Top things to do

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 Brazilian in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Maní

Rustic-chic Maní will astound you. Run impeccably by the 2014 Veuve Cliquot World's Best Female Chef, Helena Rizzo, it's often rightfully touted as Sampa's best Brazilian restaurant. The inventive slow-cooked egg (1…
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 Club in São Paulo

D-Edge

With one of the city’s most remarkable sound systems and a roster of world-famous DJs, this mixed gay-straight club is an elder statesmen of the club scene but it remains a ‘don’t miss’ for fans of electronica and o…
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 Brazilian in Centro & Around

A Casa do Porco

Chef Jefferson Rueda's casual temple of swine is a wonderful descent into all things pork. Delicious and decadent specialities such as porco san zé (R$48 per person) offer the full treatment, carved from an eight-ho…
Top Choice Brazilian in Pinheiros, Vila Madalena & Around

Tuju

Delicate flavors and unconventional Brazilian ingredients inventively spun to delight your tastebuds are hallmarks of top chef Ivan Ralston, who still greets and chats up foodies despite his recent fame as the 45th …
Top Choice Brazilian in São Paulo

Mocotó

It's worth the trek to Zona Norte for a meal at this darling of regional restaurants, where the city's most likeable and impressive young chef took over his father's simple emporium and started churning out Northeas…
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…