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Sao Paulo

What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

The events associated with Carnaval, Festa Junina, and Oktoberfest are fun and should be on everyone's list (including families). Also, for an adult night out there are interesting karaoke bars that are fun to attend with groups. - Nov 1, 2017
Saturday afternoon samba and feijoada. Go to a soccer game. See a theater production. - Apr 17, 2017
There's a petting zoo in the city for the kids and the aquarium is good too. Jazz and music clubs. Some of the best in the world! - Jan 15, 2017
You name it, you can find it in Brazil. Exploring, swimming, hiking, shopping, sky diving, etc. - Jan 6, 2017
Everyone goes to the big Ibirapuera Park, but there are plenty of cute little pocket parks scattered around town. (Trianon, Burle Marx, Severo Gomes, Parque do Povo). Many of them feel like the Atlantic rainforest; some have monkeys. There's also a huge nature preserve north of the city, Parque Estadual da Cantareira, which has great hikes. - Aug 5, 2015
TONS within the city and even more just outside. There is a bike path every Sunday that runs the entire city, an amazing zoo, an awesome botanical garden, science parks and museums. There is always something to do . - Aug 2, 2013
Going to the beach (about 2 hours; just make sure to return early on Sundays otherwise it can easily take you 5 hours); visiting the “wine” region of Sao Roque (go for the nature and grape juice/champagne; not necessarily for the wine!); going to the weekend markets at Embu das Artes. - Jan 25, 2012
Beaches not far from Sao Paulo--1-3 hours gets you to a great beach. - Jan 17, 2012
Martial arts; movie cinemas have first run, English language movies; Plays, if you understand Portuguese. Beaches are about 2 - 3 hours away. - Jan 3, 2012
EAT at one of the awesome restaurants in town. There are tons. SHOP at any type of designer store or junky fun street fair like 25 de Marzo. VISIT outlying areas like EMBU and ITU or take a trip to the beach at GUARUJA. LISTEN to a concert in the fantastic acoustic ambiance of Sala Sao Paulo or see your fave band at Via Funchal or Credicard Hall. WALK around the various neighbourhoods, seeing the instrument shops of Theodoro Sampaio, the boutiques of Oscar Freire, the Japanese district of Liberdade, or the shoe outlets in Moema. DRINK tasty coffees at Santo Grau or imbibe a Guiness at one of the many Irish pubs. Basically this town is like any big city. You can explore museums, antique fairs, malls, can ice skate in the tiny rink in the basement of the ElDorado shopping mall, go to an anime convention, see a movie, watch a play, go horseback riding, to the botanical gardens. If you get bored here, you"re not trying hard enough. - Oct 26, 2008
Great restaurants, lots of travel opportunities, nightlife has got to be some of the best in the world. - Aug 14, 2008