São Paulo is a vibrant, full of life, cosmopolitan city that is a home for people from all over the world. Here culture, leisure and history merge. If you are willing to enjoy some of the charms our host city has to offer, take a look at these tips we gathered for you.
HISTORY & ARTS
Centro Cultural Júlio Prestes is located in the former Estação Júlio Prestes. It houses the Sala São Paulo, one of the concert halls with the best acoustics in the world.
Address: Praça Júlio Prestes, 16 – Campos Elíseos
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is one of the most important art museums in Brazil. It houses one of the largest and most representative collections of Brazilian art, with nearly eight thousand pieces mainly covering the history of Brazilian painting of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Address: Praça da Luz, 2 – Luz
Theatro Municipal is one of the most important theaters of the city and one of the postcards of São Paulo, both for its architectural style similar to the most stunning theaters in the world as for its historical importance – it was the Semana de Arte Moderna stage in 1922, the landmark of Modernism in Brazil.
Address: Praça Ramos de Azevedo, s/nº – República
Mercado Municipal Paulistano – or Mercadão, as it is tenderly known by its visitors, is an important public market. Tourists from all over the world are attracted by the famous Mortadella sandwich (sanduíche de mortadela) and codfish pastry (pastel de bacalhau).
Address: Rua da Cantareira, 306 – Luz
MASP is one of the most important Brazilian cultural institutions. It has the most important and comprehensive collection of Western art in Latin America and the southern hemisphere, where are notable, above all, consistent sets referring to the Italian and French schools. It also has extensive section of Brazilian art and small groups of African and Asian art, decorative arts, archaeological pieces etc., totaling approximately 8000 works. The museum also houses one of the largest libraries specialized in art of the country.
Address: Av. Paulista, 1578 – Consolação
Museu de Arte Contemporânea – MAC (USP) is an institution linked to teaching, research and university extension, aimed at domestic and foreign artistic production. MAC has the most important collection of Latin America specializing in the western production of the twentieth century. It has about 10,000 works – including oils, drawings, engravings, sculptures, objects and conceptual works – consisting of a great cultural heritage with national and international derivations.
Address: Parque do Ibirapuera
Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) is one of the most important cultural institutions in Brazil. It is located under the marquee of Parque do Ibirapuera, in a building inserted into the architectural complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1954 and renovated by Lina Bo Bardi in 1982. The collection now has over 5,000 pieces, most produced by Brazilian artists active from the 1960s onwards. It has one of the largest specialized in Art libraries of São Paulo, with more than 60,000 volumes, plus an own publications sector.
Address: Parque do Ibirapuera
Catedral Metropolitana de São Paulo or Catedral da Sé is located in Praça da Sé, in the city center of São Paulo. The Cathedral is the main temple of the parish of Nossa Senhora da Assunção of São Paulo, established on 10 August 1591. The landmark monument of the city is located in the square of the Cathedral. Considered almost a synonym for the old center, the square is one of the most popular areas of the city and was the scene of many important events in the history of the country as the rally of the Diretas Já.
Address: Praça da Sé, s/nº – Sé
Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral (also known as Greek Orthodox Cathedral of São Paul) is an example of Byzantine architectural construction that can be enjoyed in South America. Its Project was inspired by the Hagia Sophia, built in the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople (now Istanbul). São Paulo’s Orthodox Cathedral is located at the beginning of Avenida Paulista, more precisely at 1515 Rua Vergueiro, very close to Paraíso subway station.
Address: Rua Vergueiro, 1515 – Paraíso
Museu Afro Brasil is a historical, artistic and ethnological museum, dedicated to the research, preservation and exhibition of objects related to the cultural universe of black people in Brazil. Located in Parque do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, “Pavilhão Padre Manuel da Nóbrega” – an integral building architectural ensemble of the park designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950s.
