Walking Tour: Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

Paulista Avenue is a famous spot in Sao Paulo, as it is the center of finances and culture. On both sides of the avenue you will find impressive skyscrapers, shops, and museums, including the famous Art Museum of Sao Paulo. This self-guided tour will lead you to Paulista Avenue's most popular attractions:
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Walking Tour: Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo
Guide Location: Brazil » Sao Paulo (See other walking tours in Sao Paulo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: vickyc
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Orthodox Cathedral

1) Orthodox Cathedral

Catedral Metropolitana Ortodoxa is a cathedral located at 1515 Vergueiro in Paraíso, São Paulo, Brazil. The Eastern Orthodox church, dedicated to of St. Paul, is home to the Antiochian Orthodox Catholic Archdiocese of Brazil. It is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Catedral Metropolitana is a fine example of Byzantine architecture. Construction began in the 1940s, inspired by the Hagia Sophia, and built under the supervision of Paul Taufick Camasmie. Joseph Trabulsi was personally selected by King Farouk of Egypt to participate in its decoration, as were several Russian artists and contractors. One of the distinctive architectural characteristics of this building, when compared to other Orthodox churches, is that the iconostasis is made of marble, rather than wood.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa das Rosas

2) Casa das Rosas (must see)

Casas das Rosas is an art and poetry center that features a French style design. Built between 1928 and 1935 by the office of architect Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo, the four-storey building is one of the last mansions built in the city of Sao Paulo. Casas das Rosas currently serves as a poetry and arts center.

The interior of the mansion features a mix of styles from Art Deco, Renaissance, Neoclassical, and English. Belgian glass and crystals decorate the dwelling and the entrance-way features a stone and marble design. Two of the most stunning elements of the 30-room house are the garden and stained-glass window that greets all who pass through the entrance hallway. The garden is known as one of the most beautiful in Sao Paulo.

Photography, writing, poetry, other artistic events occur regularly. In addition, the country’s first library is located in the building. The library features a collection of books from Ramos de Azevedo and rare first collection books. You must receive permission in advance to photograph the interior. Photography of the exterior is allowed with certain restrictions. Casas das Rosas is a treat you should not miss.

Why You Should Visit:
In addition to cultural events, courses and periodic exhibitions, it has one of the city's largest and most beautiful rose gardens.
In the back of the mansion is a coffee shop-restaurant, offering indoors as well as pleasant outdoors sitting – good place for a quiet lunch!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 10am-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Itau Cultural

3) Itau Cultural

Itau Cultural is a cultural center and museum that frequently holds artistic exhibitions. You will see Brazilian digital and contemporary art, old coins and medals of Brazil, and a library with historical documents.
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Fiesp Cultural Center

4) Fiesp Cultural Center

Fiesp Cultural Center is set in a modern skyscraper built in the shape of pyramid. It houses theaters, exhibitions, dances and cinemas. Teatro Popular do Sesi, which has many awards, is located here and is known for some of the best performances in Sao Paulo.
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São Paulo Museum of Art

5) São Paulo Museum of Art (must see)

Established in 1947, the Museum of Art features fine art from Brazilian, English, French, African, Italian, Asian, and Latin American disciplines. The exhibition hall contains a collection of 8,000 items that features greats such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Boticelli, and Monet. It is one of the most extensive and largest collections of Western art in Latin America and the Southern Hemisphere. The current museum was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II during her 1968 visit to Brazil.

Located on the famous Avenida Paulista, the museum is locally known as the Museu de Arte. Designer Lina Bo Bardi is responsible for the two grand red lateral beams that grace the building. The beams support the building and enable the view of other buildings to remain unobstructed.

The building is much more than just a museum. A library, film gallery, photo gallery, two auditoriums, store, restaurant, and workshop rooms are available for public use. Concerts and other events are frequently held in the marketplace. Visitors should make sure to attend the antique market that happens every Sunday in the bazaar. Art courses are held for all who wish to attend.

