Sao Paulo, Brazil’s vibrant financial center, is among the world's most populous cities, with numerous cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition. The city's metropolitan area of Greater Sao Paulo ranks as the most populous in Brazil, the 11th most populous on Earth, and largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world. Sao Paulo is a cosmopolitan, melting pot city, home to the largest Arab, Italian, and Japanese diasporas. According to a report from 2011, Sao Paulo was expected to have the third highest economic growth in the world between 2011 and 2025, after London and Mexico City. The city has cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally.
The Latin America Memorial is a cultural, political and leisure complex founded in 1989 and designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The memorial includes a collection of works of art on display both indoors and outdoors as well as a large collection of folk art. There are over 30,000 titles in the library.
A must go place for tourists, the Municipal Market of Sao Paulo is one of the most traditional gourmet points of the city. At the Mercadão, as it is affectionately known by the visitors, you can find a wide variety of foods – from fresh vegetables and fruits to meat, poultry and seafood of all kinds, pasta, sweets and top of the line spices from different parts of the world. Not to mention its Gourmet Lounge, which offers the opportunity to try tasty dishes there, while enjoying the architectural beauty of Mercadão.
Sao Paulo's iconic buildings range from its neo-Gothic cathedral and the 1929 Martinelli skyscraper to modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy Edifício Copan. The colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church marks where Jesuit priests founded the city in 1554.
The Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is a private, nonprofit museum founded by Brazilian businessman Assis Chateaubriand, in 1947, as Brazil’s first modern museum. Today, MASP’s collection contains more than 8.000 works, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, and costumes from a wide range of periods, encompassing art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Besides the permanent exhibition of its collection, MASP organizes a comprehensive program of temporary exhibitions, courses, and talks, as well as musical, dance, and theater presentations.
Don't forget about the rest of Brazil's cities that are accessible from Sao Paulo! Rio's beautiful beaches are only 45 minutes away by plane.