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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
The price is $35 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
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 Só Marcas ...
4.1/5Very Good! (758 reviews)
"Excellent hotel Great cleaning Great stuffs Definitely come back!!"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
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 $114 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 13
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! (865 reviews)
"Great location. Hotel room very clean."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi
Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi
5 out of 5
Av. das Nacoes Unidas 12901, Torre Leste, Sao Paulo
The price is $99 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Located in Brooklin Novo, this luxury hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Morumbi Shopping Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of JK Iguatemi Shopping Mall and Ibirapuera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (931 reviews)
"staff was kind and very helpful."

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi
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Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barao De Maua 450 Centro, Guarulhos, SP
The price is $37 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
Located in Guarulhos City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Salomon's Temple, Shopping Center Norte, and Expo Center North. Anhembi ...
4/5Very Good! (535 reviews)
"Never disappoints. Best hotel to stay close to the airport. Staff is superb as always. Best great cost -benefit hotel in the area of Guarulhos. I never hesitate to book."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
4 out of 5
Rua Professor Filadelfo Azevedo, 717, Vila Nova Conceicao, Sao Paulo
The price is $87 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in Vila Nova Conceicao, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of City Hall and Ibirapuera Park. Oscar Freire Street and Rua Augusta are also within 2 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (443 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable apartments with full kitchen. Staff are attentive and courteous. Breakfast is delivered in room to minimize conglomeration. The neighborhood has many restaurants and shopping options."

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Aparthotel Adagio São Paulo Moema
Aparthotel Adagio São Paulo Moema
3 out of 5
Avenida Jamaris 100, Sao Paulo, SP
The price is $55 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Moema, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Ibirapuera and Ibirapuera Park. Professor Aristoteles Orsini Planetarium and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (104 reviews)
Great place. Great design and amenities.
"Comfortable, great design and friendly staff. Would recommend for quick or long stays."

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio São Paulo Moema
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