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Experience non-stop adventure from Montreal to São Paulo, Brazil. In addition to our year-round flights via Toronto, you can take advantage of seasonal non-stop service via Montreal starting this December. Explore São Paulo’s unforgettable cultural, musical and festival scene, plus savour exotic cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere. Book today your next great adventure.

São Paulo

Book Air Canada flights to São Paulo

Detroit (DTW)
to Sao Paulo (GRU)
Feb 21, 2020 - Mar 08, 2020
USD818
Round-trip economy

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Sao Paulo city guide

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For contemporary Brazilian

Owner and award-winning chef Helena Rizzo is a favourite with São Paulo restaurant critics, recognized for her creative yet unpretentious take on modern Brazilian cuisine (don’t miss the fish of the day with black tucupi). Given this spot’s popularity, reservations are wise.

Fel

For hip drinks in a hip setting

Located on the ground floor of architect Oscar Niemeyer’s tilde-shaped Edificio Copan, one of São Paulo’s most famous buildings, this downtown bar offers retro-inspired drinks with recipes going all the way back to the 1800s. Consider the pre-Prohibition-era Clover Club, made here with extra-dry gin and fermented raspberry syrup.

Frida & Mina

For artisanal ice cream

It’s easy to tell when you’re approaching this award-winning ice creamery: The whole block smells of freshly baked wafer cones. Frida & Mina is considered the best ice-cream shop in São Paulo and offers an assortment of daring flavours, like balsamic vinegar. On hot days, expect a lineup.

Futuro Refeitório

For casual brunch

Walk through the corridor packed with plants to reach a revamped parking garage with exposed brick walls. There, communal tables, leather couches and cozy armchairs welcome people for brunch, snacks and organic coffee roasted on the spot. Consider the panqueca de milho (corn pancakes), plus a mimosa spiked with cachaça (Brazil’s most popular spirit).

A Casa do Porco

For the meaty menu

Get ready to wait: Chef couple Janaina and Jefferson Rueda’s restaurant (Portugese for “house of the pig”) is always packed. The duo has accomplished an unlikely feat: getting a place specializing in pork to be considered the best meat restaurant in beef-obsessed São Paulo. The tasting menu is a good introduction to the Ruedas’ take on pork, for a fair price.

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

For Brazilian modernism

This is the oldest, and one of the most important, art museums in São Paulo. The 19th-century building housed the city’s first art school and was renovated by the famous architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Highlights include modernist paintings by Brazilian masters like Cândido Portinari, Anita Malfatti and Di Cavalcanti.

Boteco Pratododia

For Sunday clubbing

The decor may be unremarkable, but if you want to dance to Brazilian music, there’s no better club in São Paulo. On Sunday evenings, DJ Nuts spins a set of Brazil beats that local fans have nicknamed “Sunday mass“ — they attend religiously.

Mirante 9 de Julho

For coffee with a view

What was once an abandoned overpass is now home to a cool café overlooking São Paulo’s urban landscape. Catch up on emails over cappuccino (the Wi-Fi is complimentary), or come by for drinks at happy hour. Conceived as an open-to-all cultural centre, the space also hosts events like outdoor movie screenings and independent fairs.

Avenida Paulista on Sundays

For a traffic-free stroll

One of the city’s main arteries, Avenida Paulista is closed to cars on Sundays. That’s when locals take over, biking and walking along the nearly 3-km stretch. Start from Praça do Ciclista (Biker’s Square) and head toward Avenida Domingos de Morais. En route, stop to drink coconut water, dance to drum beats, and bargain at the antiques market held Sundays under the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP).

Feira de Plantas e Flores CEAGESP

For Brazilian flora

Unless you know a local, chances are you won’t hear about this plant and flower market, the biggest of its kind in Brazil. In the early hours of Mondays and Wednesdays, the huge warehouse receives hundreds of trucks delivering flowers, plants and fruit trees. A sort of transitory nursery, it sells almost a ton of tropical plants every week.

Vila Madalena

For shop-hopping

Once the neighbourhood of penniless artists, Vila Madalena is now the place to find high-end fashion, artisanal markets and specialty food stores. Stop by A Queijaria for stellar local cheeses, visit the studio of fashion designer Fernanda Yamamoto (she regularly shows at São Paulo Fashion Week), and shop perfumes at Brazilian beauty brand Avatim (the name means “smell of the earth” in the indigenous Tupí-Guaraní language).

Feira Rosenbaum

For one-of-a-kind homewares

Many São Paulo artists, designers and independent makers now use open markets to sell their goods directly to the public. One of the best is Feira Rosenbaum, where you’ll find woodblock prints, pottery and clothing you can’t shop anywhere else. Because it’s an itinerant fair, make sure to check where it will take place when you’re in town.

Feira da Liberdade

For a taste of Japantown

A true São Paulo tradition, the Feira da Liberdade (Liberdade Street Market) has been happening every Sunday since 1985 in Liberdade — home to the world’s largest community of Japanese expats — and it remains a popular weekend spot for locals. At the open-air fair, you can browse more than 200 stalls for reasonably priced Japanese and Chinese dishes, or shop for handicrafts like bamboo cooking utensils.

