24 hours in Sao Paulo

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São Paulo was initially founded in 1554 as a village by Portuguese missionaries, and by 1711 the city of São Paulo was created.

Estacao Da Luz

After the abolition of slavery in 1888, São Paulo started to receive waves of immigrants from Europe looking for jobs, and by 1914 almost two million foreigners had already settled in the state. These new immigrants started to interact with the original Paulista population of that period, which consisted of Portuguese, Indians, and African descendants, resulting in the colourful demographic that is found in São Paulo today. Since the 1950s, factories and industrialised areas have given way to a more service-based society. Industries such as hotels, international luxury stores, and restaurants now make up the city’s landscapes along with highways, large-scale monuments, and skyscraping buildings. From a village to a metropolis, the city saw an enormous increase in vehicle traffic and the population reached over 18 million people. Over the last 458 years, São Paulo has developed in different ways; however, one thing remains the same – it continues to move forward.

Tivoli, near Parque Trianon,
is a great hotel to stay in for those who want to discover the best places to walk. The suites overlook the Jardins neighbourhood and skylines of Paulista.

Leave the hotel by foot and head to the bistro Paris 6 for breakfast.
They have one of the best brunches in town, and the décor is an explicit tribute to Parisian cafés.

Now in Jardins, enjoy the storefronts of the most famous street in the neighbourhood,
Oscar Freire, where all the sophisticated shops and most luxurious brands inthe city are located.

It is worth visiting the mega showroom of Havaianas (still on Oscar Freire).
These famous flip-flops with the little flag of Brazil on the strap make a great gift.

Brazilians eat lunch late.
Walk down Haddock Lobo Street towards the restaurant Figueira Rubaiyat, which is located beneath a giant fig tree, and try a delicious salad and fruit juice.

After lunch, go to DAN Gallery, located next to the restaurant.
They have an incredible collection of Brazilian artists, such as the black-and-white images by photographer Christian Cravo.

Stroll towards Avenue Europe and visit
the fantastic Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) and the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (MUBE), which are located next to each other.

Take a taxi and enjoy the evening with a Brazilian cocktail
called ‘Caipirinha’ in the Skye Bar and Restaurant of the Unique Hotel, which has a magnificent 360° view of the city.

Go by taxi to Vila Madalena and continue by foot
touring through one of the most bohemian quarters. Small bars that feature live Brazilian music are on almost every corner.

Enjoy the Paulistana nightlife and dance in the hottest nightclub in town:
the Pink Elephant, located in Itaim Bibi, hosts concerts with the best international DJs.

São Paulo, Brazil
Distance: 11,874 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 45 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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