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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

Sao Paulo Travel Guide Video

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
5 out of 5
The price is SG$146 per night from 9 Oct to 10 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! (756 reviews)

"It’s challenging to operate in a time where the COVID-19 has taken a hold on how we are able to travel. The Grand Hyatt was exceptional in handling of this, and very prepared to ensure as well as possible your safety. As always there are guests who still don’t respect the social distancing, or wearing ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul,2020

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
Sleep Inn Guarulhos
3 out of 5
The price is SG$62 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (675 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 24 Aug,2020

Sleep Inn Guarulhos
ibis budget São Caetano
ibis budget São Caetano
3 out of 5
The price is SG$32 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

Located in Santa Paula, 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 Poliesportivo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (60 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 16 Aug,2020

ibis budget São Caetano

Holiday Rentals in Sao Paulo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Uotel Downtown República
Uotel Downtown República
3 out of 5
The price is SG$45 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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 20 Mar,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 SG$68 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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! (172 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 9 Dec,2019

The World Vila Olímpia
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
4 out of 5
The price is SG$111 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct

Located in Vila Nova Conceicao, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of City Hall and Ibirapuera Park. Luiz Carlos Berrini Engineer's Avenue and Oscar Freire ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (427 reviews)
wonderful stay

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

Reviewed on 12 Feb,2020

Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo

Popular places to visit in Sao Paulo

Ibirapuera Park
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Ibirapuera Park

4.5/5(7 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(11 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

Private Sao Paulo City Tour with Market Visit
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Private Sao Paulo City Tour with Market Visit

SG$420
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Express City Tour
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Private Express City Tour

SG$257
Per adult
Private Tour of Campos do Jordão "Brazilian Switzerland"
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Private Tour of Campos do Jordão "Brazilian Switzerland"

SG$268
Per adult
Private Beach Tour to Santos & Guaruja
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Private Beach Tour to Santos & Guaruja

SG$601
Per adult
Private Full-Day North Coast Tour
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Private Full-Day North Coast Tour

SG$302
Per adult
Private Embu das Artes Tour
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Private Embu das Artes Tour

SG$387
Per adult

Reviews of Sao Paulo

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

23 Sep 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

21 Aug 2019

Great ramen at lamen kazu - in liberdade district

Campos do Jordao

Campos do Jordao

Sorocaba

Sorocaba

Jundiai

Jundiai