The watchword in the city of São Paulo is diversity. There are countless bars, restaurants, and cafes around the city where tourists will simply fall in love with the local cuisine.
“Sampa,” as the city is popularly called, is a favorite destination among culinary tourists. Populated by immigrants from several different regions in Brazil, São Paulo has undeniable cultural diversity. This is noticeable not only in the tourist attractions around the megalopolis, such as museums and other leisure activities, but also in the eclectic local cuisine.
There are so many delicious options that it is really difficult to choose where to eat in São Paulo! But a good place to start is to sort out the possibilities by region. Some neighborhoods in the city offer complete culinary itineraries and are considered true gastronomic centers, including Itaim Bibi, Mooca, Vila Mariana, Liberdade, and Cerqueira César. Each of those neighborhoods has different characteristics and cultural references.
Pastel de Bacalhau – Fried cod fish pies
Mercadão (São Paulo Municipal Market), located in the historic center of the city, is another popular spot. Renowned for its mortadella sandwich and fried cod fish pies (pastel de bacalhau), it is one of the places in the city that every tourist must visit. Visitors can also try several different types of fruit, vegetables, and other items at the market. And the building where it is located is simply spectacular.
Some may say that the pizza was invented in Italy, but that São Paulo has perfected their pizza dough, added more sauce, and came up with the best toppings. During your visit to the city, you just have to make the time to have some classic São Paulo pizza. The most popular pizza flavors include the Portuguese-style pizza (shredded mozzarella, ham, onions, black olives, and sliced hard-boiled eggs) and the traditional Pizza Calabresa (with slices of smoke-cured pork sausage). Vegetarians, however, need not panic. One of the best pizzas visitors can try in the city is their zucchini pizza.
São Paulo is the ideal destination for foodies. There are options for everyone and for every budget. Make sure you add the city to your list of places to visit and come enjoy everything that Sampa has to offer!
+55 (11) 2445-2945
Guarulhos International Airport operates flights from several cities around the world. If you are going to São Paulo from another city in Brazil, you can also choose to fly to Congonhas Airport.
+55 (11) 3866-1100
Tietê Bus Terminal operates bus routes from all the countries in South America and most cities in Brazil.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
If you are driving to São Paulo, the main routes include Dutra, Castelo Branco, Raposo Tavares, Fernão Dias, Anhanguera/Bandeirantes, and Régis Bittencourt highways, which are some of the most important national and state highways in Brazil.
São Paulo has an integrated public transport system. You can use a single ticket (Bilhete Único) for buses, urban trains, and the subway. For more information on bus routes, please click here.
The subway is one of the most effective means of transportation in São Paulo. Stations are very easy to locate. For more information, here is the subway map.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a great option to get around the city.
Tourist Police Station:
+55 (11) 3257-4475
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
The best period to visit São Paulo is between the months of April and September, when there is less rainfall.