Sao Paulo

Travel Guide
Bank of Brazil Cultural Center which includes street scenes and heritage architecture 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

Where to stay in Sao Paulo

Comfort Hotel Guarulhos - Aeroporto
Comfort Hotel Guarulhos - Aeroporto
3.5 out of 5
R. Pedro de Toledo 977, Guarulhos, SP, 07140-000
The price is Rs4,204 per night from 18 Jun to 19 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Guarulhos. Enjoy free WiFi, a free airport shuttle and 24-hour room service. Popular attractions CECAP and International ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (159 reviews)
"For one night close to the airport is good enough"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2022

Comfort Hotel Guarulhos - Aeroporto
Hampton by Hilton Guarulhos Airport
Hampton by Hilton Guarulhos Airport
3 out of 5
Rua Pedro De Toledo, 1000, Guarulhos, 07140-000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,154 per night from 24 Jun to 25 Jun
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Guarulhos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,039 reviews)
"plug in bathroom was loose and cover fell off the wall, thus the hair dryer was not usable"

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Hampton by Hilton Guarulhos Airport
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
5 out of 5
Avenida das Nacoes Unidas 13.301, Brooklin District, Sao Paulo, SP, 04578-000
The price is Rs13,369 per night from 18 Jun to 19 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sao Paulo. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (965 reviews)
"Staff were wonderful"

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Grand Hyatt 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.
Nomah - Aptos por Temporada na Vila Nova Conceição
Nomah - Aptos por Temporada na Vila Nova Conceição
3.5 out of 5
Rua Correia de Oliveira 39, Sao Paulo, SP, 04508-050
The price is Rs2,853 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Sao Paulo. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and an on-site corner shop. Popular attractions Paulista Avenue and Ibirapuera ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (30 reviews)
"It’s almost a scan. They affitm that to deliver the acess to the property all the reception is done digitally. what they don’t mention is that they irregularly request tour facial biometric data obtained by their “apps”. Dening the biometric data there’re no reception process. The absurd is that ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Nomah - Aptos por Temporada na Vila Nova Conceição
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
4 out of 5
Rua Professor Filadelfo Azevedo, 717, Vila Nova Conceicao, Sao Paulo, 04508-010
The price is Rs7,380 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sao Paulo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (476 reviews)
"There is no restaurant for lunch or dinner."

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2022

Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Transamerica Prime International Plaza
Transamerica Prime International Plaza
4 out of 5
Alameda Santos, 981, Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo, SP, 01419-001
The price is Rs5,879 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sao Paulo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,353 reviews)
"The hotel is strategically located within a 10 walk to several malls and stores. The hosts/hostesses are very understanding, helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 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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Reviews of Sao Paulo

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5/5 - Excellent

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4 Feb 2020

Wonderful shopping malls downtown very Western

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

Went for F1 didn't see a lot but looks very much a busy city hundreds of tower blocks

4/5 - Good

Roger

3 Oct 2019

I was only overnighting in Sao Paulo so no time to explore or enjoy so Hotel Oyo Paulista met my requirements perfectly.

4/5 - Good

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23 Sep 2019

Quite spread out but lots to do, see and eat!

5/5 - Excellent

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13 Sep 2019

I love São Paulo and have visited many times. It has plenty of challenges if the visitor, and you really need some Portuguese to get the most out of it. But One of the world’s great cities no question

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Aug 2019

Great ramen at lamen kazu - in liberdade district

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