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

Comfort Hotel Guarulhos - Aeroporto
Comfort Hotel Guarulhos - Aeroporto
3.5 out of 5
R. Pedro de Toledo 977, Guarulhos, SP
The price is ¥6,430 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Taboão, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from CECAP and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hospital Bom Clima and International Terminal Duty Free Shop. Adamastor ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (15 reviews)
"El personal es muy atento y colaborativo. El desayuno es completo y de buen sabor. Tiene un gimanasio con los aparatos esenciales en perfecto estado. Las habitaciones, baño y áreas comunes son nuevas y de buen acabado Cuentan con todas las normas de bioseguridad, las habitaciones son limpias y todo ..."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

Comfort Hotel Guarulhos - Aeroporto
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
3 out of 5
Avenida Natalia Zarif, 2655, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo
The price is ¥6,489 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Taboão, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Adamastor Cultural Center, Bosque Maia Park, and Parque Shopping Maia. IV Centenario Square and Só Marcas ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (889 reviews)
"Everthing is great"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Hampton by Hilton Guarulhos Airport
Hampton by Hilton Guarulhos Airport
3 out of 5
Rua Pedro De Toledo, 1000, Guarulhos
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The price is ¥6,979 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Located in Taboão, this hotel is 7 mi (11.3 km) from Internacional Shopping Guarulhos and within 16 mi (25 km) of Corinthians Arena and Expo Center North. Anhembi ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (864 reviews)
"All excelent."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2022

Hampton by Hilton Guarulhos Airport
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.
Transamerica Prime International Plaza
Transamerica Prime International Plaza
4 out of 5
Alameda Santos, 981, Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo, SP
The price is ¥6,166 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
Located in Jardins, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of São Paulo Museum of Art and Paulista Avenue. Hospital Sírio-Libanês and Rua Augusta are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,268 reviews)
"Great location and staff. The building need updates!"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

Transamerica Prime International Plaza
Transamerica Executive Faria Lima
Transamerica Executive Faria Lima
4 out of 5
Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 1256, Itaim Bibi, Sao Paulo, SP
The price is ¥7,431 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Itaim Bibi, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Brazilian House Museum, Shopping Eldorado, and Rua Augusta. Paulista Avenue and Ibirapuera Park ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (770 reviews)
Five star accommodations.
"Nice room with all the amenities. Quiet atmosphere. Buffet breakfast a plus. Friendly and courteous staff. I will recommend this place."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Transamerica Executive Faria Lima
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 ¥11,161 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26
Located in Vila Nova Conceicao, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hospital Vila Nova Star and Ibirapuera Park. Professor Aristoteles Orsini Planetarium ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (461 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
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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