São Paulo was the 4th stop of our trip and I have to admit that I was looking forward to staying in a city again after a few days in a secluded jungle lodge that required a 30 minute walk to reach civilisation.
We’ve booked a nice studio apartment in the centre of São Paulo through Airbnb and when we got to our new home, we knew this is the right place. Spacious, clean and modern, the apartment had everything you need including a fully equipped kitchen. Plus, it even came with some luxury: a rooftop pool, gym and a laundry room. After 3 weeks of travelling, this was the perfect base to explore the city. After settling in and checking out the views from our rooftop we were ready to see more of this massive city.
São Paulo has over 11 million inhabitants, but the main attractions are actually in close proximity to each other. On our first day, we explored our neighbourhood and checked out the famous República market that has many food stalls and vendors that sell art, clothing, jewellery, and handicrafts. The next few days, we spent strolling through the city, relaxing at the Ibirapuera Park, admiring the cathedral and walking along Paulista – the grandest boulevard of São Paulo. This part of the city fells very multi-cultural with business people running around, shopping malls and lots of food eateries. It almost felt like being back in London.
The city has some great museums including the Museum of Art (MASP), the Pinacoteca do Estado and the Afro Brazil museum. But of course, we also had to go to the Football museum and it was actually very interesting to learn more about Brazil’s football achievements and history.
We also love street art and São Paulo is a great place to hit the roads to find some great work. The best place to go is Batman Alley and the Vila Madalena neighbourhood but Charlie was also eager to find all of the Pele street art that are spread across the city. It turned out to be quite tricky to find them but luckily we found 4 at the end!
It’s also a great city for trying out different food. São Paulo is home to 5-7 million people with Italian origin (this makes it the third largest ‘Italian city’ after Rome and Milan), so we had to try out the Pizza. We went to Pizzaria Veridiana in Higienópolis and it was delicious – the best pizza we had so far in South America. But São Paulo also has a high population of Japanese people. You can see Japanese food vendors across street markets and the district of Liberdade is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. We just loved wandering around this area and getting to know a different side of São Paulo.
We also used our time in São Paulo for a much-needed rest. Travelling is fun and exciting but it’s also tiring especially if you try to explore everything by foot. I loved that our time in São Paulo didn’t just feel like a holiday but also like a home – we cooked, did our washing and relaxed in front of the TV.
São Paulo is a business city and might not be a tourist hot spot but nevertheless we enjoyed our time and appreciated the diverse food, cool museums, shopping and the international flair.
Ilona19. February 2018 at 7:51 pm
This is cool. It looks like you really had a great time there. I didn’t enjoy Sao Paulo that much, but it was still a good place to spend two days. And it looks like you had a great apartment there, which makes all the difference.
Sina Meyer22. February 2018 at 10:12 pm
Yes, it definitely does – the apartment was super nice and gave us the opportunity to relax. We took it easy during the day hence one week, but you can definitely cover the main sights in 2-3 days. I do get though why you didn’t enjoy Sao Paulo that much, I preferred other Brazilian cities too 🙂
Laveena Sengar22. April 2017 at 8:08 pm
Brazil is on my list for a while now. Can’t wait to explore more.
Barry2. February 2017 at 11:13 pm
I have a friend from San Paulo and keep saying iIwill go and visit one day. I hear it’s beautiful and the pictures look great. Didn’t know about the Italian background so I have learned something new today.
Garth31. January 2017 at 10:32 pm
Never been to Brazil yet, but looking forward to San Paulo and that street art!
Travel Lexx30. January 2017 at 11:49 pm
Looks like you’ve had a great time in Sao Paulo. Love the street art and sounds like there is plenty to do! Thanks for sharing
Sina Meyer31. January 2017 at 3:03 pm
Yes, there’s definitely a lot to see and do in Sao Paulo for a few days but it’s also a great place to chill 🙂
Oana30. January 2017 at 8:54 pm
Brazil is on our never ending list. I love the photos, especially the one with the street art. I have no idea that so many Italians and Japanese live there. Thank you for sharing!
Lisa29. January 2017 at 11:04 pm
It looks very beautiful. Interesting about the Japanese community, never would have guessed that. I would love to explore off the beaten path there, probably some cool things to see as well.
Angie (FeetDoTravel)29. January 2017 at 2:27 am
I am really looking forward to when I can visit Brazil! I love that street art and the pizza sounds amazing, especially if you had been in the jungle for four days although I do love being away from civilisation (but as a travel blogger, I know how we sometimes need to be in a city to do our job lol). Great post. #feetdotravel
Simona28. January 2017 at 1:57 pm
Brazil is one of my bucket list destinations. I didn’t know about the Japanese district. It looks like a great city to visit, and wonder on its streets. Great photos!
The Travel Realist27. January 2017 at 1:33 pm
Great post, and lovely photos. I also had no idea that Sao Paulo was so multicultural – fascinating facts about the number of Italians and Japanese there!
Sina Meyer27. January 2017 at 5:33 pm
Thanks a lot, glad you like the post! I was very surprised too when I read about how many Italians and Japanese live in Sao Paulo. It’s an very interesting city!
Urska from sliva27. January 2017 at 8:31 am
You have very beautiful photos, and yes São Paulo is definitely on my bucket list along with some other Brazilian cities and rural areas. 🙂
Sina Meyer27. January 2017 at 5:35 pm
Thanks a lot! Yes, when you go to Brazil you def. have to check out Sao Paulo and the surroundings. It’s beautiful 🙂
Midori26. January 2017 at 8:09 pm
I’ve never been to Brazil but is definitely on my bucket list! Specially the north! I’ve read is very beautiful, have you been in more places?
Sina Meyer27. January 2017 at 5:39 pm
We’ve started our trip in Rio de Janeiro and travelled south to Ilha Grande, Paraty, Sao Paulo and a few more places but I’ve heard that the north supposed to be amazing too. It’s such a big country, you could travel for months 🙂