The Other Brazil: São Paulo Travel

Rio may have its beaches and now the Olympics, but São Paulo has its cosmopolitan flair and the designation of alpha global city. Not only is São Paulo the largest city in Brazil, it’s the 2nd-largest metro area in the Americas. Discover the best culture, shopping, dining and nightlife in this beautiful Brazilian city. Our Manual São Paulo travel guide tells you how to do it right.

STAY
Hotel Emiliano
This chic hotel, located in the Jardim district, is conveniently located, and its staff will make sure you have everything you need. On top of that, you get a free bottle of wine, a complimentary 15-minute massage and a free pair of custom Hotel Emiliano Havaianas with turndown service. How can you beat that?
R. Oscar Freire, 384
Jardim Paulista
+55 11 3068-4399

GO
Ibirapuera Park
This park is São Paulo’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Marvel at the buildings by Brazilian starchitect Oscar Niemeyer. See some paintings and sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or get your Top Gun on at the Air Force Museum, located in the Oca, a spaceship-like buidling.
Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral
VIla Mariana

DRINK
Bar Secreto
Sasha Grey DJed here. Need we say more? São Paulo’s hip scenesters hang out at this multi-level bar, where you can get your groove on in the dance floor or have a drink with friends. Just make sure you look good enough for the doorman to let you in; the line stretched around the block when we went here.
Rua Álvaro Anes, 97
Pinheiros

EAT
Dalva e Dito
Chef Alex Atal put his own unique twist on traditional Brazilian cuisine. We suggest you try the dried meat with manioc gratin, curd cheese and Brazilian bottled butter, or the grilled Pirarucu with Brazil nut vinaigrette and a ratatouille made from Brazilian vegetables.
R. Padre João Manuel 1115
Cerqueira César
+55 11 3068-4444

SHOP
JK Iguatemi
Mall culture is king in Brazil, and this is where all the locals shop. Be sure to check out the shops from Brazilian labels like Osklen and Alexandre Herchcovitch. Then go to its beautiful bookstore, Livraria da Vila. Make sure to get your whole family a pair of Havaianas at its shop. If malls aren’t really your thing, we’re sure you’ll have a blast at JK Iguatemi’s 4D theater, where the films are in 3D, and you feel special effects — seats move, and wind and water blow in your face according to the scene. How cool is that?
Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek
2041 Itaim Bibi
+55 11 3152-6800

This piece was originally published Septmber 28, 2013 and was updated on August 16, 2016 by Chase McPeak.

Culture

Reflections on Running 40 Kilometers Through the Swiss and French Alps

"When you are running on a mountain ... there is the link of mountain values. There is solidarity. You see someone on the path, you make sure they are OK."
Travel

This Map Will Take You on the Same Road Trip in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’

Mescaline, high-powered blotter acid, and cocaine saltshaker not included.
Travel

What to Do in Mexico City: 33 Best Restaurants, Bars, Shops, and Destinations

CDMX is a vibrant metropolis filled with some of the best museums, eateries, and hotels in the world.
Travel

The 4 Most Incredible Lighthouse Hotels in the U.S.

If you're a salty maritime soul at heart, staying at these lighthouse hotels will feel like coming home.
Travel

Why Fall is the Best Time to Visit Chattanooga Tennessee

Like rock climbing? How about beer? Fried chicken? Well, then it is time to visit Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Outdoors

HoverGlide Is a Clever ‘Floating’ Backpack Designed to Save Your Spine

It might sound like infomercial-flavored nonsense but it's rooted in sound science.
Travel

A New Class of Retro Designer Motels Recalls California’s Bygone Surf Era

Embrace an endless summer of sick surfer hair, salty beach air, and some of the world's best breaks.
Travel

Romotow Is a Futuristic Travel Trailer With a Hidden ‘Party Deck’

One button turns this sleek travel trailer into an eight-person, off-grid party pad.
Travel

New Brightline Train Will Connect Vegas to Southern California in Just 2 Hours

Soon you'll be able to spend a lot more time feeding your face at the casino's questionable seafood buffet.
Travel

Ski Butlers are a Thing. We Went to the Rockies to Find Out What they Do and Why

Why the saviest skiers and smartest shredders enlist the help of a ski butler to service and set up their gear.
Outdoors

Elite Sniper School: Shoot at a Mile-long Target in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Fewer than 10,000 people in history have joined the "One Mile Club."
Travel

8 Airplane Hacks That Make Air Travel Suck a Lot Less

We’re fond of any tip that makes flying a little easier.
Food & Drink

Bon Appetit: Sweden Set to Open a Disgusting Food Museum

One man's week-old trash is another man's delicacy ... at least at the Disgusting Food Museum.
Travel

Detroit’s Abandoned Michigan Central Station to Reopen as Haunted House

The city's most iconic building will, for just one day, become the world's coolest haunted house.