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São Paulo is the main business and entertainment destination in the country. Among so many touristic attractions, we prepared a list with the top 10 must-see for those who are in the city.
Located in the heart of the city, Paulista Avenue is one of the main financial and cultural centers of the capital. Thousands of people walk by the avenue everyday. In addition to having several options of shops and restaurants, it is the scene of major events and also houses great commercial and cultural centers.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Masp) (Museum of Art of São Paulo) stands out on the avenue. The space is open for visitation from Tuesday to Sunday; entrance R$25 and free on Tuesdays. With a permanent collection of 8,000 pieces declared as National Heritage, it is one of the most important museums of the southern hemisphere, with works by the most renowned national and international artists.
The building that houses the museum is one of the city postcards and offers a restaurant, a coffee shop, a room for kids to release their creativity with drawings and paintings, among other activities. On Sundays, the place receives an antique fair with several items with guarantee of authenticity.
In front of Masp, across Paulista, there is the Tenente Siqueira Campos Park, also known as Trianon Park. Its 48,600 m² of area are home to the remaining Atlantic Forest vegetation with native species, composing a calm scenery for various leisure options and activities that take place there. The park is open every day, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Casa das Rosas – Espaço Haroldo de Campos de Poesia e Literatura has a beautiful garden and a diversity of cultural programs focused on poetry, literature and art, according to the programming available on the website. The mansion that now hosts activities was built in 1935 and designed by the architect Ramos de Azevedo. The house opens from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm; on Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 6 pm
At the other end of the avenue, near Consolação Avenue, there is Conjunto Nacional,a shopping center with many stores, a movie theater, a place for exhibitions and presentations as well as several options of restaurants. The place also features a large clock built in 1962. Meeting point and reference in the city, the place opens from Monday to Sunday, until 10 pm
Considered the largest supply center of the city, Mercadão opens its doors every day, from 6 am to 6 pm, and on Sundays until 4 pm Located between Rua 25 de Março and São Bento metro station, it is famous for having a large variety of fruits, vegetables and tidbits, in addition to other types of goods such as cheese, spices, seafood, wines etc.
The building, with stained glass windows and a charming architectural style, is a great place for a snack or lunch. Besides scattered points around Mercadão, on the mezzanine floor there is a large concentration of restaurants with delicious tidbits; the most famous ones are the mortadela sandwich and the codfish pastel.
One of the most visited parks of the city has several leisure options. The park is home to areas for physical activities, bike lanes, 13 sports courts and playgrounds, lakes, space for picnics, bike rentals, among others.
It also has several important cultural centers: MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna (Museum of Modern Art), founded in 1948, is an area with approximately 4,000 works of contemporary art; Pavilhão da Bienal (Biennial Pavilion), scene of several important events of the capital; the Oca, known for having hosted renowned exhibitions, such as Picasso; Pavilhão Japonês (Japanese Pavilion), a space for diffusion of the Eastern culture; and the Planetarium, a place to learn a little about the astronomy world.
This part of the city has many historical and must-see places, such as Sé Cathedral. Considered one of the five largest neo-Gothic temples in the world, it offers historic guided tours from Tuesday to Sunday for R$5, and various mass hours.
In front of the Cathedral, there is Marco Zero (Ground Zero), a marble monument in the shape of a hexagon with a map of roads departing from São Paulo to other states.
Also in the downtown, Pateo do Collegio is located. The historic landmark of the city is considered the birthplace of São Paulo, since the town originated from it. In its dependencies, there are courses, workshops and other projects. There is also Museu Anchieta (Anchieta Museum), with exhibitions of objects owned by Anchieta, a church and Biblioteca Padre Antonio Vieira, a library with a collection of historical books, open to the public.
The São Bento Monastery is also a great option in the region. With more than 400 years of history, the basilica has a 17th century architecture and decoration with frescoes and murals as well as an external German clock. The place can be visited every day from 6 am to 6 pm, except on Thursdays. There are masses every morning with Gregorian chant. From Monday to Friday at 7 am, Saturdays at 6 am and Sundays, with chant and organ at 10 am
In the end, be sure to visit the monastery bakery, with products made by the monks. On the last Sunday of the month, there is also a breakfast made by the monks; tickets must be purchased in advance.
