MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo in São Paulo – this thriving metropolis, is the largest city of Brazil, and it has plenty to offer.
Brazil in my view is one of those inexplicably underrated countries on many travellers radars, vaguely dismissed as ‘dangerous’ and ‘too far’.
Cheap flights to São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro are easy to find, and if you ever have a chance, do visit this extraordinary, exotic place.
Mardi Gras in Rio gets booked out a year in advance, so if you miss out, you can dry your tears and have a break in the buzzing São Paulo instead. It is a thriving metropolis, the largest city and business capital of Brazil, with plenty to offer. I personally enjoyed visiting Little Tokyo, a Japanese expat quarter which showcases an atypical clash of cultures, the city’s amazing art galleries, especially the MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo – top photo – museums and parks, as well as huge markets, where you can get fantastic bargains on clothes and accessories.
Fashionistas with larger budgets can head straight to Rua Oscar Freire, which is the local version of 5th Avenue.
When you arrive, your hotel can help you arrange a ‘free’ (tip-based) city tour, which is worth-while, as it does help you orientate yourself in this sprawling city, gives you some historical background and the guide usually also takes you up to see the city panorama from a local tower or one of the high rise buildings São Paulo is so well known for.
Wherever you see a sign that says ‘sucos’ go straight in and point at which ever word on the board strikes your fancy. Juice bars in Brazil are an absolute must to try, as nothing beats the tropical flavours of freshly pressed fruit juice in this country! I’d even venture to say you only think you know what ‘___’ (insert fruit name here) tastes like before you’ve tasted it in Brazil…
Another thing to try in terms of street food is pão de queijo or cheese pie, especially if you can find one with the traditional buffalo mozzarella filling, it’s like going to heaven! An interesting approach to food is the ‘a kilo’ restaurants, where you can fill your plate at the buffet and pay by the weight of your meal – a good way to sample traditional dishes.
The classic cocktail drink in Brazil is the caipirinha, made with cachaça rum, lime and brown sugar, but I must say I did not favour the traditional version, but the passion fruit twist one certainly made my evening!
Just be careful how many you have…especially while you’re out listening to live samba music (a must in Brazil, of course), as you may just find yourself having so much fun, that you don’t get back to your accommodation until after breakfast the next day!
About the Author: Patricia Bieszk is a freelance writer and an avid traveller who’s visited all the continents at least twice. When not writing about her adventures, which usually keeps her on the move, you can find her at the local coffee shop, documenting arts events, penning film and restaurant reviews and planning her next big globe-trotting conquest.
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, and the world’s 7th largest metropolitan area. The city is the capital of the state of São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state.
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