Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Sao Paulo

Eight best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Sao Paulo

Latin America is always worth a visit. Every single country in this part of the world boasts incredible history, rich culture, and breathtaking art and landscapes.

Brazil, though, takes everything to the next level. The beauty and the atmosphere of the country are undeniably attractive. Sao Paulo, in its different parts, perfectly encapsulates the spirit and the grandeur of the country.

With many distractions in Sao Paulo, it isn’t so easy to stay focused. For digital nomads, this problem is even worse. Their ability to travel and experience other cultures directly depends on their ability to work even when the surroundings are so attractive.

So, how to get any job done in Sao Paulo? Here’s an easy answer—find a functional coworking space to keep you grounded. A productive and motivating environment will help you keep your head in the game, and finish your daily tasks much faster and more efficiently.

There are about 120 coworking spaces in Sao Paulo, though. How do you pick the best one? Don’t worry; we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are our top picks for a coworking space in Sao Paulo.

oWork is our favorite place to cowork in Sao Paulo

Source: oWork.space

Our favorite coworking space in Sao Paulo is located in Cidade Vargas, close to the zoo and the botanical garden. Sao Paulo Expo is nearby as well, which is convenient when you need to shop.

oWork is a co-living space, as well. The combination of co-living and coworking space is a great way to save time because you don’t have to commute.

If you’re a digital nomad, you know how important it is to have a reliable connection. The glitches in the web coverage affect the focus, cause frustration, and slow down the work. oWork provides excellent Wi-Fi to keep you productive and motivated.

They also provide standing desks, bean bags, and ergonomic chairs. The seating options ensure you’ll be comfortable because wiggling on an uncomfortable chair breaks your concentration and wastes your energy. Standing desks help you keep working even when you can’t bear to sit down for another moment, but you don’t want a break just yet. Bean bags are great if you like working while almost-laying down.

The community in oWork is nothing short of amazing. The people are optimistic, hardworking, and always willing to help. oWork organizes workshops, events, and community lunches and drinks to help the members make friends and help them develop in their field and skills.

There is printing equipment you can use if you need it. If you don’t feel like bringing our laptop with you, you can use one of the available PCs.

There are phone booths and personal lockers you can use. The kitchen is at your disposal if you want to prepare a snack or heat up a meal, but you can also buy snacks onsite.

Coffee is free, but there is an onsite cafe if you crave something more elaborate than a simple cup of coffee. If you can’t start your day properly without an extra-large caramel Mochaccino, you can breathe a sigh of relief because you have everything you need here.

When you need a break, you can chill out in the lounge area, or you can grab another nomad and play ping pong!

Basics
Pricing
  • Per hour: BRL 29
  • Per day: BRL 99
  • Per week: BRL 199
  • Per month: BRL 699
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

Seven coworking spaces in Sao Paulo we also loved

It takes all sorts to build a world, and not everybody likes the same things. If oWork doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, don’t despair; there are plenty of other options. Here are seven more coworking spaces in Sao Paulo that we enjoyed.

  1. Colab
  2. Blocktime
  3. Pixels
  4. Josefin
  5. Sharing E.C.
  6. Wit.Working
  7. Mako Coworking

CoLab

Source:  CoLab

Located in Pinheiros, CoLab is less than 200m from Butanta and Fradique Coutinho subways. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood, in case snack food and plain coffee don’t work for you.

The atmosphere is conducive to work, and the crowd is helpful and optimistic. There is excellent Wi-Fi, which can help you get some work done efficiently, and CoLab provides ergonomic chairs and standing desks, so there are options for those who don’t enjoy sitting down too much. You can use the printing equipment.

There is a pretty outdoor terrace where you can go to chill out, and coffee is free. The space is wheelchair accessible, which is great.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 60
Per month BRL 650

Blocktime

Source: Blocktime Coworking

Blocktime is one block away from the Sumare subway station, in Pinheiros. They provide excellent internet connection and ergonomic chairs, which makes working there stress-free and comfortable. There are no standing desks, though, so you might want to take a few short breaks to stretch and walk around.