Near Anhangabaú metro station there is Theatro Municipal, one of the great post-card sights of the city. It began to be built in 1903, projected by Cláudio Rossi and designed by Domiziano Rossi. It was inaugurated by the opera of Ambroise Thomas, Hamlet, for a crowd of 20,000 people. Theatro Municipal has undergone several modernizing restorations, without losing the glamor of its original time.
The theater also hosts music and dance schools which present on its stage. There is also a restaurant inside it. Visits can be scheduled for days when there is no presentation, according to the dates available on the website.
Estação da Luz was opened on March 1st 1901. In the past, it was considered São Paulo’s “living room”, because it received various personalities and people from the countryside, arriving every day at the station. The architectural complex of Estação da Luz is listed as a historic landmark since 1982, and the structures that were brought from England imitate Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
On weekends it is possible to do a guided historic tour around Luz station building. Lasting approximately 50 minutes, visitors walk through historical and architectural points of building and get to know the history and importance of the station. Leaving from Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Museum of the Portuguese Language), the walk happens every Saturday, Sunday and holidays, at noon and 2 pm.
In front of the Museum, there is Pinacoteca do Estado (State Art Gallery), designed by architect Ramos de Azevedo in 1895. The first donations to the museum were pieces of established artists such as Benedito Calixto, Pedro Alexandrino and José Ferraz de Almeida Jr. In the collection, there are about 9,000 pieces, in addition to temporary exhibitions. It also offers other activities that can be consulted on the website. It runs from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm, until 10 pm on Thursdays, with free admission on Saturdays.
In the Pinacoteca, there is a coffee shop that serves lunch in a room overlooking Jardim da Luz, one of the oldest public parks. The park was designated as a historic landmark and there is a wood with birds of several species, a population of sloths, water mirror and lakes with fish. Moreover, it features an underground aquarium with colorful koi fish. Admission is free.
Near the station, there is Mosteiro da Luz, a monastery with a church and a memorial in honor of Santo Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão, with a collection of objects that belonged to the friar. It is also house to the Museu de Arte Sacra, with a collection consisting of altars, sacred images, rare books, paintings, objects and liturgical vestments. The museum works from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm, free admission on Saturdays.
Liberdade is a stronghold of Japanese culture in São Paulo since 1912. The streets feature themed decoration with traditional Japanese lanterns, in addition to the remarkable architecture that can be seen at various points in the neighborhood. Many street signs are in Japanese and most residents speak their mother tongue.
The neighborhood has a lot of typical products and foods, besides a handicraft fair that takes place on Sundays at the exit of Liberdade metro station. On Rua São Joaquim, it is also located Templo Busshinji, a temple that can be visited with scheduling.
Refuge of bohemians, on the streets of Vila Madalena there are bars for all tastes: from the classic to the most agitated botecos. The ones cannot do without live music and want more “party” agitation also have several options.
Another interesting point of the neighborhood is Beco do Batman, an open-air gallery, located on Rua Gonçalo Afonso. The alley walls are completely covered with graffiti by national and foreign artists. The neighborhood is also a great place for shopping.
In an area of 6,900 m, located underneath the stands of Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, known as Pacaembu, is the Football Museum. With visits from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm, the multimedia collection preserves the most important moments of the sport.
The museum has no connection with any specific team and visitors are able to see various rooms in trubte to great football names and moments. It is still possible to listen to some narrations, get to know the origin, among other football-related issues.
Rua 25 de Março is a popular center for shopping in the city. The entire region around is dedicated to the commerce of costume jewelry, toys, decorative items and other home accessories. On the Ladeira Porto Geral, for example, it is possible to find costume stores, where brides-to-be enjoy shopping for funny items to liven up their wedding parties.
Masp – Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
Address: Avenida Paulista, 1578 – Bela Vista (nearby Trianon-Masp metro station).
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 amam to 6 pm (ticket office is open until 5:30 pm) Thursdays, from 10 am to 8 pmpm (ticket office is open until 7:30 pm).
Price: R$ 25 (students, teachers, and retirees pay half entrance). Every Tuesday and Thursday, after 5 pm, the entrance is free. Children under 10 and adults older than 60 do not pay.
Phone: (11) 3251-5644.
Address: Avenida Paulista, 37 – Jardim Paulista – São Paulo (near Brigadeiro metro station).
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 10 pm Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 6 pm
Phone: (11) 3285-6986
Parque Tenente Siqueira Campos (Trianon)
Address: R. Peixoto Gomide, 949 (near the number 1,700 of Avenida Paulista) – Cerqueira César – Downtown – São Paulo.
