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São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

1. São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

The tour starts at the old historical part of São Paulo where you are going to understand, in a very fun and informative way, the fascinating facts of how this city became one of the 5 largest in the World. We'll visit some Cultural Centers, the City Hall, the Opera House and then inside the famous Galerias ending at the iconic Copan Building, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

São Paulo: 2-Hour Downtown Discovery Tour with Guide

2. São Paulo: 2-Hour Downtown Discovery Tour with Guide

Explore the "new' center and learn about the historic downtown district of São Paulo. With your licensed guide, explore the areas which have been home to many immigrant communities such as Italian, Japanese, Syrian, Lebanese, and many others. As well as learning about the cultural makeup of the city, see many notable landmarks. Learn more about places such as the Municipal Theatre, the Copan Building, San Francisco Convent, and the Martinelli Building. Discover the history the Tupi tribe who once called the area home, as well as the story of the first skyscraper of Latin America.

Welcome to São Paulo: Private Walking Tour with a Local

3. Welcome to São Paulo: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Find your way around São Paulo with a friendly local on a fantastic orientation tour, and see the sights that you want to see on a customized walk. Meet at the location where you are staying to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries with a guide who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Discover the easiest ways to get around, along with the top things to see and do. Feel more confident about navigating the city on your own by the end of your tour, and arm yourself with all the information you need to get the best out of the city.

São Paulo: 2 Hours - Liberdade "Street Food" Tour

4. São Paulo: 2 Hours - Liberdade "Street Food" Tour

Did you know that São Paulo is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan? Liberdade, a place with a strong and very long history, once a local executive and military district, became 100 years ago the place of fixation for Japanese immigrants in the city of São Paulo. Today a place of migrants from many places, China, Korea, Congo, Haiti, this neighborhood is a blast of cultures and diversity! All of this diversity can be very well synthesized in its peculiar and differentiated cuisine. Ready to taste Japanese pastel with tropical sugarcane juice, discover about Brazilian ‘sushi’, and more? Whilst in Liberdade, your guide will explain to you the history of the very prevalent Japanese influence on the area. After your snacks, you'll partake on a walk to spot places of architectural beauty and discover just what kind of people live in this area. 

São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

5. São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

Begin your tour at Pátio do Colégio, where your guide will provide you with some historical background about the area. Then, move on to visit the Manor of the Marchioness of Santos, Sé Cathedral, Sé Square, Largo São Francisco Law School, and the FECAP - Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado. Continue to see Brazil Bank's Cultural Center. You will make a quick stop here to use the toilets or grab a drink, before walking to the Stock Exchange. Take in a great view of the city at the Altino Arantes building and Farol Santander. Other sites you will pass on the tour include: the Martinelli building, the Monastery of Saint Benedict, the Sampaio Moreira building, and City Hall. The tour will finish at the Municipal Theater and you can admire its beautiful architecture.

São Paulo: Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Pinheiros

6. São Paulo: Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Pinheiros

Meet your group at the Pinheiros Municipal Market. Located in the trendy neighborhood of Pinheiros, the market has been functioning at its current address since 1971. It is an important destination for locals and those who seek high-quality products. The neighborhood itself, the real first neighborhood in São Paulo according to some, boasts an incredible fusion of tradition and innovation. Here, you will enjoy a varied array of tastings, beginning with a Brazilian appetizer at Mocotó, consisting of tapioca dices and optional Brazilian food from the northeast. Then, check out the Neapolitan side of São Paulo at Napoli Centrale with one margarita pizza for every four people. Stop then for a small wine tasting at L'adega. Round off the snacking experience with delicious Cananéia oysters.  After eating, visit the stores of the ATA project inside the Municipal Market, which are divided into Brazilian biotypes such as Catinga, Amazon, Atlantic forest, etc. Take the chance to meet the local producers, learn about the products, and eventually buy something if you feel so inclined. Finally, depart from the market and start walking through the surrounding area. Stop at a brewery for a 100% local draft beer and get to know the people in your group. Leaving the brewery, proceed through Pinheiros Street, which is full of new development. Depending on the group's mood, it is possible to stop at the Bottega di pasta store where you can enjoy a plate of pasta or opt to purchase some to take home. Following, you will stop at KEZ Bagel and Café. After an introduction to the history of bagels and the Jewish community of São Paulo, you can choose to grab a coffee or another sweet or bagel. Proceed down Rua dos Pinheiros to get to Rua Fradique Coutinho, where your guide will offer final historical explanations of the street and the Pinheiros neighborhood, and make suggestions for further eating or how to get around from there.