Address: Parque do Ibirapuera
Estação da Luz is one of the most important railway stations of the city. Located in the neighborhood that gave rise to the name of the station, integrates transport network on rails of the São Paulo Metropolitan Train Company, with free transfer to the station Luz of the São Paulo Metro, one of its most important links.
Address: Praça da Luz, 1 – Luz
The Mosteiro de São Bento is located in Largo de São Bento, in the center of São Paulo. One of the most important historical buildings in the city. Forms a conjunction with the Basílica Abacial de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, the Colégio de São Bento and the Faculdade de São Bento. The monks live there in prayer, being always on standby to receive all guests and visitors, yet welcoming those coming to life of prayer, retreat, or those who seek spiritual guidance or confession. It features the choir for the Divine Office in monastic rite prayed daily by the monks and the Mass in the Roman rite, both with Gregorian chant.
Address: Largo São Bento, s/nº – Centro
The Pátio do Colégio is an archaeological site where was raised the first construction of the present city of São Paulo, when Father Manuel da Nobrega and the then novice José de Anchieta, and other Jesuit priests at the request of Portugal and the Society of Jesus established a center for indigenous indoctrination purposes in Plateau.
Address: Largo Páteo do Colégio, 2 – Centro
Located at number 37 Paulista Avenue (in Paraíso), the mansion was designed by Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo office shortly before his death, with construction completed in 1935. In 1991 it was expropriated by the State Government of São Paulo and then inaugurated as a cultural space called “Casa das Rosas”. It was named for having one of the largest and most beautiful gardens in the city of roses. Since 2004, the House became Espaço Haroldo de Campos de Poesia e Literatura and was administered by the teacher and poet Frederico Barbosa.
Address: Avenida Paulista, 37 – Bela Vista
The Edifício Altino Arantes (also known as Edifício do Banespa or Banespão) is one of the most iconic buildings in the capital city, being the 3rd highest in the city and 5th of Brazil. Built from 1939, the federal intervenor Adhemar de Barros to host the State Bank of São Paulo (Banespa) and inaugurated in 1947, was for more than a decade the tallest in the city, until it was overcome by Mirante do Vale in 1960. His initial design was altered to make it like the Empire State Building in New York. Shortly after the inauguration, in 1940, it was considered the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world.
Address: Rua João Brícola, 24 – Centro
PARKS & NATURE
The Parque do Ibirapuera is the most important urban park in the city of São Paulo. It has biking and thirteen lighted courts, as well as tracks that aim to runnings, walks and rest, all integrated into the cultural area. There are found the Afro Brazil Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Oca, the Planetarium and many other monuments and important buildings for the São Paulo society.
Address: Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral – Vila Mariana
The origin of Jardim Botânico of São Paulo was the passion for botany naturalist Frederico Carlos Hoehne in 1928, when the state began Orchid in Água Branca. Today there are 143 hectares harboring various plant species.
Address: Avenida Miguel Stéfano, 3031 – Água Funda
Parque da Independência, opened in 1988 in the neighborhood of Ipiranga, in São Paulo, is part of the Brazilian national heritage. Houses the Museu do Ipiranga, the Monumento à Independência , gardens and the Casa do Grito.
Address: Avenida Nazareth, s/nº – Ipiranga
Parque Villa Lobos is a public park, located in Alto de Pinheiros, on the banks of the Pinheiros river. The park, projected by the architect Decio Tozzi, was originally meant to be a musical oasis – a tribute to composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. It is proposed as a musical, modern and contemporary theme park, containing, in addition to green areas, equipment for the sensitive knowledge of music.
Address: Av. Prof. Fonseca Rodrigues, 2001 – Alto de Pinheiros
The Sao Paulo Zoo is the largest zoo in Brazil. Located in an area of 824,529 m² of original Atlantic Forest, with four kilometers malls. Exhibits more than 3,200 animals and 102 species of mammals, 216 species of birds, 95 species of reptiles, 15 species of amphibians and 16 species of invertebrates, in enclosures that reproduce the natural habitats of these animals.
