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Experience the diversity of this megacity’s cultural offerings, visit religious buildings or practice Portuguese with locals in nightclubs or shady parks.

Brazil’s largest city is often overlooked as merely a business center, but a recent cultural resurgence means São Paulo now attracts visitors for its many museums and galleries, and its nightlife. The concentrated city has one of the most dramatic skylines in the world. Discover many historic sites beneath the towering skyscrapers.

You’ll find plenty of things to explore beyond the city center: São Paulo’s parks and gardens become popular meeting places on the weekends. While a little Portuguese will get you a long way, English and Spanish are spoken at most major attractions.

Go to the large Ibirapuera Park to see a popular green area. The tree-lined banks of its lakes are perfect for relaxing and the many cultural institutions within its grounds are great spots to spend the afternoon. Visit the Ibirapuera Auditorium for an open-air concert. See the night sky unfold before your eyes at the Planetário Professor Aristóteles Orsini. Stop by the Museum of Modern Art to see works by Pablo Picasso and numerous Brazilian artists.

Cultural offerings continue downtown, where you’ll find the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center and the Portuguese Language Museum. Catch the metro, the easiest way to travel, to reach São Paulo’s busy Paulista Avenue. Visit museums, shopping malls and a popular entertainment plaza where you can try the local cuisine. Sample a pastel, a savory pastry stuffed with meat or vegetables, as you wander the streets.

Learn the history of São Paulo by visiting some of the city’s oldest attractions. The iconic São Bento Monastery holds a Mass on Sundays complete with Gregorian chanting, while the nearby São Paulo Cathedral is one of the city’s most photographed structures.

Look after your belongings while visiting the major attractions. As in most major cities, try to avoid areas with little or no activity as they could be potentially risky.

Arrive in São Paulo at Guarulhos International Airport before hopping into a cab to reach the exciting city center.

Travel guide produced with the assistance of the São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau, SPTuris and Flavia Liz Personal Guide - Sao Paulo specialist

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Where to stay in Sao Paulo

City Hall which includes a city and street scenes

Itaim Bibi

4.5/5Wonderful!(40 area reviews)

Travelers come to Itaim Bibi for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like City Hall and Parque do Povo while you're in town.

Itaim Bibi
Paulista Avenue featuring a city and modern architecture

Bela Vista

4.5/5Wonderful!(69 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Bela Vista for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Paulista Avenue and São Paulo Museum of Art. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Trianon-Masp Station.

Bela Vista
Jardins, Sao Paulo, Southeast Region, Brazil

Jardins

4.5/5Wonderful!(195 area reviews)

Museums, shopping, and cafés highlight some notable features of Jardins. Make a stop by Paulista Avenue or Ibirapuera Park while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Consolacao Station or Oscar Freire Station to get around town.

Jardins
One of the most beautiful malls in the city!  Get to know the best VIP movie theater in town!

Vila Olimpia

4.5/5Wonderful!(33 area reviews)

Unique features of Vila Olimpia include the shopping and bars. Make a stop by JK Iguatemi Shopping Mall or Shopping Vila Olimpia while you're exploring the area.

Vila Olimpia
Good vibe in a charming fish restaurant

Pinheiros

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

You might enjoy the bars while in Pinheiros. Shopping Eldorado is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Faria Lima Station or Pinheiros Metro Station to see more of the city.

Pinheiros
Delicious fresh food, refreshing chopp and live chorinho in São Paulo

Barra Funda

1/5(1 area review)

Get to know Barra Funda and its many features like its museums and monuments. You might want to explore sights like Memorial da America Latina and Espaco das Americas, and you can jump on the metro at Marechal Deodoro Station or Palmeiras-Barra Funda Station to get around the city.

Barra Funda

Top Hotels in Sao Paulo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
5 out of 5
Avenida das Nacoes Unidas 13.301, Brooklin District, Sao Paulo, SP
The price is $115 per night

Located in Brooklin Novo, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ibirapuera Park, Shopping Eldorado, and Transamerica Expo Center. Paulista Avenue and Sao ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (749 reviews)

"It’s challenging to operate in a time where the COVID-19 has taken a hold on how we are able to travel. The Grand Hyatt was exceptional in handling of this, and very prepared to ensure as well as possible your safety. As always there are guests who still don’t respect the social distancing, or wearing ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
3 out of 5
Avenida Natalia Zarif, 2655, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo
The price is $35 per night

Located in Taboão, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Adamastor Cultural Center, Parque Shopping Maia, and Bosque Maia Park. IV Centenario Square and Internacional ...

4.1/5Very Good! (664 reviews)

"Bom hotel com um preço compatível ao que oferecem."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
ibis budget São Caetano
ibis budget São Caetano
3 out of 5
Rua Alegre 320, Santa Paula, Sao Caetano do Sul
The price is $26 per night

Located in Santa Paula, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Grand Plaza Shopping and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shopping ABC and Sao Paulo Aquarium. Ginasio Poliesportivo ...

4/5Very Good! (54 reviews)

"Ibis budget você já sabe o que esperar de estrutura, mas o Staff é muito amistoso e solícito! Fez total diferença na minha estada."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

ibis budget São Caetano

Popular places to visit in Sao Paulo

Ibirapuera Park
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Ibirapuera Park

4.5/5(142 reviews)

Take an evening stroll to see the city lights reflected in this park’s vast lakes or spend a day visiting the cultural sites located in the sprawling gardens.

Paulista Avenue
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Paulista Avenue

4.5/5(188 reviews)

See the financial and cultural heart of one of South America’s busiest cities before unwinding in a bar full of local business people at the end of the day.

Sao Paulo Zoo
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Sao Paulo Zoo

4/5(28 reviews)

Meet the native and exotic animals and discover why Sao Paulo Zoo is a favorite in Sao Paulo. Experience the art scene and museums in this culturally rich area.

Top things to do in Sao Paulo

Private Sao Paulo City Tour with Market Visit
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Private Sao Paulo City Tour with Market Visit

$306
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Express City Tour
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Private Express City Tour

$188
Per adult
Private São Paulo Art Gallery Tour
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Private São Paulo Art Gallery Tour

$244
Per adult
São Paulo Full-day Sun Ray Waterfalls Hiking Private Tour
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São Paulo Full-day Sun Ray Waterfalls Hiking Private Tour

$490
Per adult
Private Tour of Campos do Jordão "Brazilian Switzerland"
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Private Tour of Campos do Jordão "Brazilian Switzerland"

$195
Per adult
9-hour Sao Paulo Native Indigenous Tribe "Private Tour"
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9-hour Sao Paulo Native Indigenous Tribe "Private Tour"

$516
Per adult

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