Around Town

Museums, attractions, festivals and events in São Paulo

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Essential São Paulo

Terraço Itália

A faded lounge bar with an unbeatable view


São Paulo’s most traditional art institution


The city's premier art museum

Cultural hubs

Matilha Cultural

Urban culture at this cool downtown venue


Music and art rule at this eclectic Lapa venue

The Hub

A lively co-working space focused on entrepreneurs

Don't-miss museums and cultural centres

Museu Afro Brasil

Unearthing Brazil's African roots in Parque do Ibirapuera

SESC Belenzinho

Just one of São Paulo's 16 SESCs - world-classs cultural institutions

Museu da Língua Portuguesa

A brilliant introduction to Brazil's beloved language

CAIXA Cultural

A downtown venue housing old maps and temporary exhibitions

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

Cultural centre and caféin a former downtown bank

Centro Cultural São Paulo

Scores of exhibitions fill this vast cultural space

Kids' stuff

Catavento Cultural

Kids love this downtown artsy science centre

Instituto Butantan

Home to the largest serpentarium in the country

O Mundo da Xuxa

The kiddie queen Xuxa's tiny tot kingdom

Explore São Paulo's historic centre

Downtown murals

Tour some of the city’s most important murals, in Centro

Architecture in Centro

Explore the city's history through architecture

Casa da Imagem

Peruse thousands of historic photographs in one of the city's oldest buildings

Pick of the parks

Modernist icons

  • SESC Pompeia
    SESC Pompeia

    This former factory was converted into a multi-purpose building by architect Lina Bo Bardi

  • Oca

    This Jetsons-style exhibition centre is just one of Oscar Niemeyer's modernist buildings in Parque do Ibirapuera

  • Casa Modernista
    Casa Modernista

    Book a visit to the oldest modernist house in Brazil

  • Museu Lasar Segall
    Museu Lasar Segall

    The former home of modernist artist Lasar Segall was turned into the non-profit Museu Lasar Segall in 1967

  • Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano
    Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano

    Head here for art and high tea in a modernist homestead, designed by Oswaldo Arthur Bratke in 1950.

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