea to have a picnic here. There are many pavilions, auditoriums and museums within it. The Afro-Brazil Museum is very interesting and it’s free of charge. Also, Niemeyer’s Auditorium is worth seeing.

Fred Finstone's car in front of the canopy

Fred Flinstone’s car in front of the canopy

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Oscar Niemeyer - Ibirapuera Auditorium

Oscar Niemeyer – Ibirapuera Auditorium

B. Fairs

5. Antiques  Fair on Sundays – under and across the street from MASP.

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6. Benedito-Calixta fair in Vila Magdalena every Saturday – antiques, clothes, bahian food, good music and toys (including Kinder Surprise and Happy Meal).

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7. Municipal Market

The inside reminded me of the turkish bazare. Try the exotic fruits and flavors!

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C. Culture

8. MASP – free on Tuedays

This is a must see for the art lovers. After visiting the greatest art museums in Europe I wasn’t expecting much of it, but I was surprised to discover great works of art, especially impressionist paintings. The museum is located on Paulista and it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

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9. Ipiranga Museum

I couldn’t get inside because they are restoring it, but the building reminded me of a french palace. The gardens in front of it and the park behind are very nice. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

10. Latin American Memorial – Oscar Niemeyer

It has a library and some galleries. It is located further from the center, but if you have more time it’s worth seeing!

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11. Sao Paulo Cultural Center

It was closed because I arrived there right after the New Year, but there many people hanging out or practicing choreography, break-dance and skateboarding. This is the first building with a green roof that I see. You can walk on the green terrace and enjoy the view.

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12. Teatro Municipal

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A beautiful building. If you’re in the neighbourhood check out

13. Edificio Copan – Oscar Niemeyer

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D. PANORAMAS

14. Banespa Building

The line will take for about 2 hrs, but the view from the building is worth it! Plus everything is free! Don’t forget to bring your ID!

endless city

endless city

15. Skye Bar&Restaurant

This is one of the hidden places in Sao Paulo, I think few paulistas have seen it. Get up there and enjoy the magic view! Don’t order anything, it’s very expensive. I couldn’t take a decent picture with my camera, so I borrowed one.

Bar-Skye

photo credits: localnomad.com

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