Visiting Sao Paolo was a bit intimidating. We weren't really sure what to expect prior to visiting South America's largest city, however, we found that in that midst of the crowds and chaos there were cool pockets filled with parks, street art, and an abundance of restaurants. For this video, we also had two of our Brazilian friends join us and they were able to provide a unique window into the city. This travel guide will showcase 20 things to do in Sao Paulo, Brazil:
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1) Ibirapuera Park (Parque Ibirapuera) to enjoy leisure and activity along with visiting the Afro-Brasil Museum (Museu Afro Brasil) and São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo - MAM)
2) Beco do Batman (Batman’s Alley)
3) Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football)
4) Municipal Market of São Paulo (Mercado Municipal Paulistano - Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
5) Mortadella Sandwich
6) São Paulo See Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana, or Catedral da Sé de São Paulo)
7) Liberdade Japanese neighborhood (リベルダージ)
8) Sushi Buffet all you can eat feast
9) Izakaya gastropub (居酒屋) + Ramyeon Noodle Bowls
10) Karaoke and São Paulo nightlife
11) Brazilian Breakfast (Pão na chapa, Pão de queijo and coffee)
12) Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
13) Jardim da Luz (Praça da Luz - Parque da Luz)
14) São Paulo Municipal Theatre (Theatro Municipal de São Paulo)
15) Martinelli Building (Edifício Martinelli)
16) Edifício Itália ("Italy Building") Circolo Italiano
17) Mosteiro de São Bento (São Bento Monastery)
18) Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB: Bank of Brazil Cultural Center)
19) Renault Theatre (Teatro Paramount)
20) São Paulo Metrô (Metropolitano de São Paulo)
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Our visit São Paulo travel guide documentary covers some of the top attractions including a food guide (best restaurants and street food), top museums and São Paulo at night. We also cover off-the-beaten-path activities you won't find in a typical São Paulo tourism brochure or São Paulo, Brasil city tour.
20 Things to do in São Paulo, Brazil Travel Guide and Top Attractions Video Transcript:
Within the park grounds you’ll find the Afro-Brasil Museum, which is a contemporary museum that looks at African culture and influence in Brazilian society. And not too far from there, you’ll come across the Museum of Modern Art.
Batman Alley is located in Vila Madalena and it has become a popular tourist and Instagram spot. Apparently the place gets its name because the first piece of graffiti to go up was one of Batman back in the 1980s.
If you’re a football lover, this is a place you won’t want to miss.
Being the foodies that we are, we couldn’t skip the Municipal Market. Here you can find exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, meats, spices and even restaurants. We went there right around the lunch hour to try the famed mortadella sandwich.
From there, we visited Sao Paulo Cathedral. We only learned this after our visit, but there’s a crypt you can visit.
Next up we headed to the neighbourhood of Liberdade, which has the largest Japanese community in the world outside of Japan. We decided to hit up a sushi buffet for some food!
That evening we met up with our Brazilian friends, who took us out for a night on the town.
That morning we visited Pinacoteca do Estado, which is a cool art museum that focuses on works by Brazilian artist or works with Brazilian subject matter.
After that we headed over to Parque da Luz. This park is right next to the museum and it has a lot of interesting sculptures scattered about.
Sao Paulo’s Teatro Municipal first opened in 1911. The Martinelli building is 30 stories high and it was the first skyscraper in South America.
And that’s a quick look at how we spent 2 days in Sao Paulo. We hope you enjoyed this guide and that it gave you some ideas on how to tackle South America’s largest city. As always, if you have any other suggestions of fun things to do in Sao Paulo, feel free to share those with us in the comments below.
This is part of our Travel in Brazil video series showcasing Brazilian food, Brazilian culture and Brazilian cuisine.
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