My first stop in Brazil was the amazing city of São Paulo, which is the largest city in Brazil and also South America with a population of 12 million people! It is an incredible city that is bursting with life and activity. Some areas are not all pretty looking and there is a lot of street art but it has an exciting feel to it and the people are so friendly that it is impossible not to love it!I fell in love with it anyway!
Where to stay….
Due to the huge population and amount of business going on in the city, there is no shortage of hotels. There lots of accommodation options but I have a friend in São Paulo so I stayed in a hotel near to them. I stayed at the Tryp Hotel Itaim Bibi which is a really lovely area of the city. The hotel was great with a pool but I think they are more used to having business people than tourists!It is also a bit away from the metro and main area of the city so if you are on a tight budget then this won’t work well for you.
What to do….
There is so much to do in the city, if you are in a rush then you can do the Hop On Hop Off Bus. We did it as I have done these busses in other cities but I didn’t really hop off this time..lol…apparently the stop schedule gets a bit messed up throughout the course of the day due to the traffic in São Paulo. I found it great to learn about the main points in the city and to be honest the people on the street are highly amused by us tourists on the bus. We got waved at and people called hello! to us which was quite funny. I also took in Paulista Avenue which is São Paulo’s longest and most busiest avenues and is the financial and cultural center. It is really impressive and full of restaurants, galleries, shops, businesses, cafes,cinemas and much more! It is just buzzing with activity and people rushing about. It is also home to the São Paulo Museum of Art or MASP, which is really worth a look as the art is displayed on crystal easels allowing you to see the entire piece both back and front as opposed to being hung on a wall where you only see the front. It houses the biggest collection of western art in the Southern hemisphere including Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and many more. If you want to see modern and contemporary Brazilian Art then head to Pinacoteca Museum, near Estacao Pinacoteca which I would definitely say it is worth the visit as it is full of information and art about the history of Brazil. It is a listed historical site, the parque da Luz and the museum’s garden displays about 50 sculptures. If you like libraries then you should check out Livraria Cultura next to Consolação station on Paulista Avenue. I also visited Pátio do Colégio where Manuel de Nóbrega and José de Anchieta founded the College of the Society of Jesus, a residence and centre of study for Jesuits. It has a tiny museum, only two floors. I loved the little court yard inside it and we sat and had a coffee which was one of the best I got in São Paulo and the food too was yummy! This is a lovely place to relax for an afternoon and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is so much to do in this city… I could live here and find something new every week!!There is the football museum, Ibirapuera Park, Theatro Municipal and more. It just depends on what you enjoy.
Hints and Tips….
- Everyone here seems use Uber to get around otherwise if you are looking for cheaper than Bus or Metro are pretty cheap
- I have very little Portuguese and as a European I am spoiled by the fact that most people have a bit of English whenever I travel, here very little English is spoken so know a few phrases!
- MASP entry fee is R$30 for adults, R$15 for students & seniors and free for children
- The Hop on Hop off bus costs R$40 and the ticket is valid for 24 hours
- Pinacoteca Museum entry fee is R$6 and free on Saturdays
- Patio do Colegio entry fee R$6
So if you are planning a trip to Brazil any time soon and have any questions just pop them in the comments section below….Have a great day!