Things to do in São Paulo

Our most recommended things to do in São Paulo

São Paulo: Main City Sights in 7 Hours – Shared Group Tour

1. São Paulo: Main City Sights in 7 Hours – Shared Group Tour

Experience having a tour guide take you around the city of São Paulo on a group tour. Explore the Paulista Ave. area, the sophisticated south and southwest areas of São Paulo. Walk through business districts such as Brooklin and Itaim Bibi. Visit historical sites such as Sampaio Moreira building, City hall, Tea Viaduct, and Shopping Light. See 25 must-see São Paulo attractions on 1 tour. Stop and marvel at historic buildings including Italian Terrace, Copan, and Eiffel. Feel the vibrance of the city as you discover streets such as March 25th St., May 23rd Ave., Oscar Freire St., and Europa Ave. Visit must-see sights like the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and Ibirapuera Park. Marvel at religious sites such as Sé Cathedral, Saint Benedict Monastery, and Church Nossa Sra. do Brasil. Enjoy time for shopping, photos, and eating as you explore the city. Learn how São Paulo started as a small village and became the largest city in the Southern hemisphere, and one of the largest cities in the world.

São Paulo (GRU) Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge Entry

2. São Paulo (GRU) Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge Entry

Avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge and relax in style before your flight from Sao Paulo GRU Airport. Enjoy your 3-hour stay, then make yourself comfortable in one of the premium lounges. Some with breath-taking views of the runway and is an architectural masterpiece of modern design and sustainability, providing the perfect balance of work and rest space, entertainment and culinary experiences. Enjoy your time and space in the lounge, which is to provide a distinctive experience for travellers in addition to subtly immersing them into the local culture through its features and offerings. In the lounge, enjoy the opportunity to unwind before your flight and relax on the comfortable seating as you watch the TV, or read one of the many international newspapers and magazines. You can also make use of the lounges' unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, and dine on an array of freshly prepared seasonal food as well as taste some delicious draught beer.

São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

3. São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

During this 5-hour city tour you’ll see the top landmarks and monuments of São Paulo accompanied by a local guide. There will be a number of stops along the route to visit sites of particular interest. The first stop on the tour is at the Pacaembu Football Stadium, located near Charles Miller Square. You’ll have the opportunity to visit inside the stadium. Continue to Paulista Avenue, the business center of the city, and see the MASP, Trianon Park and other important buildings. Visit the House of Roses, a historical structure from the country’s coffee era. The next stop will be in the Ibirapuera area. Stop to take photos at Ibirapuera Park and of monuments such as the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and the Palácio 9 de Julho. Finally you’ll reach downtown São Paulo, where the city was founded. Drive through the Liberdade neighborhood (Japanese town) and stop to visit the Sé Cathedral and the Pátio do Colégio. If you like you can try a local coffee drink at a coffee shop. The tour continues, crossing the old center, and passing by the Church and Monastery of St. Benedict, Municipal Theater, Anhangabaú Valley, Republic Square, Duque de Caxias Monument, São Paulo Concert Hall and other important historic buildings. Finish off with a visit to the Luz railway station and see the Luz Park and the Pinacoteca.

From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

4. From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

This tour starts in Santos Downtown with a tram ride through the historical center to see the main squares, important buildings, churches, monuments and historical landmarks of the city. After that, the tour continues to Itararé beach located in São Vicente city, where you'll stop to take pictures and free time to enjoy the beach or to go on a optional ride by cable car from Itararé beach to the top of Itararé Hill, where you can marvel at a beautiful view over São Vicente coast and Porchat Island. The next stop will be at the Japanese culture viewpoint to overlook the coast with all the beaches of Santos. In the afternoon, visit the Campina viewpoint in Guaruja where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Enseada beach and Stones Hill. The tour will stop next on Enseada beach to have some lunch, relax on the beach and take a fresh bath in the crystal clear water.

São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

5. São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

Start your tour at Largo do Aroche, a bohemian neighborhood community in São Paulo. Through the bike paths, explore the region recognized for its classic restaurants, bars, and murals of urban art. Continue to Bom Retiro, a traditional immigrant neighborhood and a region with influence from the textile industry. You will visit the Luz station (train), the Pinacoteca (museum), and Parque da Luz, the first public park in São Paulo. Depending on the day and the movement of the region, you will pass through the Municipal Market, to taste some exotic Brazilian fruits. Next, you will pass the historical center, and the Vale do Anhangabaú. After visiting the squares, streets, and alleys of the historic center, you will head to Liberdade, a region known as the Japanese neighborhood with a lot of oriental influence and stories related to the Afro-Brazilian community. Finish your tour with a visit to Praça Roosevelt, another bohemian region with theaters, bars, and restaurants.

Private São Paulo City Tour

6. Private São Paulo City Tour

São Paulo has more than 12 million inhabitants, 362 libraries, 58 museums, 69 theatres and concert halls, and many other cultural venues. Founded in 1554, the city expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the arrival of immigrants from all over the world, transforming the small village it used to be into the big cosmopolitan metropolis it is today. This city is the perfect place to get in touch with the different facets of the vast Brazilian culture. Don’t miss out on this private and tailor-made tour of this fascinating city. Join a knowledgeable tour guide in a private car or van, and get to know São Paulo. Enjoy sightseeing, walking around downtown, and visit amazing spots like the Pacaembu Stadium, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, Se Cathedral Square, Luz Station and many, many more! The architecture of São Paulo is very rich – from old houses of the coffee barons to the modernistic style of Oscar Niemeyer, every street of the city’s expanded center has a hidden architectural gem. Art lovers will find amazing museums and cultural centers with the best of Brazilian and international art. The diversity of people also lends itself to a huge variety of cuisines to taste and explore.  Simply tell your guide what you’d like to experience and you’ll build the perfect day together.

