São Paulo Area

Things to do in São Paulo Area

Before strutting Brazil’s 4,603 miles of soft sands, stop here to load up your iPod with bossa nova, samba, axé, and forró—any Chill: Brazil compilation will do. (Just don’t take anything with an apple on it to theft-prone beaches in Rio or Recife.)

Here, Japanese karepan (curry buns) are sold alongside Brazilian palmito cakes and eggy breads laced with Portuguese sausage.

Brazilian DJ's spin all night at this local hot spot.

A typical airport bookstore with a limited selection of English paperbacks and a lot of people flipping through Caras, one of Brazil’s best-known gossip rags.

Fresh batches of pão de queijo - irresistibly chewy, buttery bread made with cassava flour - are baked daily at the pocket-size bakery.

In the evening, "urban bossa" and other live music entertains an energetic crowd .

This Sao Paulo-based boutique travel agency specializes in custom luxury itineraries from Bahia to the Amazon. Robert Betenson is an invaluable local resource for everything from locating the perfect pousada in Fortaleza to gallery hopping in Caruaru and finding secret beaches in Natal.

This small artistic shop features a rotating selection of colorful wearable art and kitschy home wares, preserved in resin.

The 25,000-square-foot store is the city’s gargantuan temple of chic - dealing in everything from cars to carry-alls.

This tiny art gallery run by Brazil’s government-owned airport management company hosts small monthly painting, sculpture, and photo exhibitions from Brazilian artists, some of which, depending on their popularity, spill out into the terminals.