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Tourist Offices

São Paulo Turismo (São Paulo Tourism Office)

Address: Parque Anhembi, Avenida Olavo Fontoura 1209, São Paulo, CEP 02012 021
Telephone: +55 11 2226 0400
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1800

Website: http://www.spturis.com

There are numerous Tourist Information Offices (TIOs) across the city, including one at arrivals in Guarulhos Airport. Check www.cidadedesaopaulo.com for locations.

Attractions

Ibirapuera Park

Joggers, cyclists, trees, and lakes: this sprawling park is São Paulo's version of London's Hyde Park. The sounds of the city are always close by but Ibirapuera is easy on the soul. Pavilions and plazas designed by award-winning Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, play a starring role in São Paulo's renowned Bienal, an art exhibition held on even-numbered years. The park is home to several other museums, including the excellent Museu de Arte Moderna featuring a fine collection of Brazilian modernists and thought-provoking temporary installations.

Address: Vila Mariana, Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, São Paulo , 04002-010
Telephone: + 55 11 5574 5505
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0500-2400, all day Sunday.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Pinacoteca do Estado (Picture Gallery of the State)

This eye-catching brickwork art gallery from 1905 is one of the best art museums in Brazil. An imaginative galley spans over three floors and is illuminated by a dazzlingly airy atrium. It houses an excellent collection of Brazilian works, including pieces by Portinari, Oscar Pereira da Silva and Di Cavalcanti. In addition, the museum hosts ever-changing exhibitions plus an impressive haul of Rodin sculptures. Be sure to stroll across the road to the magnificent Estação de Luz rail station and the pretty surrounding park.

Address: Luz, Praça da Luz 2, São Paulo, 01120-010
Telephone: +55 11 3324 1000
Opening times:

Wed-Mon 1000-1800.

Website: http://www.pinacoteca.org.br
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo Museum of Art)

Perched on the fashionable Avenida Paulista, this contemporary structure exhibits old European masters alongside surrealist and abstract Brazilian artworks. Its classical collection is the finest in Latin America. Among a veritable who's who of old maestros are Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Dali, and Toulouse-Lautrec. The building itself was designed by architect Lina Bo Bardi and is considered a classic of brutalist modern design.

Address: , Avenida Paulista 1578, São Paulo,
Telephone: +55 11 3149 5959
Opening times:

Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800, Thurs 1000-2000.

Website: http://www.masp.art.br
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Gregorian Chant at Mosteiro de São Bento (Sao Bento Monastery)

Sunday mornings at the Basílica de Nossa Senhora da Assunção are filled with a fog of incense, the drone of Gregorian chanting, and sunlight filtered through massive stained glass windows. This twin-towered church and monastery was designed in the early 20th century and features a large organ with over 6,000 pipes. Get there early on a Sunday at 1000 to gurantee a spot in the pews.

Address: Centro, Largo de São Bento 48, São Paulo, 01029-010
Telephone: +55 11 3328 8799
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0600-1800, Sat-Sun 0600-1200 and 1600-1800.

Website: http://www.mosteiro.org.br
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Museu do Futebol (Football Museum)

This innovative museum is the ultimate homage to the 'beautiful game'. The building is embedded within the stunning art deco Pacaembu soccer stadium, which greets visitors with a holographic Pele - a Brazilian and one of the greatest football players of all time. Interactive displays exhibit the history of the world cup (which was held in Brazil in 2014) and house poignant memorabilia. It’s an absolute must-see for every football fan.

Address: Pacaembu, Praça Charles Miller, São Paulo, 01234-010
Telephone: +55 11 3663 3848
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.museudofutebol.org.br
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens)

For a refreshing escape from the concrete jungle, it's worth making the trip down to these lush botanical gardens. Amid verdant tree-lined paths, you'll find more than 3,000 different plant species including some 350 natives. Orchids, aquatic plants and Atlantic rainforest species are among some of the incredible plants you'll find. The gardens are also known to be a fantastic bird watching spot, so bring binoculars if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the native birds. This destination is located in the southern suburb of Agua Funda, 13km (8 miles) outside of the city, but the trek is definitely worth for a nice picnic on the grass.

Address: Agua Funda, Av Miguel Stéfano 3031, São Paulo, 04301-902
Telephone: +55 11 5067 6000
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 0900-1700.

Website: http://jardimbotanico.sp.gov.br
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Samba

Samba is a style of Brazilian music and dance. Take a trip to the samba schools anytime of year to watch rehearsals and join in. There are plenty of samba schools, particularly around Zona Norte, such as the famed Rosas de Ouro (rehearsals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Expect powerful drumming, electrifying beats and ever-flowing caipirinhas (Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, lime and sugar). Things are liveliest in the lead up to carnival, an annual Brazilian festival held in February or March.

