5 Kid Friendly Things to do in Sao Paulo

Zoológico

This zoo is very large and has a quite impressive amount of species on exhibit, over 3,000 in fact. Most of the animals in the enclosures are in representations of their native habitats. With lunch and picnic areas, and a petting zoo for smaller children, this makes a perfect place to spend the day with the kids.

Parque do Ibirapuera

This is a great space to take the kids. It has over two million square meters of park to run and play in, and is considered Sao Paulo’s version of New York’s Central Park. There are paths to wander down by the lagoon, bikes to rent, and even an outdoor concert every Sunday that is free to enjoy.

 

Vila Capivari

This is Sao Paulo’s version of an Apline Village and is also known as ‘Brazilian Switzerland’. It’s elevated 1,700 km in the Mantiquiera mountains, and is a blast for the whole family. There are shops, restaurants, venues, classical music performances, fine chocolates for purchase, and even a Teleferico rid up the Morro do Elefante. It’s recommended you at least spend a full day here, and there are plenty of hotels in the town for convenient accommodation.

Vale do Anhangabaú

This park has it all – gardens, fountains, sculptures, and lots of events. Plus, seeing the city rise high above you while strolling through the park is like nothing else. Increased police presence has been made a priority at this park recently, so it’s a relatively safe place for the whole family to visit.

Museu Tam

This aviation museum is chock full of neat stuff to see and do, plus it’s the largest aviation museum in the entire world! Over 90 air-crafts are on display, and there’s even flight simulators and areas just for children.

 

5 Museums to Visit in Sao Paulo

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

This contemporary and modern looking museum is located on the main avenue of Sao Paulo – Avenida Paulista. It includes works by Renaissance masters from the 20th century, such as Rubens, Vekasquez, Titian, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir and others. What’s neat about this museum is it has English translations on all the artwork, so it can easily be followed by most visitors and the art is also painstakingly displayed in chronological order. The museum is free on Tuesdays, and on Sundays it has a unique antiques market below the museum you can visit.

Museu Afro-Brasil

This is a relatively newer museum in Sao Paulo, located in Ibirapuera Park in a building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. Brazil at one point in history sought more slaves from Africa than any other country in the world, contributing to almost have the population being of some African origin. The collection at the museum shows the history of Afro-Brazilian culture and slavery in Brazil, including the connection between African culture and Brazilian culture. I also exhibits some pieces from other African cultures in Latin America. You can see photos and artifacts of slave life, pieces from Candomblé and other African-influenced religions in Brazil, and a collection of Afro-Brazilian handicrafts and contemporary art.

Museu de Futebol

Soccer is an incredibly important part of Brazil’s history and culture. This museum, dedicated to celebrating the sport’s importance in Brazil, is housed in one of the city’s largest stadiums. It spans 3 floors and will appeal to the biggest soccer fans. It features old posters, photos, interactive exhibits, and focuses largely on World Cup and Brazilian soccer stars. There is also a great gift shop and cafe within the museum. Admission is only $3 a person.

Ipiranga Museum

This is a simply beautiful museum, both in its architecture and its landscaping. It’s one of the largest museums in Brazil and was built in 1895. It holds within its walls old maps, photos, paintings, furniture, and other items. Admission is only $1, and is open from Tuesday thru Sunday each week.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Located in the city center, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is the oldest museum in Sao Paulo. It has a collection of mostly paintings that represent the history of Brazil. There is also a collection of 19th century French sculpture, though also. There is also a wonderful cafe in the lower part of the museum where you can get a snack, some coffee, and view the current photo exhibit. The Parque da Luz is also adjacent to the museum and provides some great views of the colored glass windows of the museum. Admission on Saturday’s is free, other days is only $3.

April 2012 Hotel of the Month: Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

Location: Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Number of Rooms: 64

Rating: 5 Stars

Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

As if Sao Paulo wasn’t already one of the coolest cities in Brazil, it’s also home to one of the coolest hotels – Fasano Hotel Sao Paulo. This hotel features 25 floors of phenomenal rooms each with their own stunning view of the city. The rooms are decorated in a unique subtle yet stylish décor, including beautiful Venetian framed pictures, Murano vases, flat screen televisions, and Persian rugs. You’ll also find ultimate comfort is the main theme here, with 500 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, goose down pillows, towel warmers, bidets, room service, and much more. Outside of your room, relaxation can be sought in the indoor pool, hotel spa, and massage services.

