Top things to do in San Paulo

Top things to do in San Paulo

Top things to do in San Paulo

São Paulo is the most modern and cosmopolitan city of Brazil, which not only offers some of the best culinary fares of the country, but also runs you through its diverse cultures. Being the largest city of the continent, Sampa, as it is popularly called, introduces you to the different cultural influences through its innumerable art houses and cinemas, which unfolds as the tourist’s favorite hub. The cultural life is supported by the country’s most educated people and different ethnic groups including the largest LGBTQ community who have found a home in Sao Paulo. The city hosts world-class events like the Brazilian Grand Prix, São Paulo Art Biennial and is home to the world's largest gay pride parade. Whether you are looking to give your credit card a thorough swipe or just aiming to window shop at your speed, the boutiques, upscale neighborhoods and malls of the city will hit the perfect spot. Breathe in the vibrancy and the ethnicity that wafts through the crowded streets or take advantage of one of Brazil's most jovial cocktail scenes that allows you to party until the wee-est of hours. This enormous and fast-paced city will surround you with bright colors, charismatic locals, epicurean dining options and round-the-clock pulse that will definitely force you to extend your stay!

Parque do Ibirapuera:

Charming visitors from all over with its picturesque beauty, Parque do Ibirapuera, located smack in the heart of the city serves as a major recreational center in Sao Paulo. Welcoming all masses of people with several cultural attraction such as Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Afro-Brazil Museum, Biennial Pavilion, Japanese Pavilion, Oca and many more, the park is known to be one of the best urban parks in the world. Established in 1954 to celebrate the 4th centennial anniversary of Sao Paulo, this verdant shade-card of green is your refuge from the concrete city life. Sit by the fountains or lakes, savor a tasty snack from the local vendors and watch the joggers and bicyclers do their daily exercises. The park is also home to several sport courts and pavilions that host several big events.

São Paulo Museum of Art:

Surround yourself with an extensive artistic display crafted by some of the most well known European Masters, including Rubens and Rembrandt, Botticelli and Picasso at São Paulo Museum of Art. A vital art museum in the cultural artery of the city, immerse yourself into an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by Latin American masters like Diego Rivera and Candido Portinari that are showcased alongside the European art in this flagship art library. A sculpture in itself, gawk at the magnificent red columns that support glass box building of the museum or step inside to be fascinated by the extensive collection of over 8,000 pieces that are displayed here.

Paulista Avenue:

The Financial heart of the city, Paulista Avenue is the longest and busiest avenue of Sao Paulo. Walk down this road and you will find everything from shopping malls and Movie theatres to the 19th century architectural buildings, Masp and the most famous museums of the city. Come to this avenue and bump into different street artists or just relax at a bar table at one of the many restaurants and watch hundreds and hundreds of people pass by as you sip your drink. The empty space underneath the Masp hosts an antique fair every Sunday, so don’t forget to take a little souvenir back home.

Sao Paulo Zoo:

Spread over a huge area of 80,000 square meters, the Sao Paulo Zoo is the perfect place to interact with a wide range of native fauna that you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world. A sanctuary of over 3,000 specimens representing different mammal, bird, reptile, invertebrate, and amphibian species including the endangered species like three lion tamarins species including black-tamarin moth, tamarin Rhinoceroses and golden-tamarin moth and the Malaysian gavial. The howler monkey, the toucan toucan, neotropical cats and the teiú have become the native animal icons here. If you are a true animal lover and wish to feed, roam and interact with some wildlife, then zoo safari that is situated right next to the zoo is your best bet. Right in the heart of the zoo, the Dinosaur World grabs the interest of little minds with its exhibition and 4D cinema shows. A place that continues to captivate both the young and the old with the beauty of its segment of Atlantic forest, the biggest zoo of Brazil should be on the top list for your next animal adventure.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo:

Spread over three floors, this eye catching art gallery showcases some of the best Brazilian artworks in the city. Contemplating works of renowned Brazilian artists like Almeida Júnior, Antônio Parreiras, Oscar Pereira da Silva and many more, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is home to around 10000 art pieces including everything from traditional to modern art. The cultural health of the city's art scene, admire the architecture of the historic building as you explore the broad collection of paintings and sketches at the oldest art center in the city. Conclude your trip by taking a relaxing stroll through the sculpture garden or sip on a warm coffee at the terrace of the museum.

