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Downtown São Paulo Art & Architecture Tour

Mercado Municipal, Catavento Cultural, CAIXA Cultural, CCBB, Banespa Building
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  São Paulo is an immense city, but many areas are both walkable and full of culture. Historic Downtown offers remarkable architecture... more »

Tips:  The best time to head downtown is during weekday mornings, when the streets are buzzing with paulistanos headed to work or running... more »

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Points of Interest

Housed in a stunning example of eclectic industrial architecture, the Mercado Municipal de São Paulo — nicknamed the Mercadão — has thousands of food items on offer, literally from soup to nuts. Lush tropical and temperate fruits from every season, choice cuts of meats and fish, and hearty prepared foods,such as the renowned and enormous... More

Located in a Victorian-era structure reminiscent of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Catavento Cultural is chock-full of interactive, hands-on exhibits and educational activities for children and adults alike. Subjects covered include space, wildlife, geography, the human body and society. They are presented in action-filled, engaging fashion ... More

One of the city's many cultural foundations backed by a major Brazilian bank, downtown's CAIXA Cultural offers a rotating mix of international and Brazilian photo and art exhibitions, film retrospectives, concerts and theatrical performances that are always impactful and always free. Exhibitions have included French journalist Philippe Castetbon's... More

Occupying the historic headquarters of Brazil's largest bank, the CCBB features an ever-changing program of art exhibitions, photography, theater, documentaries and feature films, and other engaging cultural manifestations. The building itself is a Baroque jewel, situated in the old financial district of São Paulo, and avant-garde events, such as ... More

São Paulo's very own Empire State Building — the Edifício Altino Arantes, better known by the name of its previous owner, Banespa — opened in 1947 as a symbol of the fast-growing city's economic might. The striking views from the observation deck, accessed from the 33rd floor of the 161-meter-tall building, never fail to impress visitors. Views,... More