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  • Liberdade
    São Paulo - SP
    Brazil
    Liberdade

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  • 5.0 star rating
    28/6/2014

    If you ever go to Sao Paulo, one good place to check out is Liberdade.  Its the equivalent to LA's Little Tokyo and SF's Japan Town.  The only thing is that it is bigger and their are more Japanese people running the shops.  The only thing bad about Sao Paulo is that it is very crowded.  If you are not paying attention you you can get lost very quickly.  Also, if you do not have a friend within the area, don't go.  I went to visit friends so they took me around the city.  Make a friend their first before you go!

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/7/2014
    1 check-in here

    Each city has their ethnic enclave that is usually worth a detour. São Paulo has its very own piece of Japan in the heart of downtown. Liberdade is usually universally recognised as THE place to go for anything Japan-related in São Paulo. Also worth mentioning, Brasil has the largest concentration of Japanese descendents outside of Japan proper and São Paulo undoubtedly is the largest city where the most Japanese live outside of Japan. Given this statistic, the actual area of Liberdade isn't all that big - just a few main streets. With that said in mind, you probably won't have to worry about going too far to discover all the famous joints in Liberdade

    It is a couple of blocks south of Sé (point zero of SP) and is easily accessible via Line 1(Blue) of the Metro (Liberdade station). Right in front of Liberdade station is the Praça da Liberdade (Liberdade Square), where you will be met with an array of temporary shacks for food and knick-nacks. Pretty much, the only streets you will need to remember are: Rua Galvão Bueno, Rua da Glória and Rua dos Estudantes

    You will find most of the famous restaurants and Japanese supermarkets on Rua Galvão Bueno

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