The community there is cheerful and happy to help with everything you need.  Blocktime organizes workshops and events, and it hosts TEDx events. The members often meet for drinks and stay in touch.

If you need extra equipment, you can use printers, projectors, and microphones that are available in Blocktime. There are Skype rooms if you need some privacy and personal lockers if you don’t like dragging your stuff around. You can use the kitchen for brewing some coffee or whipping up a quick snack.

The place is cat and dog-friendly, so you and your four-legged monster don’t have to be apart longer than you want. When you get tired, you can grab a cup of coffee, or you can find some other nomads and organize a karaoke contest!

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per hour BRL 15
Per day BRL 60
Per month BRL 500

Pixels

Source: Pixels

Set up in the district of Moema, Pixels is close to Bike Sampa bicycle station and many bus stops.

They offer high-speed Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’d be able to do your work and finish it on time. There are ergonomic chairs and bean bags, so you can choose your seating option according to your preference. There is even a hammock if you like to be a bit more comfortable while you work.

You can use the printer, scanner, and personal lockers. There is a kitchen at your disposal in case you need a snack or a cup of coffee. Coffee is free and unlimited.

When you need a break, you can browse through their little library or simply chill out in their great lounge area.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 79
Per week BRL 349
Per month BRL 799

Josefin

Source: Josefin Coworking

Josefin has two locations:

  • Garden
  • Villa Mariana

The place is comfortable to work at because they provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, as well as ergonomic chairs and standing desks. It’s great for all of you who don’t want your time at work to take a toll on your back.

If you and your pet suffer from separation anxiety, worry not—Josefin is cat and dog-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged pal all alone in a room somewhere while you work. There is a library for the times when you need a break and entertainment. There is also an impressive outdoor terrace, so you don’t have to stay inside during your breaks.

The community is fantastic and very cheerful. Josefin organizes many events to keep its members together and help them develop their talents and skills and improve their knowledge.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 80
Per month BRL 900

Sharing E.C.

Source:  Coworker.com

Located in Pinheiros, Sharing E.C. is surrounded by different restaurants, pastry shops, and other food options, which is great for the picky eaters who can’t live on sandwiches.

There is a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave, though, so you can always bring your own lunch and heat it when you want. There is also free coffee and at least eight flavors of tea. The lounge area is large and comfortable, so you can recharge our batteries when you take a break.

Wi-Fi is lightning fast, and there is backup internet as well, so you can rest assured that you won’t be left offline in a critical moment. They provide ergonomic chairs, which are very comfy, but they’re the only seating option. You might want to take frequent breaks to preserve your back. The space is well-lit, even during the hours when there’s little natural light. The interior is cluster-free, and the whole place makes it easy to focus and get some work done.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per month BRL 499

Wit.Working

Source: Wit.Working

Wit.Working is located in Sao Jose do Rio Preto. It is a coworking and a co-living space, which can be a great time-saver since you don’t have to travel to and from the workspace.

They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, which should make your work a bit less stressful, and standing desks and ergonomic chairs, which should help you retain the health of your back.

You can use their printing equipment, and there is a kitchen, too, if you’re feeling peckish and want a quick bite. Coffee is free, and you can buy alcohol if you wish.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per hour BRL 10
Per day BRL 60
Per week BRL 255

Mako Coworking

Source: Coworker.com

Mako Coworking is located in Vila Mariana, within walking distance from the Museum of contemporary art and the Afro Brazil Museum.

They provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and there are cables as well if you need your connection to be rock-solid. The internet is functional enough for virtually anything you might need, from reading a blog post to uploading a video or video conferencing.

There are printing equipment and a kitchen you can use if you want to. The lounge area is comfy enough to take a rest, have some coffee, and recharge before going back to work. Coffee is free.

The staff is friendly and helpful, and Meko organizes events for its members once a month.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 899

Honorable mentions

If you need more choice, here are some other fantastic coworking options in Sao Paulo.

