Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Centro & Around

Edifício Copan

Copan was designed by late modernist master Oscar Niemeyer. The building, with its serpentine facade and narrow brises soleil (permanent sunshades), is Sampa's most symbolic structure. You can visit its snaking, slo…
Top Choice Market in Centro & Around

Mercado Municipal

This covered market is a belle époque confection of stained glass and a series of vast domes. Inside, a fabulous urban market specializes in all things edible. It’s also a great place to sample a couple of classic S…
Top Choice State Park in Iporanga

Parque Estadual do Alto do Ribeira

This 357-sq-km state park, with its 450 cataloged caves, is known as Brazil’s Capital das Grutas (Cave Capital). The park's Núcleos de Visitação (Visitor Centers) are well-set-up with information on cave trips, guid…
Top Choice Museum in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Sampa’s pride, this museum possesses Latin America’s most comprehensive collection of Western art. Hovering above a concrete plaza that turns into an antiques fair on Sunday (and acts as a protest gathering point al…
Top Choice Church in Centro & Around

Mosteiro São Bento

Among the city’s oldest and most important churches, São Bento dates to 1598, though its neo-Gothic facade dates only to the early 20th century. Step inside the church to view its impressive stained glass. Mass (7am…
Top Choice Island in Ubatuba

Ilha das Couves

Ubatuba's most coveted beach destination is this tiny, 58-hectare island that is paradise in every sense of the word. Golden sands, lush rainforest and calm, boulder-strewn translucent waters combine forces to creat…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Centro & Around

Farol Santander

For one of Sampa’s best panoramas, head to the top of this 161m-high skyscraper, Brazil’s version of the Empire State Building – completed in 1939 and most famously known as the Banespa (Banco do Estado de São Paulo…
Top Choice Museum in Centro & Around

Pina_Luz

This elegant neoclassical museum, formerly known as Pinacoteca do Estado but modernly rebranded 'Pina_Luz' (with the underline!) in 2017, houses an excellent collection of Brazilian – and especially Paulista – art f…
Top Choice Museum in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Museu Xingu

Relatively unknown and blissfully uncrowded, the unassuming Casa Amarela is part NGO handicraft shop, part two-table romantic cafe and part tiny Museu Xingu. The latter boasts one the world's best collections of art…
Top Choice Historic Building in Centro & Around

Estação da Luz

Across the street from the Parque da Luz sits one of São Paulo's most stunning structures, a classic late-Victorian train station constructed with materials entirely shipped in from Britain and completed in 1901. Th…