Things to Do With Kids in São Paulo

If you're traveling with children in tow, don't let São Paulo's immense size put you off. There is plenty to do for kids of all ages, whether it's renting a bike for a family cycle ride at Parque do Ibirapuera, or people-watching at the myriad characters walking by at Praça da Sé by the vast cathedral.

Even if your little ones are fussy eaters, they're bound to find something tasty at the ornate Mercado Municipal, where gourmet fresh food of all descriptions is on sale. And those with a sweet tooth won't be able to resist the tasty treats on offer at Mosteiro do São Bento, made exclusively by monks.

For kids who are sports nuts, well there's plenty to keep them occupied—the country is famed for its soccer culture and watching a match could well be the ultimate in sporting culture. Or, if you prefer the drama of Formula 1 racing, then get up close to the track at Interlagos.

Parque do Ibirapuera

The park was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer for the city’s fourth centenary in 1954, with shady woodlands, lawns and lakes. The park is also home to a number of museums and monuments and some striking buildings designed in the 1950s and only been constructed in the last five years.

Jardim Zoológico

Brazil’s biggest zoo also claims to be the fourth biggest in the world, with 3,200 animals, including large international mammals and many rare and endangered Brazilian species.

Museu do Futebol

The beautiful art deco football stadium, Estádio Pacaembu, hosts domestic games and major rock concerts and is a major part of local culture. Inside the stadium, this museum cost US$15 million and was inaugurated by Pelé in 2008.

Mercado Municipal

The architecture of this famous covered market, a forest of domed skylights and stained glass, is an attraction in its own right.

Museu Paulista

Also known as Museu do Ipiringa, this was built as a monument to Brazil’s independence in 1822, a historic building with exhibits spanning 400 years of the nation’s history.

Estadio Municipal (Pacaembu Stadium)

This 67,000-capacity stadium is the home ground of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista—known simply as Corinthians. In addition to local matches, it also hosts major music concerts, and international matches including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Praça da Sé

In the shadow of the hulking cathedral, this leafy square with tropical trees has been the site of Brazil’s largest public protests.

Parque do Estado

This large park, housing the botanical and zoological gardens, lies 15km south of the centre at Água Funda.

Mosteiro do São Bento

Also known as Benedictine Basilica de Nossa Senhora de Assunção, this is São Paulo’s most beautiful church.Despite the Benedictines’ arrival here in 1598, the monastery is a modern church dating from 1914.

Autódromo de Interlagos

Officially known as Autódromo José Carlos Pace, this is the venue of the famous Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The track overlooks a vast artificial lake set in remnant forest in the far southeast of the city. There are races all year round—please check for details.