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Liberdade District

Praca da Liberdade, 133, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Centro Historico)
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As featured in 3 days in Sao Paulo
Ranked #42 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Type: Neighborhoods
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: Liberdade District is known as the largest redoubt of the Japanese community in the city, which brings together the largest Japanese community in the... more »
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Excellent place to spend a relaxed day on a weekend. Lots of stalls with food, flowers, hand-made accessories and much more. I spent many of my childhood days going with my parents to this area and then I kept going back with some of my friends as a grown up. There's fun for everyone there. Easy access by metro. It... More

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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Before Second World War, Brazil received immigrants from different parts of the world (from Italy, Germany, Syria, Lebanon and Japan). The japanese immigration was concentrated maily in Sao Paulo state. Whole families and communities came to Brazil. Initially to work in the farms (Coffee and Cotton) with the dream to make some money and return to Japan. After the second... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I came to Liberdade on Sunday for the fair. It was huge!! Filled with stands to buy clothes, purses, typical Japanese arts and FOOD! It was really fun and entertaining. The streets are lines with the Japanese lanterns which really adds to the feel of the neighborhood. We walked around the streets and they went into some Japanese grocery stores... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

I often go to this area just to pick up asian food supplies as it's close to difficult finding them elsewhere in the city, but apart from the odd eating place and karaoke bar which can be fun if you have the money, it resembles more a place where you go for cheap cosmetics and chinese imported goods in a... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

First i didnt believe what my friend said. After ending up in this street i was wondering to see Japan culture in South America. You have a big selection of restaurants and shops with goods from Japan. You can buy all that crazy stuff what you see on the internet from Japan :) Worth visiting if you are in Sao... More

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Fribourg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

there is nothing special about this place! there are some japanese stores that are offering typical japanese food and products, but there is no japanese atmosphere around this place. you are not feeling like you were staying in a different part of the world (like it does in Chinatowns such as in San Francisco) most of the shop vendors in... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

A place where you can find the basics of the japanese food, ingredients to prepare "home food" at some japanese markets located at "Galvao Bueno street". There are some nice restaurants at "Thomaz Gonzaga street". At first time you should disgust the "dirty" on the streets due the amount of people which eats there on the streets, not being well... More

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London, United Kingdom
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104 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Liberdade (which means "Liberty" / "Freedom") is the name of a district in São Paulo. It is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan in the world. I would say it's very similar to Chinatown in London. I you go there, you will find many Japanese products, restaurants and traditional people which sometimes doesn't even speak Portuguese!!! lol... More

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Goiania, GO
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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

For eating, you have the guiozas (the best ones you can find in a stand very very busy, where you need to take a password number and wait - long one but it worths! Tip: Order the minimum of 3 for take away) and fresh manjus (dessert) at the Sunday's open fair. For shopping japanese food, go to Marukai Market... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Liberdade, reachable by Subway, bus or car, used to represent the largest concentration of japanese heritage people outside Japan. Full of japanese symbols, grocery store and imported goods, nowadays it is crowded with chinese, korean and other ethnic groups. Nevertheless it is an interesting neighbor to see and try different spices. A must for outsiders.

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