8-day Sao Paulo, Brazil itinerary

I started drafting the itinerary 2 months before the trip.  I had mixed emotions while doing the preparations. I felt excited by looking at over hundreds of photos and reading dozens of articles and I also made myself scared and dubious by reading about the place’s crime and safety. This was my first international trip that was purely leisure so  I just wanted everything to be perfect.

So what made me choose Sao Paulo. Well, aside that we do not need visa to travel here, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and in South America with over 11 million of inhabitants. It is also considered as the Brazil’s financial capital. This is the part of Brazil that is greatly influenced by diverse cultures such as French, Italian, Japanese, Arab, Chinese and many more. So in terms of food, shopping, architecture and activities, there are plenty of things you can choose from and I assure you, the list will be too long.

Our accommodation was at The Hostel Paulista so the basis of the transportation details in this itinerary starts at Paulista Avenue.


Day 1 (Sunday)

1. Walk tour around Avenida Paulista

Paulista Avenue is closed down for cars on Sundays. It is transformed into a recreational place for runners, bikers, skaters, musicians etc.

Points of interest:

  • Museum of Art Sao Paulo
  • Casa das Rosas
  • Shopping Patio Paulista
  • Trianon Park

2. Ibirapuera Park 

Pink Ipê trees at the park’s entrance

Address: Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral – Ibirapuera, São Paulo – State of São Paulo, Brazil

Points of interest:

  • Museu-afro Brasil
  • Oca do Ibirapuera
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Planetario do Ibirapuera
  • Pavilhao Hapones

How to get there: 

1. By bus

  • 669A-10 from Alameda Santos 815 to Avenida Brasil (600m away from the park)
  • 6338-10 / 6366-10 from Jose Maria Lisboa  C/B 2 to Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral (260 m away from the park)
  • 477A-10 / 5119-10 / 967A-10 from Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 2344 to Avenida Brasil  (600m away from the park)
  • 5178-10 from Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 2344 to Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral (260m away from the park)

2. By taxi

  • If you are riding from Avenida Paulista, it would costs around R$20 depending on the traffic. 3 pm is a little bit traffic already so I would suggest you take the bus.

3. By metro

  • Embark from Trianon-MASP (L2- Green Lane). Upon reaching Paraiso transfer to L1-Blue Lane Head and disembark at  Vila Mariana. Head to Rua Domingos de Morais, 1116, just 100m away from the metro station, then take a bus 677A-10. 6th stop will be at Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral.

3. Rascal (8:00-10:00 pm)

Buffet dinner at one of the high-rated restaurants in Sao Paulo.

Address: Alameda Santos 870, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Hours:

  • Sunday 7pm-1030pm;
  • Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 7pm-1030pm and;
  • Sat 12pm-3pm

Price Range: 75 R$ or around $20.76

How to get there:

1. By bus: 

  • 5111-10 / 5119-10: From the park, you can head northwest to Av. Brg. Luis Antonio street (260m away from the park). The nearest stop to Rascal would be at Condominio Edificio Barao de Ouro Branco. From there, you can head southwest towards Alameda Santos then turn right (estimated walking time:3 mins).
  • 5154-10 /  5178-10 / 5185-10 at Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral (260m away) and stop at Av. Brg. Luis Antonio, 2344 (Condominio Edificio Barao de Ouro Branco). Head southwest on Av. Brg. Luis Antonio towards Alameda Santos then turn right (estimated walking time:3 mins).

2. By taxi:

  • Right across the park, there are taxis passing by. It will costs you around R$20 depending on the traffic.


