Created by Alejandra Larade.
Do you enjoy architecture, arts, culture, and good food?
Then take advantage of a trip to Sao Paulo to discover some of its great buildings from different centuries. Get lost in the parks within the city; wander the museums to learn about the history of Brazil, or just to admire some of the great pieces of art that they house. For food, this is a cosmopolitan city that can satisfy different tastes, and it adapts to many budgets. Something you should try, if you love eating meat, is the traditional “Espadas” or meat blades, where they serve you different cuts of meats.
Luz Station (Estaçao da Luz)
Admire this classic late-Victorian train station built in the late 19th century, which is part of the metropolitan rail system that still serves locals and visitors. This station also houses the Museum for Portuguese Language, and during the 20th century, was the main entrance to the city. All the materials for this building were brought entirely from Britain. If you enjoy architecture, you’ll be delighted to explore this train station, and admire the tower clock and the main building, which transports you back to the 19th century. Compare old and new and explore the additions that came later during the 1970’s to accommodate the metropolitan rail system. The main building is linked via tunnel with the Luz metro station, which blends the construction and architecture from different eras.
One of the oldest parks situated right in the middle of the city, immersed between Estaçao da Luz and Pinacoteca do Estado. You can enjoy the square in between visiting those attractions. When Luz Square opened, it was inaugurated as a botanical garden, and later opened to the public in 1825. It’s a great park where you can wander through ancient trees, relax and admire the nature and some architectural additions like the pagodas, grotto, sculptures and fountains. The fountains make for perfect photo opportunities. It’s a very peaceful place in the middle of the city, where you can enjoy the singing of the birds.
Pinacoteca do Estado
This is the oldest arts museum in Sao Paulo, and one of the most important to date. It’s an amazing place to visit where you can explore several exhibitions. The Pinacoteca houses a very rich collection of paintings and a great Brazilian art collection. Be captured by the architecture of this building that has a lot of natural light, so it’s bright and interesting, and you can finish your visit sipping a coffee at the coffee shop besides the museum, facing Luz Square.
This is a great inner city park within Sao Paulo, with many areas for sports, cultural attractions, and art exhibitions. For sports you can enjoy bicycle paths, and playgrounds and enough space to practice yoga or other activities. You can also enjoy the refreshing area around the lake.
Here you can also find some quaint places to have lunch or a snack, to complete your day. Some of the culture and art attractions you’ll find are:
A very important cultural space in the city, and where Sao Paulo’s Fashion week is held in January and July. Also the venue for some trade shows and congresses like the Adventure Sports Fair, which is the largest sports and tourism fair in Latin America.
Oca do Ibirapuera:
With an interesting architectural design, and a place that holds large art exhibitions.
the building material was brought from Japan and the structure is a replica of the Katsura Palace in Kyoto, and was built according to traditional Japanese architecture, so really a jewel to admire.
Museum of Modern Art (MAM):
Displays more than 4,000 Brazilian contemporary art works, like painting, sculptures, artifacts, and others.