São Paulo for Culture Buffs

São Paulo is a cultural jewel of Brazil, though it may lack the sunshine and sand of its sexy sister, Rio. But for lovers of the arts, this vast city is the place in which to immerse yourself. There are edgy artistic hubs springing up, but also plenty of classic museums and galleries. Take your pick from top Brazilian art at Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM), one of architect Oscar Niemeyer's many creations, and religious baroque pieces at Museu de Arte Sacra. If you want to get your fill of famous European artists, head to the vast Museu de Arte de São Paulo, its walls filled with European old masters and early Modernist paintings. Fans of classical music and performance can choose from the elaborate, century-old Theatro Municipal, and the contemporary, neo-gothic Sala São Paulo, both with a full calendar staging top orchestras, opera or ballet.