First Time Tourists Guide in São Paulo, Brazil

Flickr - Sao Paulo city Skyline

You have to visit the oldest art museum in the country, Pinacoteca and taking a capture of an artistic alley full of graffiti in Beco do Batman.

You have to make sure that you take a sip of Brazillian coffee at Octavio Café and spend your relax time in the tropical exotic bar, Pitico.

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SIGHTSEEING

Start your journey in Sao Paulo by walking around at Ibirapuera Park since it is the most visited park in South America. Ibirapuera Park is the first metropolitan park in Sao Paulo which has English Landscape Garden and from every point in this park, you can enjoy the beautiful city skyline. You can do many fun activities in this park such as jogging and walking or picnic while breathing in a green space to relax your mind and soul.

Ibirapuera Park

Scenic park with museums, a planetarium, auditoriums & recreation areas with bike paths & courts

Address : Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral - Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04094-050, Brazil

DOWNTOWN

Avenida Paulista is the cultural center of the city and the main crowded street in Sao Paulo. In this street, you can find one of the most important museums in South America, Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP). In this museum there approximately 8.000 pieces of artworks from the Brazilian famous artists and international artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. Besides the museum, you can easily find cafes, restaurants, and stores which standing up side to side on both sides of the street.

Museum of Art of São Paulo

Iconic building housing one of Latin America's most important collections of renowned art

Address : Av. Paulista, 1578 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01310-200, Brazil

SHOPPING

When you want to have cultural experience about how the locals do their business, you may head to their business center Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. This market is located in a historical building that sells rare fruit, vegetables, dairy produce, and food court which served the daily meal of the locals.

Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

Historical building with stands selling rare fruit, vegetables & dairy produce, plus a food court

Address : R. Cantareira, 306 - Centro Histórico de São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, 01024-900, Brazil

FOOD & DRINK

Canjica is something you must try at least once in your life when you are in Sao Paulo. It is a bowl of white corn which mixed with milk, coconut milk and condensed milk. To perfect the flavour you need to add sprinkles of cinnamon on top. The locals usually have this sweet creamy dish when the annual festival be held in June but you can easily find this dish in almost every restaurant in the city.

CULTURE

Sao Paulo has a diverse culture which has a large population of Italian, Japanese, German, Spanish and Portuguese. The locals love to play football, no wonder that Brazil becomes the world cup champion for many years. Besides, they also love playing other sports like swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball and auto racing. The primary language of the city is Portuguese.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Sao Paulo is from March to May, to enjoy the fall season in a comfortable temperature.

HOTEL

Pullman São Paulo may be the best choice when you are looking for a hotel near the airport which only 30 minutes from the capital center. The hotel has luxurious decor and offers the beautiful skyline once you open the windows. On the other hand, Emiliano offers you a "feel like home" stay experience by its detail hospitality. The room is spacious with unique and different decor for every room to make sure you have an intimate, cozy and comfortable stay.

Pullman São Paulo Guarulhos Airport

A five-star hotel located near Guarulhos International Airport

Address : Acesso Base Aerea - Rod. Hélio Smidt, S/N - Cumbica, Guarulhos - SP, 07190-100, Brazil

Hotel Emiliano São Paulo

A five-star hotel in Sao Paulo which has unique architecture

Address : Rua Oscar Freire, 384 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01426-000, Brazil

RESTAURANT

You have to make a plan to have a bite of the finest meat in Sao Paulo by making a reservation in Varanda. With the wide varieties of meat from Argentina, Brazil and the United States, you will not be done to explore the taste in one visit. The wine is such a scene-stealer in this restaurant, the capable staff will suggest a wine which suitable for your meals. But when you are done shopping in Mercado Municipal, you need to have a meal at Hocca bar to recharge your energy. This restaurant is famous for its mortadella Bellissimo, a huge sandwich filled with mortadella and cheese. This is the crowded restaurant in the market, but surely the legend taste is worth the wait.

