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3 km from downtown 
Travellers seeking a convenient, modern and comfortable base in São Paulo can depend on the Tulip Inn Sao Paulo


3 km from downtown 
The Golden Tulip Sao Paulo Jardins is a short stroll from Paulista Avenue, São Paulo’s financial and business district
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Sao Paulo City Guide

A gigantic metropolis that’s bristling with skyscrapers, but also brimming with arts and culture, São Paulo is one of the world’s megacities, boasting world-class museums as well as great restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Stay in a Golden Tulip hotel near São Paulo to get the best out of this amazingly diverse city.

Not far from your hotel in São Paulo you will find a host of museums and cultural institutions. Delve deep into Brazilian roots and culture at the Afro Brazilian Museum, or relive the thrills of World Cup moments at the Football Museum. Try some of the delicious food on offer around your hotel in São Paulo: you’ll find an array of flavours reflecting the vast number of different nationalities and cultures that make up Paulista life. To unwind, take a walk in the Ibirapuera Park, or spot monkeys swinging among the ancient trees of the Botanical Gardens.

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Things to do in Sao Paulo

One of Sao Paulo's must-see attractions is the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo. This modernist art museum hosts the most impressively comprehensive collection of art in Latin America, as well as a quirky antique fair on Sundays. For more things to do in Sao Paulo, visit the Memorial da America Latina, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. It combines glass and cement in many positions, for a beautifully memorable visual impact. Visit the Mercado Municipal to admire its stained glass interior, or pick up some gourmet food products including stuffed pastries and dried tropical fruit. Football is Sao Paulo's favourite pastime, and you can catch a match at the vibrant Pacaembu Stadium or visit the small museum under its bleaches to learn more about its history.

Things to see in Sao Paulo

The Historic Centre has gone through many ups and downs through the years, but is now considered one of the worthwhile things to see in Sao Paulo. It has recently been revitalized with theatres, commercial shopping strips, and concrete office buildings. The Caixa Cultural is an impressive cultural centre based in a neoclassical building, encased in imposing black marble. The centre showcases rotating exhibitions from Brazilian artists. Sao Paulo's history of immigration is quite interesting, and you can learn more about it at the Memorial do Imigrante in the suburb of Mooca. For Sao Paulo's answer to Versailles, head to the Museu Paulista in the ritzy suburb of Ipiranga. This museum is set amidst flower gardens and topiary, providing panoramic views from its hilltop position.

Touristic attractions

Catedral da Se

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The huge neo-Gothic Cathedral of São Paulo (Catedral da Se) is the largest church in the city, its two pointed towers reaching a height of 92 metres, creating a fascinating contrast with the glass and steel skyscrapers of the city centre. The cathedral is located close to the financial district, and staying in a hotel near the Catedral da Se will place you right at the heart of the city.

Catedral da Se Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Catedral da Se
Getting to Catedral da Se by subway
Line 1 or 3: get off at Sé.
Catedral da Se Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Catedral da Se Admission Pricing
Entrance is free of charge

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Jardim Botánico

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Stay in a hotel near the Jardim Botánico in the south of the city and you can enjoy a walk through the perfectly preserved Atlantic rainforest. Among the nature trails in the botanical gardens you can see wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, toucans and other birds, as well as admire the beautifully kept ornamental gardens.
Jardim Botánico Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Jardim Botánico
Getting to Jardim Botánico by bus
Take bus number 279 or 359: get off at Av. Miguel Estefano
Jardim Botánico Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Jardim Botánico Admission Pricing
Full price: 5 R$
Reduced price: 2.50 R$

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Museo de Futbol

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A deeply ingrained part of Brazilian culture, football reflects the history and culture of the Brazilian people. Choose to stay in a hotel near the Museo de Futbol, in the Pacaembu Stadium, for easy access to the Football Museum. You will learn all about the history of football here, reliving the greatest moments in the form of short video clips. A must for any football fan visiting São Paulo.

Museo de Futbol Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Museo de Futbol
Getting to Museo de Futbol by subway
Line 2: get off at Clinicas
Museo de Futbol Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Museo de Futbol Admissions Pricing
Full price: 6 R$
Reduced price: 3 R$

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Ibirapuera Park

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A huge park offering a peaceful break from the bustle of the city, the Ibirapuera Park is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Great for walking, jogging, or just relaxing, the park is very popular on weekends and a little quieter during the week. It also houses several museums and institutions. Stay at a hotel near the Ibirapuera Park for a breath of fresh air during your trip to São Paulo.

