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Discovering São Paulo, Brazil

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São Paulo is one of the world's largest cities and the largest city in South America. It's also home to huge Japanese and Italian populations (a result of immigration in the early 20th century as São Paulo was an important part of the coffee industry). The city is known for its variety of food, nightlife, and culture, including art and museums. It's also a great place to experience Brazil's indoor and outdoor markets and see some very cool architecture thanks to Oscar Niemeyer's work here.
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Av. Paulista, 1578 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-200, Brazil
I love to travel, but something I rarely admit is that I'm not very adventurous when it comes to food on the road. I love to try local specialties but don't eat much meat or heavy, fried food. As a result, it took me a while to get into street...
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Av. Paulista, 1578 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-200, Brazil
São Paulo is home to many vibrant markets, and the Sunday antiques market on Avenida Paulista is one of them. The market is located under the Museum of Art (MASP)--the museum is built off the ground, leaving a large open space where vendors set up...
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Praça Benedito Calixto - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 03178-200, Brazil
Anyone who has been to Brazil knows that the country has fantastic open-air markets, known as "feiras" in Portuguese. They often feature a combination of handicrafts, antiques, live music, dancing, and street food. The market on Saturdays at Praça...
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As a lover of architecture, visiting Edificio Copan in the center of São Paulo was high on my list during my last visit to this lively city. However, what really struck me while standing outside Copan was this fun street art behind us. It seems to...
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R. Clélia, 93 - Água Branca, São Paulo - SP, 05042-000, Brazil
Architects should be cultural agents who are concerned with both good and functional design. For me, Lina Bo Bardi and her raw, modernist architecture exemplified this. She really thought about the people who would use her spaces. My favorite...
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Av. Paulista, 1499 - Loja 6 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01311-200, Brazil
On a weekday evening the tables will fill with Paulistanos and travelers, rubbing elbows, sipping glasses of cold beer, and snacking on tasty food. Watch the world walk by on Avenida Paulista.
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Alameda Santos, 1437 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01419-001, Brazil
Hotel Tivoli is one of the most beautiful hotels I have stayed at. It is a classy Portuguese hotel with great service, modern chic decor and delicious breakfast spread. Ask for a room overlooking 25 de Mayo, the main street in Sao Paulo and you...
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R. Herbart, 47 - Lapa, São Paulo - SP, 05072-030, Brazil
After hearing so much about the huge Municipal Market in downtown Sao Paulo, I was excited to visit a slightly smaller version in Lapa, one of Sao Paulo's central districts. I wanted to see not just the array of food but also Brazilians going...
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Av. Paulista, 1578 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-200, Brazil
São Paulo has a thriving culture scene that can be seen in its museums, craft fairs, graffitti, and artsy shops. If you spend a Sunday there, be sure to head over to São Paulo's main avenue, Avenida Paulista, for a three-part cultural experience....
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R. Pres. Artur da Costa e Silva - Parque Sao Vicente, Mauá - SP, 09371-490, Brazil
On Sundays, the infamously busy "Minhocão" (a major highway overpass through the center of São Paulo) is closed to cars and open to all athletes, families, and other wanderers in São Paulo. If you're in the metropolis on a Sunday, walk alongside...
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Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral - Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04002-010, Brazil
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, this expansive park was meant to be an improvement to Central Park in New York City. Home to an impressive amphitheater, museums, water bodies, and lots of paths with some impressive landscaping,...
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R. Barão de Capanema, 549 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01411-001, Brazil
São Paulo’s D.O.M. is currently rated sixth in the World’s 50 Best ranking, but to me it is simply the restaurant where I take every visiting non-Brazilian for a guaranteed reaction: “What just hit us?!” The more confident that chef–owner Alex...
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Rua Oscar Freire, 413 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01426-001, Brazil
With its comfortable seating, Parisian-style tables, and hardwood decor, Santo Grão Café on Rua Oscar Freire is the type of café that's impossible to leave. The list of coffee drinks is impressive, and the food delicious. Perfect for a french...
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Praça Júlio Prestes, 16 - Campos Elíseos, São Paulo - SP, 01218-020, Brazil
by Alondra De La Parra A former train station, the Sala has some of the finest acoustics I have ever heard. I’ve been working with the resident orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, which I think is the best in Latin America....
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Praça da Sé - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01001-000, Brazil
Once in awhile, there are moments while traveling when I know I am in the right place at the right time. One of these moments was when I walked into Catedral da Sé de São Paulo. The grandeur of the cathedral was impressive in its own right, but I...
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I love exploring the markets in São Paulo. There are many, some big and some small, but my latest discovery is the big one on Sundays in Praça da República in the center of the city, very close to the famous Italian and Copan buildings. This...