Things to do in São Paulo, Brazil, including tips for where to eat, where to stay, and where to go.
Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in the southern hemisphere, and the world’s ninth largest city by population. Sao Paulo is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state. It exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence. Sao Paulo is located in Southeastern Brazil, in southeastern Sao Paulo State, approximately halfway between Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro. The name of the city honors Saint Paul of Tarsus. Sao Paulo is considered the “financial capital of Brazil”, as it is the location for the headquarters of many major corporations and the country’s most renowned banks and financial institutions.
Things to Do in Sao Paulo
Museum of Football: The Museo do Futebol, opened in 2008 at Pacaembu soccer stadium, honors Brazil’s national sport. Visitors can explore Brazil’s rich history in the sport, which is tied so closely to the culture of Brazil as a whole. The museum is a must-see for soccer and sports fans, but is also entertaining for non-fans as well with its interactive and multimedia exhibits.
Museum of Modern Art: Located in Lbirapuera Park, the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, or MAM, opened in 1948 and houses a collection of modern art from both South America and Europe. Brazilian artists Anita Malfatti, Aldo Bonadei, and Alfredo Volpi are featured.
Sao Paulo Cathedral: Built over the course of 40 years, the Sao Paulo Cathedral was dedicated on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city. Located on Cathedral Square, where previous churches have stood since 1616, the Cathedral is one of the largest in South America.
Sao Paulo Shopping: Sao Paulo is the destination for shopping in South America. Visitors will find antiques and Brazilian arts and crafts throughout the city, as well as upscale shopping along the Rua Oscar Freire and the streets surrounding it. Considered the 5th Avenue of Sao Paulo, Rua Oscar Freir features boutiques of many of the world’s most luxurious brands.
Sao Paulo Dining: Some of the finest dining experiences in Sao Paulo are found in the Jardins district near the Renaissance Hotel. D.O.M. has been ranked as the best restaurant in South America by Restaurant Magazine. Visitors will find restaurants to fit any taste in Sao Paulo.
Lbirapuera Park: Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park lies in the middle of the city, an oasis of green for visitors to relax in and explore. Opened in 1954 for the 400th anniversary of Sao Paulo, Ibirapuera features the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Monumento as Bandeiras and Cicillo Matarazzo Pavilion. The Obelisk of Sao Paulo stands as a symbol of the Revolution of 1932. Truly one of the great urban parklands in the world, Ibirapuera is to Sao Paulo what Central Park is to New York.
Public transport: Sao Paulo’s is among the younger metros in the world and it’s considered one of the most modern although today’s extension does not cover all areas of this populous city. The metro network (Lines 1-3, 49 km) is complemented by a 270 km suburban network operated by CPTM (Lines A-F). Two new subway lines must be concluded in 2006 and the total network will reach 340 km. The metro runs underground through the city centre but on elevated structures or at grade in outer areas. To reduce the cost of new construction the decision was taken to upgrade some suburban lines to metro standard to provide more frequent service. This was already finished along Line E > 6, which serves the eastern neighbourhoods of the city and operates like an express metro parallel to Line 3, and on Line C > 7, although both lines are still operated by CPTM.