Top Attractions in Sao Paulo Brazil

Sao Paulo Brazil is a cultural center with many art galleries, bars and dance clubs. It is the most urban part of Brazil and boasts a population of 11 million people.  It is also famous for Centro which is the name given to the downtown district – a bustling financial center that has many banks and is home to the Stock Exchange.  Sao Paulo is a world-class city and is as contemporary and glamorous as the country of Brazil gets.

 

Sao Paulo is famous for all kinds of music, including blues and the samba but it is especially well known for its jazz music. It has many famous jazz clubs called The Bourbon Street Clubs including The Bourbon Street Music Club and Bien Bien Brasil, which is located in the hip and fashionable neighborhood of Vila Madalena.

 

There is also a very well known Italian neighborhood in Sao Paulo known as the Bela Vista or Bixiga. It is a wild and colorful residential and cultural area near Centro. It is home to all kinds of hip theaters, bars and discos, many of which are open until four am.  Yet another interesting thing about this neighborhood is that it has many elaborate mansions that are built on hilltop. Many of the city’s best luxury hotels are also located in the Bela Vista neighborhood.

 

If you are interested in the old styles of dancing such as the meringue, forgo or samba then you want to go to the Som de Cridtal in Centro. Regular performance of Brazilian folk and New Wave styles of dancing are given here. Many professional tango dancers and the like come specifically to Sao Paolo to take lessons in one of its many dance studios.

 

São Paulo is known for its great variety of restaurants, ranging from Chinese to French, from fast food chains to five star restaurants. A common Sao Paulo attraction are the $3 or rice, beans and meat dishes you can get from street vendors. These make good snacks for hungry tourists on the run to visit the city’s many museums.

 

However because the city is so Italian in flair it is also known for its fantastic pizzas and specialty gelatos. Good places to go to sample the great pizza of Sao Paulo are the Marco Polo, the Margheritia, Cataloes, Bras and the Camelot. For the best gelato in the world try out Gelateria Parmalat in the neighborhood of Jardim Paulista.

 

 

The Top Six Brazil Hotels

Planning on visiting Brazil in style? Here is a rundown of the top six most expensive luxury Brazil Hotels.

 

Perhaps one of the most famous hotels in the world is the Copacabana Palace Hotel, which located across from the famous Copacabana beach (that is also featured in the popular song by Barry Manilow. It’s five star Italian Restaurant and semi-Olympic sized outdoor pool has seen many presidents, kings and queens over the years.  The rooms have Internet and direct-dial telephones which can be a bit of luxury in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Another famous hotel in Rio de Janeiro is the Hotel Fasano that is situated on the beautiful sands of the Ipanema beach. It is known for its retro sixties art and furniture and full service spa.

 

The Fasano hotel chain is well known for excellence in Brazil and there is an incredible post modern crossed with Art Deco hotel in Sao Paolo known as the Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo. It is a very cotemporary hotel and is home to the jazz bar “Baretto” which is considered to be one of the most beautiful bars in the world. It also has rare armchairs designed by Hans Wegner, Ofuro baths and stunning views.

 

If you are looking for the a truly exclusive resort you might want to check out the Casa Grande Hotel Resort and Spa which is located on the beautiful Guaruja Island off of the Brazilian coast.  This charming Colonial beachfront hotel sits on bright white sands just 44 miles away from bustling Sao Paulo.  It is home to a very famous Thai restaurant and offers full service therapeutic and aesthetic treatments.

 

In Salvador the place to see and be seen is the Convento do Carmo Hotel which is a converted convent from the sixteenth century complete with colonial furniture and antique works of art. It has an on-site fitness center and a glamorous outdoor pool.

 

If you want to stay in a contemporary hotel that mimics the kind of décor you would find in Canada or the U.S. then try the Hotel Emiliano in Sao Paulo. It is completely twentieth century and houses a full service spa.

 

You don’t have to stay in these expensive five star hotels to be treated well in Sao Paulo or any other Brazilian city. Many of the hotels with just two or three stars are still first rate, are on the beach and also have pools and Internet connections.