  1. Osmose
  2. Terracota
  3. Work Lounge
  4. Serotonina Lab
  5. OpportunityWork
  6. Coletivo 47
  7. Trampolim
  8. Office&Co.
  9. Go Up
  10. Urban Cowork
  11. BUCC Workspaces
  12. Smart Place
  13. Eureka
  14. Salamandra
  15. 2Work
  16. Garden Coworking
  17. E.C. Coworking
  18. Organico Creative Coworking
  19. CoPro Coworking
  20. We Work

Pro tip

Many of these coworking spaces don’t offer standing desks. If you like a coworking space, but would also like to be able to stand up when you get too tired of sitting, you might want to consider getting a travel stand desk. It’s a much lighter option, and it’s a breeze to set up. It might be a good idea if you tend to suffer from back pains, and it’s definitely much healthier than just sitting down all the time. Here’s an added plus: you can set it up in your room when you’re feeling too lazy to go out!

Regus is our least favorite space to cowork in Sao Paulo

Source: Regus

In our opinion, Regus is the least enjoyable coworking space in Sao Paulo. Of course, it holds over 30 locations in the area, so it may seem highly convenient. You’d think that, once you get the membership, you’d be able to use all the premises, depending on which one suits your needs at the given moment.

So why didn’t we like it? There are several reasons, but the main problems with Regus are:

  • Poorly trained staff
  • Unclear pricing system
  • No community

Regus has a high staff turnover, which is always a red flag. The people who work there are, for the most part, inexperienced and untrained, which means that they usually don’t even know the system they’re supposed to work in. They’ll be unsure of which benefits you get with each package, and sometimes they won’t know if a membership is valid outside of their original location or not. Regus is a big company, so its workers tend to be cold and detached—completely the opposite of what you’d expect in a regular coworking place.

The problem with pricing is far more severe than the thing with the staff.  Every location has a different set of prices they charge for their services, and you can only get them on request. In the age of the internet, this practice is terribly frustrating, and it may even seem untrustworthy. If that wasn’t enough, here’s more—you never know what you’re paying for. Regus simply lacks a reliable pricing system, which means that you are always unsure of what you’re paying for. Obviously, you’ll get a seat and a desk, but all the other benefits, including coffee, are up for debate. In one of their offices, it will be included in the price; in the other, it’ll be charged extra

It gets even worse. It makes sense that the membership will allow you to use all of their locations. In practice, you don’t know which locations—if any—you’d be able to use. You may very well be restricted to your original offices, in which case the essential benefit of Regus—the convenience—will be completely wasted.

Since Regus is an office rental service and coworking is not its main area of business, it’s not really all that nomad-friendly. It doesn’t attract the startup crowd, so there is zero community to talk about. You may make a friend or two if you’re really outgoing and friendly, but don’t expect the atmosphere you’d get in a regular coworking space.

All in all, Regus is fine if you’re a company representative who needs offices for its staff. If you’re a digital, though, you’ll probably want to find something else. If Regus is the most convenient for you, make sure you do your homework and check what is included in the price before you pay it.

Basics
Pricing
  • On request
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Rio de Janeiro

17 finest (and one not so fine) coworking spaces in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular city in Brazil, perfect for a digital nomad adventure in South America. Since it’s a huge international hub, most of the locals speak English, and you can get by with little to no Portuguese. Safety is a bit of an issue here, but if you stay in groups and avoid certain city areas at night, you should be fine. For the first-timers in this Brazilian metropolis, here is a short travel vlog to help you get to know the city:

Rio has decent coworking spaces, coffee shops, and enough foreigners for successful networking. If you want a reliable Internet connection, you should book a desk at one of the coworking spaces. Rio is still growing as a digital nomad destination, and Internet quality varies in the cafés and hostels. To help you find the best coworking space to get your work done, take a look at our top picks for Rio de Janeiro.

WeWork Carioca is the perfect place to cowork in Rio de Janeiro

Image source: WeWork Carioca website

WeWork Carioca is a modernly designed coworking space in the popular Centro neighborhood. This is one of the several WeWork locations in Rio — all offering perfect conditions for coworking.

