Things to do in Sao Paulo

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts

Best of the best


Ibirapuera Park

Parks & NatureParks
Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral·Map·Hours·Website·

618 local Airbnb host recommends

Parque Ibirapuera One of the largest parks of the city, full of museums - Museum of Modern Art, Museu AfroBrasil, green area and open air shows, definetly a place to visit! You will also be able to... read more

Ibirapuera Park is a major urban park in São Paulo, Brazil. It has a large area for leisure, jogging and walking, as well a vivid cultural scene with museums and a music hall. Its importance to São... read more

Sao Paulo's most central park where locals and visitors go for jogging, bycicling, sit around the lakes, enjoy its food options, art exhibits, museums and more. And, it is just 900 meters away or a... read more

473 local Airbnb host recommends

Internationally recognised for its collection of European art, considered the finest in Latin America. It is well known for its headquarters, a concrete and glass structure designed by Lina Bo Bardi.

MASP - exposições One of the most iconic museums in São Paulo, located on Paulista Avenue. It is well known for its headquarters, designed by Lina Bo Bardi, whose main body is supported by two lat... read more

Lina Bo Bardi's building is just a mark at Paulista Avenue. The exposition is constantly changed and now they are back with the original glass/concrete supports designed by Lina. It is not the Louv... read more

191 local Airbnb host recommends

Nice selection of local and imported fruits, vegetables, juices and wines. Refrigerated produce, dairy, meats, and more. Friendly and helpful staff. Also good for breads and household items.

Supermarket. There are ATM machines here, closes at 23h00. The 24h one is at the gas station at the corner of Rua Bandeira Paulista and Rua Jesuíno Arruda.

This supermarket (between Rua Teodoro Sampaio, Mourato Coelho and Fradique Coutinho - roughly 1km from the flat) is opened from 7:00 to 00:00 7 days a week, and has pretty much anything you need in... read more

300 local Airbnb host recommends

O apartamento fica num dos melhores bairros de São Paulo, próximo a metrô, pontos de ônibus, shoppings, cinemas, museus, parques, restaurantes, supermercados etc. The real center of São Paulo, thi... read more

On Sundays this main avenue, equivalent to the 5th avenue in New York, becomes pedestrian and it is a great place to jog, stroll, run, bycicling and interacting with locals. Also musical acts happe... read more

The Avenida Paulista is probably the most modern street in the city. Of course it is a busy place but definitely a must visit if you go to Sao Paulo. You can find many shopping malls and restaurant... read more

160 local Airbnb host recommends

Street fair on Saturdays - nice local designer stuff, local food in the heart of the square, chorinho music and antiques. On Sundays, food at Feirinha Gastronomica.

Aos sábados à tarde, na praça Benedito Calixto, tem uma feira de antiguidade e lá existem também diversos artesãos e estilistas vendendo mercadorias bem legais. Ambiente descontraído e cheio de gen... read more

Street fair on Saturdays - nice local designer stuff, local food in the heart of the square, chorinho music and antiques. On Sundays, food at Feirinha Gastronomica. There is a street market on sa... read more

134 local Airbnb host recommends

An architectural landmark of São Paulo, very beautiful especially at night when the lights illuminate the building. If possible, go to a play! Just be careful with the area the night, it is a littl... read more

É o principal teatro que temos, construído no século 19, arquitetura lindíssima e possui visitas guiadas, vale a pena a visita. Existem espetáculos a preços populares, veja com antecedência a progr... read more

This gem theater is located in the Ild Downtown area and while yes, there is a sizable homeless population hanging out nearby, I don't believe you have anything to fear if you want to visit this fo... read more

113 local Airbnb host recommends

The most cozy soccer stadium in Brazil.Very beatifully area. Don't miss a game attendance here neither a visit to its Football Museum. Mais belo estádio de futebol do País. Ótimo Museu do Futebol

One of the best museum! -Open Tuesday to Sunday-9am to 5pm -Closed on Sunday -Price:R$6 reais - - How to go: Stop in Metro Clínicas (Green Line) than walk 20 minuts.

Estádio do Pacaembu, as it is usually called, is a football stadium located on Praça Charles Miller in the Pacaembu neighborhood. Its official name is Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho and i

98 local Airbnb host recommends

This is where World Cup games will be held. There will be an Express Subway Train that goes non stop in 20 minutes from Luz station.

Believe it! If you want to walk to the stadium will arrive in 15 minutes, going well so quiet while sipping a cold beer or a delicious caipinha, singing with friends before the game.

Próximo ao Estádio Near the Stadium Opening World Cup

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Modern museum with temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists, the Institute is located in a building designed by famous architect Ruy Othake. There's a good buffet restaurant in the lower floor.

Nice building (by the architech Ruy Othake), they have great exhibitions, alwasys for free. Now there is a an exhibition about Mexican woman artist, lots of Fridha Kahlo! Free on Tuesdays.

