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Museums, attractions, festivals and events in São Paulo

Essential São Paulo


São Paulo’s most traditional art institution

Terraço Itália

A faded lounge bar with an unbeatable view

Mercado Municipal

A must-see gourmet market for food lovers

Cultural hubs

Tag & Juice

A cycle-centric bar, shop and Saturday hang-out

Matilha Cultural

Urban culture at this cool downtown venue


Music and art rule at this eclectic Lapa venue

Don't-miss museums and cultural centres

Museu da Língua Portuguesa

A brilliant introduction to Brazil's beloved language

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

Itaú Cultural

Contemporary art and digital media on Avenida Paulista

SESC Belenzinho

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

CAIXA Cultural

A downtown venue housing old maps and temporary exhibitions

Kids' stuff

Instituto Butantan

Home to the largest serpentarium in the country

Catavento Cultural

Kids love this downtown artsy science centre

O Mundo da Xuxa

The kiddie queen Xuxa's tiny tot kingdom

Explore São Paulo's historic centre

Casa da Imagem

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

Architecture in Centro

Explore the city's history through architecture

Museu de Arte Sacra

Browse 800 pieces of religious art at this monastery

Pick of the parks

Modernist icons

  • Casa Modernista
    Casa Modernista

    Book a visit to the oldest modernist house in Brazil

  • SESC Pompeia
    SESC Pompeia

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

  • 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

  • Oca

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

  • 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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