São Paulo

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    Soccer, party, art; how to take leisure time seriously

How to enjoy São Paulo

São Paulo is huge. It is Brazil’s largest city and one of the biggest in the world. Yes it is large, grimy and noisy, but it is also sensuously passionate and home to some of the best art and nightlife on the planet

  • For the most amazing views of the city, not to mention fabulous cuisine, dine at the Terraço Itália restaurant. It’s located on the 41st floor of the Itália Building
  • A shopping must is Daslu in Vila Olímpia. Set in a luxurious mansion it has chandeliers, chaises longues and uniformed doormen
  • Incongruously perhaps, you can find the São Bento Monastery in the heart of the city next to the financial district

Grab yourself a Mapa das Artes and hit the city’s vibrant art scene. Whatever your personal preference, you will not be disappointed. This city takes its art seriously. MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) houses a stunning permanent collection ranging from Picasso to Bosch and Brazilian painters. The Pinacoteca do Estado is a beautiful gallery with a lovely collection of 19th and 20th century Brazilian art.

For nightlife, explore the busy bars in Jardins and Pinheiros and all-night clubs in Vila Olímpia or Itaim. And when we say night, we mean all night. We also mean all tastes from local bars and mouth-watering restaurants, to glamorous clubs and a glittering gay and lesbian scene. The closest thing Brazil gets to royalty is soccer. Head out of town to nearby Santos to visit the home club of the world’s most famous player, Pele.

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    When to visit São Paulo

    Time your visit to catch the São Paulo Art Biennial or the annual spectacle that is the Brazilian Grand Prix hosted by local Interlagos race track.

     

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