São Paulo Basic Information
Avenida Paulista is São Paulo’s major business and cultural hub – a 3 kilometre stretch that traverses old and new Sampa where you’ll find banks, shopping centres and high rises alongside old-world theatres, cathedrals and colonial mansions. For more info on São Paulo, here’s our tips.
Australians travelling to Brazil on holiday are required to have a proper and valid visa prior to your arrival and to remain aware of their visa status while in the country. If you plan to leave Brazil and then return during your trip, Australian travellers should obtain a multiple entry visa before leaving Australia, and ensure an exit stamp is placed in your passport by Brazilian immigration authorities when you depart Brazil. Be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Brazil.
The currency used in Sao Paulo is the Brazilian Real. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Brazilian Real fluctuates constantly so it’s a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.
From the hugely feted D.O.M. restaurant (voted as the fourth best restaurant in the world in the 2012 San Pellegrino awards) and its contemporary Brazilian molecular gastronomy creations to satisfying traditional nosh like the local beans-and-rice variation of virado á Paulista, you can dine anywhere from slick, high-end eateries to sampling street food on the go. Reflecting the city’s myriad migrant cultures, particularly Japanese and Italian, you can eat global with sushi and pizza popular local faves. Try Brazilian barbecue or churrasco at any of Sampa’s many churrascarias (steakhouses) where waiters carve all-you-can-eat meat from spits onto your plates. Brasileños are also renowned for their sweet tooth hence the multitude of cafes, gelatarias and patisseries marrying the country’s dual exports of coffee and sugar.
It’s said that Paulistanos work hard and party even harder. Point in case, Carnival in São Paulo is second only to Rio for its lavishness and decadence. Sampa is renowned for its all-embracing , vibrant and sophisticated after-hours scene and up-for-it crowd. Start with a chope (draught beer) in a traditional boteca (with snacks on the side) or pub with an alfresco area then move on to cocktails in suave lounges and sky-high bars. Round out your night at one of Sampa’s many baladas (clubs) in popular neighbourhoods of Jardins, Vila Olimpia and Itaim Bibi for the high-end dance music venues that attract international DJs, live music scene and hipster dives in boho neighbourhoods of Vila Madalena, Baixo Augusta and Centro or head to Downtown for pop-up parties and roving club nights. Rua Frei Coneca in Consoloção is the go-to for local gay nightlife.