Hotel Fasano Guest Room

Hotel Fasano Indoor Pool

When it comes to food and drink, nothing beats Fasano. The restaurant and bar, located on the ground floor of the hotel, are 2 of the best the country of Brazil has to offer. The restaurant, Nonno Ruggero, offers gourmet Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the breakfast is free to all guests. The bar and lounge is sensational, featuring well known performers on a regular basis, mouthwatering drinks, and an ambiance that’s like no other. No wonder it’s been voted number one bar in the world by The English Magazine Wallpaper. Take a look below:

Hotel Fasano Bar and Lounge

 

The prices are steep at this hotel, 5 Star Hotel steep, but if you can afford some luxury on your trip to Sao Paulo staying at this hotel is definitely the way to do it!

  • Amenities Include:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • Massage
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Parking
  • Babysitting
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Internet
  • Conference Rooms
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Sauna
  • Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV’s
  • Cable

 

5 “Must Do” Things in São Paulo

Sao Paulo is a giant city, there’s no arguing that. For the traveler that has limited time this can be a nightmare, especially with all the attractions, museums, and events Sao Paulo has to offer. So, what to do in this busy urban city? Here’s five things that are definitely worth your while.

1. Banco Santander Building – The layout of this city is truly a thing to behold. Seeing it from ground level is one thing, but seeing it from a birds eye view is something completely different. If you don’t want to fork out the money for a helicopter ride, go to the Banco Santander building. When you arrive, take the elevator all the way to the top. The view is simply amazing, especially if you go at sunset. You’ll truly find it hard to believe that there was no admission fee.

2. Oscar Freire – Some would say Oscar Freire in São Paolo blows Rodeo Drive out of the water. Oscar Freire is a street that features all the big name designers and displays all the latest in Brazilian style. Even if you’re not a fashion enthusiast, simply go here to people watch.

3. Art Fairs- Various art fairs have a habit of springing up randomly all over the city. One of the oldest and most regular art fairs is held on weekends in a parking lot adjacent to Praça Republica , downtown São Paulo. Keep your eyes and ears open and you are sure to find more. Catching one of these is definitely worth your time.

4. Sala São Paulo – Originally built between 1926 and 1938 for use as an import/export railway terminal, the Sala São Paulo was eventually converted into a cultural center which now houses the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Not only is this building architecturally gorgeous, but the beautiful sounds one can experience here are phenomenal. It’s actually thought to boast the best acoustics in South America.

5. Mercado Municipal - Don’t forget about the food! Exotic foods and spices, miscellaneous merchandise, vendor samples, and people watching all under one roof! Not to mention the beautiful building. You are sure to see foods here you didn’t even know existed, some even fresh in from the Amazonian rainforest! The Mercado Municipal is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Brazil Hotel Recommendations

While Brazil certainly doesn’t lack in things to do, like their beautiful sandy beaches, exciting nightlife, tropical rainforests, and delicious food, eventually you’ll need to put your feet up. Brazil has an abundance of luxury and affordable hotels to help you do just that! If you’ve never been to Brazil, though, finding the right hotel can be a daunting task. Here are some recommendations, sorted by city, that can help make it easier.

Rio de Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel (4 Star): This 117 room hotel is nestled right in the famous Copacabana district and is right on the waterfront. Kick your feet up and enjoy the hotel’s rooftop leisure facilities, private beach service, and abundant wining and dining options. The Porto Bay Rio is well known for its personalized service and high level security to ensure your safety. For the women, they even provide a special touch: fresh flowers, chocolates, bathrobes, and slippers.

Promenade Casa del Mar Hotel(3 Star): This hotel is perfect for those looking to spend less but not lose the comfort of a superb hotel. Located in the Barra da Tijuca district, this hotel overlooks the ocean. With its many amenities, such as a gym, sauna, pool, internet access, barbecue area, and coffee shop, you’re sure to enjoy your stay.

Sao Paulo

Maksoud Plaza Hotel (5 Star): Right in the heart of Sao Paulo, this business class hotel screams convenience and comfort. All guestrooms are equipped with satellite television and internet access and voicemail service. You’ll find they offer superb personal services, such as babysitting services, 24 hour room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, salon, and others. In need of some relaxation? Try their massage services, jacuzzi, spa, and indoor pool. The Maksoud Plaza hotel is perfect for business trips or vacations.

