Sao Paulo, being the largest city in South America, naturally has a ton of things to do. We spent 9 days in the city.
This is how we spent the 9 days in Sao Paulo in Instagram photos.
The picture above shows the design in the Airbnb we stayed at in Sao Paulo. The walls look like colored wood, though there isn’t any wood. I really liked the design. And that’s about all I liked about the place. I was glad we took several hours almost every day away from the place, exploring the city.
On our first day exploring the city, we took the subway…
And went downtown! This is where the Sao Paulo Cathedral or Catedral da Sé is located. This is the inside, taken from the front of the cathedral.
And this is one of the colorful stained glassed windows.
During our walking tour of downtown Sao Paulo, it happened to be the day after one of the big protests. I took the opportunity to take pictures of the aftermath.
After our downtown Sao Paulo walking tour, we went for a night tour. We visited and walked a little in Ibirapuera Park. This is a huge park in the middle of traffic filled-so many people-gigantic city, Sao Paulo. Even the park was packed with people. There’s a skateboarding area and a bike and jogging lane.
After, we went to a street called Rua Joaquim Floriano with plenty of restaurants. (Rua is street in Portuguese and they don’t pronounce the R.)
On this rua, we went to a cafe called Kopenhagen. I had seen this cafe chain all over Sao Paulo. We had a really good hot chocolate and candy called Bala de Leite (English, ball of milk).
The next day, for lunch, we went to the Japanese town of Sao Paulo, in the district called Liberdade. There’s a really popular restaurant called Lamen Kazu. We went during lunchtime hours and had to wait outside. The restaurant only has about 8 tables and a counter. They took our orders before we were even seated. This is what I got:
I also got a haircut in Liberdade. And it’s short now.
The next day we went to Mercado Municipal in Sao Paulo. The meat and fish section of the market reminded me of the fish market in Santiago Chile and also the Queen Victoria market in Melbourne Australia. Other than meat and fish, they also sell dried fruit and nuts.
And lots of fresh fruit! Some are imported. I saw several that I’ve only seen and ate in Malaysia. Each vendor displayed their fruit very well.
After the market, we went to a street market that sold antiques. There was also a food court area where I saw a booth selling giant cups full of dulce de leche (brought back memories from Uruguay!) and topped with sprinkles.
After, we went to a bar to see the Brazil v. Italy game in the Confederations Cup 2013. We just so happened to be in Brazil during the Confederations Cup. We were also in Rio de Janeiro during the finals, which is the city where the finals are being held (Spain v. Brazil!).
On a Sunday, we went to Museu do Futebol, in English, Football Museum. (That is, soccer.) You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside of the museum but I must say, I actually liked this museum.
It’s funny because we went to Estadio Centenario in Montevideo Uruguay, where the World Cup was played in 1930 with Brazil v. Uruguay. Uruguay won. In Sao Paulo’s Museu do Futebol, they had a section where they played the reaction of the Brazilian fans when they lost. We were able to see the contrast!
This is the view from the museum. In the parking lot, there are tents sent up. This is where there was a street market.
At the street market, we saw lots of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables being sold. Also, they were selling pastel, a must try when visiting Brazil. I would compare it to an empanada. It’s filled with different things and fried.
Someone was also selling flowers, which I had to take a picture of.
The majority of the 9 days in Sao Paulo, we bought our breakfast from Padaria Jennyfer, just a few blocks away from where we were staying. This is a doughnut.
On our last full day in Sao Paulo, we went to an art museum in Paulista Avenue, one of the most important avenues in Sao Paulo. This is where the protests were being held in. When we were there, it was raining. But people, mainly business people, were still walking.
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