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Havaianas Concept Store (1 hr)

Sao Paulo Havaianas
Definitely one of the trademarks of Brazil is Havaianas. Those who love Brazil’s favourite (beach) footwear now have a special place in the heart of São Paulo, the Havaianes Concept Store. Here you will find the complete sandal collection and all the brand’s products. You will find flip-flops in every imaginable design and hue, and at quite reasonable prices.

The shop is located in the Jardins area at Rua Oscar Freire 1116. The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm.

If the shop is too busy or your product is sold out, there’s another shop around the corner also in Jardins at Rua Augusta 2244.

Liberdade (1-2 hrs)

Sao Paulo Liberdade
Liberdade (Portuguese for ‘freedom’) is the name of a district in the subprefecture of Sao Paulo, near downtown. It is home to the largest Japanese community in the world outside Japan and has been growing since the 1950s.

It is a Japanese neighbourhood but significant populations of Chinese and Koreans also live in the same district. The Asian shops are open daily and on Sundays there is a weekly fair. Most Japanese restaurants are only open at night.

You can go there by metro to station Liberdade. It is easy to see which streets belong to Japantown, just follow the streets with the lanterns.

Skye Bar (2 hrs)

Sao Paulo Skye Bar
For sure the most relaxed bar with the best view on Sao Paulo is Skye Bar at the top floor of Unique Hotel. The hotel is located in a green valley surrounded by highrise buildings.
Skye boasts a crimson red pool with an underwater sound system and lounge area with stunning views over Ibirapuera Park and the entire Sao Paulo skyline.

Until 6 pm the sky deck is exclusively for hotel guests. At night it's open for everyone. 6 pm is a good time to go there so you can enjoy the daylight views, watch the sunset and enjoy the night view as well. They serve great cocktails outside and they have a small menu with finger food, pizza's and Japanese snacks. There is also a restaurant inside on the top floor with a more extended menu.

You will find Skye Bar on top of Unique hotel, at Avenida Brigadero Luis Antonio 4700, Jardim Paulista. More information about opening hours and reservations can be found here.

Praça do Patriarca shopping area (1-2 hrs)

Sao Paulo Patriarca
One of the oldest plazas in town is Praça dо Patriarca. A weird gate was built here in 2002 during a remodelling of space. This gate is nothing spectacular, but a perfect reference point though.

The streets around this square are great for shopping, bars and restaurants. There are lots of colourful places in several pedestrian streets like: São Bento, 15 de Novembro, Direita and Quitanda and many more small streets around.

You can go there by metro, take the red line to station Anhangabaú. Exit at gate A or B.

Vila Madalena neighbourhood (2-3 hrs)

Sao Paulo Vila Madalena
A nice Bohemian neighbourhood in Sao Paulo is Vila Madalena. You will find many shops, bars, restaurants and streetmarkets in streets like: Mourato Coelho, Fradique Coutinho, Teodoro Sampaio, Wisard and Praca Benedicto Calixta.

The area has a real Bohemian atmosphere, calm and laid-back. Every street has another ‘speciality’, bars, interior decoration or antiques for example. For shopping you should go there during daytime. Bars and restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sundays are a bit quiet in this neighbourhood.

You can go there by metro to Vila Madalena, but the nice streets are more nearby stations Sumare or Faria Lima.

Lomography Gallery Store (1 hr)

Sao Paulo Lomography
We would almost forget but photography once was analogue. A great small enigmatic camera was the Russian Lomo Kompact Automat. It began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when a group of students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo camera again. They were astounded with the mind-blowing photos that it produced.

This group of people made this fantastic little camera trendy again and nowadays there’s a worldwide Lomographers community. Lomography Gallery Stores were set up worldwide and a very nice one is located in Sao Paulo at Rua Augusta 2481.

Monday to Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Jardins (1 -3 hrs)

Sao Paulo Jardins
The most luxury shopping streets can be found in the beautiful Jardins area. Shops from all mayor brands, great restaurants and beautiful design boutiques are located in streets like Rua Augusta and Rua Oscar Freire.

Most shops are open from morning to 10 pm. There are several places for lunch and in the streets around above-mentioned streets are a lot of great restaurants for dinner. Most of them are open until after midnight.

Restaurant A Figueira Rubaiyat (2 hrs)

Sao Paulo Figueira
Figueira is a restaurant, which is built around a huge hundred year-year old white fig tree. The restaurant is part of a chain, Rubaiyat, but this one has a very special look because of the tree.

They are known for their oysters and beef of all kinds from Brazil, Argentina and Australia. They also serve the wonderful but expensive Japanese beef from cows, which drink beer and get a daily massage. But be aware, they will serve you starters, cookies and liquors with your coffee and it looks like they are for free, but they are not. Besides that it is a nice restaurant with a great location.

They are located in the Jardins are at Rua Haddock Lobo 1738. Reservations can be made by phone: (11) 3087-1399 or by e-mail.
The opening hours are from noon to 0.30 am, and Fridays and Saturdays they are open until 1 am.

Sunday Market at Praca de Republica (1 hr)

Sao Paulo Republica
Republica in the heart of downtown Sao Paulo was one the site of the most elegant residential buildings. An exodus from downtown, which happened mostly on the 1970s and 80s seriously hit República. Nowadays, it has been renovated as the whole historical central area.

At Praca da Republica is a wonderful Sunday market during daytime. You will find a lot of handicraft, decoration and souvenirs. Around the market on the outside of the square you will find many artists selling their paintings and other creations.

It’s a nice market to see, but be aware in the streets around the square, as downtown Sao Paulo is not known as the safest area in town. You can go to the market by metro to station Republica.

Sancho, bar y tapas (2 hrs)

Sao Paulo Sancho Tapas
Looking for some real Spanish food? Go to Sancho bar y tapas. The name of this bar is homage to Sancho Panza, the supporting character of the most famous works of the Spanish Miguel de Cervantes.

The restaurant is located in the Consolação neighbourhood at Rua Augusta 1415. Telephone: (11)31411956. The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday from 11:30 am and on Saturday and Sunday from 5 pm. The place closes late night.

Sunday Market under MASP (1 hr)

Sao Paulo Sunday market
Every Sunday there is a market under the famous MASP museum. This market starts early morning. You will find some real antiques but the market is more like a flea market. It is nice to see the South American catholic relics and other kitsch items.

A visit to this market is a good combination with a visit to MASP and/or Trianon Gardens. The address is Avenida Paulista 1578. You can go there by metro to station Trianon-MASP.

Shopping Patio Paulista (1-3 hrs)

Sao Paulo Paulista Plaza
A great high-end shopping mall in Sao Paulo is Shopping Patio Paulista. On five floors there are more then 230 shops. Besides all these shops, there is a cinema and a great food-court.

It is located in the principal business district of Sao Paulo and it is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm (Sundays and holidays from 2 pm to 8 pm). The address is Rua Treze de Maio 1947, Bela Vista. If you can read Portuguese you can find more information here.

Santo Grao (1-2 hrs)

Sao Paulo Santo Grao
A great place to go during daytime in the famous Jardins area is Santo Grao. They serve wonderful breakfast and lunch dishes, and many nice snacks for ‘in between’.

But the biggest speciality they have is their own coffee-roasting factory. So you can drink the best coffees from home roasted beans here.
Santo Grao is located at Rua Oscar Freire 413.

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