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Things to do in São Paulo

Located in the Southeast region of Brazil, São Paulo is the largest city in South America. It is the most populous city, where you will encounter a diverse population of people. The place is famous for offering an exceptional dining experience to the individuals. You can learn all about its culture by visiting its globally renowned museum, the neighborhood, and interacting with the locals.

São Paulo Brazil

São Paulo is the city of Brazil, where there is a fusion of culture and ethnicity. The city offers entertainment and art to the locals as well as foreign nationals, who are visiting the place. This huge city is also known as Sampa, which means beauty, wealth and prosperity, because São Paulo is the wealthiest city of Brazil. If you are looking for things to do in São Paulo at night, then the underground bars and clubs with blaring music will surely grab your attention. The types of local you will encounter here are Japanese, Italians, Arabs, German, Chinese, Greek, Syrian, Lebanese, Polish, Korean, and many more. The place openly accepts people without any discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or race. Other exciting things to do in São Paulo include sightseeing and taking pleasure in viewing the natural beauty. Do not miss out on the beaches and remarkable sceneries. The restaurant in the city offers all kinds of cuisine, which will leave you wanting for more. To get a taste of the history of São Paulo, you can take a tour to the downtown and get acquainted with the historical buildings, churches, and cultural centers present there.


Places to visit in São Paulo


The city is also a financial hub, where you will find the offices of international brands. If you are the kind of person who gets fascinated by the unique culture, and loves to party at night, then São Paulo city is the place to go. It is the most happening city of Brazil, where every architecture has a story to tell. São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo Cathedral, Ibirapuera Auditorium, Praça da Sé, Ema Gordon Klabin Cultural Foundation, and Temple of Solomon are a few of the places to visit in São Paulo. There are art exhibitions, where different kinds of antiques and modern artworks are displayed. They also offer training to create such masterpieces. From paintings to drawings - you will find all kinds of work of geniuses here. Some of these places are also the music and theatre centre of the city. There is a rich history of great singers such as Adoniran Barbosa; musicians like Paulo Vanzolini, bands including Os Mutantes, Ultraje a Rigor, and Ratos de Porão are quite famous. If you are going with you family, visiting its São Paulo Zoo is a must. Other places to visit in São Paulo are Beco do Batman and city’s reservoir Guarapiranga.

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Museu de Arte (MASP)

Museu de Arte (MASP)

Situated in Paulista Avenue, Museu de Arte (MASP) or São Paulo Museum of Art is a mixture of glass and concrete architecture, which gain its foundation in 1968. Lina Bo Bardi made this landmark, which represents the Brazilian architecture of modern times. Getting a tour of this museum is one of the things to do in São Paulo you would not want to miss.

The things to do in Museu de Arte (MASP) comprise of getting the tour of this masterpiece of a building and getting mesmerized by the collection of art present in there. From Western art to English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, and Brazilian paintings are exhibited in this museum. The antiques fair are also held on Sundays, which will give you the detailed insight on different art pieces. The museum incorporates the painting of famous personalities including; Vincent Van Gogh, Antoine Vestier, Pietro Perugino, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Quentin Massys, Jan van Dornicke, Joshua Reynolds, El Greco, Diego Velasquez and many more.

There have been two attempts of theft, in which the first was failed, and the paintings stolen in the second one have been recovered. Rather than chronological order, the artworks are displayed in separate rooms according to the categories such as portraits, myths, and realism.

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Paulista Avenue

Paulista Avenue

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Anhangabau Valley

Anhangabau Valley

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Viaduto do Chá

Viaduto do Chá

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Teatro Municipal (City Theater)

Teatro Municipal (City Theater)

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Parque do Ibirapuera

Parque do Ibirapuera

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Ibirapuera Auditorium

Ibirapuera Auditorium

Envisaged by the famous Oscar Niemeyer, Ibirapuera Auditorium’s architecture is based on the presentation of musical spectacles. It is located in Ibirapuera Park, and is one of the remarkable landmarks in the city. Walking around the park and appreciating the design is one of the most enthralling things to do in São Paulo. The park sets the atmosphere of the building. If you are touring with your family, you can sit in the park and have a picnic or just relax in the scorching sun.

The fun things to do in Ibirapuera Auditorium consist of watching an entrancing performance or getting the inside tour of the dramatic interior. The building looks like a white trapezoid, from the centre of which a red tongue is emerging. You can save the memory of the place, by taking the picture in front of this iconic architecture.

Events are also held here on Sundays, which include musical shows, concert and many other fun activities for which you need to purchase a ticket. The auditorium is divided into 3 sequences of foyer, audience, and stage. As there is a red marquee in the center, which is a trademark of the auditorium, it is called Labareda - Portuguese for flame.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo

Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo

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Parque da Independància

Parque da Independància

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Catedral da Sé (the metropolitan cathedral)

Catedral da Sé (the metropolitan cathedral)

It is the famous cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sao Paulo that took 42 years to build completely. Designed by a German Maximilian Emil Hehl, the construction of the cathedral began in 1913 and finished without the towers in 1954, at the time of 400th anniversary of Sao Paulo. In 1967, the towers were also completely constructed. If you are not sure what things to do in São Paulo, you can just visit this historic location to make the most of your travel.

You will not find this grand a church anywhere else in South America. Situated in the main square Praca da Se, at the historic city centre of Sao Paulo. There is a capacity of 8,000 people to enter in this church, because its length is 111 meters and the width of 46 meters. From the outside, you can see two towers, which has the height of 92 meters, and over 30 meters is the Renaissance-styled dome.

The Catedral da Sé (the metropolitan cathedral) was built over an already demolished colonial cathedral. If you are looking for things to do in Catedral da Sé (the metropolitan cathedral), other than praying, you can inspect the sculptures, mosaics, and furniture that are present inside of the church, which were imported from Italy on ships.