Comfort Hotel Ibirapuera
Av. Sabia 825
Sao Paulo, 04515-000
Phone: (55) 11 21977200
Fax: (55) 11 21977201
Tucked away in São Paulo's equivalent of Central Park, Ibirapuera Park, this well-known landmark honors the Constitutional Revolution of 1932. Beginning construction in 1947, this grand monument wasn't finished until 1970, even though its inauguration took place in 1955. The brain child of Galileo Ugo Emendabili, the obelisk stands 72 meters (236.2 feet) tall, and is carved out of travertine marble.
Inaugurated in 1954 to celebrate the city's fourth birthday, and designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer together with landscape designer Burle Marx, Ibirapuera Park covers an area of almost two million meters and is São Paulo's very own Central Park. Museu Afro Brasil and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo are found here, as well as the famous obelisk and the Monumento às Bandeiras. There are also sports grounds, a jogging track, a children's playground, a restaurant and a snack bar.
This notable bridge marks a spot over the Pinheiros River with a breathtaking X structure. With two curved tracks enforced by a single concrete mast, the Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is both functional and fascinating. Whether you catch the bridge in the light of day or illuminated by the beautiful evening light display, it is a sight to behold.
All things cultural find their place here at Centro Cultural São Paulo, an imposing and multi-faceted complex of pathways with over 50,000 square feet (4645.17 square meters) of space. Constructed in 1982, this interdisciplinary center holds all types of events, from art exhibitions, conference, seminars and workshops to dance performance, classical concerts and film screenings. And aside from all of the entertainment that can be found here, the cultural center acts as a repository for various art collections, an information and documentation department about art and history in Brazil, in addition to some wonderful libraries that are all accessible and open to the public.
A little jungle surrounded by a bustling metropolis, Parque Trianon, also known as Parque Tenente Siqueira Campos, has been in existence since 1892. It showcases native plants and various sculptures. Spend a few hours exploring the winding pathways of this delightful park, situated just across the street from Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) attracts many locals and tourists throughout the year on account of its eclectic collection. Another reason for the popularity is the Sunday market that has been taking over the space under it since the '70s. Predominantly known for rare antiques and other collectibles, the MASP Antique Market is spread over 74 meters (243 feet) of the museum's periphery. The many, non-descript stalls that line here feature remarkable trinkets and souvenirs like vintage, posters, postcards, coins and much more at affordable rates.
Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano was established in 1974 with an aim to preserve the historic family home, as well as the rich collection of art and historic objects contained within. Today, the sprawling facility is home to one of the city's largest collections of historic artifacts as well as art. The beautiful home was designed by renowned architect Oswaldo Arthur Bratke, and is as much a draw for visitors as the other artifacts. The impeccably maintained park, with a rich array of local plant life is ideal for walks. The Salao de Cha on the property, serves and excellent array of teas and light bites. Check website for more.
Since its inception in 2006, the São Paulo Aquarium has been a popular feature on every tourist's itinerary. Over 3000 animals from 300 species call this vivarium their home. The place is divided on the basis of the four animal categories on floor. First up, forest regulars lizards, iguanas, snakes and alligators. The Ocean Sector is the habitat of exotic marine life while the Dinosaur Valley houses replicas of the extinct creatures. Lastly, the Mammal Sector features otters, monkeys, toucans and so on. Their passion and commitment towards the conservation of wildlife is evident, making your experience educational, unforgettable and enchanting.
Cervejaria Nacional may evoke notions of industrialized flavorless beer, but the artisanal operation at this Pinheros District microbrewery couldn't be further from that. Head brewers Alexandre Sigolo and Luis Fabiani have created 23 original recipes for their brewing operation, five of which are produced year round to sate the thirst of locals. This three-floor monstrosity features a brewing facility on the ground floor and a bar on the second floor from which the brewing tanks are still completely visible. On the third floor, chef Alexandre Cymes prepares flavorful dishes that are certainly no afterthought to Cervejaria's operations. Guests can sip on beer styles such as hefeweizens, IPAs, amber ales, ales and stouts as they chow down on soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and even local favorite, bolinhos. For a delicious taste of the leaps and bounds made in international and Brazilian brewing, Cervejaria Nacional is a must stop.
This is a characteristic Oriental-influenced neighborhood and home to Japanese immigrants since the 1940s; here you can find the largest population of Japanese outside of the country itself. The main entrance to this district is the Viaduto Cidade de Osaka (the City of Osaka Viaduct) with its monumental and colorful gateway. Once inside, you will find all the main streets decorated with traditional and original Asian lamps and rattles. Here every kind of Asian produce is available in the local markets. Here you can also find some of the best Japanese, Chinese and Korean restaurants in São Paulo.
Jardim Botânico is a great place to see the diversity of Brazilian flora which contains more than 340 species of plants. This beautiful park houses a variety of other attractions, including the Museu Botânico, a botanical museum. While exploring this vast green space, you will also find various floral exhibitions, a greenhouse, and the Orquidário, which showcases orchids.
Beco do Batman (Batman's Alley) lies on a through-way of Sao Paulo's bohemian Vila Madalena neighborhood, calling out to spray paint-wielding locals to continue to reshape the artwork. While a graffiti alley may seem unsavory, it's simply an extension of the vibrant personality of the neighborhood, and is surrounded by tall upscale houses and luxury boutiques. Of course, Beco do Batman rarely looks the same on repeat trips as most if not all of the murals, tags and scribbles are covered up with layers upon layers of fresh paint. A haven for growing talents who seek some civil space to work with their canvas, Beco do Batman is an impressive sight that shows how graffiti can get along with urban design.