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Sao Paulo travel guide

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You're Going to Love Sao Paulo

Busy, cosmopolitan Sao Paulo has everything - and anything - that you're looking for. There are cutting-edge museums, art galleries, arts venues for culture addicts, and a foodie scene renowned the world over.

Sao Paulo is one of the biggest cities in the world, with a population of over 12 million and about 20 million in the greater Sao Paulo area. It's a very diverse, multicultural mix with large Arab, Italian, and Japanese communities, and one of the biggest urban Jewish populations in the world.

The city was founded in 1554 by Jesuit priests, and you can still visit the site of that founding at the ornate Pátio do Colégio church. Today, Sao Paulo is the economic powerhouse of Brazil. There are also many world-class events that draw visitors to the city during the year, including the Brazilian Grand Prix and the ATP Brasil Open.

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When to Visit Sao Paulo

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Most visitors come to Sao Paulo during the drier and more temperate months of April to November. Located on an elevated plateau just 43 miles from the Atlantic coast, Sao Paulo is known for its variable weather, which can fluctuate at any time. Average temperatures between January and March range between about 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit between June and August, with the most rain falling during the summer.

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How to Get to Sao Paulo

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Where to Stay in Sao Paulo

Hotel Emiliano, located on Oscar Freire Street, the city's most stylish address, wraps you in minimalist luxury, with an orchid garden in the lobby and rooftop pool to add to the appeal. At the other end of the scale, a room at the Golden Tulip, located near Jardim Paulista, has clean modern rooms and furnishings at budget prices.

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Shopping Streets

You'll find the international luxury brands and other upscale goods in the Jardins district on Oscar Freire, Lorena, or Haddock Lobo streets. The Cidade Jardim and JK shopping malls are alternatives with multiple brand name stores.

Groceries and Other

There are many supermarkets in Sao Paulo. Look for Casa Santa Luzia, which includes a section of prepared meals for cheap eats. Supermercado Pastorinho is also in the city's downtown area, along with many Asian markets like the Korea Mart. A quart of milk costs about R$3.45, and a dozen eggs is about R$6.55. Shop in beautiful style in the Mercadao Municipal, an Art Deco building from the 1930s outfitted with gorgeous stained glass windows and full of cafes and gourmet food stalls.

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Where to Eat in Sao Paulo

D.O.M. has been on the list of the world's best restaurants for several years. Run by renowned chef Alex Atala, an imaginative menu of Brazilian fusion cuisine starts at about R$110 for main dishes. One of the city specialties is pizza, and Sao Paulo is home to a vast number of pizzerias. Bráz Pizzaria is the place to find gourmet pies with fresh local ingredients like catupiry cheese starting at R$50. Home to the largest urban Japanese population outside Japan, the city is a hotbed for Japanese cuisine. Lamen Kazu is a favorite with locals, with a menu of authentic Japanese dishes starting at R$25 or so.

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