Sights in Sao Paulo

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Paulista Avenue at night

Paulista Avenue at night

Popular attractions in Sao Paulo range from outdoor adventures to world class museums. This bustling metropolis is a fine addition to your Brazilian adventure and should be included in any trip to the country. From the host of sights to visit throughout the city, here are some of the notable places you should explore on your trip to Sao Paulo.

Parque do Ibirapuera


This expansive urban park is thought to be one of the best places to spend a day in the city. The landscaping alone is impressive, and walking, jogging and biking through the park are all fine ways to explore. Bikes can be rented by the hour, there are basketball courts, soccer fields and a large playground available, and the park is very safe. Once you have had enough of the scenery, step inside to one of the number of museums located in the park, including the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, a Planetarium and a Japanese garden. This park has something to offer everyone and should be included in any trip to Sao Paulo.

Banespa Building


If a great vantage point to see the city is what you are after, the Banespa building is the place to find it. This skyscraper that was completed in 1939 is Brazil's most storied skyscraper, comparable to the Empire State Building. It is free to ride to the top of here, though be sure to bring ID so that you can be signed in. Bring your camera and shoot for a clear day to get some spectacular shots of the city from an amazing location.

Mercado Municipal


A hot spot for food lovers, Sao Paulo's original grocery market - located in a 1928 neobaroque-style building - is a great stop. Featuring more than 300 stands selling nearly everything possibly edible, including cheeses, spices, fishes, meats and vegetables from throughout the country, this is a true market experience. There are some outstanding snack bars throughout the market and be sure to stop by and try some authentic Brazilian eats.

Jardim Botanico


Explore the flora of this moderate tropical country at this botanical garden, featuring around 3,000 plants from more than 340 native species. Including an orchid house and a myriad of aquatic plants, this is a must-see for all plant lovers.

Sao Paulo is a modern city with each neighborhood telling an important part of the city's history. There are numerous attractions to visit throughout the city that can tell you a little more of the story of the city's past. Explore a mix of cultural, historical and outdoor sights while in Sao Paulo to create a memorable vacation in this beautiful country.

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Casa do Bandeirante

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Displays artifacts from Brazil’s age of internal exploration.

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Sao Paulo Museum of Art

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Localy known as MASP (Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo) it’s a must-see with a fine collection of Portinaris and one of the largest compilations of impressionist paintings in the world.

On Sundays, in the space below the main building,  there is an open fair of antiquities and gadgets where you can find old stamps, masks, clothes and a large variety of crafts.

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address:Avenida Paulista, 1578
tel:(55)(11) 3251 5644
url:masp.uol.com.br

Sacred Art Museum

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The Sacred Art Museum near the Tiradentes subway stop is claimed to be the best on the subject in Brazil.

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Rua Barao de Itapetininga

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A pedestrian shopping street that leads to the baroque Municipal Theatre and one of the city’s symbols the Viaduto do Cha.

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Ibirapuera Park

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One of the most famous parks of Sao Paulo and a favorite weekend program for all people. lucerito:

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Avenida Paulista

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Paulista Avenue at night
Paulista Avenue at night

Skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista was the street where coffee barons lived and now is the commercial center of the city. All main banks have a branch at Avenida Paulista. You will find a lot of restaurants and fast foods. It is worth to look at the parallel and perpendicular streets next to the avenue to find more restaurants, bookstores, fine hotels and shops.

In the avenue you will find the MASP (Sao Paulo Museum of Art) and (close to its end) the Casa das Rosas (House of Roses) where usually there are art expositions. Next to Casa das Rosas you will also find the more..

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address:Avenida Paulista

Ipiranga Museum

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Located near the place where Pedro I declared independence from Portugal in 1822.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art

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In the same building as the Bienale, but open all year round.

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University of Sao Paulo

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View from Owl's Hill
View from Owl's Hill
photo by: Roberto Alamino

Locally known as USP (Universidade de Sao Paulo) , it is the largest university in Brazil. Most of the buildings have expositions and little museums related to the subject studied. There are also a museum of contemporary art (MAC, Museu de Arte Contemporanea) and  an antropology museum.

The university campus is a large green area with a lot of birds including owls and parrots and from the Owl's Hill (in portuguese, Morro da Coruja)  on the Institute of more..

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url:www.usp.br
address:Butanta
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