Sao Paolo is huge — with about 20 million people in the metro area, it’s the largest city proper in the southern hemisphere — so I can’t pretend that in five days we saw anything close to all of it. But we did walk about 8-12 miles a day taking in the sights:
Gorgeous, sprawling Ibirapuera Park; Cathdral de Se; and the awesome, lip-smacking Mercado Municipal…
… plus the haunting, exhaustive & exhausting Museu Afro-Brasil, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), and architect Oscar Neimeyer’s super-cool Oca and Auditorio buildings (all conveniently located in Ibirapuera Park) …
…where of course we had to stop and have a drink at the cactus-ringed, uber-trendy rooftop bar.
…although I was kinda hoping for a helicopter ride since Sao Paolo has more helicopters than any other city (weird fact, but it makes sense given SP’s unbelievably bad traffic).
Sao Paolo has more Italians and Japanese than anywhere except Italy and Japan, which means you’re going to eat well .. and it’s going to cost you.
In truth, Sao Paolo is insanely expensive. More so than NYC, London or Paris — which was kinda shocking, and not in a good way. A cocktail routinely costs @ $20 (always my price index marker). Bruschetta was $18. A salad, $20. And these prices are from rather casual, low-key restaurants. I have no idea how Paulistanos afford to go out, but they do — constantly — and like any Italian-influenced culture, people obsessively talk about food.
I loved hearing beautiful Portugese spoken on the street.
I loved the way clouds rolled in and the city got softly foggy every day around 4:30…
Obrigado, Sao Paolo!!