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Sao Paulo - a few days in the urban jungle

A May 2002 trip to Sao Paulo by Reeoni

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Quote: With a population of close to 20 million, Sao Paulo is a huge city. As a tourist destination, it pales in comparison to Rio or Bahia. That said, this vast urban monstrosity can be an exciting and educational place to stop for a few days if you’re traveling around Brazil.

Sao Paulo - a few days in the urban jungle

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Overview

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Walking down Avenida Paulista, you will realize why Sao Paulo has been referred to as the New York of the South. The wide street is crawling with taxis, sidewalks are filled with international tourists and businessmen, while large corporate buildings, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants line either side. The art museum, Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP) is worth a look. The areas around Praca de Se and Praca de Republica are good for walking, shopping and people watching. You will also find tourist information booths here. Liberdade, a large Japanese section of the city, is a neat place to visit as well. Check out the Museum of Japanese Immigration. If you’re planning a lengthier stay, consi...Read More

Sao Paulo Othon Classic

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Hotel | "Othon Palace Hotel"

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We were very pleased with our stay at the Othon Palace. If you’re looking for luxury or character, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a hotel that is well-located and offers clean rooms, friendly service and basic amenities at a reasonable price, then the Othon Palace will suit your needs. The rooms are comfortable but unspectacular, and while the hotel seems to be generally well-kept, it could use a face lift, the décor is rather outdated. Some but not all of the desk staff members speak English. Those that do were exceptionally friendly and anxious to help. The hotel is located on Rua Libero Badaro, only a short walk away from the Teatro Municipal. The Praca de Se subway stop is a few bloc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2002

Sao Paulo Othon Classic
LIBERO BADARO 190
Sao Paulo, Brazil 01008-000
55 11 3291-5000

Sushi Yassu

Restaurant | "Sushi-Yassu"

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As one might expect, there is some excellent Japanese available in Liberdade, the world’s largest Japanese community outside of Japan. This wonderful Japanese restaurant is located in the heart of Liberdade on Rua Tomas Gonzaga (follow Rua Conselheiro Furtado south from Praca de Se, it's a small side street off to the west that did not appear on our map). It is deserving of the praise it receives in a couple of the major travel guides. We went there for lunch, and for $12 a person, were served a lunch special that included sushi, tsukemono, miso soup, a smoked fish, and a few other items. Everything was delicious. Menus are available in English, the staff speaks some English in addition to Portug...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2002

Sushi Yassu
Rua Tomas Gonzaga 98
Sao Paulo, Brazil
011/3209-6622

Chalet Suisse

Restaurant

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This restaurant is located on the top floor of the Othon Palace hotel and serves Swiss cuisine. They have gone to great lengths to make the place resemble an actual, traditional chalet as possible as much as possible, which provides for an interesting look. Flickering candles provide most of the light, and the soft piano music is just loud enough to drown out the noise from the streets far below. There is even a small dance floor, and we watched in amazement as an older couple, the only other customers in the place besides ourselves, took a few turns on it, drinks in hand. The staff is friendly, but speaks little English. Luckily, the menu is written in English, so that’s not really a prob...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2002

Chalet Suisse
Rua Libero Badaro 190
Sao Paulo, Brazil
(11) 232-6000

Famiglia Mancini

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Restaurant

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An Italian restaurant located on Rua Avanhandava in the vicinity of the Grand Hotel Ca’D’Oro, Famiglia Mancini is a treat. Like Sushi-Yassu, this is also a restaurant you’ll see mentioned in major guide books. It deserves the recognition. The menu offers a wide variety of pasta dishes, mostly traditional Italian, but a few with a Brazilian flare. While our pasta was quite good, the highlight of the meal was the antipasti bar, which featured an impressive array of Italian meats and cheeses. You pay by the weight at the antipasti bar. If I ever go back, I’ll consider skipping the pasta altogether and making that my meal. I should also mention that they've got a good wine list, we enjoyed a very nic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2002

Famiglia Mancini
Rua Avanhandava 81
Sao Paulo, Brazil 01306
55 11 2564320

Ibirapuera Park

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This huge, urban park located south of the Jardim Paulista section of town is Sao Paulo’s answer to Central Park. If you're up for a long walk, take the metro to the Brigadero Metro station, and follow Avenida Brigadero Luis Antonio through the city's Jardim Paulista section (don't worry, it's safe) until you hit the park. It's about a 30 min. walk. Otherwise, there are city buses which follow the same route. If you're not staying on Avenida Paulista, you're probably better off asking your hotel to call you a taxi. If you approach the park from the Northwest, you will see the impressive Bandeiras monument, a tribute to Brazil's pioneers. The park’s many paths twist between lawns, gardens and po...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2002

Ibirapuera Park
Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral
Sao Paulo, Brazil
011/5174-5177

Campos do Jordao

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Attraction

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We wanted to get out of the big city for the day, so we decided to take the bus to Campos do Jordao. The bus ride from Sao Paulo to the rather pretty little mountain town takes about two hours, and makes for an excellent day or weekend trip. We paid about $9 US each for tickets from Expresso da Mantiqueira at the main bus terminal. The bus was not crowded at all, and the seats were comfortable. As you look around at the scenery and architecture, you’re likely to wonder whether the bus driver took a wrong turn and ended up in Europe. Gorgeous as it is, it’s strikingly out of place. The main downtown area offers a variety of shop, bars and restaurants. As one might expect with a tourist to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2002

Campos do Jordao
Av. Januário Miráglia 2040 sala 1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
055 12 3664 3410