People say that São Paulo is a city where a lot is happening. In the capital of the state of São Paulo, the only way a tourist will be idle is in a traffic jam. There are so many places to visit, so much to do, that one can have lingering doubts when putting an itinerary together. To help you draw up your list of essential must-visit attractions to visit in São Paulo, often known as the Land of Drizzle (Terra da Garoa), we have selected some iconic landmarks of this great city, for your reference.
The City Centre
In the most important cities of the world, by visiting the city centre, one can get to know the city’s history. Things are no different in São Paulo. São Paulo has such attractions as the Sé Cathedral, one of the largest Neo-Gothic churches in the world; the Pateo do Collegio, where the city was first founded; and the Theatro Municipal, which is over a century old and ranks among the main attractions of the town of São Paulo.
Sé Cathedral – Address: Praça da Sé, City Centre. Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Price: BRL 5.00 (USD 1.55). Contact: ++ 55 (11) 3107-6832 or www.catedraldase.org.br /
Pateo do Collegio – Address: Praça Pateo do Collegio, 2, City Centre. Price: BRL 6.00 (USD 1.85). Free for children aged 7 and under, senior citizens over 60 years old, and the differently abled. Contact: + 55 (11) 3105-6898 or www.pateocollegio.com.br /
Theatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre) – Address: Praça Ramos de Azevedo, República, City Centre. Visiting Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays at 11 a.m. and 3 and 5 p.m.; Saturdays and Holidays: at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admittance Free. Contact: + 55 (11) 3053-2092 or
First opened in 1901, São Paulo’s largest and most famous train station was entirely constructed with materials shipped out from England, and the building looks like London’s Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. This location is home to the Portuguese Language Museum, one of the most famous museums in the city. Famous for its innovative format, this Museum uses its three floors to tell the story of the language spoken in Brazil, the origin of words, and also the contributions to Brazilian culture made by famous names such as authoress Clarice Lispector, author Guimarães Rosa, and author and anthropologist Gilberto Freyre.
Address: Praça da Luz, 1, Luz. Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Price: BRL 6.00 (USD 1.85). Free admittance for children aged up to seven years old, senior citizens, and the differently abled (free admittance also for a carer). Horário: Admittance free for all on Saturdays. Contato: (11) 3322-0080 ou www.museudalinguaportuguesa.org.br
The region around the Estação da Luz is home to another space which is very popular with tourists visiting the city: the State Pinacotheque. Dating from 1895, the Pinacotheque now houses some 9,000 items, including works by such famous names as Benedito Calixto, Pedro Alexandrino and José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior.
Address: Praça da Luz, 2, Luz. Opening Hours: Wednesdays to Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Admittance BRL 6.00 (USD 1.85). Children aged 10 and under, and senior citizens, do not pay. Free for all on Saturdays. Contact: + 55 (11) 3335-4990 or http://www.pinacoteca.org.br
São Paulo Art Museum (MASP)
The ‘Assis Chateaubriand’ São Paulo Art Museum, better known as MASP, is one of the most important art museums in Latin America. With a collection of some 8,000 items, the building, constructed in a Modernist architectural style, stands on Paulista Avenue, in the heart of the city. The painters and other artists whose works can be seen at MASP include Cândido Portinari, Anita Malfatti, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh.
Address: Avenida Paulista, 1578. Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admittance BRL 30.00 (USD 9.20). Free on Tuesdays.