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Sao Paulo for free

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Sao Paulo for free
There may not be any free lunches, but there is free admission to some of Sao Paulo's most excellent cultural attractions.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Batman Alley
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Batman Alley

Street art and graffiti are no where as prevalent as in São Paulo, where virtually no surface is left untouched. This lengthy stretch of high-walled residences in Vila Madalena, nicknamed Batman's Alley, showcases some of the most impressive spray paint murals around. The constantly changing nature of the art form means there's sure to be something striking and new with each visit.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Banespa Building
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Banespa Building

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, while free, are daytime only; the... 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, while free, are daytime only; the building is only open during normal business hours. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Matilha Cultural
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Matilha Cultural

This hip hang-out is one of the pioneers in downtown São Paulo's slow but certain rebirth. Live music performances, sustainability oriented activities, cultural events, film cycles and special themed nights (Afrobeat and a Fela Kuti biography book signing, anyone?) attract the beautiful and the brainy from the city's alternative social circles. Pop in one night and just soak up the... More

This hip hang-out is one of the pioneers in downtown São Paulo's slow but certain rebirth. Live music performances, sustainability oriented activities, cultural events, film cycles and special themed nights (Afrobeat and a Fela Kuti biography book signing, anyone?) attract the beautiful and the brainy from the city's alternative social circles. Pop in one night and just soak up the funky, urbane energy. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Afro Brazil Museum
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Afro Brazil Museum

Packed with more than 3,000 artifacts from Brazil's five-century history, the Museu Afro Brasil relates how Brazil's history is inextricably tied to the experience of African slaves and their descendants through culture and traditions that have come to define the country. In fact, there are so many statues, photographs, illustrations, masks, dolls, clothes, documents, paintings... More

Packed with more than 3,000 artifacts from Brazil's five-century history, the Museu Afro Brasil relates how Brazil's history is inextricably tied to the experience of African slaves and their descendants through culture and traditions that have come to define the country. In fact, there are so many statues, photographs, illustrations, masks, dolls, clothes, documents, paintings, furniture, pieces of plantation equipment, installations and mementos, it's almost impossible to take in the whole place in one go. The printed information is almost exclusively in Portuguese, but the museum provides English-speaking guides, and the back stories behind every single object are at once harrowing and hopeful. Hands down, one of the best museums in Latin America. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cultural CAIXA
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Cultural CAIXA

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. Recent exhibitions have included French journalist Philippe Castetbon's “The Condemned,” a poignant... 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. Recent exhibitions have included French journalist Philippe Castetbon's “The Condemned,” a poignant photography presentation of gay men from countries where their sexuality could mean jail or even death, and the colorfully geometric “visually poetic” works of visual artist Almandrade, from the northeastern state of Bahia. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil Sao Paulo
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Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil Sao Paulo

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 a recent blaxploitation film... 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 a recent blaxploitation film retrospective, keep the CCBB on every hip Paulistano's cultural agenda. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Jewish Culture Center
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Jewish Culture Center

Built in the shape of a large Torah, São Paulo's Jewish Cultural Center is one of the largest in Latin America. Combined with the on-site Casa de Cultura de Israel (House of Israeli Culture), the center hosts art and photography exhibitions, religious and secular workshops, film retrospectives, concerts, and theatrical performances. Recent exhibitions included the visual art... More

Built in the shape of a large Torah, São Paulo's Jewish Cultural Center is one of the largest in Latin America. Combined with the on-site Casa de Cultura de Israel (House of Israeli Culture), the center hosts art and photography exhibitions, religious and secular workshops, film retrospectives, concerts, and theatrical performances. Recent exhibitions included the visual art retrospective “Exile and Modernity: Space and the Foreigner in São Paulo. Tue-Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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