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So that's my point for every tourist: brazilian or not, I would like to invite you to see some Sao Paulo's hidden gems!
São Paulo seen by who was born there:
1-) Feira da Liberdade (Liberdade street market)
When: every sunday
Why: For those who are asianatics (haha, those who love asian culture just as me) it's the best place in the city. Every sunday there is a big street market, which sells all kind of good-price things (clothes, books, asian food, lamps, etc.). It's a japanese neighborhood, that seems like Akihabara neighborhood, in Tokyo, and it is a very beautiful place, that even explains how and why japanese people has come to live in Sao Paulo.
Ps: It's very crowded, so the best time to arrive is when it starts, about 8 a.m.
Why: If you like desserts, this is the best place in Sao Paulo to eat. It's open 24h a day, so if you get hungry 4 a.m, they will get their best meal for you. Not rarely you can see some famous brazilian artists going there. It's quite expensive, but the picture below can show you that money isn't enough to pay this God's dessert that gives us some good moments and memories.
Why: For those who love some good drinks, beer, and a good bar food, that is the right place. There you can find some brazilian food such as Torresmo, Feijoada, Mandioca, and some drinks such as Capirinha, cachaça, etc. Though, if you don't like brazilian food, you should try their steak.
4-) Pinacoteca de São Paulo
Why: Art, culture and knowledge isn't enough when we are travelling. We all want to know all we can about the place we are visiting, so, Pinacoteca de São Paulo can offers you some very interesting art exhibitions and share all the good stuff with us. It's a historical place, that in the past and dark days was used for bad purposes (military regime in Brazil), but nowadays it's an enlightening place.
Why: Churches are always beautiful inside and outside, and Mosteiro de São Bento isn't different. Well, actually, it is. It has a very rich architecture, but the hidden gem is inside, because you can see some gold-plated angels, saints, candles and bells. Whether you are christian or not, you should visit this magnificent place. And 2 days a week they have celebrations in Gregorian chant or latin, so it's amazing.Website: Mosteiro de São Bento de São Paulo
Why: Near Mosteiro de São Bento, you can go by walking to these three places. First, you go walking until Ladeira Porto Geral, where you can find cheap costumes and party stuff. Next, you can go walking until Rua 25 de Março, where you can find everything you may need, and with low prices, everything is very cheap. But I may observe that it isn't a good place to visit, it's a good place to buy, so don't go there if you don't like crowds. Then, afters visiting these points, you can walk until Mercado Municipal, the most famous market in the city, where you can find cheap and delicious fruits, seeds, vegetables, pastéis (a brazilian fried food, very popular and famous), bologna sandwich, etc.
PS: this isn't a not-famous-place to visit, actually, it is very well known, but since you are visiting Mosteiro de São Bento, I thought it was a good idea to show you everything around it.
7-) Solomon Temple
Why: It's architecture its amazing. Everybody get amazed to this experience. At the same time it is a temple, it's also a museum, with guided visits, that explains some historical points about the christians, muslims and jewish. I included as a hidden gem because it is a new sightseeing point of São Paulo, so not many people know it or have visited it.
Website: O Templo de Salomão
Why: Would you like to learn some curious and interesting facts about our language and brazilian literature? So here it's the place. Some people think that we speak 'brazilian', but we don't, it doesn't exist, so our official language is portuguese. There you will see that many words from other countries are part of our vocabulary, so, don't be surprised if you see words you know there.
Website: Museu da Língua da Portuguesa
PS: It's very near from Pinacoteca de São Paulo.
9-) Ponte Estaiada (Estaiada Bridge)
Why: It's very beautiful at day, but better at night. Located in a very noble area of the city, it is above Pinheiros River, and it is a nice postcard. Here is a hint: if possible, search a hotel to stay near this bridge, you will love to open your window and see it.
Why: Many people when visiting São Paulo, go visit other places, such as MASP, Memorial da América Latina, Mercado Municipal, Museu de São Paulo, Parque do Ibirapuera, etc, etc. But a few people take time enough to visit this place. It requires at least 2 hours to see it's beauty inside and outside, it's one of the biggest churches in the city. Be aware: at night it's quite dangerous, so, take care.
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