Sao Paulo is a huge city and I only had a few days to know it. These are some of the things I thing you shouldn’t miss in this city:
A. Streets and neighbourhoods
1. Avenida Paulista
I’ve never been to the US, but this avenue resembles a lot the images I’ve seen in movies. This boulevard is very long, there are three metro stations along it. Don’ forget to go for a drink on Augusta, the street perpendicular to Paulista.
2. Vila Madalena
Nice houses, workshops, art galleries, bars and restaurants and amazing street art. A must see!
This is the asian neighbourhood. It’s like entering a different world. All the signs are written in asian and latin characters. Check out the stores, you’ll find interesting items to try.
4. Ibirapuera Park
I think it’s best to go here during the week-.end, it’s full of people. It’s a great idea to have a picnic here. There are many pavilions, auditoriums and museums within it. The Afro-Brazil Museum is very interesting and it’s free of charge. Also, Niemeyer’s Auditorium is worth seeing.
5. Antiques Fair on Sundays – under and across the street from MASP.
6. Benedito-Calixta fair in Vila Magdalena every Saturday – antiques, clothes, bahian food, good music and toys (including Kinder Surprise and Happy Meal).
7. Municipal Market
The inside reminded me of the turkish bazare. Try the exotic fruits and flavors!
8. MASP – free on Tuedays
This is a must see for the art lovers. After visiting the greatest art museums in Europe I wasn’t expecting much of it, but I was surprised to discover great works of art, especially impressionist paintings. The museum is located on Paulista and it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
9. Ipiranga Museum
10. Latin American Memorial – Oscar Niemeyer
It has a library and some galleries. It is located further from the center, but if you have more time it’s worth seeing!
11. Sao Paulo Cultural Center
It was closed because I arrived there right after the New Year, but there many people hanging out or practicing choreography, break-dance and skateboarding. This is the first building with a green roof that I see. You can walk on the green terrace and enjoy the view.
12. Teatro Municipal
A beautiful building. If you’re in the neighbourhood check out
13. Edificio Copan – Oscar Niemeyer
14. Banespa Building
The line will take for about 2 hrs, but the view from the building is worth it! Plus everything is free! Don’t forget to bring your ID!
15. Skye Bar&Restaurant
This is one of the hidden places in Sao Paulo, I think few paulistas have seen it. Get up there and enjoy the magic view! Don’t order anything, it’s very expensive. I couldn’t take a decent picture with my camera, so I borrowed one.