Brasilia

Naoum Plaza Hotel (5 Star):

The Naoum Plaza Hotel has certainly earned its 5 star rating. If you don’t fall in love with the beautiful guest rooms, you are sure to enjoy their world class services, such as massage, jacuzzi, laundry service, salon, hotel bar and restaurant, sauna, and hotel shops.

Amazon Rainforest

The Ariau Amazon Towers: If you’re looking to get out of the city and explore some of Brazil’s breathtaking Amazon rainforest, this hotel is sure to enhance your experience even more. The Ariau is the world’s largest tree top hotel and is simply stunning. Not only do you get to sleep in an incredibly unique hotel, but they offer one of a kind services: Canoe trips, piranha fishing, swimming with pink dolphins, helicopter rides, and much more! Plus, you can’t beat their fabulous Brazilian wining and dining!

São Paulo’s Vibrant Social Scene

São Paulo—Fast-paced financial hub, trendy hot fashions, amazing food, golden beaches, raging nightlife and contemporary art.

Brazil’s two largest, and most famous cities, could not be more different. In Rio de Janiero the office is the beach, in São Paulo, Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city, the office is a religion. The chaotic fast-paced financial epicenter of São Paulo Brazil has something for everyone. The city is full of arts, food, architecture, shopping (amazing fashion week) and friendly people. São Paulo is the 19th richest city in the world, and expected to be the 13th by year 2020. It’s the Manhattan of South America.

São Paulo is 800 square miles shared by more than 16 million people of vast ethnic diversity: Italians, Germans, Portuguese, Africans, and surprising to most, the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. The city is rich in history and has a lot of character. I think São Paulo should be a stop on everyone’s visit to Brazil, even if you’re coming for the sole purpose of white sand beaches, sambas, carnivals and rhinestone covered barely there bikinis, I definitely recommend a few days in the city.

Like New York City, much of São Paulo’s pulsing energy is due to its congestion. São Paulo’s endless streets conform to no clean cut grid, so blocks upon blocks of high-rises, many of them washed in pastels or sprayed with confetti mosaics stand shoulder-to-shoulder. Greenery is not common, but is beautiful and can be found in the 19th-century neighborhood of Higienópolis, in the unmissable gardens of the Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano (There are said to be 50 species of birds here), or in upper-class areas like Jardins and Morumbi.

There has been a great influx of international restaurants in the city over the last few years. São Paulo has great fresh Sushi imported daily thanks to the large Japanese population, Italian, French, Spanish tapas, and everything in between. The Mercado Municipal, in the city’s center, is a place where international diversity is clear.  You can find Italian-imports of cheese and oils, beer gardens full with Belgium’s best brews, Portuguese olive-oil and salt-cod vendors, and fresh local Amazonian fruit and vegetable stands. The crowd noise is deafening and the colors frenzied, making it an easy place to get lost in the crowds and soak in the authenticity of the city.

For those who are into nightlife, there is plenty to do all night long in São Paulo. Locals work very hard, but they play harder. There are attractions to satisfy all tastes. Check out the local newspaper O Estado de São Paulo, it’s published every Friday and provides the week’s entertainment. Certain neighborhood’s in the city have earned reputations as being the place to be; many of the most popular dance clubs can be found in the Vila Olímpia district, and some of the best venues for live music can be found in Pinheiros and Vila Madalena.

Brazil is famous for it’s beaches, and São Paulo has some of the best. Praia do Encanto Beach (The Portuguese name for this beach actually means ‘charm beach’ in English) is beautiful! Also known as 5th beach, this spot is famous for its quiet nature, tranquility and relaxing. The beach has been kept true to nature by the nearby town of Garapua, and visitors will be able to get here through a hotel transportation service, since it’s a little bit out of the way to reach by taxi. Bring a book and a large towel, and some snacks, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy nature. If you’re looking for a busier, more touristy beach then go down to one of the Caraguatatuba Beaches, located off the North Coast of São Paulo. There are plenty of beach side activities, restaurants and services available to tourists here.

As you can see, São Paulo truly has it all – it’s cosmopolitan with arts, great food, nightlife and great beaches.