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Sao Paulo is the largest city of the southern hemisphere and the perfect place to experience diversity. The city houses the most significant communities of Japanese and Italian outside their homeland. Also, because Sao Paulo is Brazil’s business hub, many other nationalities gather here as well.
As a good and old concrete jungle, the city has enough eateries and venues to entertain its visitors and locals nearly 24 hours a day. Let’s get to the best that you can find in Sao Paulo after five!
A stroll along Paulista Avenue is a must as this area is sprinkled with excellent restaurants, original bars, interesting shops, and a diverse crowd – from suited-up business folks to hippies and skateboarders.
How to Get to Sao Paulo, Brazil
There are two options to get from the International Airport of Guarulhos to the Paulista Avenue region, which is where most offices are located. The first one is by taking the Aiport Express and then the subway; however, this affordable train (about $2) has restricted operating times, and only a few trains leave every hour. Thankfully, Uber, the second option, doesn’t have this issue; however, it’s a bit more costly. From the airport to Paulista Avenue area, fares vary between $15-45. Note that Sao Paulo is notorious for having terrible traffic jams in peak hours.
For business and conventional tourists, the subway in Sao Paulo has access to the most relevant areas. A one-way ticket costs a little over $1, and it’s adjusted yearly. To places where no subway is available, Uber is the best option, mainly because it’s relatively affordable in the country.
Where to Eat in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Night
Veloso // Arguably the best caipirinha (the national drink) and coxinha (chicken snack) of the city. You might have to wait for a little for a table, but it’s worth the wait. They don’t take reservations.
La Peruana Cevicheria // Excellent pisco and ceviche in an interesting and authentic setting. They also have their own bar a few houses down the road. They don’t take reservations.
Rota do Acarajé // Finger-licking acarajés and good portions of local dishes to share. In case you don’t know, acarajé is a deep-fried black eyed-peas dough filled with a shrimp cream.
Mestiço // Thai dishes with a creative fusion with Brazilian cuisine, from the Bahia state to be more specific. Food is served in a colorful and laid-back space.
Gulab Hari // Indian, vegetarian restaurant with a Brazilian touch (again). They have two menus that you can choose from, a typical Indian and a typical Brazilian one.
Things to See in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Night
Tomie Ohtake Institute // Reserve a couple of hours to appreciate quirky and peculiar artworks in an institute that honors the Brazilian-Japanese artist, Tomie Ohtake.
Ibirapuera Park // Sao Paulo’s largest and most diverse park, Ibirapuera is an excellent place to go for a walk, a jog, or simply to do some people watching while picnicking on a summer evening.
Museum of Contemporary Art // Get immersed in contemporary art, and before you leave the building, head up to the rooftop to see this concrete jungle being lit up as the night falls.
Batman Alley // Spot some of the best street art in Sao Paulo in the Batman Alley, which is conveniently close to lots of excellent bars in the Vila Madalena neighborhood.
Farol Santander // Have a coffee, visit an exhibition, skateboard, or have a privileged view of Sao Paulo from the state’s 3rd highest building.
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