São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

7. São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your aviation adventure begins at Campo de Marte Helipad with a safety briefing before you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of São Paulo. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the valleys, buildings, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. On this magnificent adventure, enjoy the unique opportunity to fly over the beloved city of São Paulo aboard a wonderful Robinson helicopter. From the sky, see the main city sights including Sé Cathedral, the Ipiranga Museum, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, the Municipal Theater, Luz Station, the Municipal Market, Pacaembu Stadium, the Anhangabaú Valley, the Copam Building and much more.

From São Paulo: Private Tour of Atlantic Forest & Valleys

8. From São Paulo: Private Tour of Atlantic Forest & Valleys

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquil forests of the Atlantic on this day trip. A 50-minute drive away from downtown São Paulo, the Serra do Mar State Park is full of rushing falls, trickling streams, and lush vegetation. Visit the largest Atlantic Forest protected area in Brazil. Experience the rich flora, fauna and traditional culture. The Serra do Mar mountain range extends for approximately 1500 kilometers along the south and southeast coast of Brazil. Explore the area by foot on a 9-kilometer trail. Start from the park's main entrance and finish at the same place. The walk lasts about 5 hours, taking you on an old paved road with a winding route in the heart of the Atlantic Forest. On clear days, you can catch a view of the coast and surrounding cities including the first Portuguese settlement in Brazil, the city of Saint Vincent. Explore the rich biodiversity of the Atlantic Forest on the way. The place is home to a precious environmental heritage, characterized by the Atlantic Forest. Soak in the scenic beauty along with historical and cultural information from your guide about the state of São Paulo. Then, take a walk down Calçada do Lorena, the first paved path in Brazil that boosted trade and production connecting São Paulo to the coast. Learn how this path played a part in the country's history and declaration of independence.

São Paulo: Guarulhos (GRU) Airport Private Transfer

9. São Paulo: Guarulhos (GRU) Airport Private Transfer

Book a Guarulhos (GRU) airport transfer in advance and avoid the stress of São Paulo public transport. Be greeted by a professional driver upon your arrival, and sit back and relax as you're taken straight to your destination in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Choose to be taken to your accommodation in São Paulo, or be transferred straight to Viracopos (VCP) airport or Congonhas (CGH) airport if you're catching another flight. Provide your flight details and your driver will keep track of your flight, ensuring they are ready to collect you even if the flight is early or delayed.

São Paulo: Food, Culture & History Private Tour

10. São Paulo: Food, Culture & History Private Tour

Go on a 5-hour guided private tour in São Paulo to experience the culture, customs, and history through food. Discover the great diversity of Brazil’s ingredients, aromas, flavors, recipes, and typical dishes shaped by indigenous traditions, afro-communities, and currents of immigrants from all over the world. Explore the splendor of the rich cultural, historical and gastronomic heritage of São Paulo and Brazil. Visit some of São Paulo’s renowned establishments, hidden gems and learn how a product or ingredient becomes a typical dish of a particular place. Try authentic local products that speak to all your senses, such as pão de queijo, coxinha, brigadeiro, nuts, fruits, pastel, coffee, cachaça, and more. Follow your guide and get a chance to meet and engage with shop sellers to know about the quality of their products. Next, move on to the Municipal Market, a fascinating place famous for its delicious food, history, and architecture. With your expert food guide, visit adored eateries and lose yourself among the delectable sweets and salty snacks. Learn about the rich history and stunning architecture of the place that is a part of São Paulo’s historical and artistic patrimony. Don’t miss an opportunity to taste several snacks and sweets from the best bakeries in Sao Paulo. Continue your tour as you head to Vila Madalena, the most buzzing neighborhood area in town. Enjoy the energetic bohemian vibe and explore the food joints that serve soul-warming dishes and drinks.

Frequently asked questions about São Paulo

What are the best day trips and excursions from São Paulo?

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 407 reviews

Wow what a day! Bruno was our guide. And Seven was the name of the driver. Both amazing at their jobs. Bruno was such a character and entertained us the whole day. He was so empathetic to our needs and questions. I would recommend this tour to anyone who needs to see Sao Paulo in less than 24 hours. I actually think it was one of the best days of my life.

We did not make it to the Liberdade neighborhood because the guide said it was too busy on Saturday. Great tour. I would go again! I learned a lot, and had a lot of fun! It was just me and the guide was very kind and respectful of any needs or requests that I had. There is no better way to see the city if you like bikeriding!!!

Bruno the tour guide and Renaldo are great. We had a lovely day, he managed our expectations well and we got to see a lot. Bruno was knowledgeable and it was a great day. If you have a day to spare this tour is a must

The most amazing city with so much to tell. The city is so alive. Our guide was the best Mauricio is an amazing guy and passionate about what he does. Enjoyed all the stops.

MY TOUR GUIDE WAS AMAZING HE KNEW THISNGS ABOUT SÃO PAULO THAT I DIDN´T KNOW EVEN LEAVING HERE FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS!GREAT CHOISE!