Day 2 (Monday)

1. Templo de Salomao (9:00 – 10:00 am)


Address: Avenida Celso Garcia, 605 – Brás, São Paulo – State of São Paulo, Brazil

Guided tours:

  • Monday to Friday 9h to 18h
  • Saturday and Sunday 9h to 20h

Cost: R$20

Website: http://sites.universal.org/templodesalomao/

For infos & reservations, email: info@otemplodesalomao.com

How to get there:

1. By bus:

  • 917H-10 / 478P-10 from Av. Paulista, 1374 to Av. Paulista, 2452 . Walk about a minute to Paulista B/C for your final ride to the temple. You have to look for bus number 702C-10.
  • 609F-10 / 609F-21 / 6338-10 from Jose Maria Lisboa C/B 2 station to Av. Prestes Maia, 496. From there, you will ride another bus (2182-10), which will bring you to Av. Celso Garcia, 350.
  • 106A-10 from Jose Maria Lisboa station to Av. Prestes Maia, 919. From there, you will ride another bus (701A-10), which will bring you to Av. Celso Garcia, 350.

2. By taxi: 

  • Request taxi from Easy Taxi App. It will costs only R$20.

2. Free Foodtour (2:00 – 4:00 pm)


Meeting point: MASP @1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Duration: 2 hours

Website: www.freefoodtour.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/freefoodtour

Instagram: @FreeFoodTour

How to get there:

1. By bus

  • 2290-10 / 701A-10 at Parada 1 E 3- João Boemer to Republica then at Parada Aurora wait for bus 875A-10
  • 2523-10 at Parada 2 – João Boemer to Republica then at Parada Aurora wait for bus 875A-10

2. By metro

  • Embark at Republica (Line 4- Yellow Lane- Butanta) and disembark at Paulista > Walk about 4 min to Consolaçao Station > Embark at Consolaçao (Line 2- Green Lane- Vila Prudente) and disembark at Trianon-Masp

3. Dinner at Brewery Asterix


Address: Alameda Joaquim Eugenio de Lima 575 – Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo

Business Hours:

  • Sun-Wed 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
  • Thu-Fri    6:00 pm-1:00 am
  • Sat 6 pm-1 am

Day 3 (Tuesday)

1. Sala Sao Paulo

Interior of Sala Sao Paulo with its adjustable ceiling and portable risers

Address: Praca Julio Prestes, 16 – Campos Elisios, Sao Paulo

Website: http://www.salasaopaulo.art.br/home.aspx

Guided tours must be scheduled 5 days in advance by contacting : visita@osesp.art.br

Cost : R$5

How to get there:

1. By bus:

  • 669A-10 at Av. Paulista, 1374 and stop at R. Guaianases, 667  > Walk about 9 mins to Sala Sao Paulo.

2. By taxi

  • From Paulista to Sala Sao Paulo, it will costs around R$25.


2. Luz Station

Address: Praca da Luz I, Luz, Sao Paulo

How to get there:

  • Walk southwest on Rua Cleveland towards Praca Julio Prestes
  • Continue onto Rua Maua

3. Rua Oscar Freire Shopping Street

Shop till you drop at Sao Paulo’s most luxurious street

Points of interest:

  • Santo Grao
  • Bacio di Latte
  • Havaianas

How to get there:

1. By metro:

  • Walk towards Tiradentes (Line 1-Blue)
  • Upon reaching Paraiso, transfer to Line 2 (Green) and disembark at Consolacao.
  • Head straight towards Rua Haddock Lobo until you reach Rua Oscar Freire

2. By bus:

  • Walk to Rua Maua and wait for bus 7458-10. The tenth stop will be at Rua Oscar Freire.

3. By taxi:

  • Right outside the station, there are a lot of taxis on standby. It will costs around R$24 depending on traffic.

4. Paris 6


Address: Rua Haddock Lobo, 1240 – Cerqueira Cesar, Sao Paulo

Cuisine: French, Brazilian

Business Hours: 24 hours

Price Range:$10-$32

How to get there:

  • Head towards Rua Bela Cintra
  • Turn right onto Alameda Tiete

Day 4 (Wednesday)

1. Coffee Lab

Best coffee experience for COFFEE LAB-ers!

