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Bairro da Liberdade

Breakfast: Bakery Itiriki

At Rua dos Estudantes, you will find Bakery Itiriki, with several exotic products. Don’t miss the delicious pobá juice, a traditional Taiwan drink made from pobá, the Chinese “dark pearl”. The ingredient is made with cassava starch in a process similar to sagu. For the juice, it is mixed with other flavors, like green tea, black tea, yam, tropical fruits, strawberry and melon. Another delicacy is the “melon-pan”, a bun melon shaped with a crispy exterior and vanilla flavor. There is also curry bread, filled with potato, carrots and chicken. To wrap it up, taste the green tea cake – very smooth and with a delicious aroma.

Morning Ride: streets of Liberdade

To the left, facade of building with Japanese architectural elements; Several people walking on an accessible sidewalk with several red lighting posts, which have 3 white lampshades in the form of Japanese lanterns. To the center, street turned into boardwalk. To the right, several colorful flower stalls and handicrafts. In the background, several buildings and some trees.

Liberdade Neighborhood. Photo: Caio Pimenta/SPTuris.

Liberdade is a very interesting neighborhood. Its main streets have in its decoration the traditional oriental lights and the signs in some stores are written in Chinese and Japanese. Walking around there can be fantastic. Enjoy stores and oriental markets with traditional food and products, from decoration articles, to kitchen appliances, music CDs and DVDs, anime, HQs and games.

Lunch: Lamen Kazu

A specialized lamen (a refrigerated oriental kind of pasta imported directly from Japan) Japanese restaurant, Lamen Kazu provides, in Brazil, the authentic Japanese flavor. The lamen is a Chinese dish, which developed in Japan, adapted to the taste of the Japanese and establishing a peculiar style. Nowadays is a well-appreciated dish on Japanese culinary and that represents its culture, just like sushi, sukiyaki and tempura.

Afternoon Ride: Buddhist Temples

Close-up photo of a shop window. To the right, a Japanese doll wears a typical costume of a Geisha - a red silk kimono all worked with gold figures. Very black hair compacted above the head and adorned with wooden ornaments and red ribbons. In one hand is a little black open niece and decorated with drawings of pink flowers. Behind her, a wooden panel with several Japanese swords hanging. On the left, Maneki Neko doll, one of the most famous amulets in Japan in the world, in the form of a white cat sitting with a red scarf around his neck and a chest frame that bears figures of the 7 Gods of Luck (Fortune And happiness in Shinto), composed of several multicolored human figures in high relief. In each of the hands, the cat holds a lucky charm. Behind it, a glass panel with the word "Japan" painted in gold lettering.

Liberdade Neighborhood. Photo: Caio Pimenta/SPTuris.

At Rua São Joaquim, there is the Japanese Buddhist temple Busshinji, a beautiful place with traditional architecture, made in wood and ornamented with Buddha figures, where you can seek religion haven and reach your “inner self”. To visit it, it is required to remove your shoes. The tourist can also take part in ceremonies and rituals that usually take place once a month.

Dinner: D.O.M.

Located on Jardins, it was elected the sixth best restaurant of the world in this year.

Addresses and telephones:

Bakery Itiriki

Address: Rua dos Estudantes, 24 – Liberdade – São Paulo.
Working Hours: Mondays to Mondays, from 8am to 7pm. Holidays, from 8am to 6pm.
Tel.: (+55 11) 3277 4939.

Lamen Kazu – Japanese Noodle Bar

Address: Rua Thomaz Gonzaga, 51 – Liberdade – São Paulo.
Working Hours: daily, from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm30. Sundays, from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 9pm.
Tel.: (+55 11) 3277 4286.

Templo Busshinji

Address: Rua São Joaquim, 285 – Liberdade – São Paulo.
Working Hours: Mondays to Sundays, starting at 6:15am.
Tel.: (+55 11) 3208 0418.


Address: Rua Barão de Capanema, 549 – Jardins- São Paulo.
Working Hours: from Mondays to Fridays, from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 12am. Saturdays, from 7pm to 12am.
Tel.: (+55 11) 3088 0761.

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