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 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


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 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…
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 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…
Architecture in São Paulo

Igreja do Carmo

On Praça da Sé stands the modest Igreja do Carmo, which dates to the 1630s and still preserves its original high altar. At writing it was closed for major restoration.
Museum in São Paulo

Memorial do Imigrante

For a deeper understanding of São Paulo's immigration history, head to the Memorial do Imigrante in the eastern suburb of Moóca. Built in 1887, it was called the Hospedaria dos Imigrantes, and functioned as a holdin…
Historic Building in São Paulo

Solar da Marquesa

Down a set of narrow downtown side streets stands one of the city’s last surviving 18th-century residences. This simple but delightful villa was once home to a lover of Emperor Dom Pedro I; it now houses the restrai…