São Paulo State entertainment

Top Choice Samba in São Paulo

Vila do Samba

A 'can't miss' stalwart in São Paulo's live samba scene, Vila do Samba – named as such due to its location inside a charming set of town-house villas – is worth a trip to the northern district of Casa Verde, which i…
Top Choice Theater in Ilhabela

Teatro de Vermelhos

This extraordinary 1100-seat theater in the jungle was inaugurated in 2016 as part of Ilhabela's new Centro Cultural Baía dos Vermelhos. It hosts the annual Festival de Vermelhos in September: a two-day music, perfo…
Top Choice Live Music in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around


Hands down one of the best places to see live music in the world, this intimate bar inside the Hotel Fasano recalls prewar Milan and attracts top jazz and popular Brazilian musicians who normally play far larger ven…
Theater in Centro & Around

Theatro Municipal

Operas, classical ballets and symphonic music are held in São Paulo’s most ornate theater.
Samba in Pinheiros, Vila Madalena & Around

Ó do Borogodó

One of the best spots in town for live samba, chorinho (informal instrumental music) and pagode (popular samba music).
Classical Music in Centro & Around

Sala São Paulo

Excellent classical-music venue in a refurbished 1925, neoclassical train station Estação Júlio Prestes. A suspended adjustable ceiling ensures maximum acoustics that can be tailored to the performance.
Stadium in São Paulo

Arena Corinthians

Inaugurated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the home stadium of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista sits well-outside central São Paulo but is reachable by the end of the metro red line at Corinthians-Itaquera.
Jazz in Parque Ibirapuera & Around

Bourbon Street Music Club

One of the top spots for live jazz and blues in Sampa, Bourbon Street has hosted the likes of BB King and Ray Charles. There's also occasional Sunday night salsa.
Stadium in Pinheiros, Vila Madalena & Around

Allianz Parque

In addition to being the home stadium of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, this multi-purpose stadium also hosts mega concerts and other events.
Stadium in São Paulo

Estádio do Morumbi

Estádio do Morumbi hosts everything from rival-heavy football (soccer) matches (it's the home ground of São Paulo FC) to U2 concerts.