Sao Paulo: Liberdade Asian District Walking Tour

7. Sao Paulo: Liberdade Asian District Walking Tour

Discover the largest Japanese community in the world outside Japan and rescue the memory of the black people in the region who played a key role in the formation of the area. Learn how Liberdade became the bustling commercial center, filled with exotic shops, restaurants, cafes, typically oriental decorations and markets with unique products not found elsewhere. Liberdade is even more vibrant with its Arts and Crafts Fair that creates a real hub of activity every weekend. The neighborhood is also a reference for buying Japanese pop culture products, aimed at anime, k-pop and geek fans. After the overview tour is over, armed with recommendations, you'll be free to have lunch on your own and explore at your own pace the radiant streets with many cozy cafes and a myriad of cool places.

São Paulo: Paulista Avenue Walking Tour

8. São Paulo: Paulista Avenue Walking Tour

Begin your tour at Japan House on the remarkable Paulista Avenue, where your guide will provide you with some historical background on the area. Continue on a walking tour that is sure to impress you not only with its appearance, but also with its rich history. First up see the Santa Catarina Hospital, Casa das Rosas, Sesc Avenida Paulista, street artist Eduardo Kobra's murals, Itau Cultural Institute, State School Rodrigues Alves, and the Pasteur Institute.   This tour offers stops en route for pictures, contemplation, exploration, snacks, and a little souvenir shopping. Paulista Avenue is home to outstanding happenings that draw millions of people throughout the entire year.   Continue to see the FIESP Building, the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), Trianon Park, July 9 belvedere viewpoint, Gazeta Building, Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo, Residência Joaquim Franco de Melo, Augusta Street, Conjunto Nacional and Livraria Cultura book store, and the Instituto Moreira Salles. Get to know all about the history of this area while walking at a smooth pace with several stops.

Sao Paulo, Brazil 2 Hours - Breakfast Tour in Bom Retiro

9. Sao Paulo, Brazil 2 Hours - Breakfast Tour in Bom Retiro

Bom Retiro literally means "good place to rest" and this might be a great place for it until 200 years ago! The success of coffee production and the construction of the São Paulo Railway Company in 1847 strongly changed this area. Also, southern European migration which firstly interested this area, would be replaced by eastern European migration, mostly due to the 2 World Wars. Later on, other kind of migration would contribute to deeply changing this area. Bolivians, Koreans, and Brazilians from the North East are now the predominant inhabitants of this area.

Sao Paulo: The Coolest Urban Scenes Bike Tour

10. Sao Paulo: The Coolest Urban Scenes Bike Tour

Discover São Paulo's coolest urban scenes by bike on a 3h30 tour visiting open-air street art museums, incredible buildings and parks. Bike around the city’s network of bicycle lanes at a relaxed pace with an expert guide who stops regularly to share insights. The tour starts in Vila Madalena, the bohemian neighborhood where we can find amazing graffitis. Then, ride the bike paths through the bustling area of Pinheiros neighborhood, taking in sights and beautiful murals. Then, ride the famous bike path of Faria Lima ave, a business center with incredible corporate and residential skyscrapers. Visit the Ibirapuera Park, which was elected by “The Guardian” magazine the best park in the world, the green lung of the capital. Then, head back to Vila Madalena, crossing the Jardins district, one of the most elegant upscale areas in town. Our last stop is at the famous Batman Alley, which is an area where virtually no surface is left untouched, featuring some of the most impressive murals

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

This is a must do tour for anyone staying in Sao Paulo for any amount of time. The city can be extremely intimidating due to its size, somewhat stark and potentially frightening nature. Andre was an amazing tour guide and had a lot of personal stories and details to add that really made this tour special. He had great historical information to pass on and some excellent recommendations. He was super friendly and his English was excellent. Would highly recommend. Might even hit Andre up for some other recommendations while we are here. Andre also runs a tour through a competing service, which is cheaper, but the groups can be up to 30. This was a perfect, small group size of 6.

This was money well spent. Andre is friendly and knowledgeable, and the walk included a mix of historic, social and modern cultural hotspots with some stops specifically for Instagram worthy photo opportunities. His English is excellent. I had a great time and after we parted felt very confident to explore the city on my own for a bit based on his advice. Would highly recommend for anyone who is coming for the first time

Tatiana from Lokafy local guides was truly amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the Batman’s Alley neighborhood, history and most importantly the stories behind the muralists. She went above and beyond and fulfilled all I asked for and so much more.

The guide was very personable, knowledgeable about the city and gave all kinds of interesting historical facts as well as up to date recommendations for restaurants, bars and things to see. Highly recommended

I LOVED THE TOUR AND THE GROUP.THE TOUR SHOWED SOME VERY NICE THINGS IN SÃO PAULO THAT I EVEN DIDN´T KNOW BEING A LOCAL