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Things to do in São Paulo

The attractions in São Paulo are scattered around town, but it never takes long to hail a taxi. Previously rundown Luz is being reinvented as a cultural hub, with the Pinacoteca do Estado at the centre. There's more art at the São Paulo Art Museum on the edge of Bela Vista, while the centre is home to many of the city's historical sights, such as the São Bento Monastery.

Metropolitan Cathedral. Courtesy of www.brasilviagem.com
Immigration Museum, São Paulo. © Sérgio Savarese 2006
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Immigration Museum

Former new arrivals' hostel

Out in the suburb of Brás, the Immigration Museum celebrates the city's various immigrant groups. This former hostel for new arrivals has an extensive and imaginative exhibition. At weekends a restored tram and train run to the complex.



Cost

R$4

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Address

Memorial do Imigrante, 1316 Rua Visconde de Parnaíba, São Paulo 03164-300

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 2692 1866

Transport

Bresser metro - take a taxi from there

Website

Immigration Museum Website

São Paulo Art Museum, São Paulo. © Wanderley Celestino/SPTuris
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São Paulo Art Museum

World-class art collection

Located in a landmark Modernist building perched on concrete stilts, the São Paulo Art Museum in Bela Vista has 19th-century Brazilian paintings and European masters from the last five centuries. Every Sunday there's an antiques fair next door.



Cost

R$15; concessions R$7; children & Tue free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 11am-6pm (Thu until 8pm)

Address

1578, Avenida Paulista, São Paulo 01310-200

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3251 5644

Transport

Trianon/Masp metro

Website

Museu de Arte de São Paulo Website

Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo. Photo by Nelson Kon, courtesy of Pinacoteca do Estado
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Pinacoteca do Estado

Brazilian works of art

The Pinacoteca do Estado is located at the heart of the city's cultural renovation zone in the Luz neighbourhood. The attractively lit art gallery has a collection of 19th- and 20th-century Brazilian art on display and a terrace café.



Cost

Combined ticket for Pinacoteca & Estação Pinacoteca: R$6; free on Sat

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Address

2, Praça da Luz, São Paulo

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3324 1000

Transport

Metro Luz

Website

Pinacoteca do Estado do Sao Paulo

Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo. © Jefferson Pancieri/SP Turis
4

Ibirapuera Park

São Paulo's green lung

Ibirapuera Park in Vila Mariana is São Paulo's principal city park with boating lakes and jogging trails. There are also art museums and a planetarium here, designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer.



Opening Hours

Daily 5am-12am

Address

Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral, Vila Mariana, São Paulo

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 5574 5177

Transport

Paraiso metro

Website

Ibirapuera Park Website

São Paulo Zoo, São Paulo. © Wanderley Celestino/SPTuris
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São Paulo Zoo

Animals and Atlantic rainforest

Located in the suburb of Congonhas, São Paulo Zoo is one of the world's largest, with over 3000 animals, including many native to Brazil. In the same park, there are botanical gardens and pretty Atlantic rainforest trails.



Cost

R$14; children R$4

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

Address

4241, Avenida Miguel Stéfano, Água Funda, São Paulo 04301-905

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 5073 0811

Transport

Jabaquara metro

Website

São Paulo Zoo Website

Metropolitan Cathedral, São Paulo. Courtesy of www.brasilviagem.com
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Metropolitan Cathedral

Neo-Gothic architecture

São Paulo's Metropolitan Cathedral is a major landmark in a quiet square of the city centre. The city's largest cathedral, it has a capacity for 8000 people. Highlights include its stained-glass windows and tropical-influenced details such as carved coffee beans.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat 8am-5pm; Sun 8am-1pm & 3pm-6pm

Address

Praça da Sé, São Paulo 01238-908

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3107 6832

Transport

Sé metro

Playcenter, São Paulo. Photo by Flavio Moraes, courtesy of Playcenter
7

Playcenter

Adrenalin rush

The star attraction of the large Playcenter amusement park in Barra Funda is the terrifying Boomerang rollercoaster, which speeds along at 75km an hour. Other attractions include the popular Viking Boat and the Castle of Horrors.



Cost

R$39.90 (unlimited rides on most attractions)

Opening Hours

Sat-Sun 11am-7pm

Address

20, Rua José Gomes Falcão, São Paulo Barra Funda

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 2244 7529

Transport

Metro: Barra Funda

Website

Playcenter Website

São Bento Monastery, São Paulo. © Alexandre Diniz/SPTuris
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São Bento Monastery

Gregorian chants

Located in the centre, next to the financial district, São Bento Monastery is attached to a church originally dating back to the 16th century. A Benedictine monastery, the monks sing a Gregorian chant here at daybreak.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Church: Mon-Wed & Fri 6am-6.30pm; Thu 6am-8am & 2pm-6.30pm; Sat & Sun 6am-12pm & 4pm-6.30pm; Gregorian chant: Mon-Fri 7am; Sat 6am; Sun 10am

Address

Largo de São Bento, São Paulo 01029-010

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3328 8799

Transport

São Bento metro

Website

São Bento Monastery Website

Altino Arantes building, São Paulo. © Jefferson Pancieri/SPTuris
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Altino Arantes building

View from on high

The Altino Arantes building, at the heart of São Paulo's central financial district, is a skyscraper owned by the bank Banespa and modelled on New York's Empire State Building. Take the elevator to the top for a view across the city.



Cost

Free but take photo ID

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

Address

24, Rua João Bricola, São Paulo

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3249 7180

Transport

São Bento metro

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