Not only New Yorkers can brag about the fact that they live in a city that never sleeps. São Paulo is exactly the same. Here you can find whatever you want at any time you want. So it’s almost impossible to visit such a hectic city in just three days. However, let’s try!
I am going to show you here a little bit of everything: museums, parks, observatories, shopping, bars and restaurants. I hope you all enjoy it!
- Brazilian people are very friendly so do not hesitate to ask for help if you are lost (but not everyone speaks English);
- Pay close attention to your belongings (camera, cell phones and money).
Casa das Rosas – Paulista Avenue, 37
You can start your day visiting this historical building, on the most famous avenue of the city: Paulista Avenue! Until mid-1980’s, this mansion used to be the house of the heirs of Ramos de Azevedo, a famous Brazilian architect. Now it is used as a cultural space, launched in 1991. This museum promotes literature, offers lectures, debates, plays and etc. And there is also a small coffee shop behind the mansion, a great place to relax.
MASP (Museum of Art of São Paulo) – Paulista Avenue, 1578
This building is amazing, the largest free span in Latin America. The museum collection is really huge, more than 8000 pieces. On Tuesdays admission is free.
Parque Trianon – Paulista Avenue
Parque Trianon is right in front of MASP. It is very charming, after all it is awesome to have such a great space to relax and walk after a busy day in São Paulo.
Livraria Cultura – Paulista Avenue, 2073
What is so special about visiting a bookstore? Its large collection, location and great environment makes this place really peculiar and one of the most famous in São Paulo. Every now and then there are book releases at the bookstore! Check its events page here.
Oscar Freire Street
Are you a shopaholic? So that’s your place. Oscar Freire is the street of famous and designer brands. If you are looking for luxury you will find it here. From concept stores, show windows, coffee shops, benches to rest, bicycle racks and even public mobile phones charges you can find here.
There is no place like this in São Paulo. You can start or end your night here, on the street where everything happens. Augusta Street crosses Paulista Avenue, so towards downtown it’s called “Baixa Augusta” (something like Low Augusta). This part is very interesting with lots of bars, restaurants and movie theaters. I recommend Sancho Bar & Tapas (Rua Augusta, 1415). On Tuesdays you can eat paella for a fair price. Take a look at the menu.
Ibirapuera Park – Pedro Álvares Cabral Avenue
How about starting the day in the most famous park that every “paulistano” loves? Its total area is 158 hectares or 150 soccer fields. Here you can practice almost all kind of sports, or just have a picnic and relax. If you want to enjoy the park even more, you can rent a bike at a very reasonable price. Try not to come on Sundays and holidays when the park is really busy. The park is open Mondays to Fridays from 5 am to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays 24 hours. For more information click here.
MAM – Museum of Modern Art
This Museum is inside Ibirapuera Park and it’s open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. The tickets are R$ 6,00 (US$ 2,00) but free on Sundays. It has a collection of more than 5000 pieces of art from the most famous and representatives names of modern and contemporary Brazilian art.
Hotel Unique – Brig. Luis Antonio Avenue, 4700
If you want a unique (as the name says) culinary experience, you can visit the restaurant or even the bar of Unique Hotel. Go at least to take some pictures from the hotel architecture that was inspired on a boat.
MIS – Museum of Image and Sound or MUBE – Brazilian Museum of Sculpture – Avenida Europa, 158 and 218
Close to the hotel and Ibirapuera Park, you can visit one of these museums. MIS is free on Tuesdays and opens from Tuesdays to Saturdays from midday to 9 pm and Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 8 pm. MUBE is free everyday and it’s opened from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30 am to 6 pm. Check the Museums websites here and here.
Beco do Batman – Gonçalo Afonso Street
Now it’s time to visit one of the most bohemian neighbourhoods in São Paulo, Vila Madalena. But before you go to one of the many bars there, go to Beco do Batman, a colorfull grafitti street gallery.
This neighbourhood is so special that it has its own website. It’s here where people meet to enjoy good music and lots of beer. Talking about music, the styles vary, so you can choose one according to what you like the most. Are you a fan of rock? Morrison Rock Bar – Inácio Pereira da Rocha Street, 392. Do you want “samba”? Bar Samba – Fidalga Street, 308. Are you eclectic? Bar de Todos os Santos – Aspicuelta Street, 585.
Mercado Municipal (Mercadão) – Cantareira Street, 306
Mercadão is a symbol of the city. Here you will find fresh food, fruit and fish. You can also buy wine and olive oil and all kinds of nuts. Things here are a little bit expensive so try to bargain. If you want to have lunch here, there are some options, among then the famous Hocca Bar. Try the bologna sandwich or the codfish pasty.
25 de Março Street
Next to Mercadão, you can buy almost everything you want at a very fair price, really cheap, let’s say. This famous street sells fabric, jewelry, toys and games, school material and costumes. It’s a huge outdoor shopping mall. It’s nearly impossible to walk around when it’s Christmas time or Children’s Day. So avoid those dates. Cars are not allowed here during the day so the best you can do is to take a cab, the bus (Stop at Parque D. Pedro) or the subway (the nearest station is São Bento – Exit: Ladeira Porto Geral).
How about a break after shopping? Visit Café Girondino (Boa Vista Street, 365). However, it is not only coffee that you will get here. Girondino is also known by its pasta and delicious pastries, in a great environment, perfect place to chat and observe who passes by.
Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil – CCBB (Cultural Center)
CCBB has displayed art from impressionists icons such as Vang Gogh, Gaughin, Cézanne and many others. Address: Álvares Penteado Street 112, from Wed to Mon from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. It’s free!
Terraço Itália Building – Ipiranga Avenue, 344
One of the city most famous skyscrapers. To visit the building, use the subway (red line) to República Stop – Exit: Marquês de Itu and walk for 5 minutes. Up to its 40 floors you will have one of the most beautiful views of the city. If you want, you can also stay at the bar or have dinner in its panoramic restaurant. Click here or here for more information.
São Paulo is a great place to visit! It is a city that never sleeps!
I hope you enjoy it!
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