Address: Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1350 – Vila Madalena, Sao Paulo

Hours: 10 am – 8 pm

How to get there:

1. By metro:

  • Embark at Trianon-MASP (Line 2 – Green)
  • Upon reaching Consolacao, transfer to Line 4 (Yellow Lane) and disembark at Fradique Coutinho.
  • From Fradique Coutinho, you can either walk or take a bus.
  • Option 1 (Walk):

–  Head northwest on R. Fradique Coutinho toward R. Artur de Azevedo

  • Option 2 (Bus):

– Head northwest on R. Fradique Coutinho

– Turn left at R. Teodoro Sampaio and wait for bus 847P-10

– Stop at R. Fidalgo, 407 and walk towards Coffee Lab for 3 mins.

2. Instituto Tomie Ohtake

Unwonted Japanese-style architecture

Address: Rua Coropes, 88 – Pinheiros, Sao Paulo
Website: http://www.institutotomieohtake.org.br/

Cost: R$11

How to get there:

  • Head southwest on R. Fradique Coutinho toward R. Wisard.
  • Continue onto R. Dos Miranhas/R. Dos Tamanas
  • Turn right to Rua Corope

3. Shopping Iguatemi SP


Address: Avenida Brg. Faria Lima, 2232 – Jardim Paulistano, Sao Paulo

How to get there:

1. By bus:

  • 875C-10/6262-10: Walk towards the bus stop just 2 mins away from the museum.

4. Museum of Image and Sound


Address: Avenida Europa, 158 – Jardim Europa, Sao Paulo

Hours:

  • Tue – Sat 12 nn – 3pm
  • Sun 11 am – 9 pm

Website: http://www.mis-sp.org.br/

Cost: R$4.00 (adult); R$2.00 (students with valid student ID, for senior citizens (aged 60 and over) and children under 10 years old); admission is free for everyone every Sunday.

How to get there:

1. By bus:

  • 930P-10/107T-10: Head to the nearest bus stop which is located 1 min away from the mall. Disembark at it’s 4th stop and walk for about a min to Museum of Image and Sound (MIS).

5. Laje Bar


Address: Rua Pamplona 795 – The Hostel Paulista rooftop


Day 5 (Thursday)

1. Museu de Futebol

Discover the history of Brazilian football

Address: Estadio do Pacaembu – Praca Charles Miller, Sao Paulo

Cost: R$9

Website: http://www.museudofutebol.org.br

How to get there: 

1. By bus: 

  • 175P-10/ 875H-10/ 875P-10/ 917H-10 : Head to the bus stop located just across FIESP. The nearest stop will be at Av. Dr. Arnaldo 144-186 which is 1.4 km away from the museum. It will take a 17-min walk to reach the destination.
  • 917M-10 : Head to the bus stop located just across FIESP. It’s 10th stop will be at Praca Charles Miller.

2. By metro:

  • Embark at Trianon-MASP and disembark at Clinicas. From here, you can walk to the museum for 20 mins or you can take bus 917M-10.

3. By taxi

2. Shopping Market Paulista

Sit and down and grab some of Brazilian’s street food

Address: Avenida Paulista, 1941 -Bela Vista, Sao Paulo

How to get there:

1. By bus

  • 917M-10 – From Acesso Arnolfo Azevedo bus stop, the 7th stop will be at Av. Paulista, 2027 which is just 90m away from Shopping Market Paulista.
  • 208M-10 at Acesso Arnolfo Azevedo bus stop then upon reaching Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 1125, transfer to either of these buses: 917H-10 / 874C-10 / 478P-10. Disembark at its 4th stop (Av. Paulista, 2027) which is 90m away from Shopping Market Paulista.

3. Aquario de Sao Paulo

See the creatures from all around the globe

Address: Rua Huet Bacelar, 407 – Vila Dom Pedro I, Sao Paulo

Cost : R$80

How to get there:

By metro:

  • Embark from Trianon-MASP station (Green Lane) and disembark at Santos Imigrantes. Exit towards R. Nova Louza and just head straight onto Rua Huet Bacelar;
  • Or Embark from Trianon-MASP station (Green Lane) and disembark at Alto do Ipiranga. Head to Rua Salvador Simoes, 1033. Take bus no. 5108-10 and stop at Rua Salvador Simoes, 209. From there, you can walk for about 3 mins to the aquarium.

