WE SPEAK JAPONESE IN LIBERDADE
Nothing better than a japonese descendent to be in this picture, his natural happiness and spontaneous smile jsut show us how happy Marcio was when visiting our japonese neighborhood!
The stores has lots of japonese products, most of the signs are in japonese, people speak japonese, the newspapers are bilingual and soemtimes just in japonese language!
It is indeed one of my favourite places in São Paulo!
Brazil has the biggest japonese colony outside Japan, and LIBERDADE is the main japonese neighborhood in the country!
We should thank for the people of Japan for so many good things that we have in Brazil!
September 18th, 2004
Opening Hours: 9h30 AM - 6h30 PM (Monday to Friday); 9h30 AM - 5 PM (Saturday)
Credit cards accepted: Diners, Visa and Mastercard. Sneakers, bags, etc You may find cute pair of sneakers under US$ 10!!!
Sýo Paulo International Airport (GRU)
The airport is actually located on the outskirts of Sýo Paulo, in a town called Guarulhos (that's why the airport code is GRU). Sýo Paulo downtown is around 45 minutes (or more with road traffic) from the airport, so if you are planning to visit Sýo Paulo, choose a hotel IN Sýo Paulo and NOT nearby the international airport.
There is not much to do around the international airport anyway, only hotels.
Another great place for meat
La Calabelleriza is originally Argentine (with a location in Bs As) and serves great steaks and has an extensive wine list. It is centrally located close to Avenida Paulista, and definitely a place for lunch.
This is not a rodizio-style of churrascaria! They have typical Brazilian cuts like picanha, but the main focus is on Argentine/Uruguayan meat such as entrana and ojo de bife for example Entrana with sweet potatos puree
WEEKEND ARTESANAL FAIRS
This one belongs to "what to do " just as to "off the beaten path".
The various artesanal fairs that spring up on weekends all over town.
Here are three examples of inner city weekend fairs of high interest for those who don't want to go as far as to EMBU DAS ARTES ( see next tips)
1) Flea Market type fair on Saturdays only at Praça Benedito Calixto near Ave. Henrique Schaumann in Pinheiros where you can look at or buy "antique" furniture and household items , paintings , all kinds of handmade gadgetry artesanal items made of the most varied materials , eat homemade sweets or spicy northeastern delicacies.... This place is well worth a 2 - 3 hour visit on an early , sunny Saturday afternoon.
2) Artesanal Fair on Sundays at a parking lot adjacent to Praça Republica , downtown São Paulo.. one of the oldest and most traditional weekend fairs.. The place where you should buy your souvenirs or little gifts for the folks back home... outragously beautifull amethysts to put anywhere in the house for just esthetical reasons , bookends , wind chimes , keyholders and much more , made out of "sliced" stones that look like nothing from the outside but are fantastically beautifull from the inside.... and so much more that it's hard to mention all of it here.... well, paintings , leather goods , there's good food too and massage chairs where you can get a quickie back massage ( right there in the public) for peanuts..... This fair is an all time favorite.... It works only on early Sundays ( like 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM )
3) Oriental Fair at Praça da Liberdade on Sundays , almost exclusively dedicated to oriental ( in this case japanese , but also korean and chinese) food and a huge variety of arty and gadgetery items ranging from clever wooden kitchen and massage utensils , incense , dolls , clothes and much , much more...
If you're a toughie , visit #1 on Saturday , #2 on Sunday morning and #3 on Sunday early afternoon , I'm sure you will want to return one week later..BUT... don't miss EMBU DAS ARTES...( next tips !)