São Paulo

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  • 1. Mercado Municipal

    Centro | Market/Bazaar

    The city's first grocery market, this huge 1928 neo-baroque-style building is the quintessential hot spot for gourmets and food lovers. The...Read More

  • 2. Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP)

    Bela Vista/Bixiga | Museum/Gallery

    A striking low-rise building elevated on two massive concrete pillars holds one of the city's premier fine-arts collections. The highlights...Read More

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  • 3. Auditório do Ibirapuera

    Parque Ibirapuera | Notable Building

    The final building in Oscar Niemeyer's design for the park, the Auditório opened in 2005. It has since become one of São Paulo's trademark sights...Read More

  • 4. Casa das Rosas

    Bela Vista/Bixiga | Historic Home

    Peek into the Paulista's past at one of the avenue's few remaining early-20th-century buildings, the House of the Roses. A 1935 French-style...Read More

  • 5. Catavento Cultural

    Centro | Educational Institution

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

  • 6. Catedral da Sé

    Centro | 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 of the...Read More

  • 7. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 8. Convento e Santuário São Francisco

    Centro | 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 the other...Read More

  • 9. Edifício Copan

    Centro | Notable Building

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

  • 10. Edifício Itália

    Centro | Viewpoint

    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, starting...Read More

  • 11. Feira do Bixiga

    Bixiga | Pedestrian Mall

    Strolling through this flea market is a favorite Sunday activity for paulistanos. Crafts, antiques, and furniture are among the wares. Walk...Read More

  • 12. Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano

    Morumbi | Historic Home

    A beautiful, quiet, private wooded estate is the setting for the Maria Luisa and Oscar Americano Foundation. Paintings, furniture, sacred art...Read More

  • 13. Instituto Butantan

    Butantã | Museum/Gallery

    In 1888 a Brazilian scientist, with the aid of the state government, turned a farmhouse into a center for the production of snake serum. Today...Read More

  • 14. Instituto Tomie Ohtake

    Pinheiros | Museum/Gallery

    The futuristic green, pink, and purple exterior of this contemporary art museum designed by Ruy Ohtake makes it one of the city's most recognizable...Read More

  • 15. Itaú Cultural

    Paraíso | Arts/Performance Venue

    Maintained by Itaú, one of Brazil's largest private banks, this cultural institute has art shows as well as lectures, workshops, and films....Read More

  • 16. Jardim Botânico

    Parque do Estado | Garden

    A great spot for a midday picnic, the Botanical Gardens contain about 3,000 plants belonging to more than 340 native species. Orchids, aquatic...Read More

  • 17. Memorial da América Latina

    Barra Funda | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The memorial's massive concrete hand sculpture, its fingers reaching toward the São Paulo sky, is one of the city's signature images. Part of...Read More

  • 18. Mosteiro de São Bento

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The German architect Richard Berndl designed this Norman–Byzantine church that was completed in 1922. Ecclesiastical imagery abounds, and soaring...Read More

  • 19. Museu Afro Brasil

    Parque Ibirapuera | Museum/Gallery

    Among Parque Ibirapuera's various attractions, natural and architectural, this museum might easily pass unnoticed. But in terms of its content...Read More

  • 20. Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC)

    Parque Ibirapuera | Museum/Gallery

    The Museum of Contemporary Art expanded its Ibirapuera presence in 2012 by renovating and moving into the eight-floor former Department of...Read More

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