Varanda

A restaurant with hardwood décor & a large wine cellar, serving meat, fish & salads

Address : R. Gen. Mena Barreto, 793 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01433-010, Brazil

Hocca Bar - Mercadão

A relaxed spot in the city market that serves classic codfish pastéis & mortadella sandwiches

Address : R. da Cantareira, 306 (Mercado Municipal de São Paulo) Mezanino Box 05, Loja 2 - Centro Histórico de São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, 01024-000, Brazil

CAFE

Before you have a sip at Isso É Café you can expect much to the baristas that the coffees they served will not disappoint you. They only roasted the selected coffee beans from the farmers and bring to your table at its finest way. Do you ever wonder how the Brazillian coffee is like? You ay head to Octavio Café to find your answer since this cafe sells its excellent coffee since 1890. The modern coffee shop which builds in 2007 will give you a warm welcome and offers their special breakfast menu along with their special coffee.

Isso É Café

A coffeeshop in Sao Paulo which served daily roasted selected coffee beans from the farmers

Address : R. Barão de Tatuí, 183 - 195 - Santa Cecilia, São Paulo - SP, 01226-030, Brazil

Octavio Café

Upscale coffee shop serving artisanal light dishes & beans of their own production

Address : Av. Brg. Faria Lima, 2996 - Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo - SP, 01451-000, Brazil

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Pitico bar may become a good choice when you are looking for a bar which has America Latin vibes. The lounge is full of full-colour folding chairs and has container as their serving station. Most of the visitors love the crowded and fun atmosphere in this exotic bar and you do not worry if you are want to drink non-alcoholic drink you may order organic guarana. But when you are looking for a bar which has Spanish style, you may head to Gracia Bar and take a sip of its signature drink, sangria. This bar also has live music performance in the lounge, so you can drain your fatigue while dancing to the music.

Pitico

A popular container bar & gastropub with Lebanese street food, craft beer & a stage for shows

Address : R. Guaicuí, 61 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05427-030, Brazil

Gracia Bar

A Spanish bar with an airy balcony offering an extensive drinks menu & known for its sangria

Address : Rua Coropé, 87 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05426-010, Brazil

INTERESTING PLACE

You have to visit the oldest art museum in Sao Paulo, Pinacoteca to get know what kind of collection that held in this most dynamic cultural institutions in the country. The building itself has unique architecture, the exposed brick walls and two-story atrium make you leisurely enjoy to explore the museum. When you are in Sao Paulo, do not ever miss to visit Theatro Municipal which has glamour atmosphere in every corner of the building. In this theatre you can enjoy the musical or dance performance when you meet the schedule, but when there is no performance you can still explore this historical building which builds in 1903.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Longtime museum featuring 19th-century Brazilian painting & sculpture, plus educational programs

Address : Praça da Luz, 2 - Luz, São Paulo - SP, 01120-010, Brazil

Municipal Theatre of São Paulo

Built in 1911 in Renaissance & baroque styles, this theater presents operas, concerts & ballet

Address : Praça Ramos De Azevedo, s/n - República, São Paulo - SP, 01037-010, Brazil

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

You have to bring the artistic alley Beco do Batman to your Instagram feed to Surprised your followers that open-air graffiti museum exists in Sao Paulo. You have to explore this alley on foot since this place always packed with tourists and it is easy to get the best photo at every inch of the wall. Complete your visit to Sao Paulo by taking a snap in São Paulo Cathedral because it is one of the largest neo-gothic temples in the world. This Cathedral has a crypt which has the tombs of all bishops and archbishops of São Paulo.

Beco do Batman

Nickname for the area around Rua Gonçalo Afonso and Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque in the Vila Madalena neighborhood of São Paulo

Address : R. Medeiros de Albuquerque, 82-154 - Jardim das Bandeiras, São Paulo - SP, 05436-060, Brazil

São Paulo Cathedral

Massive 20th-century cathedral with soaring gothic-style architecture & a Renaissance-style dome

Address : Praça da Sé - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01001-000, Brazil