São Paulo Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in São Paulo - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Centro 17

Parque Ibirapuera 9

Avenida Paulista and Bixiga 8

Greater São Paulo 6

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Café do Páteo

A great place to rest your feet while touring Centro, this café on a large balcony overlooking the east side of town serves cold and...

Caixa Cultural

  • Museum/Gallery

In an art deco building abutting Praça da Sé, this lively cultural center celebrates Brazilian art, culture, and history. Recent temporary...

Casa da Imagem

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum dedicated to São Paulo–themed photography opened in 2012 on the site of Casa No. 1, named for its original address in...

Catavento Cultural

  • Educational Institution

Traveling families will find education and entertainment for their children at this interactive science museum in the former city hall...

Catedral da Sé

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The imposing, 14-tower neo-Gothic Catedral da Sé occupies the official center of São Paulo—the 0 Km point, as it's called here. Tours...

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

  • Museum/Gallery

The greenhouse-size skylight of this cultural center's 1901 neoclassical home makes the modern and contemporary art exhibits here seem...

Convento e Santuário São Francisco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

One of the city's best-preserved Portuguese colonial buildings, this baroque structure—two churches, one run by Catholic clergy and...

Edifício Copan

  • Building/Architectural Site

The architect of this serpentine apartment and office block, Oscar Niemeyer, went on to design much of Brasília, the nation's capital.

Edifício Itália

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One way to catch the astounding view from atop the Itália Building is to drop in for lunch or dinner at the Terraço Itália restaurant,...

Edifício Martinelli

  • Building/Architectural Site

Amid São Paulo's modern 1950s-era skyscrapers, the Gothic Martinelli Building is a welcome anomaly. Built in 1929 by Italian immigrant–turned...