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“Big busy street in a big city”
Review of Paulista Avenue

Paulista Avenue
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São Paulo City Walking Tour
Ranked #3 of 782 things to do in Sao Paulo
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Lots to see on this busy street. The architecture is pretty boring, but there are a lot of people to watch and a fair number of street performers. Your typical big city busy business district. Keep your eye out for the old smaller houses that pop up on your route. Most of these have been designated as historical sites but are in ruin. We're told the families that owned some of them are so bitter at having lost their opportunity to cash in that they've just let the places go to rot rather than maintain or renovate them.

For the best way to experience the Avenue, take the SP Free Walking Tour.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

It is very nice spot to spend time walking, sitting in a table in the sidewalk and watching all kind of people you wonder. The avenue is the major point for all kind of movements, parades, striking, etc. - recently it was everyday in the evening news. Also there is the famous MASP - a nice museum of art and a antique fair on sunday morning. It is considered the most typical point of Sao Paulo lifestyle.

Thank AldoMF
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

In Paulista Avenue is possible to walk along the wide sidewalks, see people of all colors and races and beliefs. It has malls and shops in addition to theater and cinema in the building Gazeta. The cinema, I particularly love because it only has cult films. Paulista Avenue in you have access to the metro line. From Avenida Paulista you can also go at Av Frei Caneca, Rua Augusta, Rua Bela cintra (with great food) ...

Thank Andrea_Arana
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Av. Paulista is great, everyday of the week! I just love there.
What is there to see? Not much and averything at the same time.
At first glance it just seems a very nice avenue with a lot of business buildings along it, but when you start walking down this avenue there's something to discover in every corner!
For instance, Conjunto Nacional in Paulista and Augusta, it's a huge gallery with the most fabulous bookstores inside it, a stationary shop with excellent prices and a cinema which shows off hollywood films.
If you keep walking you'll reach the MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art) on one side and across it it's Trianon Park. If my memory doesn't fail on tuesdays visitors don't need to pay the entrance ticket to see the museum. On sundays there's an antique fair under the MASP, and in front of the park there's another one selling more handcrafted objects (there's a lady who sells great imitations of Romero Britto's works). There are also some stalls which sell food. You can eat there without any misgivings, the food is tasty and really fresh.
Keep walking and have a strawberry frapucino in a never missing Starbuck, or go on and keep enjoying the walk. Near the end of Paulista there's a very small shop completely open to the street called Nutty Babarian, buy a cone of warm sugar coated nuts and have a piece of heaven in your mouth!
If you keep walking, 2 blocks more or less you will have reached the end of the avenue. Turn left on Av. 13 de Maio and there's Patio Paulista Shopping, inside there's another great bookstore: Saraiva, or just indulge yourself with a piece of cake in Amor aos Pedaços (you chose the size of the slice and you pay the weight of it).
A word of advise: during the peak hour in weekdays sometimes it gets a bit tricky to walk specially againt the crowd, so avoid walking there between 5.45 and 6.45, or you'll get caught in the flood!

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

It's considered a symbol of São Paulo, but in fact it is simply an avenue with heavy traffic and lots of skyscrapers. There you'll find MASP (Museum of Art of São Paulo) an interesting building, the museum has a fine collection of fine art, but most of the time the expositions are poor. In front of MASP there is a small park "Trianon", which has remains of the original water forest (mata atlântica).

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