Discover the city that enchants everyone with its art, culture and gastronomy
Did you know that by 2011”Embu das Artes” was it just called Embu? Located about 30 minutes from São Pauloo, the city only gained a new name after a referendum voted by the residents. The “das Artes” comes precisely from the relationship with the municipality's vocation for crafts and street fairs, which began in the 1960s. Check out some places to visit in Embu das Artes:
The traditional Art and Crafts Fair is one of the city's main attractions. Good program for those who are thinking of decorating the house, as well as for those who want to take a different tour. There, you will find a huge variety of products, such as paintings, sculptures, porcelain, jewelry, musical instruments, upholstery, clothing, lace and a series of utilitarian or decorative objects. It is possible to find pieces at good prices, but being patient at these times is a virtue, as there are almost 800 exhibitors.
Francisco Rizzo Lake Park
Located near the historic center, the park's 217,000 m² green area is a good choice to enjoy on the weekend. On site, there is a lake full of carp, ducks, geese and turtles, jogging tracks, children's playground, outdoor fitness center, toy library, among other attractions. Entrance is free.
The main attraction is walking aimlessly and in a hurry through the Historic Center, which is very small and consists of practically three closed blocks for pedestrians. Start your tour with reference to the Museum of Sacred Art of the Jesuits, which is located in a beautiful building built at the turn of the 17th to the 18th centuries and is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. On Saturdays and Sundays, in the vicinity of the museum, several craft and gastronomy stalls compete for space with tourists selling the most diverse products. It is also here that tables are spread out on the streets and sidewalks with live music in practically every bar and restaurant.
For those who want to delve into the history of the city, you can visit the Museum of Sacred Art of the Jesuits, which includes the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário. It has a rich collection of baroque art carved in wood, terracotta pieces and rock frames, produced between the 17th and 19th centuries. Another traditional tourist spot, mainly for foreign tourists, is the Indian Museum. Founded by artist and researcher of indigenous culture and writer Walde-Mar Andrade e Silva, the place houses pieces related to customs, eating habits, art, beliefs and rituals of the Indians.
San Pedro Emporium
For those who consider gastronomy an art, the offer in the city does not disappoint.
Many of the visitors go to Embu das Artes for lunch and spend the afternoon shopping in the local shops. Gastronomic options abound, and please all tastes and pockets. In Viela das Lavadeiras, for example, is the Empório São Pedro. The Italian restaurant draws attention not only for the beauty of its facilities (the place is also an antique shop where all the decoration pieces are for sale), but also for its French-Italian-influenced menu. Entering the enclosure is like being in a European bistro. In other words, culture, gastronomy and quality in one place.
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