Day 6 (Friday)

1. Municipal Theater

Known as the “Noble Room” , this was the ballroom hall where the high-class people of the society gathered.

Praca Ramos de Azevedo – Republica, Sao Paulo

Address: Praca Ramos de Azevedo- Centro, Sao Paulo

Cost: Free

Website: http://theatromunicipal.org.br/

*Guided tours run twice daily from Tuesday to Friday at 11 am and 5 pm. Visitors have to sign up at the theatre 30 mins before the tour.

How to get there:

  • By metro: Embark from Trianon-MASP (Green Lane) station and head to Paraiso (Green & Blue Lane). Transfer to blue lane and stop at Se (Blue & Red Lane). Transfer to red lane and disembark at Anhangabau.

2. Mosteiro de Sao Bento

Photo from http://www.mosteiro.org.br

Address: Largo de Sao Bento – Centro, Sao Paulo

Website: www.mosteiro.org.br

How to get there: 

By metro: Embark from Anhangabau and disembark at Sao Bento. Exit towards Rua Boa Vista then turn right to Largo de Sao Bento.

3. Rua 25 de Marco shopping street

One of the most visited shopping place in SP (Photo by Mauro Luiz Benedito)

How to get there: 

  • Head northwest then turn right toward Rua Constituicao

4.  Mercado Municipal

The best place to enjoy Brazilian food

Address: Rua Cantareira, 306 – Centro, Sao Paulo

How to get there:

  • Head north toward Rua Lucrecia Leme
  • Turn right at Rua Comendador Afonso Kherlakian
  • Turn left at Rua Cantareira

5. Se Cathedral

Be mesmerized with the Cathedral’s rich neo-Gothic style

Address: Praca da Se – Centro, Sao Paulo

How to get there:

  • By metro: Embark at Sao Bento and disembark at Sé
  • By feet: Head toward R. Comendador Afonso Kherlakian > Turn left toward R. Barao de Duprat > Turn right onto R. cavalheiro Basilio Jafet > Turn left onto R. Jorge Azem > Continue onto R. General Carneiro > Turn left onto R. Quinze de Novembro > Turn right to Praca da Sé
  • By bus: 2123-10 at Pq. Dom Pedro II and stop at Praca Dr. Joao Mendes (210m away from the Cathedral)

Day 7 (Saturday)

1. Museu de Catavento


Address: Parque Dom Pedro II – Avenida Mercurio, Sao Paulo

COST: R$6; Free on saturdays

Hours: Tue to Sun 9 am – 4 pm

How to get there:

1. By metro:

  • Embark from Trianon-MASP (Green Lane) station and disembark at Paraiso (Green & Blue Lane) > Transfer to blue lane and disembark at at Se (Blue & Red Lane) > Transfer to red lane and disembark at Pedro II > Walk for about 10 mins (900 m)  to the museum

2. By bus:

  • 4115-10 at Parada Tabatinguera and stop at Av. Mercurio, 180 > Walk for about 280 m (approximately 2 mins to the museum)

2. Liberdade street

The biggest Japan town outside of Japan

Points of interest:

  • Liberdade Street Market
  • Ikesaki Cosmetics
  • Jardim Oriental
  • Aska

How to get there:

1. By metro:

  • Embark at Trianon-Masp > Transfer to Line 1 -Blue Lane upon reaching Paraiso > Disembark at São Joaquim

Other places of interest:

  1. Edificio Italia
  2. Jardim Botanico
  3. Zoologico de Sao Paulo
  4. Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
  5. Centro Cultural banco do Brasil
  6. Praca das Artes

I created here a summary of all places you might want to try and visit someday. In case you would like to make your own itinerary, this can help you schedule your daily activities.


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