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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

Vila Madalena

Vila Madalena

Vila Madalena is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Galeria Fortes Vilaca and A Casa - Museum of the Brazilian Object.

Vila Madalena

Top Hotels in Sao Paulo

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
5 out of 5
Avenida das Nacoes Unidas 13.301, Brooklin District, Sao Paulo, SP
Free cancellation
The price is CA $114 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

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! (762 reviews)

"O melhor hotel de São Paulo sem sombra de dúvidas. Atendimento exemplar."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2020

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
3 out of 5
The price is CA $61 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 21

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! (678 reviews)

"Clean, neat and on time airport transfer. Works well for the distance to the terminals."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 24, 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $30 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Sao Caetano do Sul, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Grand Plaza Shopping and within 6 miles (10 km) of Shopping ABC and Sao Paulo Aquarium. Ginasio ...

4.1/5Very Good! (63 reviews)

"Muita praticidade e cordialidade da equipe para o check in"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2020

ibis budget São Caetano
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.

Vacation Rentals in Sao Paulo

Uotel Downtown República
Uotel Downtown República
3 out of 5
Rua Aurora, 877, República, Sao Paulo
The price is CA $32 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Republica, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Republic Square and Rua Augusta. Sao Paulo Stock Exchange and Rua 25 de Marco are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (86 reviews)

"Dirty floors / hair in beds and towels but good location with security! Very bad slow communication"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Uotel Downtown República
The World Vila Olímpia
The World Vila Olímpia
3.5 out of 5
Rua Gomes de Carvalho, 1005, Vila Olimpia, Sao Paulo, SP
The price is CA $62 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Vila Olimpia, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Ibirapuera Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from U.S. Consulate General. Paulista Avenue and Morumbi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (173 reviews)

"Hotel was good. I stayed here many times. Friendly staff and location is great.But is is a bit outdated and needs refurbishment as furniture / bed is becoming out of style. Also kitchen was not well equipped and missing cooking pans"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

The World Vila Olímpia
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 CA $106 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

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! (430 reviews)
wonderful stay

"excellent. friendly staff very helpful in all ways."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Marriott Executive Apartments 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.

Popular places to visit in Sao Paulo

Ibirapuera Park
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Ibirapuera Park

4/5(18 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(25 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.

Top things to do in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo Highlights City Tour - MASP Ibirapuera and More
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Sao Paulo Highlights City Tour - MASP Ibirapuera and More

CA $183
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

CA $95
Per adult
Private São Paulo City tour Highlights - 4hours
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Private São Paulo City tour Highlights - 4hours

CA $129
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Architecture Tour
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Private Architecture Tour

CA $289
Per adult
Private Express City Tour
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Private Express City Tour

CA $247
Per adult
Private Tour by Night
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Private Tour by Night

CA $306
Per adult

Reviews of Sao Paulo

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 54.76190476190476%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 25, 2019

Publicity is saying that São Paolo is not a safe city but for me I enjoyed it very much and people were helpful anywhere on the street in stores!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 5, 2019

Very busy with people and lots of shops. I felt safe and was alert. Friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 29, 2019

I love SP! It’s my kind of town!

4/5 - Good

Azucena

Jun 12, 2019

Great place for shopping for shoes

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 17, 2019

Pollution need to be addressed

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Mar 26, 2019

Very busy, traffic congested city. Dirty city. Many homeless.

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