Sao Paulo

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Bank of Brazil Cultural Center showing heritage architecture and street scenes as well as a large group of people
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

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
3 out of 5
Avenida Natalia Zarif, 2655, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, 07140 040
The price is $66 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 29
$66
per night
Dec 28 - Dec 29
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Guarulhos. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Very convenient to and from airport, great buffet option for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and comfortable rooms. just a little complicated to get in the hotel due to a ramp in front. When we arrived we couldn't easily go in to the lobby with our luggage as ramp was blocked by vehicles and hotel van. ..."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Bourbon São Paulo Ibirapuera Convention Hotel
Bourbon São Paulo Ibirapuera Convention Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. Ibirapuera 2927, Moema, São Paulo, SP, 04029-200
The price is $73 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$73
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in São Paulo. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,078 reviews)
"nice place, nice area. Silence is great"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Bourbon São Paulo Ibirapuera Convention Hotel
Radisson Hotel Paulista Sao Paulo
Radisson Hotel Paulista Sao Paulo
4 out of 5
Alameda Santos, 85, São Paulo, SP, 01419-000
The price is $126 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$126
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in São Paulo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
Wonderful
"Front Desk personnel very helpful"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Radisson Hotel Paulista Sao Paulo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ape Paulista Bela Cintra
Ape Paulista Bela Cintra
2 out of 5
R. Bela Cintra, 934, São Paulo, SP, 01415-002
Stay at this apartment in São Paulo. Enjoy free WiFi, Netflix, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Paulista Avenue and Allianz Park are located nearby. Discover ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (68 reviews)
Great location, comfortable apartment, but loud!
"I was in São Paulo to be interviewed for an University job. My intentions was to stay in the apartment studying and preparing my talk. However, silence is not an option. Doors and walls are thin. I could hear the elevator's doors opening, the snore of other guests, and the cleaning personel all from ..."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2022

Ape Paulista Bela Cintra
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
4 out of 5
Rua Professor Filadelfo Azevedo, 717, Vila Nova Conceicao, São Paulo, 04508-010
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in São Paulo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (502 reviews)
Love this location!
"Amazing experience as always at this location. Staff EXTREMELY kind."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Transamerica Prime International Plaza
Transamerica Prime International Plaza
4 out of 5
Alameda Santos, 981, Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP, 01419-001
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in São Paulo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,497 reviews)
"very friendly personell"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Transamerica Prime International Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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