Beaches, jungles, waterfalls are what cross our minds when we think of Brazil. But you can’t ignore one of the world’s great megacities, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is the most populous megalopolis city proper in Brazil and is affectionately nicknamed Sampa and the “Land of Drizzle” due to its unpredictable weather.
Sao Paulo city is home to several of the tallest skyscrapers in Brazil, monuments, parks, street art, museums, and an abundance of restaurants. To cover the whole city without a planned itinerary by K2Tickets is practically next to impossible. So, here we have a list of things you must-do if you plan on going on an unforgettable adventure.
Things to Do in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marvel at the Museums and Art Galleries
If you consider yourself a connoisseur of art, you will fall in love with this city instantly. Sao Paulo has a lot of museums and art galleries that hold historical value.
Some of the most renowned of the many is the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), the Museum of Sacred Art, the Portuguese Language, the Ipiranga Museum, and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. You could spend an entire day marveling at the history of Brazil, its independence, roots, and cultures, the most important collection of European art, works of Brazilian artists, colonial furniture, leather and silver artifacts, and European tapestry.
If soccer gets your heart pumping, you must not miss out on the Football Museum, situated at the famous soccer stadium, Paulo Machado de Carvalho. And you can even partake in a lot of fun activities.
Visit the Teatro Municipal (City Theater)
Architect Ramos de Azevedo took inspiration from Paris Opera and modeled Sao Paulo’s Municipal Theater, reflecting an eclectic blend of Italian Renaissance and Art Nouveau themes.
The spot became a major city attraction not soon after its completion in 1911. The theatre introduced great artists to the world, including Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Tarsila do Amaral, Anita Malfatti, Menotti Del Picchia; composer Heitor Villa-Lobos; playwright Mário de Andrade; and sculptor Victor Brecheret.
If you admire concerts, you must visit the theatre, as it is home to Symphony Orchestra, dance, the Lyric Choir, and the City Ballet.
Wait, there is more; it is for FREE.
So, enjoy visiting this beautiful historic building when you are in Sampa.
Pay your Respects at the Cathedral
Sao Paulo’s Sé Cathedral should definitely be on your list regardless of your religion. The neo-gothic architecture, capped by a Renaissance-inspired dome, is breathtakingly beautiful.
When you visit the church, be sure to notice the 10,000-pipe organ, marble statues, carvings of Brazilian flora and fauna, and stained glass windows. And you can even tour the crypt below the main church, where the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn passes. How cool is that!
Catch the Site of Night
Fun in the city is not just limited to the day. The people of Sao Paulo know how to party, and they do it at night. If you’re someone who likes to party hard, the city offers a colorful and thriving nightlife with promising excitement that you can’t afford to miss.
Nightlife at Sao Paulo, Brazil is one of the best in the country and the fourth-best in the world. The city is filled with cinemas, theaters, museums, bars, and Baladas(nightclubs.) There are so many nightclubs famous for rock or alt or EDM, but if we had to name one, it would be D Edge, Renato Ratier’s mega-electronica emporium. The place is known for its cavernous rooms, star DJs, and the party doesn’t stop until dawn.
Tip: The people of Sao Paulo are lively, and mingling with them would be pretty easy. But with Portuguese as the native language, communicating could pose an issue. We would advise you to learn the basics of the language before departure. Some of them are as follows.
- Good morning = Bom Dia
- Goodbye = Tchau
- Please = Por favor
- Thank you = Obrigado/a
- Yes = Sim
- No = Não
Indulge in Sao Paulo’s Culinary Richness
Sampa has one of the most developed culinary scenes with a variety of cuisines to choose from. The Bahian seafood stews, third-wave coffee, Neapolitan pizza, pastel de nata, and bokumbap reflect the Japanese, African, Syrian, and Lebanese diasporas in the city’s culinary makeup. Added to the list of the world’s best restaurants for the past eight years, and holding two Michelin stars, D.O.M made its mark globally thanks to chef Alex Atala. Although the four-course tasting menu is like a bite of heaven in itself, you need to make reservations months in advance to eat here.
Tip: The locals of Sao Paulo do not drink tap water, so neither should you.
Travel to Beco Do Batman
Visit Batman alley located in the Vila Madalena district, which is an open canvas to many street artists, and gape at a narrow street full of some of the coolest graffiti you have ever seen. Why should you visit it? The question is, “Why not?” The cobblestone alley is a fun, colorful gallery with new masterpieces coming up every now and then, and it is free. So, this artsy neighborhood should be on your list of must-visit places when you travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Take a Stroll Through Sao Paulo’s Downtown
Centro, the downtown area, is where the city of Sao Paulo was founded in 1554. It is home to historical buildings and much of the best architecture the city has to offer. Here you can find neoclassical buildings resembling those found in Vienna or Paris and those exhibiting modern-day architecture like the S-shaped Copan.
With a Metropolitan Cathedral, market, theatre, and notable skyscrapers, the area is easily walkable.
Tip: If you are wondering how to get around the city, public transport is the answer. It is reliable, easy to use, and you don’t need any prepaid cards to use the service.
Shop Till You Drop
With thousands of bustling malls and shopping districts, you can find anything and everything that the shopaholic in you might be looking for. Visit the Rua Oscar Friere for a luxurious shopping experience, or Rua 25 de Marco, which is a little less intimidating to your pocket.
The city also has weekend flea markets with Samba music. While you are in Sampa, you must get yourself a souvenir to take back home to cherish your trip for a lifetime.
Once you’re done with shopping, visit the weekend fairs on Praca da Republica. The fair runs only on Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm and offers leather, wood carving, precious stones, paintings, and more.
Sip Freshly Brewed Coffee
Satiate the coffee enthusiast in you in the city that is Brazil’s primary coffee exporting port and home to high-quality coffee farms. A few of the notable cafes in Sao Paulo are Sofa Cafe, Coffee Lab, Tako Cafe, Beni Cafe, etc. The baristas here love their job and are super passionate. They will brew your coffee in a variety of ways to suit your liking. So make sure to visit there for a nicely brewed cup of coffee with your partner or friends.
Sao Paulo doesn’t have magnificent beaches like Rio de Janeiro, but it makes up for it with its rich, diverse culture, culinary richness, marvelous architecture, and so much more. The next time you plan a vacation, make sure to book a flight to Brazil to take a deep dive into the pulsing and vibrant city.