Travel with Children

It would be daft to remotely suggest São Paulo is a stroller-friendly city; the pavements and sidewalks are often uneven, unmatching, broken up or in otherwise unfriendly conditions even without the added navigational challenge of a baby on wheels. Expect to do a lot of lifting over ruts and obstacles.

A new law passed in 2017 requires shopping malls, and other buildings in the city with a large influx of people, to install both male- and female-accessible diaper-changing rooms (fraldários) or face a R$10,000 fine. GRU Airport has 56 diaper-changing rooms.

Children are a well-integrated part of Brazilian a society and lugging them along to all but the most fancy cafes and restaurants is very common. The city's sprawling Parque Ibirapuera makes a great place for kids to run off their excess energy. Those without a fear of snakes will be fascinated by Instituto Butantan (www.butantan.gov.br); and the large zoo, the Jardim Zoológico (www.zoologico.com.br), is a definite kid-pleaser.

Kid-friendly restaurants include Capim Santo in Jardins and Santinho inside Museu da Casa Brasileira in Pinheiros. Other spots around town with kid spaces and/or kid-specific programming include Praça São Lourenço (www.pracasaolourenco.com.br); Bravo! Pizza Bar (www.bravopizzabar.com.br); Bar Brahma Aeroclube (www.barbrahmaaeroclube.com); Angélica Grill (www.angelicagrill.com); Chácara Turma da Mônica (www.chacaraturmadamonica.com.br); JazzB (www.jazzb.net), which offers live jazz for children on Saturday afternoons; and the Moema and Morumbi locations of Pizzaria Camelo (www.pizzariacamelo.com.br).