Interesting and educational exhibits. A pleasant way to spend a few hours. You can take a coffee break or shop in the small but art filled shop.

105 local Airbnb host recommends

A place where you'll find nice architecture exhibitions food gigs and all sort of interesting things !

Lazer, show e cultura pura! Com atividades gratuitas para as mais diversas idades. Fun, show and pure culture! With free activities for various ages.

Sesc Pompeia is a cultural place that gathers arts galleries, theaters, restaurants, snacks and even sports, Huge area where you will find a lot of families, young and old people, children and tour... read more

91 local Airbnb host recommends

The bakery is open 24 hours and is always busy. Besides the famous buffets soups and breakfast, serves fast food, snacks and of course, lots of stuffed breads, cakes and pastries.

24 hs busy bakery that serves all kind of dishes since sandwiches until proper meals going trough deserts and their own bakery stop in the middle of it. Quite busy during the weekends can be hard t... read more

Padaria famosa na região da Paulista que funciona 24h. Tem um menu incrível de lanches, pratos, e até buffet de sopas na madrugada para atender a diferente tipos de público. Um ótimo lugar para se ... read more

83 local Airbnb host recommends

You should visit this place. There is a bar on the top and a restaurant one floor lower. You will have a nice view of the city, it is known as the tallest bulding in the city (even thought its not)

The food here is ok, but the view... Amazing! You can have just a drink at the charming old bar and that will allow you to have a stunning 360o view of Sao Paulo right at the window or at the terrace.

The seccond tallest buildings of the city has an breathtaking view. Fancy restaurant up there./ O segundo mais alto edifício da cidade c/uma vista incrível. Tem um restaurante requintado em cima.

81 local Airbnb host recommends

Sao Paulo is famous for its fabulous Italian food. This pizzeria is one of the nicest of this city. Right next to the the pizzeria is Famiglia Mancini Cantina. Be sure to eat in this canteen!

In the back street, a traditional Italian place. Good food, nice vibe, a typical brasitalian trattoria. They have it all. On week-ends is packed!!!

Great variety of Italian food, is open late night, easy to access.

77 local Airbnb host recommends

The best multi-use Arena of the world, and the best Stadium of Brazil. Stadium of Palmeiras.

Great new stadium of Palmeiras team.

Allianz Parque is the soccer stadium for Palmeiras, one of the largest and best known teams in Brazil.

83 local Airbnb host recommends

The best bookshop in São Paulo. Huge! Take your time... And get some coffee and cake while you browse any book you want.

The star of the book shops! You can waste all day having fun in there! Good Books gifts movies and records 5 minutes from the flat.

It's ease to get lost inside this place, since it's one of the largest Bookstore in Latin America. The staff is helpful and the cafe in the back serves tasty sandwiches and coffee, also free Wi-Fi.

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Vila Madalena is a fun neighborhood where people go at night to bars and happy hour, during the day to restaurants and to stores with urban arts.

Nevermind the drinking and driving issues. Walk to Vila Madalena to its famous and diverse nightlife and get safely back home after a 10-20 minute walk, depending on how much alchool you had!

One of the most famous areas for tipical Sao Paulo "buteco" lifestyle durining weekends day and evenings to walk arround, enjoying shops, excellent food and bars.

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Parque Trianon is an Oasis in the middle of a cement jungle. There are beautiful walking paths in the middle of this little forest (the dense foliage of plants and trees makes a peaceful setting).

This is a super central 2 block park which conserves the original flora of Sao Paulo city. It is immediately across from MASP museum, right on avenue Paulista, again within walking distance 7 block... read more

Nice park in the middle of Paulista, right in front of Masp. It is nice to relax around some remaining of rainforest and watching birds and insects in the heart of such a concrete jungle as Sao Paulo.

120 local Airbnb host recommends

Rua Augusta is a good place also at night to have a drink. Many bars, restaurants. Friday nights are specially hot, full of all kind of people, a real fun!

From downtown to Av. Paulista, our Soho of night clubs. Lots of grass at the corner of Rua Peixoto Gomide. Not legal but the fact is people smoke free until the police comes and nothing happen. Its Br

Vale a pena dar uma olhada nesta rua. Muitos bares para quem procura festa. It's worth taking a look at this street. Many bars for those who are looking for party.

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"According to Excellence Mystery Shopping International the Rua Oscar Freire is the 8th most luxurious street in the world and second in the Americas behind 5th Avenue in New York." Says Wikipedia.

Street with nice stores and restaurants. I recommend a walk from Padre Joao Manuel to Mello Alves for shopping, and from Al Casa Branca to Rua Augusta you can find places to eat and ice creams)

Conhecida por abrigar flagships de marcas famosas, a Rua Oscar Freire é um dos principais endereços de compras de rua na cidade.Known for hosting flagship brands, Oscar Freire Street is one of the ... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 72 Alameda Min. Rocha Azevedo·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb host recommends

This trendy restaurant is usually very busy at night. The location is superb, right in front a plaza with a fountain. Enjoy some of their excellent drinks while waiting outside for a table.

