Flights to São Paulo (GRU)

A visit to Brazil wouldn’t be complete without exploring São Paulo – a buzzing metropolis guaranteed to create an unforgettable impression.
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São Paulo, Brazil

What to do in São Paulo

Explore Liberdade

The city is home to a thriving Japanese population, and many of them call Liberdade home. It’s a fascinating neighbourhood for a wander around, and you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a different world. Look for the tall red gate – Red Torii – and you'll know you've entered the right place.

Red Torii
Rua Galvão Bueno, 100
Liberdade
01506-030
facebook.com/Liberdade

Be pampered at Casa Mauro Freire

This is the place to be pampered and combines a salon, spa, lounge, and boutique into one fun location in cosmopolitan Jardins. Whether you're heading down for a haircut or just shopping the local designers, you might never want to leave.

Alameda Jaú, 1580
Jardins
01420 002
+55 11 3061 5274
maurofreire.com

Learn about Brazilian history at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

This impressive institution might seem like just a bank, but it’s actually so much more. The CCBB hosts art exhibitions, cultural festivities, and other events that are a great way to learn about the long and varied history of São Paulo and Brazil as a whole.

Rua Álvares Penteado
112 Centro
01012-000
+55 11 3113 3651
culturabancodobrasil.com.br/portal/sao-paulo

Relax in Parque Ibirapuera

Given the fast pace of city life, you might want a few minutes of peace and quiet. Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo's largest green space and one of the biggest in Latin America, offers a break from all the busyness. Walk or bike on a path, or just sit and people watch.

Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral
Vila Mariana
+55 11 5574 5045
prefeitura.sp.gov.br/parques

See the street art at Beco do Batman (Batman Alley)

São Paulo is well known for its vibrant and rapidly developing street art scene and Batman Alley is where the cool kids come to express themselves. Located in hip Vila Madalena, both sides of the meandering street are covered with images that really belong in a gallery.

Rue Gonçalo Afonso
Vila Madalena
facebook.com/Beco-do-Batman

Visit the Museu do Futebol

You can't visit Brazil without embracing the country’s passion for football, and this celebration of the sport at the famous Estadio Pacaembu features old items from the archives, interactive displays, and a general excellent ode to the beautiful game. A great place to embrace your inner Pele.

Estádio do Pacaembu
Praça Charles Miller, S/N
Pacaembú
+55 11 3664 3848
museudofutebol.org.br/en

Where to eat in São Paulo

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D.O.M. (Modern Brazilian)

Routinely finding its way into lists of the planet’s best restaurants, what started as an industry-defining concept has flourished into a spot so hot, bookings are taken months in advance. Chef Alex Atala makes no secret of his former life as a punk and DJ, and that creativity can be found from the decor to the plate.

Rua Barão de Capanema, 549
Cerqueira César
Jardins
02053-000
+55 11 3088 0761
domrestaurante.com.br/en

Dalva e Dito (Modern Brazilian)

Dalva e Dito is as casual as the Cerqueira César neighbourhood it calls home. Don't miss the traditional seafood stew known as moqueca, which is a staple of the region, or any number of Amazonian fish dishes on the menu.

Rua Padre João Manuel, 1115
Cerqueira César
01411-001
+55 11 3068 4444
dalvaedito.com.br (Portuguese language website)

Figueira Rubaiyat (Brazilian)

Nestled happily in happening Jardim Paulista with a seating area centred around a giant, 100-year-old fig tree, Figueira focuses on local produce and having a good time. It gets more and more lively as the night goes on – arrive early and plan on staying out late.

Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738
Cerqueira César
Jardim Paulista
01414-003
+55 11 3087 1399
rubaiyat.com.br/en

Maní Manioca (Modern Brazilian)

A shining example of São Paulo’s place as a city of the world, Maní sticks out because of how it combines the traditional with the contemporary. Located in the exclusive Jardim Paulistano, the restaurant sets a new standard in Brazilian dining and is buzzing on most nights.

Rua Joaquim Antunes, 210
Jardim Paulistano
05415-010
+55 11 3085 4148
manimanioca.com.br/siteingles

Restaurante Acrópoles (Greek)

An excellent option if you want to dine on a budget. You might not think about Greek cuisine when you head to Brazil but the food and service here are excellent, and if you're after a slice of real life in São Paulo, this is the place to go.

Rue da Graça, 364
Bom Retiro
01125-001
+55 11 3223 4386
restauranteacropoles.com.br (Portuguese language website)

SESC Pinheiros (Brazilian)

Head here for a little bit of Brazilian egalitarianism, with a savoury buffet that operates on a pay per kilo model. You'll dine with SESC members and workers, an organisation dedicated to furthering art and sport in Brazil, and they might have a travel tip or two for curious travellers.

Rue Pais Leme, 195
Pinheiros
05424-150
+55 11 3095-9400
sescsp.org.br (Portuguese language website)

Places to stay in São Paulo

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Bourbon Hotel

As one of the smaller luxury hotels in the city, the Bourbon staff can afford to treat each individual guest as just that – an individual. You'll get all the attention you want and its central location makes travelling to the rest of São Paulo simple and easy.

Avenida Vieira de Carvalho, 99
República
01210–010
+55 11 3337 9200
bourbon.com.br

Hilton São Paulo Morumbi

This massive luxury hotel sits a little south of the city with easy access to Congonhas-São Paulo Airport and much of the city's busy Berrini Avenue business district. Its stately rooms make you feel important and there's even access to a heliport, should you need it.

Avenida das Nações Unidas, 12901
Brooklin Paulista
+55 11 2845 0000
hilton.com/en/hotels/sp/hilton-sao-paulo-morumbi

Hotel Emiliano

Elegant without being over the top, the Hotel Emiliano is a great find located in the heart of the Jardins neighbourhood. From its pool well above the skyline to its well-appointed lobby and refined rooms, it's a luxury hotel that would fit in in any city around the world.

Rua Oscar Freire, 384
Jardim Paulista
01426-000
+55 11 3069 4369
site2013.emiliano.com.br

Hotel Unique

Locals call it "The Watermelon" due to its unusual crescent shape and green hue, and the hotel in upscale Jardim Paulista is one you won't forget. The rooms offer porthole windows overlooking Ibirapuera Park, and you can check out the view while sipping complimentary coconut water.

Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700
Jardim Paulista
01402-002
+55 11 3055 4700
hotelunique.com.br

Que tal Hostel e Arte

Que tal Hostel e Arte is economical and fun. It's located in the always-busy Vila Mariana district, which is safe and provides plenty of entertainment for tourists wanting to get the full flavour of the city. The handmade art gallery will inspire you to get creative.

Rue Vergueiro, 3393
Vila Mariana
04101-300
+55 11 2361 0069
quetalhostel.com

Tivoli São Paulo

Paulistanos consider Tivoli one of the city's finest hotels and its Jardins location is a great spot from which to set out exploring. If you’d rather dine close to home, head for the 23rd floor to eat at Arola Vintetres, renowned Spanish Chef Sergi Arola's first venture outside Europe.

Alameda Santos, 1437
Cerqueira César
01419-001
+55 11 3146 5900
lhw.com/hotel/Tivoli-Sao-Paulo-Mofarrej-Sao-Paulo-Brazil

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