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São Paulo has no shortage of amazing cultural sites, city vistas and green outdoor spaces. Art lovers may find themselves pulled in many different directions (there are multiple art museums throughout the city); culture hounds should definitely plan to stop in the Museum de Arte de São Paulo, Pinacoteca do Estado and Museum Afro Brazil to get a true feel for Brazil’s art scene.

Walking will likely be a big part of anyone’s visit to Sampa (São Paulo’s nickname) and visitors should take a leisurely stroll along Avenida Paulista, browse the goods and food at Mercado Municipal and enjoy Ibirapuera Park’s walking paths. Don’t forget to save some time to marvel at the city from a bird’s-eye view (at Edifício Italia) and to immerse yourself in Brazil’s favorite pastime at the Museu do Futebol.

Here are the top 5 things to do in São Paulo, Brazil. Shared by our friends at Bozeman Towing Service:

1. Avenida Paulista:

Avenida Paulista is one of the main financial and cultural centers of the capital. It attracts thousands of visitors and tourists a day. In addition to having several options of shops and restaurants, it is also the home of São Paulo’s most famous museum, MASP. It also has several movie theaters and large bookstores.

2. Museu de Arte de São Paulo:

São Paulo has many great museums, but MASP is São Paulo’s best art museum. It holds the finest collection of Western art in Latin America and hosts fantastic temporary exhibitions. Tuesdays and Thursday evenings after 5 p.m. are free to the public.

3. Pinacoteca:

Designed in 1895, the building that now houses the ‘Pinacoteca do Estado’ was the first art museum in São Paulo. At the time it was built to house the Lyceum of Arts and Crafts, an institution that taught technicians and craftsmen. The structure of the museum itself is worth the visit. Exposed brick walls and a large, two-story atrium in the middle of the museum lets visitors enjoy the artwork under natural lighting.

4. Parque Villa Lobos:

Although much smaller and less famous than its older sister, Ibirapuera Park, Villa Lobos has one of the greenest settings in all of São Paulo. Here the crowds are not as large during the weekends. You can rent a bike and enjoy the native trees and plants. Some weekends on the ‘Musical Island’, an open air stage surrounded by concrete bleachers, bands and individuals play their songs.

5. Experience the city’s nicest architecture:

One of the 20th century’s greatest architects, Oscar Niemeyer, was Brazilian. There are several places where you can see his work in São Paulo. The most striking features of his work are curving lines (which he likened to a woman’s body) and creating the effect of defying gravity. These interesting buildings are a nice break from the seemingly endless white apartment towers so typical of São Paulo.

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