Why You Should Visit:
The most famous museum in São Paulo, and for good reason: two floors of beautiful masterpieces from around the world!
Downstairs is an excellent museum shop and very good cafe; however, Avenida Paulista is full of good eating options as well.

Tip:
Visit it on Tuesdays, when the admission is free, and focus on the main exhibition on the top floor, where most true gems are.
If you want to know what you see, you have to walk around the back of the painting!

Operation Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm; Tue: 10am-8pm, with free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Trianon Park

6) Trianon Park

Trianon Park, also known as the Lieutenant Siqueira Campos Park, is a 48,000 square meter recreational area that offers visitors a glimpse of the Atlantic tropical forest. The park was established in 1892. French landscape designer Paul Villon created the layout.

The picturesque and spacious area was originally created for high society. This could explain the lushness that one encounters as they walk through the trails and walkways. The park perfectly blends nature and art. Some parts of the forest have been converted into walkways or trails while other areas have been converted into playgrounds for children. Statues of nymphs, fawns, and other objects are far and wide. The park is the perfect way for locals and visitors to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Shade and benches are plentiful. In addition, a workout area is available for those who wish to stay fit. Native plants, birds, and insects are plentiful. The landscape is dotted by the world-famous Brazilwood trees which are highly valued for musical instrument construction. Tourist guides are plentiful, helpful, and speak Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Maps are available at the tourist center for those who are unfamiliar with the layout of the park.
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Casarao

7) Casarao

Casarao is a very old and beautiful building that was constructed in 1905. The structural integrity of the building has survived all the modern changes made throughout the area of Paulista Avenue. It provides an interesting view for visitors- an old house surrounded by modern skyscrapers.

Walking Tours in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Sao Paulo

Create Your Own Walk in Sao Paulo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sao Paulo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Central Nightlife

Central Nightlife

Sao Paulo is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, renowned for its famous landmarks and rich culture. It is often compared to New York because its people "never sleep". If you are a fan of hot nights, clubs and music, or simply want to have fun, Sao Paulo offers a great selection of places to go: restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, and more. Take the following tour to discover the most happening night spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Self-Guided Tour: Museums of Sao Paulo

Self-Guided Tour: Museums of Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the 7th largest megapolis area in the world. Its population is a cultural melting pot, made of immigrants from across the globe. It is home to several museums that showcase the various cultures of those who have settled here. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular museums of Sao Paulo:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
West Zone Nightlife 1

West Zone Nightlife 1

Sao Paulo is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, renowned for its famous landmarks and rich culture. It is often compared to New York because its people "never sleep". If you are a fan of hot nights, clubs and music, or simply want to have fun, Sao Paulo offers a great selection of places to go: restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, and more. Take the following tour to discover the most happening night spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Today's São Paulo is a vibrant city, one of the world's most populated. Brazil's major financial hub, it is also noted for the rich cultural and architectural setting, featuring a tasteful mix of ancient colonial and modernist buildings coexisting in harmony. This walk will see you through São Paulo's historic center from Jardim da Luz down to the Japanese Quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Walking Tour: Churches and Cathedrals, Sao Paolo

Walking Tour: Churches and Cathedrals, Sao Paolo

Sao Paulo is an important religious center in Brazil. There are many beautiful churches and cathedrals built in a traditional, old colonial style. Most of them are Catholic-affiliated, but you will also find a few Orthodox. The following self-guided walking tour will lead you through these sacred places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Luz Seightseeing Tour in Sao Paulo

Luz Seightseeing Tour in Sao Paulo

Luz is the oldest neighborhood in Sao Paulo and a melting pot for many nationalities. Situated northward from Praça República, it is home to stately Victorian Luz Station and beautiful Luz Park. You may also find here the Museum of Sacred Arts, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Julio Prestes Station, Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and Sala São Paulo - one of the best equipped concert halls in the world. Take the following tour to discover the most popular landmarks of this wonderful neighborhood.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Sao Paulo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Sao Paulo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sao Paulo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.