Theatro Municipal:

Explore the rich cultural heritage of the city at this profligate, gold-plated architectural wonder that was created to platform the importance of Sao Paulo on the international arts space. Constructed after the Paris Opera by Brazilian architect Ramos de Azevedo in conjunction with Claudio Rossi and Domiziano Rossi from Italy, the Municipal theater made its first debut in 1922 and since then has continued to be one of the top cultural attractions of Sao Paulo. The heavily adorned exteriors boasts of a confluence of architectural styles complemented by wealth of wall and ceiling frescoes and one of the greatest structure of Diana the Huntress by Victor Brecheret will captivate the interest of an art savvy with its beauty. Recently restored to its original richness in 2011, the theater continues to host world-class operas and other dramatic performances, often with international stars. Note: The ticket prices ranges between R$ 25 - R$ 90 on most performances.

Mercado Municipal:

A magnificent art-deco building perched along the banks of Tamanduateí river, Mercado Municipal is made up of seventy two stained glasses and crowned with a great dome. Stroll through the market building and please your tastebuds with some of the fresh local produce and dried goods. Sample a couple of classic Sampa meal like mortadella sandwiches and the traditional pastries which are made up of pockets of dough and stuffed with meat, cheese or fish.

Latin America Memorial:

This architectural and cultural gem spanning an area of around 84000sq. metres, was designed by the renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, in 1989. Latin America Memorial is a monument dedicated to the cultural integration, socio-economic and political development in South America. The design of this architectural setting was developed by Brazilian anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro. Located in Barra Funda district of the city, this memorial is a civic square that unites the building of acts, the Marta Traba Gallery and the Latin American Library Victor Civita by a bridge. The highlight of the memorial is the sculpture of “Hand”, which displays the map of Latin America as fading in blood in its palm that is an emblem of the continent and a tribute to the Latin American People. The most sought after monument by both national and international tourists in the city, the memorial was built to intensify relations between the South American countries. So come here and witness what the authors describe as “spectacle of architecture”. The complex also hosts many cultural celebrations and permanent exhibitions that are both interesting and fun which attracts major crowd.

Beco do Batman:

Beco do Batman or the Alley of Batman is a tight urban intersections of 3 alleys near Vila Madalena that is completely graffitied. The nickname of the area is based on the name of the DC Comic character Batman who was found on the walls of the neighbourhood in 1980s. This attracted various graffiti artists and students who began to make drawings in the walls of the alley. Today, the works are constantly renewed by the graffiti artists. A must visit tourist spot for all the urban art lovers, as each visit guarantees a new painting that makes the visitor appreciate various forms of art.

Independence Park:

Visit the place where the Independence of Brazil was proclaimed from Portuguese by Emperor Pedro I in 1822. Surrounded by the formal gardens of roses, topiaries and fountains inspired by the French, Independence Park is the National Historic Landmark in the Ipiranga neighborhood. Stroll through the park to admire numerous interesting sites like the Museu Paulista, which is famous for its Italian architecture displaying some of the finest work. Inside are the large collections of costumes, decorative arts, paintings and furniture of the Imperial period.

Sé (Cathedral):

With 54 years in the making, the Sé Cathedral or the Sao Paulo Cathedral dominates the center if the city and is known to be the largest Cathedral in South America. Visit this neo-Gothic structure and admire the statues of Old Testament prophets and Christ's disciples that adorn the façade. Built upon a large crypt that has tombs of all the bishops, archbishops and several important figures in the country’s history, however, the notable one is the crypt of chief Tibiriçá, the first catechized Indian. Capped by a Renaissance-style dome, the cathedral faces the hexagonal monument that marks the ground zero of the city. Known for the finest interiors which include stained glass windows that showcase the history of Catholicism in Brazil and a 12,000 pipe organ, which is the largest in the continent. Note: The guided tours of the Crypt might be chargeable.

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