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Brazil’s largest city is a vibrant metropolis, a cultural centre and a foodie’s paradise. Fly to Sao Paulo with Qatar Airways and you’ll soon discover something to like about the city. Whether it’s the entertainment scene, the museums or the opportunities to explore the culture in this diverse urban hub, a flight to Sao Paulo introduces you to a very different side of Brazilian life.
Head down Paulista Avenue on your trip to Sao Paulo and you’ll discover towering skyscrapers, the Sao Paulo Museum of Art, luxury hotels and trendy coffee shops. Many of the main attractions though are spread throughout the city. Other museums worth visiting include Museu do Ipiranga in the southeast of the city, and Pinocoteca do Estado in the Downtown area.
Parque Ibirapuera is one of the largest public parks in South America, while the Museu de Futebol (football museum) at Estadio Pacaembu is a great place to discover Brazil’s national obsession.
To get a good view of Sao Paulo’s sprawling and continually growing skyline, head to the Banespa Tower, which has an observation deck located on the 34th floor.
If you want to get a real feel for the culture of the city during your trip to Sao Paulo, a historical city tour will familiarise you with all the major sights and the stories behind them.
Most Brazilians love to celebrate, and you’ll find that Paulistas are no different. The city hosts a huge range of events and festivals throughout the year. If you want to experience an authentic Brazilian street parade filled with music and colourful costumes, then visit during the Sao Paulo Carnival, which takes place annually between February and March. Another big event on the city’s cultural and sporting calendar is the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
Sao Paulo has the most diverse culinary culture that you’re likely to see anywhere in Brazil. Traditional Brazilian and Latin American dishes can be enjoyed alongside a wealth of cuisine from around the world, from Japanese to Italian, Chinese, and Spanish.
Brazilian cuisine takes its cue from European (particularly Portuguese) and African dietary traditions. For a quick bite, try Pao de Queijo (bread rolls baked with cheese), or for something more substantial, head to one of the city’s many churrasco eateries where they serve up a range of grilled meats.
Shopping in Sao Paulo is suitable for a range of budgets and tastes. In the Downtown area, many of the largest shops and bargain shopping can be found on Rua 25 de Marco. Further out in the suburbs, you’ll find numerous street markets selling local goods and produce as well as imported goods.
When travelling to Sao Paulo, you’re also likely to come across at least one of the city’s large indoor mall complexes that are frequented by locals and tourists alike. Significant malls include the affordable Center Norte in the north of the city, to the exclusive shopping of JK Iguatemi Mall.
Qatar Airways flights to Sao Paulo land at Guarulhos International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Sao Paulo please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL)
Voltage: 110 / 220 V 60 Hz
Plugs: Type A / B / C
International dialing code: +55