Liberdade

Liberdade, Sao Paulo: Address, Liberdade Reviews: 4.5/5

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The area
Neighborhood:
Sé, which derives its name from Sé Square, is a central neighborhood in historic São Paulo. Close by, the Law School, the Museum of the Court of Justice and the Metropolitan Cathedral offer inspiring architecture. If you are looking for cultural activities, head to Caixa Cultural and check the schedule. In the area there is a popular pedestrian street called “Rua Direita”, one of the first streets in the region, which today marks the crowded perimeter. Sé is a great area to explore during daytime, but use caution if visiting alone at night.
How to get there
  • Liberdade • 1 min walk
  • Sé • 9 min walk
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CGIV
Jacksonville, FL11 contributions
Best Neighborhood in SP
Sep 2020 • Solo
Liberdade is unlike anywhere else in the world. It's a must see for Sao Paulo. If you can only go to 1 place on SP, this is it. Amazing restaurants, really cool shopping. Japanese shops with all your otaku needs (anime, manga, figures etc). Chinese shops with Chinese imports and all your religious and folk iconography (Buddha statues, good luck charms, etc)
Written September 9, 2020
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Seany J
Charleston, SC272 contributions
I loved Liberdade
Jan 2020
I wanted to come here so bad since knowing that I would be coming to São Paulo. An incredible experience of cultures and acceptance of all people. Liberdade is home of the largest Japanese population outside of Japan which I find really neat. It’s a busy bustling place full of captivating aromas and some of the best Japanese foods I have ever seen. I of course had to get some teppanyaki and some Nikuman which was some of the best I have ever had any where for that matter. This is a must stop destination when coming to São Paulo even if its just to eat the food.
Written March 29, 2020
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Traveler Ni
sao paulo15 contributions
Quite interesting!
Aug 2019
A Japanese atmosphere in a Latin country! Although many owners of the shops are Taiwanese people, you can find Asians products from everywhere.
Written March 8, 2020
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Heitor L
25 contributions
Too crowdy at weekends
Feb 2020
I went there in a saturday morning, when many people go. Everywhere was crowdy, lunch tents, restaurants, small shoppings, streets, etc. I did not find many "typical things", all the commerce is taken by chinese stuff, only few shops you can find real japanese stuff. Therefore, I strongly suggest to go there at week days, not weekends.
Written March 6, 2020
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Vcegal
Sao Paulo, Brazil4 contributions
The best Japanse place outside of Japan...( but in Sao Paulo)
Jul 2019
Sao Paulo has the largest population of Japanese descendants outside of Japan, and the LIberdade neigbourhood is where the most of the japanese community live.
If you likes the Japanese culture and costums a visit to Liberdade is a must!
At Liberdade you will be able to find nice restaurants that offer the best of the tradicional Japanese food, many typical shops and during the weekends a very pleasant street market is organized by the local community.
Take one day to visit the Liberdade neigbourhood!
Written March 5, 2020
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Douglas Ivanauskas
Sao Paulo, SP54 contributions
A different place to visit in Sao Paolo downtown area
Feb 2020
For first time tourists, Liberdade can be a nice place to visit, spend a morning or an afternoon and have lunch in this small neighbourhood. You can find Chinese and Japanese restaurants and fast food places, 3 oriental medium size markets with a great variety of foods and beverages (I recommend Casa Bueno) and a couple of traditional oriental home decor and clothing stores to explore (nothing very fashion if it is what you're looking for). Liberdade is located right next to Liberdade subway station The access is very easy by bus or by cab too. Parking lot and other grocery stores are also available in the area. Also, you will find plenty of homeless people around. Sometimes during the week or weekends, you will see a small flea market right in front of the subway station exit with local Brazilian and Asian food.
Written March 2, 2020
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jalyn2016
Orlando, FL46 contributions
China town
Apr 2019 • Couples
They have a lot of stores and restaurants. Food is cheap specially if you are looking for sushi. Is interesting to walk around but it’s not a new area, this just like the rest of São Paulo. . Don’t expect to have perfect walking sidewalks. Like in all over São Paulo there always homeless people.
Written February 24, 2020
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Andrew Hemington
Sao Paulo, SP4 contributions
JAP TOWN
Dec 2019
So many little asian stores packed with asian products, felt like I was in Asia again. During the weekends its literally packed to the max, alot of great food and chill cafes
Written February 13, 2020
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Barry Cronin
Dublin, Ireland34 contributions
Poor
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went for a walk here because when visiting a city when I visit a city to can be expensive doing visiting all the attractions, so decided to go to Liberdade for a look. It's nothing special and full of cheap Japanese knock of stalls. If you are into that kind of thing great but it wasn't for me.
Written February 9, 2020
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Random Chinese Guy
67 contributions
IMPRESSIVE AND DISAPPOINTING AT THE SAME TIME?
Nov 2019
A unique Asian-influenced neighborhood in the city of São Paulo.

HOW TO GET THERE:

There are several ways to get to Liberdade but taking the subway is probably one of the best ways to get there IMO - as there is a stop that gets off right at the location.

THE VIBE:

The vibe is completely different than most parts of Sao Paulo. The streets, stores resemble parts of Japan. My first overall impression was that - I forgot I was actually in the middle of Brazil and not some random street in Asia.

THE FOOD:

If you are into Asian food this is the place to hit up in the city. It is literally a melting pot with many different types of Asian + Asian fusion food. To be honest - I don’t think having one meal there is enough. During my one week stay, I went back three times and had four meals in Liberdade.

One of the highlights of Liberdade is the Sunday market! There are numerous vendors outside with all types of Brazillian and oriental dishes you can try (See my youtube video).

SNACKS AND DESSERTS

Aside from the restaurants, there are also several snack bars and small shops for desserts and coffee scattered around the district. So it might be a good idea to save some stomach space to wash down your meals with a bubble tea, coffee or ice cream after.

THE STORES:

There are some interesting shops, especially if you are into Asian products.
But if you have been to any major city with a decent Chinatown, you might find the stores and products to be quite generic.

There are also indoor markets that resemble the ones you can find in Asia. Where they sell knockoffs, alternative goods and any mass-produced product in china. (Watch my video to see what it looks like inside)

NIGHT TIME:

I”m not gonna lie but the evening scene in Liberdade is literally night and day compared to the mornings and the afternoon. The district can get pretty dark and quiet on weeknights - so I don’t recommend walking around there by yourself.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

Broadly speaking - Liberdade is worth a visit if you want to have some Asian food in brazil or buy Asian groceries to cook at home.

But if you compare it to other China or Japanese towns around the world you might be slightly disappointed. It is not the most photogenic place either, so it might be hard for you to get good photos to flex on IG.

Quite frankly if they didn’t have as many restaurants or food in the district, and if you don’t care for Asian food in Brazil, then it’s probably not a must-visit in Sao Paulo.

To get a better idea of what Liberdade is like, make sure you check out my Youtube channel by clicking the link in my bio and I hope you can learn from my mistakes.
Written January 22, 2020
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