Ibirapuera Park Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Ibirapuera Park
Driving directions to Ibirapuera Park
If coming via Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral use gate 3 or 10.
If coming via v. República do Líban use gate 7.
Ibirapuera Park Opening hours
Daily from 5:00 am to 12:00 am
Ibirapuera Park Admission Pricing
Entrance is free of charge

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Avenida Paulista

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Feel the vital energy of São Paulo with a visit to Avenida Paulista. This eight-lane thoroughfare is the thrumming powerhouse of the Brazilian economy. Where once it was populated by the coffee barons’ mansions, now it’s lined with glass skyscrapers owned by the big banks. Stay at a hotel near the Avenida Paulista for an exhilarating glimpse of what makes this city tick.

Avenida Paulista Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Avenida Paulista
Getting to Avenida Paulista by subway
Line 2: get off at Consolação, Trianon-Masp, or Brigadeiro
Line 4: get off at Paulista
Line 1: get off at Paraiso

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Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

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Housed in a tastefully restored neoclassical mansion, the Pinacoteca, or art gallery, is a great place to soak up some culture. It has a fine collection of modern and contemporary pieces, with a strong emphasis on Paulista art. Staying in a hotel near the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo will ensure you get your fill of art and culture in the city.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
Getting to Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo by subway
Line 1 or 4: get off at Luz Station
How to get to Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo from Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo
Bus number 258: get off at Tiradentes
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo Admission Pricing
Admission is free on Saturdays

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São Bento Monastery

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One of the most-visited sites in São Paulo, the 17th century São Bento Monastery is imbued with history and atmosphere.  Stay in a hotel near the São Bento Monastery and you’ll be conveniently located in downtown São Paulo. Attend Mass on Sunday morning to hear Gregorian chanting by the resident monks. Afterwards, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the shop to buy jam and baked goods made by the monks.
São Bento Monastery Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to São Bento Monastery
Getting to São Bento Monastery by metro
Line 1: get off at São Bento
São Bento Monastery Opening hours
Monday to Friday daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Weekends from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm
São Bento Monastery Admission Pricing
Entrance is free of charge

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The Afro Brazilian Museum

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Stay in a hotel close to the Afro-Brazilian Museum and you will be right by the leafy Ibirapuera Park. This new museum celebrates the influence of African culture, music and art in Brazil, with a collection that includes artefacts from slave life in Brazil, Afro-Brazilian handicrafts and contemporary artwork by Afro-Brazilian artists.

The Afro Brazilian Museum Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to the Afro Brazilian Museum
Getting to the Afro Brazilian Museum by bus
Bus 677A-10 or 7710-10: get off at Av. Pedro Álvares Cabra
The Afro Brazilian Museum Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Afro Brazilian Museum Admission Pricing
Full price: 6R$

Sao Paulo Transport

There are three airports to choose from when flying into Sao Paulo. The largest is Guarulhos International Airport. Viracopos is used for both international and domestic arrivals, while Congonhas is the city's main domestic airport. There are also three major bus terminals, including Rodoviario do Tiete, Rodoviario da Barra Funda, and Rodoviario de Jabaquara. These are all accessible using Sao Paulo's Metro network, which is an excellent and well-organized way to get around the city. The Sao Paulo transport system also includes trams and buses, while taxis are widely used throughout the city. Simply look for the white taxi ranks.

Sao Paulo Events

One of the biggest festivals is the Sao Paulo Carnival, with its exuberant parades, street parties, samba music, and dancing. Another important cultural festival is the Virada Cultural, which occurs during late April and early May. This free event draws an audience of millions, who circulate throughout the city centre to see live theatrical Sao Paulo events that take place 24 hours a day. Do you love cars? You'll want to visit during the Sao Paulo Indy 300 or the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is a Formula One championship race taking place at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

Restaurants in Sao Paulo

Whatever you are craving, you'll find it in Sao Paulo. Due to the city's high immigrant population, there's an excellent diversity to be found in restaurants in Sao Paulo. Japanese cuisine is particularly popular, but you can also try various forms of typical Brazilian beans and rice. ¶ One traditional dish is the Virado a Paulista, consisting of rice, beans, manioc flour, collard greens, and pork chops. Churrasco is Brazilian barbecue, and is also a must-try cuisine for meat lovers in Sao Paulo. You can find a number of trendy restaurants in neighbourhoods like Jardins or the bustling Avenida Paulista.