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Discover culture and jovial nightlife in Sao Paulo

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Brazil's economic capital city and the world's third largest after Mexico City and Tokyo, Sao Paulo is the city of all excesses. 22 million inhabitants, 6 million cars being the cause of monstrous traffic jams, a swarm of helicopters (a perfectly common-place type of transport here!) hovering over the skyscrapers which stretch as far as the eye can see, this megacity can be a little scary at first, but if you take the time to get to know it, this incredible city will reveal to you its countless treasures! Sao Paulo never sleeps: you can have a pizza 24-hours a day, but also sushi, sashimi, coffee and cakes, etc. Japanese, Italian and Lebanese diasporas have brought their culture and gastronomy with them; Oscar Freire street is a shopping paradise; the Museum of Modern Arts is the best in the country and the ultra-contemporary boutique hotels are quite simply remarkable! As it still isn't part of any tourist tours, the city is as authentic as can be.
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To see

Oscar Freire street is a chic shopping street with luxury boutiques, art galleries, fashionable restaurants and contemporary hotels. This fashion and luxury microcosm is the world's 8th most expensive street. The Museum of Modern Art exhibits some of the best work in the country: open since 1968, it has Latin America's largest collection of Western works of art, including paintings by Renoir, Picasso, Cézanne, Velazquez, Rafael and Van Gogh.

To do

In the evening, go and have a drink or even a meal at the Brahma bar, to the sound of a live samba concert. Have a drink at the pool-side of the Unique hotel, on Brigadeiro Luis Antonio avenue. Stroll around Vila Madalena market, or go for hikes - the city is surrounded by mountains with 4,000 ft peaks, perfect for exquisite walks in beautifully preserved nature.

pros

  • +  The gastronomy
  • +  The friendliness of the population
  • +  The constant creativity
  • +  The extravagant nightlife
  • +  Paradise for shopping

cons

  • -  The traffic jams
  • -  A never-sleeping megacity
  • -  The chaotic architecture

To think about

Sao Paulo is located south of the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere: seasons are reversed, with the months from June to September being the Austral winter months. Moreover, as the city is located on a 2,600 ft high plateau, you will need warm clothing for the evening. If you are meeting up with someone, remember that it is difficult to be on time because of the constant traffic jams, with the notable exception of match days concerning the national football team, when everybody is in front of their television! Incidentally, the city has just acquired 8 bicycle stations twinned with 8 underground stations. Hiring a bike is free for the first half hour and payable after that time. The only problem is: only 80 bikes are made available to the users for the launch... This may not be sufficient to reduce the city's traffic jams!

To avoid

Favour the underground train for transport as it is fast, modern and efficient, rather than driving, as the road network soon reaches saturation. 6 million cars drive every other day depending on their registration number: odd or even. You will generally spend hours stuck in the city's monstrous traffic jams! Taxis are rather cheap but they are not equipped with GPS systems and they don't necessarily know your destination!
Avoid walking around with jewels or valuables on show, especially in the evening and at night-time. Walking in the favelas is not recommended.

To try

Sao Paulo is the second city in the world with the largest Italian community, it therefore boasts the world's best pizzas. There is even a 'pizza day': July 10th! As the world's second city with the largest Japanese community, the megacity also boasts treasures of Nippon gastronomy, and finally, as the first city in the world with the largest Lebanese community, it serves top Lebanese-Syrian cuisine, including tabouleh and mezzes. All of this, without forgetting the cuisine from all corners of the country. In short, it is a multi-cultural city with unexpected culinary influences! If you want to taste sumptuous Brazilian dishes, we recommend the restaurant Brasil a Gosto, a beautiful place in the city centre, run by two women with character!

To bring back

The famous Oscar Freire street is abound in designer boutiques where you can find some of the most diverse objects.

Weather Sao Paulo

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Sao Paulo . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Sao Paulo so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Sao Paulo , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather August
Overall rating 66/100
  • Temperature indicators 74% Mild

    Maximim temperature between 20°C and 22°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 72% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 60% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 50% Refreshing

    Sea temperature between 20 °C and 22°C. Wind speed between 4 mph and 7 mph.

  • Wind indicators 60% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 60% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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