Address: Avenida Miguel Estéfano, 4241 – Vila Água Funda
The São Paulo Aquarium is an oceanarium located in Ipiranga district, south-east of the city of São Paulo. It is the largest aquarium in South America, with more than 1 million liters of seawater.
Address: Rua Huet Bacelar, 407 – Ipiranga
The Butantan Institute is a biomedical research center located in the district of Butantã. It is responsible for producing much of serums and vaccines consumed in Brazil. It is also an important tourist spot, with a park and four museums (Biological Museum of the Butantan Institute, History of Microbiology and Public Health Museum Emilio Ribas, keeper of one of the most important documentary collections of Health of Brazil, located in lieutenant Pena, No. 100, in Bom Retiro neighborhood), moreover, the Butantan has the Hospital Vital Brazil, a reference in accident service with venomous animals, a library, a serpentarium, production units of serums, vaccines and biopharmaceuticals.
Address: Avenida Vital Brasil, 1500 – Butantã
Museu do Futebol is a theme museum dedicated to football. It was built at the Municipal Stadium Paulo Machado de Carvalho, former Municipal Stadium of Pacaembu, in Charles Miller Square neighborhood of Pacaembu.
Address: Praça Charles Miler, s/nº – Pacaembu (Estádio do Pacaembu)
Allianz Park, popularly known as Arena Palestra Italia Arena or Palmeiras, is a multipurpose arena built to receive shows, concerts, corporate events, and especially the Palmeiras football matches, its owner. The stadium offers “Allianz Parque Experience Tour”, a tour to visit Palmeiras Stadium (Allianz Park) and exclusive areas.
Address: Avenida Francisco Matarazzo, 1705 – Água Branca
Arena Corinthians, popularly known as Itaquerão, is a football stadium located in the Itaquera district of the municipality of East Zone. Owned by Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, its official capacity is for 47,605 places, being the 11th largest stadium in Brazil.It was elected by StadiumDB site as 4th best world stage in the year 2014. In addition to also win the award for best architectural design of the country in 2011. The stadium offers “TOUR NA CASA DO POVO”, a tour to visit Corinthians Arena and exclusive areas.
Address: Av. Miguel Ignácio Curi, 111 – Artur Alvim
The Planetarium has modern equipment of the latest generation: the projector StarMaster, 44 peripheral projectors and other equipment.
Address: Parque do Ibirapuera
Catavento Cultural e Educacional is an interactive museum, opened in 2009 with the purpose of dedicating itself to science and its dissemination and located at the Palácio das Indústrias, in São Paulo, Brazil.
Address: Avenida Mercúrio, Parque Dom Pedro II, s/n
PLACES TO SHOP
Liberdade is a tourist district of the city of São Paulo. It is known as the largest stronghold of the Japanese community in the city, which, in turn, brings together the largest Japanese colony in the world.
Address: Liberdade – Metrô Liberdade
25 de Março Street, in the city of São Paulo, is considered the biggest shopping mall in Latin America, since it consists of one of the busiest shopping centers, retailers and wholesalers.
Address: Rua 25 de Março – Metrô São Bento
This district contains many streets known by the trade clothing. Rua José Paulino is the best known of them.
Address: Bom Retiro – Metrô Tiradentes
Rock Gallery is a shopping center located in São Paulo. Located between the Rua 24 de Maio, 62 and the Largo do Paissandu (Avenida São João), has 450 shops, especially for trade in products related to rock and other musical styles. Musical performances, in the gallery, had featured in the media.
Address: Avenida São João, 439 – República
Sophisticated contemporary restaurant and bar on the roof of the Hotel Unique with pool and panoramic views.
Address: Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700 (Hotel Unique) – Jardim Paulista
The English style pub, with simple and informal environment, possess pool tables, live music and varied menu.
Address: Alameda Itu, 1529 – Jardim Paulista
Brazilian music at home with various environments surrounded with terrace and green bean stew with samba on Saturdays.
Address: Rua Luís Murat, 308 – Vila Madalena