Museums

Museu Afro-Brasil Standout of museum-heavy Parque Ibirapuera, an absolutely fascinating dive into five centuries of Brazil's African immigration.

Pina_Luz A Centro neoclassical stunner that's home to the city's top collection of Brazilian and Paulista art.

Museu de Arte de São Paulo Av Paulista's iconic modernist behemoth houses Latin America's most comprehensive collection of Western art.

Museu da Língua Portuguesa Closed until 2019 for a massive renovation, but a fascinating chronicle of Brazilian Portuguese and literature.

Museu do Futebol Brazil's most animated museum dedicated to the 'Beautiful Game'.

Museu Xingu The world's best collection of Amazon artifacts from explorers the Villas-Bôas brothers.

Museu Paulista European-style palace and gardens in the suburbs, but undergoing renovation work through 2022.

Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano Suburban house museum with remarkable collection of 18th- to 20th-centuries paintings, sculptures and objets d’art.

Food

Mocotó Rodrigo Oliveira's Northeastern cuisine lures Paulistanos to a suburban neighborhood in which they'd never heard of.

A Casa do Porco Jefferson Rueda's palace of pork near República turns whole roasted hogs into plates of decadent delight.

Maní Globally lauded female chef Helena Rizzo runs arguably Sampa's best contemporary Brazilian restaurant.

Bráz Pizzaria A pizza Paulistana reference and cornerstone of one of the world's great pizza cities.

Patuá da Baiana Indomitably spirited Bá takes the chosen few on a Bahian culinary journey in her Bela Vista basement.

Lamen Kazu Slurp steaming-hot noodles with Sampa's Japanese community at this ramen powerhouse in Liberdade.

Estadão Succulent pork loin sandwiches fueling ravenous Paulistanos of all colors and creeds since 1968.

Shin-Zushi Japazillian brothers Robinson and Ken Mizumoto execute Tokyo-level authenticity and tradition sustained with Brazil's seafood.

Craft Beer & Cocktails

Cervejaria Dogma The city's best microbrewery, a hop-heavy IPA wonderland in Santa Cecília.

Ambar Fifteen taps of impossibly fresh brews spanning Rio Grande do Sul to Rio de Janeiro.

Guilhotina Award-winning mixologist Márcio Silva curates the city's best booze bonanza in Baixa Pinheiros.

SubAstor A dark and sexy mixology mainstay led by Italian bartender Fabio de la Pietra.

Empório Alto de Pinheiros São Paulo's craft cradle, a 45-tap national and international brewfest and bottle shop.

Boca de Ouro Pinheiros hideaway for cocktail connoisseurs – belly up and settle in for methodical mixology.

Trilha Cervejaria Sidewalk-filling Vila Pompeia nanobrewery that loves to experiment with barrel-aging and juicy Brazilian fruits.

Culture

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Five-story exhibitions of innovative contemporary art occupying a gorgeously restored beaux-arts building in Centro.

Caixa Cultural Neoclassical black marble monolith near Sé hosting ever-changing Brazilian art and culture expositions.

Lamen Kazu Slurp noodles among São Paulo's heavily-Japanese Asian community in Liberdade, a cradle of konichiwa in Centro.

Mercado Municipal There's no better place to absorb the Paulistana food culture than Centro's dizzying urban market.

Japan House Eye-catching architectural nucleus cultivating Brazilian and Japanese culture on Av Paulista.

Beco do Batman The city's wildly popular open-air urban art epicenter in bohemian Vila Madelena.

Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa Small but fascinating museum chronicling the world's largest Japanese diaspora.

Instituto Moreira Salles Museum and cultural center showcasing outstanding photography inside one of the city's newest architecturally significant high-rises.

Free Stuff

Mosteiro São Bento One of São Paulo's most important churches, with impressive stained glass and 16th century origins.

Parque Ibirapuera The biggest and most beloved green space that the city has to offer.

Theatro Municipal Tour Sampa's most dazzling structure, this architecturally-uncommitted 1903 theater modeled after Paris’ Palais Garnier.

SP Free Walking Tour Offers fascinating 3½-hour tours of Centro, Av Paulista and Vila Madelena.

Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo One of Brazil's best collections of work from national artists.

Parque Siqueira Campos A remarkably tranquil refuge just off São Paulo's busiest street.

Casa da Imagem A must-see for those interested in the São Paulo of days gone by.

Edifício Copan Oscar Niemeyer's wavy architectural icon offers rooftop views weekdays at 10:30am and 3:30pm.

Virada Cultural Visiting in May? This 24-hour live music marathon features on multiple stages around the city.

Views

Edifício Itália The most panoramic city view of São Paulo's skyline will leave you slackjawed and stupefied.

Farol Santander Latin America's once-tallest skyscraper's newly renovated observation deck frames yet another wowing angle on Brazil's biggest city.

Vista A postcard-perfect view over Parque Ibirapuera and the city beyond from MAC's signature top-floor restaurant.

Skye Sampa's best cocktail with a view, a frame-worthy perspective on the city's imposing skyline.

Edifício Copan Conquer the summit of Oscar Niemeyer's sinuous masterpiece, one of Brazil's largest buildings.

Seen Hotel Tivoli Mofarrej's wide-windowed 23rd floor is a high-end cocktail destination for city fashionistas.

SESC Paulista An unparalleled view straight down the belly of the beast: Av Paulista.

Edifício Matarazzo The rooftop garden atop Marcello Piacentini's 'fascist neoclassical' city hall affords free views over Centro.