Address: Jardim das Graças, Rua Coronel Euclides Marchado 1066, São Paulo, 02213-000
Telephone: +55 11 3931 4555
Opening times:

Wed and Fri 2100-0200.

Website: http://www.sociedaderosasdeouro.com.br
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Snake Farm at the Instituto Butantan

Deadly snakes, spiders, and scorpions from around the world can be seen at the world's largest producer of snake anti-venom. The parkland setting is a rare oasis of calm in the midst of Butantan's scientific campus. Other attractions here include a historical museum, a biology museum, a microbiology museum and, of course, the serpentarium, which is where the venoms themselves are extracted. Institutio Butantan is one of Brazil's largest research facilities, and oldest with building dating back to 1901.

Address: Butantã, Avenida Vital Brasil 1500, São Paulo , 05503-900
Telephone: + 55 11 2627 9300
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 0900-1645.

Website: http://www.butantan.gov.br
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Edifício Martinelli (Martinelli Building)

Get a breathtaking panorama of São Paulo's endless skyline from the 26th-floor roof terrace of this striking Beaux Arts building. Built in 1929, by the Italian immigrant-turned-shipping magnate Giuseppe Martinelli, the Edifício Martinelli was São Paulo 's first skyscraper. Free tours are available to visitors and can be scheduled on the half-hour.

Address: Centro, Rua São Bento 405, São Paulo, 01011-100
Telephone: +55 11 3104 2477
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1130 and 1400-1600. Scheduling required for groups of up to 15 people or more.

Website: http://www.prediomartinelli.com.br
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Cathedral Metropolitana de São Paulo (São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral)

This beautiful cathedral first started to be built in 1913, although it wasn’t completed until 1967. It can fit 8,000 worshippers one of the largest organs in Latin America inside its massive interior. The artwork is a mix of prophets and apostles depicted alongside native toucans and armadillos. Tours of the crypt, where the remains of Chief Tibiriçá, the first citizen of Piratininga (old São Paulo) lies, are available. The best time to visit is on a weekend morning when the surrounding palm-tree fringed plaza fills with life. Don't miss the nearby Igreja do Carmo, which dates from the 17th century.

Address: Centro, Praça da Sé, São Paulo, 01001-000
Telephone: +55 11 3107 6832
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1730, Sat-Sun 0900-1130 and 1300-1500.

Website: http://www.catedraldase.org.br
Admission Fees:

No (except for crypt tour)

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

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Hotel Excelsior

This 198-room hotel in São Paulo with its mammoth convention centre flatters beyond its 4-star billing. The rooms behind Excelsior's art-deco frontage are plain and businesslike yet excellent value. Wi-Fi is free rooms come with LCD TVs and there is a bar and fitness centre onsite. The location is also close by downtown Praça da República with nearby cultural icons such as Teatro Municipal and Edificio Copan. Staff speak English and can help book tickets and tours. Breakfast included.

Hotel Unique

Like a stranded copper-green Noah's ark, renowned architect Ruy Ohtake's fantasy creation is the pinnacle of imaginative design. Every inch of this boutique São Paulo hotel near Ibarepuera Park is surreal. Rooms with arched wooden floors reflect the hotel's curvature, and furnishings are sci-fi chic. A blood-red swimming pool on the rooftop tops off this extraordinary architectural adventure.

Fasano

This hotel's ethos is opulent familiarity, hence why new arrivals are greeted by an inviting sunken lounge bar of plump leather sofas, with reception concealed within a Babylonian brickwork interior. The theme of easy decadence flows into the rooms with lots of wood and timeless leather furnishing. The Italian cuisine within the sparklingly lit Fasano Restaurant, under chef Salvatore Loi's direction, is one of São Paulo's finest. Naomi Campbell and Yoko Ono are among illustrious past clients.

L'Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo

Popular with business clientele yet conveniently enough located off Avenida Paulista to crack the leisure market. The 76 rooms of this Portuguese chain offer ample comfort for those on the move with iPod docking stations and Wi-Fi. With a beautiful falling staircase and striking artworks on the wall, this hotel oozes grandeur, yet comes at a reasonable price.

Grand Hyatt

Only in the moderately priced bracket if booked in advance because this is a luxurious residence bearing the hallmarks of quality expected from a Grand Hyatt. Located in the Pinheiros financial district it has all the amenities you could wish for including high speed internet a choice of bars and restaurants 466 rooms and suites and an exemplary spa. The Wine Library bar offers guests a giddying choice of 2 500 bottles. Breakfast included.

Staybridge Suites

This modern skyscraper offers good rates for travellers in the thriving commercial district of Itaim Bibi with fabulous vistas towards Moema district from the corporate top floor rooms. The Staybridge is also conveniently incorporated into an open mall with a cinema gym and restaurants so there's no need to risk life and limb crossing busy surrounding roads to go out.