Old Downtown

historic center

A nice walk around the historical and old downtown of the city, showing important sight-seeings and understanding the area where everything has begun in São Paulo!
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Meeting Point

República Square

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next to the Tourist Information Center

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subway station: República
(red and yellow line)



Address for Uber/Taxi:
Praça da República, 20 - República,

São Paulo - SP (CEP: 01045-000)

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duration

3h30min.
(with a 20min. break)

route

4.5 km
Historic Center
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Ending Point

São Bento Square

​​​subway station:

São Bento (blue line)

Free Walking
Tour

Old Downtown route
Mondays and Saturdays
11h00am (English)
be there 15 minutes before



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Collaborative Economy concept
who joins the tour gives us voluntary tips as a way to thank for the tour and support the project.



Private
Tours

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you choose the best day and time for you
Monday to Friday | 9am to 5pm
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BRL 89 per person
      
for groups Up to 3 people
BRL 38 per person
            for groups with
            minimum 8 people

Audio
Tour

Do It Yourself!
whenever you want,
on your way.
you need only a phone with internet and a headphone
only BRL 24
      
for Old Downtown audio-guide
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when you click in "buy now", you will be directed to Glocal Audio Guide  website (our partner) to purchase your audio-tour.
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The payment will be done through Stripe plataform, with your credit card.
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after that, there will be available the audio-tour Old Downtown in your account on the webapp of Glocal Audio Guide.
Go to the Meeting Point and play it!

  What to do Old Downtown
 

>> visit the top of Copan building

a landmark of the city, Copan building gets our attention for being the biggest residential building of Latin America, and has a wave shape. To visit the top for free, get to the gate F, only on weekdays at 10h30am or at 3h30pm (try to get earlier there).

>> LGBTQI+ Museum

located inside República subway station, it's a small museum about the LGBTQI+ community and culture, with temporary and thematic exibitions. It's located inside the closest station from Arouche Square (the original gay neighborhood of the city), located on the opposite side of Repúlblica square.

>> Roosvelt square and Consolação church

very close to República Square, following Ipiranga Ave, you find Consolação church - very beautiful inside (our guide will talk about it, but we don´t go inside during the tour). And behind the church there is Roosvelt square  very popular betwen young kids and skateboarders, there is also a very nice cafe and great murals of urban art around.

>> go to the Municipal Market

just less than 10minutes walking from our Ending Point, the Municipal Market is really nice to visit, with many options of food, mainly the Mortadela sandwich and the Pastel of Codfish. The colorful tropical fruits in the stands also get our attention. It closes at 6pm, but it's better to leave the market before 5h30pm (on Sundays closes at 4pm).

​>> visit the Cultural Center Farol Santander

located where was the famous Banespa building, Farol Santander is a private cultural center with temporary exibitions, a permanent exibition about the history of the bank Banespa and Santander, and a very nic panoramic cafe on the 26o floor. We recommend going there to watch the sunset (about 5h30pm). It's opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 8pm. Click here to book.

​>> eat the Bauru sandwich and visit

the Rock'n Roll Gallery

the most tipic and oldest sandwich of the city is called Bauru, and the original place is still working Old Downtown - called PontoChic (such an experience going there). And besides you can see the famous local spot Rock'n Roll Gallery (a shopping mall with many music, skaeboard, tattoo and piercing products).

>> Pinacoteca and Portuguese Language Museums

. Pinacoteca is the first and one of the greatest museum of the city, since 1906, located in front of Luz train station, and just 15 minutes walking from our Ending Point. Permanent and temporary art exibitions and a nice cafe. It's is opened until 6pm, but the tickets can be bought until 5h30pm (free on Saturdays, and closed on Tuesdays). Click here to book.

. the Portuguese Language Museum was reopened in 2021 after a big fire, and we can find a permanent exhibition about the official language of Brazil. It is located in the Luz Train Station building (built in 1901 in Victorian style), and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Click here to book.

>> visit the top of the City Hall (Matarazzo's palace)

from Monday to Saturday, it's possible to visit inside the City Hall, including the top with Walter Galera garden. For free, it starts at 4h30pm, but it's recommended to be there 30min. before (maximum group of 10 people).

>> visit the top of Martinelli building

another landmark of São Paulo, Martinelli building is the first skyscrapper of the city - very close from our Ending Point, at São Bento Square. To visit the top is free, but necessary to book in advance online (Click here).

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