São Paulo is home to the world-class theater at Theatro Municipal and classical music at Sala São Paulo; in addition to live samba, which is prevalent across a wide range of bars, botecos and other venues around town. Futebol (football/soccer) is predictably huge, with Corinthians hogging the majority of fans. The city is also home to numerous cultural centers that boast indie and arthouse cinemas.


Virtually every big shopping center has a multiplex, mostly offering standard Hollywood fare. For high art, check out the film series at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Instituto Moreira Salles. Most films, especially higher-quality films, are subtitled rather than dubbed, but be sure to check beforehand.


São Paulo's three biggest football teams are Corinthians (www.corinthians.com.br), who play at the Arena Corinthians, 24km east of Centro (a 2014 FIFA World Cup venue); Palmeiras (www.palmeiras.com.br), who play in the modern 43,600-capacity Allianz Parque near Barra Funda; and São Paulo FC (www.saopaulofc.net), who play at the 67,428-capacity Estádio do Morumbi – a 2016 Olympic Games venue.