Best Things To Do in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP): To see the finest collection of Western art, visit the tall feather in Sao Paulo's cap- the MASP. The renovated floor map of the museum adds to the visitor experience; the top floor is dedicated to their permanent exhibition of the Dutch Masters and Picasso, etc, whilst the second floor hosts temporary exhibitions showcasing some local talent.
  • Mercado Municipal (de Sao Paulo): Sao Paulo's biggest foods and produce market, the market takes life in a structure built in the 1930's; the architecture is the first striking feature of the market, the history of this famous covered market and the hands on feel of the local culture are more than enough reasons to pay the Mercado Municipal a visit.
  • Theatro Municipal (de Sao Paulo): Inspired by the Paris Opera, the Theatro Municipal was constructed around the 1900's and is known for hosting some of the grandest visual art performances ever. The best way to see the theatre would be through a guided tour conducted twice a week; visit the museum after the tour.

Below we have a list of things to do in Sao Paulo and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Sao Paulo getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Sao Paulo with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Sao Paulo

Here is the list of things to do in Sao Paulo and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Ibirapuera Park

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    Ibirapuera Park

    Garden, Park, Walking Area, Performance

    On the day the city turned 400, the Ibirapuera Park is the biggest green space in Sao Paulo. The two kilometer park serves as the hub of all cultural activities that brings everyone together- a lifeline of the city, if you will. A variety of acts and performances are carried out in the gardens. Since most of the major museums of the city are located around Ibirapuera Park, use the Park as your ...Read more
  2. Museu Da Lingua Portuguesa

    4.6 (860 Votes)
    Museu Da Lingua Portuguesa

    Specialty Museum

    A real treat for the lovers of the linguistics, the Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, provides an interactive in-depth look into first language of the country. Situated in a beautiful old Victorian station, the Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, tells a fascinating tale of the language among this former Portuguese colony. The only possible downside of the visit would be for those alien to the language; all ...Read more
  3. Museu Do Futebol

    4.7 (663 Votes)
    Museu Do Futebol

    Specialty Museum

    Ask any Brazilian their top three favourite things and sure enough, football is bound to feature in here. The best way to experience this craze is during a football event where the entire city is on its feet cheering for their favourites. Even if you aren't a fan of the 'beautiful game', you'll find the visit to the museum quite enjoyable. The story of the sport is told through memorabilia that...Read more
  4. Mercado Municipal

    4.5 (951 Votes)
    Mercado Municipal

    Walking Area, Market, Street Market

    From its name, it's quite evident that the Mercado Municipal, is a market. But there's more to the story than just some buying and selling. A designated covered market place since the1930's, the architecture of the hall is what will first lure you into it. Once you've come to terms with the exquisite skylights and the stained glass windows will you then appreciate the sights at eye-level. The M...Read more
  5. Pinacoteca Do Estado

    4.8 (688 Votes)
    Pinacoteca Do Estado

    Specialty Museum

    The Pinacoteca do Estado is one of the best museums of the country. Housed in a neo classical building, the building too is well-loved due to many ways, the sun falls through the windows and skylights and lights up the place. A one stop shop to extensively understand Brazilian art dating from the 19th century and onwards, the Pinacoteca do Estado, celebrates a lot of the country's talent throug...Read more
  6. Theatro Municipal

    4.8 (791 Votes)
    Theatro Municipal

    Entertainment, Performance, Theatre

    Yet another masterpiece of the city that is Sao Paulo, the Theatro Municipal is considered to be one of the grade edifices. Built in the early 1900's the theatre is said to have been inspired by the Paris Opera and till date hosts many a shows that continue to attract droves of crowd. The city's most splendid vocal and theatrical performances are conducted in the theatre's auditorium with its g...Read more
  7. Mosteiro De Sao Bento

    4.8 (789 Votes)
    Mosteiro De Sao Bento

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    This Norman–Byzantine styled church was completed in 1922 by a German architect and is one of the premiere religious  institutes of the country. A fine example of a Brazilian church, the stained glass windows inside including the 6000 pipes church organ. If you can, catch a Sunday mass at 10 am where the church is resonant of the charms of Gregorian chants.
  8. Museu Paulista
    Don't be surprised if the Museu Paulista begin to resemble the Versailles gardens.  Other than the beautiful architecture and landscaping, the location of the Museu Paulista has quite a lot history attached to it. It was, in fact, the place where Brazil declared its independence as was proclaimed by Dom Pedro I. This beautiful museum has a vast range of exhibits ranging from antique vehicl...Read more
  9. Pateo Do Colegio

    4.4 (729 Votes)
    Pateo Do Colegio

    Religious Site, Museum, Monastery

    A 1950's replica of a monastery is more than what meets the eye. The monastery is built to commemorate the exact spot where the city of Sao Paulo was founded in 1554. The monastery is also a museum that include sacred relics from the formative days of the city and paintings since the time of the colonization.
  10. Museu Afro Brasil

    4.7 (392 Votes)
    Museu Afro Brasil


    During the years of slavery, there was no corner in the world where slaves were being purchased and shipped off too. One such colony of Brazil and like many other countries, after slavery was abolished, many labourers chose to stay back and settle in the colony; Brazil was no exception. The Museu Afro Brazil celebrates the lives and legacy left behind those who stayed back. What's refreshing is...Read more
  11. Museu De Arte De Sao Paulo

    4.7 (485 Votes)
    Museu De Arte De Sao Paulo

    Art And Culture, Art Museum

    Undeniably, Sao Paulo's pride and joy, the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP) plays host to some of the finest art collections of the city. An un-missable building on the Avenue, don't walk past this low rise building due to its lack of charm. The interior will leaving you gasping in wonder! The MASP has quite a repertoire of western art pieces, some of which include the works of Van Gogh, Delac...Read more
  12. Museu Da Casa Brasileira

    4.5 (354 Votes)
    Museu Da Casa Brasileira


    Royalty is conspicuous and rightly so the Casa Brasileira is one such symbol of regal living built in the 1940's by one of the patriarchs of a powerful family. The museum is known for its exhibits from the  17th to 19th century, many of which include the artifacts of the daily life of the alleged bourgeois. It's a relatively small museum, so don't spend a lot time of here.
  13. Museu De Arte Sacra

    4.7 (499 Votes)
    Museu De Arte Sacra

    Church, Religious Site, Museum, Monastery

    Arte Sacra loosely translates to Sacred Art. You can guess now that the Museu de Arte Sacra displays exhibits that are used as either embellishments or are necessary paraphernalia of the Church's proceedings. Housed in the 18th century monastery, with over 400 masks and jewelry and objects dating as far as the 17th century.
  14. Mam

    4.4 (1 Vote)


    The museum of modern art was built in 1948 and boasts of a huge collection of exemplary work by artists like Anita Malfatti, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso. The striking work by Brazilian and other internationally acclaimed artists is put on display and the tour of around two hours is absolutely enjoyable. You will be amazed to see the geometric paintings, landscapes, and paint in tiles. The c...Read more
  15. Bar Samba

    4.5 (1 Vote)
    Bar Samba

    Bar, Food And Drinks, Adults

    Bar Samba is a lively and wonderful bar that remains open from Wednesday to Saturday and is popular for its samba sessions and the weekend Feijoada lunch. The music is very energetic and before you realise, everyone would be up and grooving to the beats. Enjoy the lively music, the warm and inviting ambience, delectable Feijoada, excellent drinks and the excellent services. Also, the entry fee ...Read more