A Guide to Art and Gastronomy in São Paulo, Brazil

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Clara Raposo

  • São Paulo

  • Arts & Culture

  • Luxury Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • City Travel

  • Archaeological

  • Architecture

  • Ancient Sites

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Curator’s statement

Along with being the most populous city in Brazil, São Paulo is a hub for art and gastronomy alike. Within its borders, this cosmopolitan city houses a multitude of incredible museums on various subjects and some of the most interesting and inventive restaurants in South America. If your travels are guided by incredible food experiences and an immersion in art and culture, the city of São Paulo is your perfect destination.

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Things to do in São Paulo, Brazil

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Pinacoteca de São Paulo

This enchanting museum focused on Brazilian Art will astound you with the diversity of its styles, mediums and curation. The building itself is a marvel and it houses incredibly important pieces of Brazilian Art history as well as innovative and modern pieces of contemporary art.

Pro Tip: Admission is free for all guests on Saturdays!

Museu de Art de São Paulo (MASP) - Located on Avenida Paulista, MASP is one of the landmarks of São Paulo. It’s impressive architecture solidifies it’s important in the city along with its expansive art collection. It is internationally recognized for its European art specifically, housing works by Cézanne, Goya, Degas and Botticelli to name a few.

Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo - Immerse yourself in this audio-visual museum that dedicates itself in housing works of new media that have long been ignored by traditional museums and institutions. Appreciate various mediums such as music, film, graphic design and more.

Museu Afro Brasil - This Niemeyer-designed structure in the the famous Ibirapuera Park is home to Museu Afro Brasil which is dedicated to exhibiting works of cultural importance to the Afro-Brazilian community. With works spanning the 15th Century to the present day, this museum has an abundance of history and culture to be admired.

Beco do Batman - Although not a traditional museum, this area in the Vila Madalena neighborhood of São Paulo is an art landmark unto itself. This specific area around Rua Gonçalo Afonso and Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque features a dense concentration of highly artistic graffiti from a multitude of artists. Vila Madalena itself is a bustling neighborhood with many art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars that you won’t want to miss out on!

Places to eat & drink in São Paulo, Brazil

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Casarìa SP - Gorgeous coffee house, bakery, and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fabrique Pão e Café - Great breakfast and pastry offerings with three locations.

OCabral Café - Quick, easy and charming coffee spot.


Maní - Contemporary Brazilian cuisine using organic ingredients and a separate tasting menu.

Banzeiro - Amazonian cuisine offering fresh seafood dishes authentic to this unique cuisine.

Terraço Jardins - Luscious greenery adorns this light-filled restaurant that serves a variety of lunch options.

Terraço Italia - Enjoy impeccable Italian fare with a panoramic view of the city.


D.O.M. - World-renowned chef Alex Atala brings Brazilian cuisine to a new level with his innovative culinary creations that transform traditional Brazilian ingredients and recipes into modern masterpieces.

RODEIO - You can’t leave São Paulo without experiencing a true Brazilian Barbecue.

Nelita - Ranked in the top 50 best restaurants of Latin America featuring contemporary Italian cuisine in an intimate atmosphere.

Tordesilhas - Chef Maria Salles serves up homestyle Brazilian recipes in a welcoming environment.

Honorable Dining Mentions: Charco, Chou, Sal Gastronomia, Rubaiyat & Jamile.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspo? Check out my guide, A Weekend in Paraty, Brazil.

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