Opening hours: daily, from 6 am to 6 pm
Phone: (11) 3253-4973/ (11) 3289-2160
Address: Avenida Paulista, 2073-São Paulo-SP.
Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 10 pm, Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 10 pm – Shopping Center (ground floor) and from Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 10 pm, Saturdays from 7 am to 7 pm – commercial buildings (Horsas)
Address: Rua da Cantareira, 306-São Paulo-SP.
Opening hours: wholesale: from Monday to Saturday, from 10 pm to 6 am Retail: from Monday to Saturday, from 6 am to 6 pm Sundays and holidays, from 6 am to 4 pm
Phone: (11) 3313-3365
Address: AV. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/n (Gates 2, 3 and 10), Av. IV Centenário – Gates 6 and 7A, Av. República do Líbano -gate 7 – São Paulo – SP.
Phone: (11) 5574-5045
Address: Praça da Sé, s/nº – Downtown – São Paulo – SP.
Opening hours: open on weekdays from 8 am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm Mass: Mondays and Fridays at 9 am, noon and 5 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon and 5 pm Saturdays: open from 8 am to 5 pm Mass: at noon. Sundays: open from 8 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm Masses: at 9 am, 11 am and 5 pm Guided tours from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 11:30 am and from 1 pm to 4:30 pm, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 9 am to 11:30 am and from 1 pm to 3 pm
Price: guided tours: R$5 per person, children up to 7 do not pay.
Phone: (11) 3107-6832
Address: Praça Pateo do Collegio, 2 – Downtown (near Sé metro station)
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm For guided tours, you need to schedule from Monday to Friday, from 1 pm to 4 pm
Price: Museu Anchieta – R$ 6 (full price), R$ 3 for students, R$ 2 for public school students. Free for children up to 7, people older than 60, and people with disabilities.
Phone: (11) 3105-6898
Address: Praça Pateo do Collegio, 2 – Downtown.
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 4:30 pm
Price: R$6 (full price), $3 for students, $2 for public school students and free for children up to 7 and people older than 60. For guided tours, you need to schedule from Monday to Friday, from 8:40 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (11) 3105-6899
Address: Largo de São Bento, s/nº – Downtown.
Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 6 am until the end of the 6 pm mass. Saturdays and Sundays from 6 am to 12 am and from 4 pm to 6 pm On Thursdays the church closes at 8 am and reopens at 11:30 am Masses: from Monday to Friday, at 7 am – with Gregorian chant –, 1 pm and 6 pm Saturdays, 6 am – with Gregorian chant. Sundays, 8:30 am – with organ–, 10 am – with Gregorian chant and organ.
Phone: (11) 3328-8799
Address: Ramos de Azevedo square, s/nº-São Paulo-SP.
Phone: (11) 3397-0300
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Address: Praça da Luz, 2 – Luz – Downtown (Luz metro station).
Price: R$ 6 (full price) and R$ 3 for students, children and elderly people. Free entrance on Saturdays.
Phone: (11) 3324-1000
Address: Rua Ribeiro De Lima, s/nº-Bom Retiro, São Paulo-SP.
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8 am to 6 pm (opens at 5 am for physical activities).
Phone: (11) 3227-3545
Address: Avenida Tiradentes, 676-Luz – São Paulo – SP.
Opening hours: daily, from 8 am to 5 pm Masses: Monday to Friday, at 7 am; Saturdays at 8 am and at 4 pm; and Sundays, at 8 am, 10:30 am and 4 pm
Phone: (11) 3311-8745
Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo
Address: Avenida Tiradentes, 676-Luz – São Paulo – SP.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm (ticket office opens until the 5:30 pm).
Price: R $6 (half price for students and free for elderly, children up to 7 and on Saturdays).
Phone: (11) 5627-5393/ (11) 3326-5393/ (11) 3326-3336/ (11) 3326-1373
Address: Rua São Joaquim, 285 – Liberdade – São Paulo – SP.
Phone: (11) 3208-4515/ (11) 3208-4345
Address: Praça Charles Miller, s/nº – Pacaembu.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, except on game days at Pacaembu, from 9 am to 5 pm
Price: R$ 6 ; R$ 3 (half). Free entrance on Saturdays.
Phone: (11) 3664-3848