If you take a trip to São Paulo, you will be taking one to a very special place. While the journey from the US is long, over 11 hours, the city makes up for the haul. I had the opportunity to mix business with pleasure, making my time in the huge metropolis even better.
The skyline seems to stretch forever because it does. I stayed at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown about 90 minutes from the airport. Looking from the 23rd floor, the city buildings engulf you on all sides; on one, I could see a quieter part of town, and on the other, the bustling entertainment areas.
The city has been through incredible growth, and now there is so much to see. Just over a century ago, there were twenty thousand residents; today there are over eighteen million who call the city home. It takes longer to get around because there is no tube, so all the residents seemingly take to the roads. Just allow for more time to get around.
Coming to Brazil, I had the image of a fun, lively environment. I was not disappointed. The restaurants, clubs and bars are scattered throughout the city and are crowded and enthralling. Some of my personal favourite restaurants are Sushi Yassu and Ici Brasserie. For drinks, the bars within the hotels are all good, and I really enjoyed the rooftop bars at Skye and The View.
If you are interested in shopping, the best area is on Oscar Freire Street, which is about three blocks from the Renaissance Hotel. Within a few blocks, you can find all of the well-known designer brands.
There is no shortage of evening entertainment, but be sure to book your shows in advance so you don’t miss out.
São Paulo is vibrant and fun. Enjoy the trip and safe travels.