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- 98%Local Culture
- 96%Business Travelers
- 94%Family Travelers
- 73%Adventure Travelers
- 73%Budget Travelers
- 73%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 71%Art & Design Lovers
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- São PauloMember ofBudget TravelersLGBTStudents+ 3
Undoubtedly the most influential city of south america, São Paulo isn´t just a very big city, there has a mix of people lives in different kind of neighborhood, It´s possible to eat the "junkie" and "chic" in same neighborhoods and that that serves for others all different kind things that you have to do in São Paulo.
even with much noise and traffic they are not so bad near the amazing "SP LIFESTYLE" where it is possible to live for things that will never forgget for the rest of your life!Recommended for:
- São PauloMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4
If there´s a place in Brazil where you can feel the world that´s São Paulo.
Economic and business symbol.
Dynamic, this is a superlative metropolis in everything, including in diversity. Seething cauldron of styles and cultures where people lfrom over 70 nationalities live, is also a major center of entertainment and culture. It´s numerous nightclubs makes the city one of the busiest nights of the planet. Not to mention the shopping - around 80 malls and dozens of streets with specialized commerce. And the food - more than 12,500 restaurants of worldwild cuisine. For reasons like this, it is worthwhile exploring this global city, full of knowledge, trends, colors and smells.
Whatever your style is, the city has much to offer.
- São PauloMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3
Sao Paulo is the city we all love to hate. We complain about the traffic, the lack of public transportation, the heat, the violence, but where else in the world you can have any dish from anywhere in the world at 3am? Or where else can you see so many different people and styles in less than a block? If you look around, Sao Paulo can indeed be charming and lovely.Recommended for:
- São Paulo
Sao Paulo is a megacity; it’s the seventh largest city in the world and is the capital of many things Brazilian such as business, fashion and traffic. A quick look at the city in numbers says quite a bit: 12,500 restaurants, 152 theatres, 90 museums, 33,000 taxis and eleven million inhabitants. It is certainly an entertaining place to witness crazy afternoon rainstorms, traffic, endless upscale shopping, traffic and non-stop parties. Did I mention you may spend some time in traffic?
While the city has a million things to offer, the trick is finding the good things. Fortunately I was well guided by my friend Bruno who is an Advisor at Mauete, a Brazilian Tour Operator, and accompanied by my adventurous travel companion Allegra. Bruno shared his local neighborhood of Pineheiros and the many outdoor dining options in Magdalene, the bohemian part of town. A unique highlight of his personalized tour was a small, hidden samba club where locals dance until the early hours… on a Monday night.
Art is everywhere, which keeps things interesting while walking around or sitting in in taxis. We saw talented graffiti designers at work, especially in the Magdalene area. In other areas of town street art is celebrated in museums. The architecture in Sao Paulo is also innovative and fascinating. A superb example of this the must-see Hotel Unique, a massive hotel shaped like a watermelon. The rooftop restaurant and bar boasts views of the endless city and Ibirapuera park, an attractive crowd and divine cocktails.
Sao Paulo has been known as a business destination for many years. However, now that the Brazilian economy is strong and the middle class is growing substantially, so is Sao Paulo. It is becoming more of a leisure destination with endless luxury shopping, stimulating shows and alluring gastronomy that represents the huge Japanese, Italian and Brazilian communities. Be warned it is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so just be prepared with extra space on your credit cards so you can enjoy a proper slice of Sao Paulo.
- São Paulo
São Paulo, terra onde nasceram meus irmãos, e moramos por um tempo, onde ainda moram meus parentes, falando nisto abrindo parenteses (Antes terra da garoa, agora terra da enchente) ó Pobre Sampa, que raios de rios lhe enchem!
>Pobre sampa, que raio de rios lhe enchem! Antes terra da garoa, agora terra das enchentes by: Luigo Legna<
- São Paulo
Definitely the best and the worst city to live in Brazil at the same time. Chaotic from dawn to dusk, littered and filled with criminals but can beautiful if you know when to slow down. You will find everything here, at almost any time of the day. Fancy some thai food at 3am? A pint of Extra Cold Guinness at noon? You will find.
- São PauloMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
Sao Paulo is another huge, sprawling metropolis, in the 20 million range of residents, and reminds me a lot of Tokyo in its scale and vast expanse, and different sectors.
It is the commercial hub of Brazil, where all the international business is done, and is the business capital of the country, whereas Rio De Janeiro is the leisure capital. Sort of like New York vs Los Angeles, or Milan vs Rome.
Paulista is the main business and shopping street in the heart of the city, and here you will find that Sao Paulo rivals most any other developed city, like Los Angeles or Tokyo in features, amenities, hotels and modern convenience.
And like those cities, you will have to fight the crowds, smog, and traffic congestion, too.
- São PauloMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
Sao Paulo, or Sampa as the locals call it, reminds me so much of New York. The polyglot of peoples, the Portugese, the Spaniards, Africans brought over to work the plantations, Germans, Japanese, Italians, Koreans, Lebanese, Syrians, and the list keeps growing. It is truly an international, cosmopolitan city and growing with over 11 million people and over 450 years as a city. I loved Sao Paulo, but I didn't love the traffic!
- São PauloMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2
It's a greats city of Brazil.
The of the whole World, places, people, food, culture from everywhere.
Here you can find different kinds of museum, restaurants, parks, theatres, shopping centers, cultural events 24 hours a day, parties, amussement parks near the city.
- São Paulo
Sao Paolo is like every other major metropolitan city. It's very comparable to New York City. Whereas Rio de Janeiro is like Los Angeles, Sao Paolo is like NYC and very dense and full of people. I did not really know what to expect from Sao Paolo but that was how it was compared by others. People there are friendly, food is great, and if I had more time, I would definitely go back. Definitely stay near Avenida Paulista, as that is close to where all the action takes place. Don't stay near the old downtown, as it is not very safe at night. The subway system there is great and easy to get around on.
- São Paulo
It's the financial and cultural capital of Brazil. You won't find a beach to go like in Rio, but you will find a great nightlife in Moema,Itaim districts and amazing museums to visit like : Pinacoteca,Masp . You will find Brazilians for all parts of Brazil, you will try the best pizza ever in the Bexiga district, and try the Pastel da Maria in Pacaembu district.You will visit Liberdade district and feel like you are in Japan, yes that's São Paulo proudly the city of all immigrants and add to that a plus ; you can visit the museum of football in Pacaembu stadium.
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Aliases: sao paolo