Collected by Kelsey Pecherer
Just when you think this city of over 10 million people is going to swallow you whole, São Paulo turns around and charms the heck out of you. With its impossibly tall white buildings, friendly bus drivers, impromptu musical gatherings, and buzzing energy, São Paulo and the people that live there will change your life. Come to the metropolis for an amazing experience off the well-worn tourist path.
Edifício Copan - Av. Ipiranga, 200 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01046-010, Brazil
While it may not be the over-the-top chic, tree-lined portion of the city, "o centro" provides the architecturally curious with some amazing sights. Edificio Copan is a such building with a history as intricate as its design. A walk through the...
Santa Cecilia, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
On any given day there is an outdoors market to be found in São Paulo. Packed with produce, meat, or colorful mounds of spices, each stand at the market provides a new sensory excursion. Vendors will shout the prices of their wares as you walk...
Alameda Santos, 484 - Jardins, São Paulo - SP, 01418-000, Brazil
Most corner botecas and lanchonetes are your best bet for some quick and affordable food. These places also have amazing sucos, or juices, made from fruits that most people have never heard of. If you get a chance on a hot afternoon or during an...
Av. Paulista, 1499 - Loja 6 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01311-200, Brazil
On a weekday evening the tables will fill with Paulistanos and travelers, rubbing elbows, sipping glasses of cold beer, and snacking on tasty food. Watch the world walk by on Avenida Paulista.
R. Dep. Lacerda Franco, 536 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05418-001, Brazil
Julice makes everything from baguettes to brioches, and serves wonderful lunches as well. Upon entering the restaurant, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the incredible selection of freshly-baked breads and sweets. Located on a quiet street in Vila...
R. Pres. Artur da Costa e Silva - Parque Sao Vicente, Mauá - SP, 09371-490, Brazil
On Sundays, the infamously busy "Minhocão" (a major highway overpass through the center of São Paulo) is closed to cars and open to all athletes, families, and other wanderers in São Paulo. If you're in the metropolis on a Sunday, walk alongside...
Pinheiros, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, 03178-200, Brazil
Pinheiros is a neighborhood fit to explore. Descending on either Rua Cardeal Arcoverde or Teodoro Sampaio and wandering inwards, one can find streets lined with music stores, tiny art galleries, street art shrines, and excellent restaurants....
R. Fradique Coutinho, 1340 - Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP, 05416-001, Brazil
Isabela Raposeiras knows good coffee. Lucky for us, she's willing to share this wisdom at her incredible café and roastery, Coffee Lab. She sources directly from farmers all over Brazil and roasts the beans to perfection in this Vila Madelena...
Rua Cardeal Arcoverde, 772/776 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05408-001, Brazil
Behind this seemingly pedestrian rust-red bar facade is an incredible restaurant. Located in Pinheiros, Bar do Biu has a tradition of serving authentic and tasty food from the Northeast of Brazil. On a hot Saturday afternoon the place will be...
R. da Consolação, 3153 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01416-001, Brazil
The Jardins neighborhood is known as a pretty chic part of the city, and rightfully so due to its legion of high-end clothing stores and fancy restaurants. However, its location can't be beat. A short walk away from Avenida Paulista, o Centro, and...
Av. Paulista, 2073 - Bela Vista, São Paulo - SP, 01311-940, Brazil
Located on the bustling Avenida Paulista, the Livraria Cultura has multiple storefronts in the same shopping center. One store is dedicated to all types of travel, food, art, and design books. Another serves as a movie theater, showcasing the...
Av. Angélica, s/n - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01228-000, Brazil
From Trianon to Ibirapuera, São Paulo has a fair share of parks to complement the otherwise urban landscape. Parque Buenos Aires is a beautiful spot to grab some fresh air and sun on a lazy afternoon. The park makes for wonderful people watching...
R. Maranhão, 220 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-000, Brazil
This bakery and deli is the ideal spot for a delicious pastry or a heaping New York style deli sandwich. If you're in need of something sweet, try the pão doce with chocolate and bananas or a decadent chocolate croissant. For something savory,...
R. Mateus Grou, 488 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05415-040, Brazil
Right in the heart of Pinheiros, this restaurant is the perfect stop after a day of wandering through the tiny art galleries, ample music stores, and busy antique stands off of the nearby Rua Teodoro. The food is an imaginative and fresh blend of...
R. Dr. Melo Alves, 150 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01417-010, Brazil
Bar Balcão is a wonderful spot for a hamburger and a "chopp," or draft beer at the end of a long day. The Lychee capirinha is highly recommended by Monocle magazine, and the zig-zagged bar arrangement makes for interesting people-watching on a...
Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral - Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04002-010, Brazil
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, this expansive park was meant to be an improvement to Central Park in New York City. Home to an impressive amphitheater, museums, water bodies, and lots of paths with some impressive landscaping,...
R. Bela Cintra, 1618 - Consolação, São Paulo - SP, 01415-001, Brazil
Tucked into the trees on the quiet Rua Bela Cintra, PÃO offers a peaceful respite from the traffic on nearby Avenida Paulista. This cozy padaria has homemade breads, sandwiches, granola, and other treats for any traveler in need of a nice meal....
002 - Alameda Lorena, 1731 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
When it comes to bookstores, São Paulo does it right. There is an array of stores with excellent selections of titles in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. In addition, these spaces are inviting to the wandering Brazilian and tourist alike,...
Rua Oscar Freire, 413 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01426-001, Brazil
With its comfortable seating, Parisian-style tables, and hardwood decor, Santo Grão Café on Rua Oscar Freire is the type of café that's impossible to leave. The list of coffee drinks is impressive, and the food delicious. Perfect for a french...
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