Attractions

Top Choice Museum in São Paulo

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, the museum, designed by architect Lina B…
Top Choice Church in São Paulo

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. Masses (7…
Top Choice Viewpoint in São Paulo

Banespa

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. Ride free to the observation deck on the top floor for views of the …
Top Choice Theater in São Paulo

Theatro Municipal

São Paulo’s most splendid construction, this theater was begun in 1903 in the style of Paris’ Palais Garnier. Its heavily ornamented facade seems to combine every architectural style imaginable, from baroque to art …
Top Choice Market in São Paulo

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 Museum in São Paulo

Museu Afro-Brasil

This hugely important, absolutely fascinating Parque do Ibirapuera museum features a permanent 3rd-floor collection chronicling five centuries of African immigration (and a nod to the 10 million African lives lost i…
Top Choice Museum in São Paulo

Pinacoteca do Estado

This elegant neoclassical museum houses an excellent collection of Brazilian – and especially Paulista – art from the 19th century to the present, including works by big names such as Portinari and Di Cavalcanti. Th…
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Instituto Butantan

Highly respected for its groundbreaking biomedical research, this institute is best known as a venom farm. Researchers milk a total of tens of thousands of snakes of their poison, which is used to make antidotes to …
Museum in São Paulo

Museu da Língua Portuguesa

Half of Estação da Luz has been given over to this museum, with fascinating permanent exhibits documenting the rise of the Brazilian language as distinct from European Portuguese, as well as creative temporary insta…
Museum in São Paulo

Casa Amarela

Relatively unknown and blissfully uncrowded, this unassuming yellow home is part NGO handicraft shop, part two-table romantic cafe and part tiny museum boasting one the world's best collection of artifacts from Irmã…