This total tour combines two of our most popular group tours, Sampa Downtown Discovery and Paulista Avenue Bites & Sites.
Your tour begins in Republic Square, home to three of the city’s most important buildings: the Esther building, the elegant Italy building (Circolo Italiano) — the second tallest building in the city — and the Copan building. The latter features on many postcards of Sao Paulo over the years, designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
We'll then head towards the beautiful Municipal Theatre of São Paulo, a place full of culture and history, followed by one of the city’s most popular alternative spaces: the Rock Gallery. Full of alternative shops and tattoo studios this is rock ‘n’ roll heaven!
After rocking 'n’ rolling, we'll head down to the Anhangabaú Valley, which is full of hip street art and offers a different perspective on some of the best architecture in town.
Next up, we’ll head to Viaduto do Chá (Chá Bridge), an energetic thoroughfare that’s crossed by thousands of people on a daily basis. It’s also close to another Sampa gem, the beautiful São Paulo City Hall, which boasts a huge garden on the terrace.
And it just keeps getting better… Our next stop is the impressive Sé Cathedral, built in the neo-Gothic style and proudly placed amongst the list of the world’s largest churches.
The Arantes Building and Santander Tower is next on our hit list, built in 1947; we'll take you all the way to the top where you can admire extraordinary 360-degree views of São Paulo.
The stylish Martinelli Building, similar to the old-school skyscrapers of the United States, was once considered to be the tallest building in the world outside the US. We’ll head there next on our discovery tour.
Then it’s on to Largo de São Bento, a magnet to visitors and locals, that is best described as an urban space with some 80,000 people circulating around its attractions every day.
You will feel the contrasts of São Paulo by taking a stroll through its marvellous open-air Mall, a place full of surprises where you will see locals going about their daily lives and where the São Paulo ‘vibe’ is strong.
Arguably saving the best till last, we’ll finish our discovery tour with a trip to the Municipal Market, also known as Mercadão. Here you'll smell the aromas and hear the sounds of a vibrant marketplace full of tropical fruits and tempting local delicacies!
The proper foodie portion of your tour begins at Japan House, which is a pioneering cultural centre in Brazil. Next door, you can admire a beautiful mural of the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer by well-known Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra.
As we walk we will try some delicious Brazilian and Portuguese desserts and popular local snacks as your guide takes you to his or her favourite places to eat in the city.
As we stroll around the avenue, we'll see different architectural styles and designs, such as French/1930's at the Casa das Rosas and modern examples like SESC Avenida Paulista, boasting incredible views across the city. Here we will stop to learn about brigadeiro (a delicious Brazilian fudge truffle) as we admire the city vistas.
To feel and live like a typical local — known as a Paulistano — you absolutely HAVE to try our famous coxinha (fried dough filled with seasoned chicken) and sugar cane juice, which we will taste as we saunter around Paulista Avenue like the locals do!
A change of scenery is next as we continue to explore the city. Feel the out-of-this-world Star Wars vibe as we pass by one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the FIESP.
This might be a good time to say that São Paulo is not all about buildings and architecture. In the middle of all this rock forest, we will explore another side to the city in Trianon Park. Created in 1892, this beautiful green space was a frequent stomping ground for noble men and women of the time. We’ll spend some time here soaking up the peace and tranquillity as we almost forget that we’re sat almost in the centre of one the busiest hubs in South America.
Next, we’ll head across Paulista Avenue to the stunning MASP museum, a landmark in modern Brazilian architecture boasting a carefully curated programme of events throughout the year. We'll show it to you from a different angle at 9 de Julho lookout, so you can soak it all in.
We'll keep mixing culture, food and architecture at our next stop — the Conjunto Nacional Complex — synonymous with culture, art and commerce in the city. This 60-year old cultural and urban space is full of shops, restaurants, offices and is also home to the Livraria Cultura bookstore, a popular spot where Paulistanos go to relax and enjoy a good book. While we’re here we'll have the chance to try one of their delicious pastel de natas and indulge your taste buds a bit.
As we get to the other end of Paulista Avenue, we'll witness another impressive work of Eduardo Kobra, featuring the most famous Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver, Ayrton Senna.
Our penultimate stop will be a hidden passageway, known as the Literary Passage of Consolação, an underground walkway for pedestrians, built in 1970 to facilitate the crossing of Consolação Street. This will lead us towards the Moreira Sales Institute where we’ll make our final stop of the tour and enjoy a cup of coffee and another splendid view of Paulista Avenue, which you now know so well!
Before you go, don’t forget to tap up your local guide for more tips on what else there is to see, do and eat in our fair city!