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Planning a short break to Sao Paulo? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Sao Paulo. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Sao Paulo. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

The Sao Paulo Bienal

This huge exhibition of artists from around Brazil as well as around the world gather on the edge of Ibirapuera Park for the biggest visual arts exhibition in Latin America.

This event takes place every September or October of the even numbered years. The artists are sponsored by their respective countries or by curators who select them for their outstanding works.

For more infomation please log onto www.bienalsaopaulo.terra.com.br

Art India

Art India is located at Rua Augusta 1371, Loja 119. This little store sells souvenirs made by the Indians who are primarily from tribes across Brazil. The collection includes beautiful necklaces made from various seeds, household items such as wooden spoons, bowls, baskets and pottery. They are all reasonable priced. The closest public station is Consolacao.

Sala Sao Paulo

The setting to this inaugurated venue is glorious. The soaring main hall of a grand Victorian railway station has found new life as a cultural center. The hall sounds fabulous. The symphony orchestra plays concerts regularly at the venue, with the regular evening shows as well as a few inexpensive concerts held on a Saturday afternoon, which is usually a sell out. The closest public station is Luz.

Ibirapuera Park

Ibirapuera Park is open daily from 6am to 8pm and offers over two million square meters of green space with quite a lot to see and do. There are paths, which wonder beside lagoons and beautiful flowerbeds, a Japanese garden, an exercise trace where you can jog and even a place where you can hire a bike and cycle along the pathways. On Sundays there is a free outdoor concert in the park and a free outdoor lending library where you can borrow magazines or books to read for the duration of the day. Fruit and ice cream vendors are everywhere, but if you need something a little more substantial there is a restaurant. The closest public station is Brigadeiro. Admission to the park is free.

Banespa Tower

Banespa Tower has the best view of Sao Paulo. You need to ascend to its 35th floor observation deck where you have an incredible view of high-rise towers for 360 degrees, filling every inch of land for as far as the eye can see. The Banespa Tower is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and there is no admission charge. You do need to bring ID to show the guards at the door.

Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal is located at Rua da Cantareira 306. This imposing neo-Gothic hall was built in 1933 and has huge stained-glass windows depicting scenes of coffee growing and cattle ranching. This market is the city’s largest produce and food markets and has enormous displays of Brazilian and imported fruits, vegetables, cheeses and other food goods. The market is open from Monday to Saturday from 5am to 4pm and is at its most active early in the morning. The closest public station is Sao Bento.

Veridiana

Located at Rua Da Veridiana 661, this trendy pizzeria is situated in a beautiful rust coloured heritage building. The only clue that this is a restaurant is the valet parking guys waiting to drive the cars away. This restaurant is the most elegant pizzeria in Sao Paulo. A wooden bar takes up an entire wall of the upper dining room and the tables are situated close together. The menu offers traditional thin crust pizzas with a few quality ingredients. The restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday From 6pm to 12:30am and Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 1:30am. The closest public station is Santa Cecilia.

Monument to Latin America

Monument to Latin America is located at Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade 664. Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer designed the building, which houses the Monument to Latin America. The Monument consists of a field of concrete two runways long and four runways deep with perfectly geometrical glass and concrete pavilions. The building was originally painted white, but is now streaked with brown stains from the tropical rain. If the building fails to impress, then The Art Gallery hosts changing fine art exhibitions and the Hall of Creativity has a permanent display of folk art from all over Latin America. The Monument to Latin America is open form Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 6pm and admission is free. The closest public station is Barra Funda.

View details at www.memorial.org.br

Museu do Imigrante

Museu do Imigrante is located at Rua Visconde de Parnaiba 1316. At the beginning of the 19th century over three million immigrants went through the gates of this building to start a new life in Brazil. The last group was processed in 1978 and today visitors get and excellent idea of what it must have been like to arrive here and get ready for a new life.

The objects are all on full display with no glass cases to cover them. The admission hall, office, hospital and dormitories are all shown in their original condition. A second room revels how the immigrants first eked out a living in their newly adopted country as masons, printers, farmers and bakers. Upstairs is a typical early 20th century Sao Paulo Street. The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The closest station is Estacao Bresser.

For details view memorialdoimigrante.sp.gov.br

Parque da Monica

This amusement park is based on the popular Brazilian cartoon character Monica. There are many games activities, rides and shows, which are geared towards kids of various ages.

Parque da Monica is located at the Shopping Eldorado and is easily accessible by bus no 6251.

Admission fees are $5.95 for adult and children over 14, and $8.25 for children between the ages of 2 and14.

The Parque da Monica is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

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