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Traveling alone in Sao Paulo

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This guide is based on my preferences (I am a single woman traveling alone in Brazil). Activities are grouped according to location and accessibility. You will visit enough sights to be able to say "I've been in Sao Paulo"! This is just for one day, but I will see, experience and taste Sao Paulo!

Good for
  • Solo
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Bella Paulista

Restaurants

Estacao da Luz

Architectural Buildings

Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market

Farmers Markets

Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo

Churches & Cathedrals

Liberdade

Neighbourhoods

Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP

Art Museums

Livraria Cultura

Gift & Speciality Shops

Ibirapuera Park

Parks

Hotel Unique

Hotels

Matsuya Restaurante Japones - Unidade Moema

Restaurants

Renette891's City Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes and try not to look like a tourist!
  • Buy the metro/bus card at any Yellow kiosk in the metro stations- this saves money and time.
  • Bring a dictionary if you don't speak Portuguese
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    Bella Paulista
    Restaurants (Italian, Brazilian, Cafe, Soups, South American)
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    Renette891 Says:

    Start your day with breakfast at the famous 24/7 bakery close to Av Paulista. They serve breakfast buffet and I always enjoy tasting the cakes, breads and cheese Brazil has to offer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #243 of 18,926 restaurants in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ola Bella Paulista 28/08/2018
    • Nice place, excellent coffee and breads! 10/07/2018
    • Bella Paulista
    Address:
    Rua Haddock Lobo 354
    Consolacao
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01414-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (11) 3214 3347
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Estacao da Luz
    Architectural Buildings
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    Renette891 Says:

    It's all about the beauty of the railway station. The inside and outside shows of the architecture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take the metro to Luz station (Blue line) and just walk in and around the station.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 841 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Beautiful architecture 18/02/2018
    • Historic point in the city 13/08/2017
    • Estacao da Luz
    Address:
    Praca da Luz 1
    Luz
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01120-010
    Brazil
    Phone:
    0800-550121
    Other:
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    Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market
    Farmers Markets
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    Renette891 Says:

    For all the food lovers, the is a MUST! This is a fresh food and goods market. They have wine, olive oil, pastas, nuts, fruits, fish..... Just walk around and taste all weird fruits of Brazil. If you are hungry, buy a Mortadella sandwich upstairs! You can spent some time in the streets surrounding the market

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is an information center inside There is a tourist info center inside
    • Safe to take photos!
    • Get off at Sao Bento station an follow the signs
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 841 things to do in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A feast for the eyes 19/09/2018
    • Over rated place 18/09/2018
    • Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market
    Address:
    Rua da Cantareira 306
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01024-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 3313 3365
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    06:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Renette891 Says:

    On your way back from Luz railway station, quickly exit at the Se station and check out the beautiful cathedral the center of SP has to offer! Amazing, huge and in the middle of Sao Paulo. A famous landmark in Sao Paulo and the only church you really need to see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • SP free walking tours, have weekly tours in this area.
    • Not safe area
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 841 things to do in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magnificent building, surroundings are unfortunately full of drug addicts and petty criminals 14/09/2018
    • Rich Heritage 28/08/2018
    • Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo
    Address:
    Praca da Se
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01001-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    3107-6832
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Liberdade
    Neighbourhoods
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    Renette891 Says:

    Just behind the Cathedral at Se, you will find the famous Japanese/Asian neighborhood. Just walk around and look how different it looks to the rest of Sao Paulo. It is also famous for Japanese/Asian cuisine

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 841 things to do in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • japan outside of japan 28/08/2018
    • Good for Weekends and Festivals 27/08/2018
    • Liberdade
    Phone:
    1132095465
    Other:
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    Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP
    Art Museums
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    Renette891 Says:

    This museum hosts famous artworks from the masters- van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt. There are three levels you can visit and the building itself is interesting as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Switch your camera's flash off and take lots of pictures!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 841 things to do in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent museum 16/09/2018
    • Very nice building with some interesting exhibitions 12/09/2018
    • Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP
    Address:
    Avenida Paulista 1578
    Jardins
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01310-200
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 31495897
    Hours:
    Thu
    08:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Wed
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Livraria Cultura
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Renette891 Says:

    The best book shop in SP! The atmosphere forces you to grab a book and start reading. After all the walking, this is a perfect spot to relax, enjoy free wifi and rest before you continue your journey! They have a small coffee shop with pastries and they also sell English books

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 236 Shopping in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 23/08/2018
    • A traditional bookshop at the heart of Paulista Avenue in São Paulo! 11/08/2018
    • Livraria Cultura
    Address:
    Avenida Paulista 2073
    Conjunto Nacional
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01311-300
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 3170-4033
    Other:
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    Ibirapuera Park
    Parks
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    Renette891 Says:

    Take a bus that goes down Brigadeiro Luiz Antonio and get out when you see the famous flag monument. Walk to the park and try to visit at least one of the three museums inside the park. You can rent a bike and ride around all day. There are open spaces, jungle gyms, recreational areas and 3 museums to visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free entrance!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 841 things to do in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My favorite in town! 21/09/2018
    • The sun was out, what a great day 20/09/2018
    • Ibirapuera Park
    Address:
    Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral
    Vila Mariana
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04094-050
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 5574 5045
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Hotel Unique
    Hotels
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    Renette891 Says:

    This unique hotel has a bar right at the top. If you go for a sundowner, you can see a beautiful view while you enjoy your drink! The Skye bar is the place you want to visit, just take the elevator at the entrance of the hotel.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 335 Hotels in Sao Paulo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great hotel with a super warm welcome everywhere 20/09/2018
    • Too nice! 19/09/2018
    • Hotel Unique
    Address:
    Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio 4700
    Jardim Paulista
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01402-002
    Brazil
    Phone:
    011 55 11 3956-1774
    Other:
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    Matsuya Restaurante Japones - Unidade Moema
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi)
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    Renette891 Says:

    Finish your day with the best sushi ever. This restaurant serves a rodizio- all you can eat- for R$50 ($20). The fish is fresh, the restaurant is clean and nicely decorated. They serve a variety of Japanese food. Family friendly!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,657 of 18,926 restaurants in Sao Paulo
    • Not a good choice for rodizio 06/12/2015
    • I became a fan! 18/06/2015
    • Matsuya Restaurante Japones - Unidade Moema
    Address:
    Avenida dos Imares 457
    Moema
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04085-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 5042-4733
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 23:00
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 15:00
    18:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    11:30 - 00:00
    Other:
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