You will find no shortage of sightseeing spots and landmarks in Sao Paulo. It is the largest city in South America and is influenced by many different cultures. To make things easier and save you days of research, we have put together a list of top things to do in the city.
- Ibirapuera Park
One of the most beautiful parks in Sao Paulo, Ibirapuera Park is home to a number of monuments, gardens, walking trails, museums, lakes, and playgrounds for children. Check out the Bandeiras Monument and its heroic figures and don’t forget to visit one of the best concert venues in Sao Paolo, Auditório Ibirapuera. There is also the Aeronautics and Folk Art Museum which features flight equipment, aircraft models, and over 20,00 exhibits that focus on traditions and folk art.
- Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
The oldest art museum in Sao Paolo, Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo is home to an extensive collection of Brazilian art from the 19th century. It was founded in the beginning of the 20th century and features around 8,000 pieces of art including sketches and paintings. Most of the exhibits are permanent, but there are also a couple of rotating exhibits throughout the year. There is an on-site café where visitors can unwind with a drink or two. The tickets cost $6 on work days, while admission is free of charge each Saturday.
- Paulista Avenue
Paulista Avenue is definitely a place to be in Sao Paulo. It is one of the longest avenues in the city and pretty much everything happens here. You have movie theaters, shopping malls, cultural centers, and a number of parks worth visiting in this neighborhood. Go cycling in the morning or just watch the crowds passing by while sitting at a bar table. Paulista Avenue is a must-see place for everyone who is staying in Sao Paolo.
- Mercadao – Sao Paulo Municipal Market
Opened in 1993, Mercadao Market is home to around 300 stalls where you could buy everything from meat and seafood to vegetables and fresh fruits. Around 400 tons of food passes through this market daily and there are over 1000 vendors selling their products. There are also numerous restaurants and bars inside the Mercadao Market where you can go out for a drink or a snack. Keep in mind that the market gets super busy over the weekends, so come early to avoid large crowds of visitors.
- Julio Prestes Cultural Center – Sala Sao Paulo
Situated inside a restored building where Julio Prestes Station was once located, The Julio Prestes Cultural Center is a big concert hall that has a reputation of having the best acoustic in the world. In 1999, the State Government decided to refurbish the building, making it an important landmark in Sao Paolo. Today, the Julio Prestes Cultural Center can seat around 1,500 visitors.
- Football Museum
Located just north of Avenida Paulista, the Football Museum was opened in 2008 and features a number of rooms that offer exhibitions including photographs, posters, videos, and pennants. People from Brazil are crazy about football and it’s no wonder that this awesome museum is highly popular among both locals and tourists. Tickets cost $9 for adults and $4 for children, while the closest metro station is Paulista. There is also parking available on-site.
- Allianz Parque
With a capacity of 43, 000, Allianz Parque is a newly built stadium in Brazil and home to the popular Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. This impressive stadium was completed in 2014 and the construction lasted for over 4 years. If you happen to be in the city when there is a game, make sure to purchase the tickets in advance for a football experience unlike any other. There are also guided tours available in case you don’t get the opportunity to watch a football match here at Allianz Parque.
- Theatro Municipal
Theatro Municipal is a major attraction in the city that attracts large crowds of people every week. In 1922, this place housed one of the largest art events in the history of Brazil, The Week of Modern Art. The event spotlighted some of the most famous artists from the country including Anita Malfatti, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, and Menotti Del Picchia. The building was restored and opened once again in 1991. Today, City Ballet of São Paulo, Coral Lírico, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra call Theatro Municipal their home.
- Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Originally built in the late 16th century, Mosteiro De Sao Bento is famous for its interior which includes statues of St. Scholastica and St. Benedict from the 17th century. Check out the image of the Virgin from 1777 and see the impressive stained glass inside Mosteiro De Sao Bento. There is a monastery shop where visitors can purchase chocolates, cakes, and bread made by monks.
- Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
Founded in 1947 by a businessman from Brazil, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand is the first nonprofit modern museum in the country. The collection at the museums features over 8,000 works including photographs, costumes, paintings, objects, sculptures, and other art from all over the world. There are also temporary exhibitions, as well as theater presentations and courses throughout the year. Admission costs $30 for adults, while seniors and students can purchase the ticket for $15. Also, keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays.