I invite you to join me on a tour into the heart of downtown São Paulo. Not only will I show you a number of the city's beautiful landmarks, but you will also gain insight into the evolution of the city. From being a mosquito-infested village to the economic powerhouse it is today!
My name is Andrew Creelman, I'm a tour guide and author of two best selling books about life in São Paulo.
If you are under the impression that this concrete jungle has little to offer in the way of interest...allow me to surprise you!
Catedral da Sé, Pátio do Colégio, Edifício Martinelli, Mosteiro de São Bento, Rua 25 de Março, Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Getting to Cathedral Square by metro is very easy. Take the blue line to Sé, exit the turnstiles on your left and follow the steps up to street level. Sé Cathedral will very quickly be in your sights, towering above you! Take a right when you get to the top of the steps, then another right (Walking parallel with the Cathedral) to Cathedral Square. This is where our tour will begin.
There are also a number of buses that will take you to Sé Cathedral, should you wish to use this form of public transportation.
Places to stop along the way:
There are many bars and coffee shops along the way, my personal favourite coffee shop is inside the Pátio do Colégio
Best time to walk:
The final stop on our tour is the iconic Municipal Market of São Paulo. This closes at 6pm, Monday to Saturday - so my advice would be to start the tour anywhere between 10-3pm on these days to ensure you arrive in time to see the market in full swing (and of course, to sample the delicious food this place is famous for!).
The market closes a little earlier on Sundays and on public holidays, at 4pm- so on these days I'd recommend setting off somewhere between 10-2pm.
Keep an eye on your belongings - pickpockets adore the route I'm about to take you on! Also, be sure to take sunscreen and bottled water on hot days.