Galeria Melissa

For Brazilian jelly shoes

Rua Oscar Freire is where everyone comes to see the latest fashion trends. A favourite stop is Galeria Melissa, a gallery/boutique dedicated to jelly shoes or, as Brazilians call them, melissas. Here, you find whole collections co-created by world-famous designers, architects and artists, including Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu and Zaha Hadid.

João Pimenta

For contemporary men’s tailoring

João Pimenta is a talented young tailor; book a studio visit in advance to have something custom-made. Three-piece suits hang on racks alongside tailored military jackets and even skirts for men. Pimenta’s designs flirt with femininity and rely on handmade natural fabrics.

Emiliano Hotel

For the luxury features

Located on affluent Rua Oscar Freire, this five-star boutique hotel offers a slate of next-level features: a rooftop bar with impressive São Paulo views, a full-service spa (where you can start your stay with a complimentary 15-minute massage), Eames-outfitted rooms, butler service — and even a helipad. At the main contemporary Italian restaurant, the weekend brunch is regarded as one of the best in the city.

Guest Urban

For the down-home atmosphere

A converted two-storey house from the 1960s, this little 14-room hotel is conveniently located in the bohemian Pinheiros neighbourhood, near Praça Benedito Calixto, where an antiques market draws Saturday crowds. There’s a touch of industrial style (unfinished walls, surface-mounted pipes), but also an old-school feel, including a reproduction of São Paulo’s quintessential black-and-white sidewalks.

Unique Hotel

For the celebrity glamour

Unique is the first choice of many musicians, artists and celebrities for their São Paulo stay. It’s almost postcard-perfect, with a building shaped like a half moon, conceived by renowned Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake. After settling in, watch the sunset from Skye, the trendy rooftop bar with panoramic views of Parque Ibirapuera and the entire city skyline.

Hotel Pullman Ibirapuera

For contemporary comfort

Designed for young professionals, the Pullman offers sleekly designed rooms, with views overlooking Parque Ibirapuera, to guests who appreciate comfort without elaborate frills. The restaurant and lounge, TasteIt, serves well-reviewed contemporary haute cuisine with Brazilian influences, and happy hour features DJ sets that draw a chic crowd.

Hotel Unique Garden

For the spa serenity

Prefer peace and quiet? Check into this hotel/wellness retreat just 50 km from São Paulo, at the foot of the Serra da Cantareira ridge. There are only 27 chalets on the lush estate, which occupies a sprawling 300,000 square metres. Detangle at the East-meets-West spa with one of the many body or facial massages available.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting From the Airport

São Paulo International Airport is located in Guarulhos, in Greater São Paulo. Unfortunately, it’s not well connected to the city’s public transportation system, making for few options to get out and about. In the international arrivals area, there are taxi queues, both metered (white) and prepaid (white and red), and a service called Airport Bus, which runs routes through strategic spots in São Paulo, including Avenida Paulista and Praça da República. Travellers can buy a ticket on the spot. Ride-sharing app Uber has pick-up and drop-off spots at the airport. When returning for your flight home, allow plenty of time to battle traffic.

Public Transportation

São Paulo is not an easy city to get around, and traffic can be chaotic. Your best bet is to pick one neighbourhood at a time, and explore on foot. The subway system is simple to understand and connects some of the important points in the city, and it’s integrated with the urban train system CPTM. There are refillable passes called Bilhete Único, accepted on trains, buses and in the subway.

Taxis

In São Paulo, taxis are white, and there are stands or lines on many corners. Hailing a cab used to be easy, but locals have fully embraced taxi apps, similar to Uber. Now, trying to catch a taxi off the sidewalk or from a stand can be inefficient: Many drivers will shake their heads or outright ignore you on their way to pick up a passenger from an app. So, if you can’t beat them, join them: The most popular apps are 99, Cabify and EasyTaxi.

Bikes

São Paulo has multiple bike-sharing services available to visitors, but Yellow is the best. It doesn’t have any stations — the bikes are cleared for use through an app and can be left anywhere. Buy prepaid credits to borrow one; it costs R$1 on average for every 15 minutes.

Weather in Sao Paulo

Monday light rain
68°F Dec 09, 2019
Tuesday light rain
81°F Dec 10, 2019
Wednesday moderate rain
77°F Dec 11, 2019
Thursday moderate rain
76°F Dec 12, 2019
Friday moderate rain
83°F Dec 13, 2019
Saturday light rain
81°F Dec 14, 2019
Sunday heavy intensity rain
81°F Dec 15, 2019
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Book today for the lowest fares to Sao Paulo

FromToDepartureFare TypePrice

Detroit (DTW)

Sao Paulo (GRU)

Mar 12, 2020-

Mar 22, 2020

Round-trip/Economy
USD818*
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