In beautiful surroundings, young, handsome and attentive waiters offer delicious food and drinks, a place to see and be seen.

A classic spot to see and be seen! Nice and little expensive restaurant, with tasty food and beautiful people. Spot is an enduring Sampa favourite, so come prepared to wait a little for a table whi... read more

78 local Airbnb host recommends

A historic building with a good cultural centre with better art expo in São Paulo.

Usually the cultural center hosts several art exhibitions of Brazilian and foreign artists, mostly.

Vey nice museum ate the center of the city. Nice exhibitions and also theater and movies. Free entrance.

65 local Airbnb host recommends

Very small bar with very good brasilian music and dance. My favorite day is on Wednesday, if you get there early you can find a place to seat.

Great place to go, cheap beer and nice music. Entrance fee is not expensive. Tuesday is a good day, to get a table be there at 21h. Bar w/ Brazilian music near Vila Madalena (lots of bars around).

This is one of the best samba bars where you can dance enjoy cold drinks. The music is live (go on Friday or Saturday nights).

62 local Airbnb host recommends

This bar and restaurant is awesomely located at the Copan Building and offers delicious Brazilian dishes (gourmet style), including the Feijoada on Saturdays. Drinks and wine list are great!

Very good Brazilian Food. Dona Onça is a very special bar located in the famous Copan Building, a project of the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer.

This is a spot in Copan building great for weekend lunches, early dinner or even a happy hour. It's a informal environment with excellent service, some brazilian traditional dishes and tasty capiri... read more

99 local Airbnb host recommends

Sao Paulo is famous for its graffitis and Beco do Batman is definitely a pride. The narrow streets have great and colorful pieces of art on the walls, really nice and great for pics.

If you are into art and street art, it is a must visit. Every space - walls, pavement, trees - is used as canvas. Once you've finished seeing the graffiti, you can head to one of the many bars around.

Its a iconic street on a nearby neighborhood that have many street art paintings, that change periodically. Must see for art lovers and cultural trips.

97 local Airbnb host recommends

Rua 25 de março, SP (March 25th Street) - Latin America's largest outdoor market

This famous and popular street in SP can let you a bit overwhelmed as there is really too much going on. You can buy really cheap things and find from clothes to electronics or almost anything u want.

Rua 25 de Março (in English: March 25th Street) is a popular shopping street in the central zone of São Paulo. It is known for large crowds and discount shopping.

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The Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM) is one of the most important cultural institutions in Brazil. Located under the awning of the Ibirapuera Park.

Modern art museum, inside Ibirapuera Park. Art and nature!

Modern Art Museum, inside Ibirapuera Park, it's a nice walk. They have a very nice coffee shop, great atmosphere! There's a souvenir shop as well.

64 local Airbnb host recommends

Estadão is the iconic 24/7 boteco of São Paulo where you'll get cold beer, fresh fruit juices, cheap and tasty eats and mixed crowds at any hour of the day.

Famous "pernil sandwich" its been their specialty since the fifties, open day and night .

Famous for its pernil (pork loin) sandwiches served on crusty French bread, this no-frills stand-up joint is justifiably popular with both taxi drivers and the late-night revelers.

54 local Airbnb host recommends

Excellent french bistrot with jazz music in the background. A reservation in advance is highly recommended... or you can just sit, have a wine or a drink, and wait outside.

The real bistrô in the city. Amazing food and nice staff. On the other hand, long waiting lines... My tip: you should arrive very early or by the closing hours!

Our favorite restaurant in town. Also, its area is crowded with nice restaurants./ Nosso restaurante favorito. Está numa região cheia de restaurantes bons.

65 local Airbnb host recommends

Here you can have a nice breakfast, brunch, lunch or snack and still visit for free an old style house of Paulista, the only left (for free). They sometimes have nice plays or events there too.

Casa das Rosas, since its reopening in late 2004, has offered to the population of São Paulo courses of literary creation and critique workshops, lectures, debates cycles, book launches, literary and

Mansão antiga chamada Casa das Rosas. Lá existem diversas exposições e tem uma cafeteria nos fundos com deliciosos doces italianos, o jardim é muito agradável e calmo, vale a visita. ++++++++++++++... read more


Football Museum

Arts & CultureMuseums
s/n Praça Charles Miller·Map·Hours·Website·

53 local Airbnb host recommends

Recommended by some of my guests, this interactive museum is based in Pacaembu Stadium and it's dedicated to Brazil's national sport, football.

A museum of soccer in the country of soccer!

This is a great exhibition for all, not only for fanatics... and inexpensive to visit. Also, there are a lot of interactive games. It really shows the absolute passion Brazilians have for soccer.