São Paulo is an exciting city in Brazil, and has a lot to offer with its great architecture, world-class restaurants, museums, theaters and boutiques. Here are some ideas of what to do in Sao Paulo.
The São Paulo Museum of Art:
São Paulo is considered the art center of the country and offers a large choice of museums and cultural centers. Among them, the São Paulo Museum of Art is an absolute must for art lovers, as it has a collection of European art considered as the finest in Latin America and all Southern Hemisphere. It also has a great variety of Brazilian art, prints and drawings as well as some collections of African and Asian art, antiquities and decorative arts.
The Butantan Institute is the world-famous research lab specializing in anti-venom research and is one of the major touristic attractions in the district of Butanta in Sao Paulo. There you can learn more about snakes and vaccines by visiting a serpentarium, a historical museum, a biological museum and a museum of microbiology. You can also see a variety of snakes kept in environments similar to their natural habitats.
To see more about the amazing architecture of the city you can walk on one the most important avenues in São Paulo: Avenida Paulista, where the business center and cultural landmarks meet. This avenue also has an extensive shopping area and is home to the São Paulo Museum of Art. You can also see the architectural contrast of São Paulo as the avenue is located between the “old” and “new” parts of the city.
To enjoy the best view of the city’s landscape you have to go on top of the Altino Arantes Building also known as the Banespa Building. It is the first skyscraper in Sao Paulo and is considered the Brazilian version of New York’s Empire State Building. There you will be able to take great pictures of the city and its surrounding and see for yourself how gigantic the city really is.
If you are a food lover, you are going to love your stay in São Paulo as there are a lot of really good restaurants. And if there is one thing you shouldn’t miss, it’s a visit of the municipal market where you can find anything from imported delicacies such as Italian salamis to tropical delights such as fresh fruits you have never seen before. There are also some very nice restaurants within the market, where you can eat and enjoy this food paradise.
Nightlife in São Paulo:
São Paulo has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife! Whether it’s a movie or live shows or simply hanging out, there is something for everyone in this cosmopolitan city. The best street to enjoy all of Sao Paulo’s night liveliness is Rua Augusta. There you can choose between plenty of restaurants and bars and enjoy a great night of fun in Brazil.
These are of course, only some examples of what to do in São Paulo as it is the largest city in Brazil and has a lot to offer. You can see below some of our tours that include a visit and more ideas of what to do in São Paulo.
The South America Deluxe Tour:
This tour will lead you from Buenos Aires to the majestic Iguazu falls and through the Atlantic Rainforest where you will be able to enjoy a mix of landscapes. The contrast of Brazil will then become evident as you travel from natural wonders to the cosmopolitan Sao Paulo where you will be able to visit all of its highlights such as its historic center, its amazing museums and relax at the Ibirapuera Park. You will then end this tour with Salvador and Rio.
Tango, Samba & Waterfalls Tour:
In this Tango, Samba and Waterfalls tour, you will enjoy a visit of Buenos Aires, before being amazed by the majestic Iguassu Falls. You then take an unforgettable railway journey on the Atlantic Rainforest Mountains, and enjoy a mix of landscapes view. You will then have the opportunity to visit the megacity of São Paulo and all of its cosmopolitan highlights, before finishing your trip in marvelous Rio de Janeiro.