For many Brazilians it’s a tradition to eat pizza for dinner on Sundays with the family. You’ll find several pizza joints around the city with all kinds of toppings and crust types. You’ll even find dessert pizzas. Braz Elettrica Pizzaria is our favorite and we’re happy to devour it sans family.
Did you know Brazil has the biggest community of Japanese outside of Japan? That explains the popularity of sushi restaurants. We suggest tryingKappa for some all-you-can-eat sushi. Pack your appetite!
Rua 25 de Março is a staple shopping street in the center of São Paulo. It attracts large crowds from all over Brazil because many of the stores sell items in bulk and offer discounted prices. Whatever you need, that’s where you’ll find it.
Liberdade is a São Paulo’s version of Japantown. The streets are covered with lanterns and shops selling Japanese goods such as manga, arts & crafts materials, kimonos, Buddhist items, and baked goodies. On weekends you can also peruse through the street market in the area and watch out for cool events.
Window shop at Oscar Freire to see the newest fashion trends. This street is filled with luxury brands and Brazilian boutique stores. Melissa store might inspire your inner fashionista to get some colorful new kicks and their flagship store feels more like a gallery than a shop.
Pinacoteca is the oldest art museum in São Paulo and one of the most important museums in Brazil. Built to house an art school in 1900, but founded in 1905 as a museum, Pinacoteca now holds exhibitions on 19th-century to contemporary Brazilian visual artists. Pro tip: Free on Saturdays.
MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) was designed by the renowned Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, and is home to the largest collection of European Art in Latin America. However, you’ll find much more here from objects to artworks from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Pro tip: Free on Tuesdays.
Red Bull Station if the spot to visit if you’re looking for more of a young and alternative art scene. This creative hub is where art, music, tech, and community come together. Visit for exhibitions, concerts or workshops and have a snack at the organic cafe.
Minhocão is known as a huge highway in the historic center of São Paulo. Every Sunday it’s closed to car traffic so that pedestrians and cyclists can make it their playground. If you like the concept, take advantage of it on Sundays at Paulista highway as well.
Parque Ibirapuera is a nice spot to visit on a sunny day but head there early before the crowds take over on weekends. The park provides ample space for running, biking, and skateboarding, and you’ll even find a few museums hidden amongst the trees.
Vila Madalena is a neighborhood that comes alive at night. You’ll find several bars filled with Brazilians drinking chope and eating petiscos (draft beer and apps) and some live music. These night owls even occupy the streets standing around while chatting the night away. During the day you’ll find plenty of shops and street art to keep you busy.