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São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
In Liberdade, Sao Paulo, the home of the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, I felt like I was in Tokyo while knowing I was in Brazil. Portuguese was spoken on the streets but the stores and the street food reminded me more of Shibuya.
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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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R. Fradique Coutinho, 914 - Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP, 05416-001, Brazil
One of the wonderful things I found in São Paulo was a culture of sustainability that appeared to be more forward-thinking than many other cities around the world. Meeting with friends at the Ekoa Café, I listened to several of them discuss their...
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R. Bela Cintra, 1618 - Consolação, São Paulo - SP, 01415-001, Brazil
Tucked into the trees on the quiet Rua Bela Cintra, PÃO offers a peaceful respite from the traffic on nearby Avenida Paulista. This cozy padaria has homemade breads, sandwiches, granola, and other treats for any traveler in need of a nice meal....
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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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R. Dr. Melo Alves, 150 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01417-010, Brazil
Bar Balcão is a wonderful spot for a hamburger and a "chopp," or draft beer at the end of a long day. The Lychee capirinha is highly recommended by Monocle magazine, and the zig-zagged bar arrangement makes for interesting people-watching on a...
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R. Maranhão, 220 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-000, Brazil
This bakery and deli is the ideal spot for a delicious pastry or a heaping New York style deli sandwich. If you're in need of something sweet, try the pão doce with chocolate and bananas or a decadent chocolate croissant. For something savory,...
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R. da Consolação, 3153 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01416-001, Brazil
The Jardins neighborhood is known as a pretty chic part of the city, and rightfully so due to its legion of high-end clothing stores and fancy restaurants. However, its location can't be beat. A short walk away from Avenida Paulista, o Centro, and...
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Pinheiros, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, 03178-200, Brazil
Pinheiros is a neighborhood fit to explore. Descending on either Rua Cardeal Arcoverde or Teodoro Sampaio and wandering inwards, one can find streets lined with music stores, tiny art galleries, street art shrines, and excellent restaurants....
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R. Dep. Lacerda Franco, 536 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05418-001, Brazil
Julice makes everything from baguettes to brioches, and serves wonderful lunches as well. Upon entering the restaurant, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the incredible selection of freshly-baked breads and sweets. Located on a quiet street in Vila...
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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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Santa Cecilia, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
On any given day there is an outdoors market to be found in São Paulo. Packed with produce, meat, or colorful mounds of spices, each stand at the market provides a new sensory excursion. Vendors will shout the prices of their wares as you walk...
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R. Graúna, 137 - Moema, São Paulo - SP, 04514-000, Brazil
Brazilian beer is, to put it charitably, undistinguished. Which may be why Brazilians are obsessed with the intricacies of properly pouring draft beer. It is served ice cold and with a sizable, perfect head. A draft beer is called a chopp, and a...
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Viaduto Nove de Julho, 193 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01050-060, Brazil
Estadao is situated in downtown Sao Paulo. They serve up an incredibly delicious roast pork sandwich: crisp skin on the outside, succulent meat on the inside, all piled onto a fresh-baked roll. A newspaper used to be headquartered nearby and so...
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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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Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This beautiful Lady is all about outdoors. With its hills, cascades, fauna and exuberant flora, Rio will always be a motherly paradise for hikers, climbers, cyclists, runners, surfers, paddlers and dancers alike. Rio is so magical that she even...
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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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Liberdade, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
This particular piece of street art in the Liberdade neighborhood of Sao Paulo in Brazil perfectly describes how much Japanese influence the city has. I found this across the street from the community Japanese garden.
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R. Cantareira, 306 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01103-200, Brazil
Go to the Mercado Municipal in Sao Paulo for all your gourmet needs. The market has everything from fresh vegetables to homemade candies. I decided to go for a mortadella sandwich from Bar do Mane. The locals seem to have a soft-spot for the...
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R. Manuel Guedes, 233 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 03178-200, Brazil
Nestled in a surprisingly quiet and green street in the neighborhood of Itaim Bibi, L'Amitié is the perfect place to spend a long, romantic lunch. Choose to sit in the cozy interior of the restaurant or outside to watch life pass by while French...
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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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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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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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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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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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Ribeirão Preto - State of São Paulo, Brazil
Join Sabrina for an equisite asain and brazilian style meal. Oh the food was just a range from exotic to classic fusion dishes. There was confit pork and chutney, potatoes and this amazing cheesebread. The drinks were phenomanal as well-- vodka...
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Av. São João, 439 - República, São Paulo - SP, 01035-000, Brazil
São Paulo downtown is rich in architectural history and inexpensive shopping, but for a more diverse and alternative shopping experience go to Galeria do Rock where you can get everything from dreadlocks to sneakers. A modern architectural...
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R. Apeninos, 963 - Paraíso, São Paulo - SP, 04104-020, Brazil
A perfect place to buy bread, pastries and coffee in the morning, Padaria Jennyfer also makes a delicious variety of sandwiches, including the Rosbife X-Salada, or Roast Beef with cheese (x) and salad. Goes down well with a freshly squeezed orange...
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R. Martim Francisco, 98 - Santa Cecilia, São Paulo - SP, 01226-010, Brazil
São Paulo didn't give me my first introduction to sushi, but it was here that I first ate a sushi rodízio, which is basically an all you can eat special. My favourite, and the best value rodízio I've eaten is at Toshiro Sushi in Santa Cecilia,...
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R. Pará, 36 - Consolação, São Paulo - SP, 01243-020, Brazil
“Ici resembles a cozy Parisian brasserie with its painted tin ceiling, tiled floor, and red banquettes. I especially like the magret of duck and steak tartare with shoestring fries.” —Arthur Casas Rua Pará 36 55/11-3257-4064. This appeared in the...
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R. Dr. Veiga Filho, 133 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01238-000, Brazil
“Built around 15 years ago amidst a lot of opposition, this upscale shopping mall has become a symbol of the neighborhood, giving it new energy and pushing up real estate prices in the environs. Its design respects the historical buildings around...
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Rua Tupi, 979 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01233-000, Brazil
“What I like the most at this steakhouse is its winter garden, which feels like a leafy backyard. The ojo de bife is delicious, but, because I tend to be on a perennial diet, I usually order the fraldinha, a Brazilian cut of beef that is quite...
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R. Maranhão, 220 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-000, Brazil
“Mere steps away from one of Higienópolis’s most iconic buildings, Edificio Cinderela, [a modernist marble condominium with columns in bright pink tile] this is a regular morning stop for me. I usually order a ham and cheese croissant. It’s one of...
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Vila Madalena, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, 03178-200, Brazil
Sao Paulo is a massive, business hub of South America and not the greatest place to visit. It's full of great food, but not much in the way of culture or beauty. But there is a funky oasis in the middle of this skyrise city in the artsy...
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Rua Haddock Lobo, 955 - Jardins, São Paulo - SP, 01414-001, Brazil
Sao Paulo is a foodie's paradise with phenomenal restaurants behind every door, especially in the neighborhood of Jardins. Behind one of the smaller doors on Rua Haddock Lobo and Al. Itu leads to Na Cozinha, a tiny restaurant creating gigantic and...
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Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01415-000, Brazil
Ordering something local, often something you have never heard of or cannot pronounce, is one of the best ways to get to know a new culture. While Sao Paulo doesn't ooze with culture, it does boast an incredible food scene. One of the more notable...
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Praça da Sé - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01001-000, Brazil
One of the main attractions around São Paulo's historic main square, Praça da Sé, is Catedral Metropolitana. It is the largest church in São Paulo. A 15-min walk from my hotel in the City Center (Republika station), brought me to this bustling...