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

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
3 out of 5
The price is Rs2,710 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
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! (804 reviews)
"Like how convenient the hotel is, close to the airport with shuttle service available most of the day and evening."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi
Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi
5 out of 5
Av. das Nacoes Unidas 12901, Torre Leste, Sao Paulo
The price is Rs8,770 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
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! (953 reviews)
"Café da manhã já foi muito melhor. Tanto pela variedade quanto qualidade! Poucos funcionários e os pães estavam frios e envelhecidos."

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2021

Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi
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 Rs9,502 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
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! (883 reviews)
"Excellent stay."

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2021

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.
Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barao De Maua 450 Centro, Guarulhos, SP
The price is Rs2,806 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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! (541 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 30 Jun 2021

Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
You Stay at Vila Olimpia
You Stay at Vila Olimpia
3.5 out of 5
R. Fidêncio Ramos 420, Sao Paulo, SP
The price is Rs4,582 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Located in Vila Olimpia, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shopping Vila Olimpia, Parque do Povo and JK Iguatemi Shopping Mall. Ibirapuera Park and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
Boa estadia
"Muito bom, excelente localização, quartos limpos e um café bem farto!"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

You Stay at Vila Olimpia
Transamerica Executive Faria Lima
Transamerica Executive Faria Lima
4 out of 5
Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 1256, Itaim Bibi, Sao Paulo, SP
The price is Rs3,992 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Itaim Bibi, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Brazilian House Museum, Shopping Eldorado and Ibirapuera Park. Luiz Carlos Berrini Engineer's ...
4.4/5Excellent! (754 reviews)
"This is a wonderful hotel and the staff is very kind and helpful. The room was clean and modern. I highly recommend and look forward to staying here again in the future."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2021

Transamerica Executive Faria Lima
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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