The best thing about WeWork is that it’s spacious and divided into zones, so you’ll have enough privacy to work in peace. The creative zone has large couches and coffee tables with a footstool here and there. Although not all furniture is ergonomic, you will have no problem finding a standing desk or a cushioned chair. WeWork Carioca occupies six floors in a building offering an inspiring view of the city and the sea. This makes their balconies popular to work from or to have a meeting on.

The wellness room is intended to help you rest, meditate, or nurse, while on-site showers are the perfect way to freshen up when the day is hot. Working at this space gets you free coffee, tea, and fruit water. WeWork Carioca also hosts yoga classes and manicure day — a great reason to leave your things in a personal locker and relax.

Basics
Pricing
  • BRL880 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Fala Brasil House Coworking is our least favorite place to cowork in Rio de Janeiro

Image source: Fala Brasil House Coworking Facebook

Fala Brasil House Coworking is located in the Laranjeiras neighborhood, famous for its local art scene. It’s part of a Portuguese language school situated inside an old villa, so foreigners from all over the world frequent the place. While this makes it perfect for networking, spending long hours working here is not recommended.

The chairs are plastic and wooden, of the cheap variety, and quite uncomfortable. We packed our travel stand desk and installed it the moment we saw the chairs, but others had a hard time working here for more than a couple of hours.

Fala is far from being without charm. The space is quiet since the villa is nestled between buildings, down a narrow pathway full of plants. An outdoor terrace is a wonderful spot for having breaks and free coffee with other coworkers. Fala hosts TEDx, workshops, and other events, and you can always rent the space to organize something of your own.

Basics
Pricing
  • BRL30 per day
  • BRL200 per week
  • BRL400 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Five coworking spaces in Rio de Janeiro we recommend

Here are some other coworking spaces in Rio every digital nomad should check out:

  1. Nitis Office
  2. Tribo Coworking
  3. Space Coworking
  4. EDX Coworking
  5. WeCompany

Nitis Office in Centro

Image source: Nitis Office website

Nitis Office offers 25 workstations in two rooms and a conference room for 12 to 14 people, equipped with a projector and a whiteboard. Secretarial services and use of their phone for local calls are included in the available membership plans.

This space doesn’t have a standing desk, but every workstation has a colorful ergonomic chair. The not so great thing about Nitis Office is the lack of space for individual work. One desk has several chairs and barely any room between them to give you enough privacy. With that in mind, this coworking space is better for teams or workshops. Getting to Nitis may also be a problem for some since it’s on the rooftop, and you have to climb several flights of stairs to get there.

Tribo Coworking in Copacabana

Image source: Tribo Coworking Instagram

Tribo Coworking is one of the most popular in Rio, most likely because it’s near the famous Copacabana beach. Basic service like scanning, printing, and photocopying is available for all members, while meeting rooms have to be booked in advance and require an additional fee.

Hot desks have ergonomic chairs and are spacious enough to work comfortably. The only problem is that everyone occupies one room, so it can get noisy at times. Since Tribo doesn’t have private offices, the room can turn loud pretty when teams are there, discussing a project. This happened a few times while we were there, so we suggest bringing your headphones. There is a large balcony and PS4 when you want to take your mind off work and relax.

Space Coworking in Botafogo

Image source: Space Coworking Facebook

Space Coworking is a cozy space for both individuals and teams near the metro and bus stations. The staff here is the friendliest of all coworking spaces we’ve been in Rio, always there to help or just chat.

The building doesn’t have an elevator, and you will have to climb a couple of winding stairs to Space Coworking. Chairs could use better back support but are still comfortable enough to work for hours. A library has an impressive collection of books and magazines with large chairs by the shelves to relax and read. This is also a good spot to make Skype calls since it’s private and has a standing desk for the laptop. Lunchtime was the best part of our working here since the staff cooks tasty local meals worthy of a restaurant.

EDX Coworking in Centro

Image source: EDX Coworking Facebook

EDX Coworking is not a large coworking space, with a desk capacity for 14 people at the most. While this is not good for networking, it’s perfect for those who want to concentrate on the workload completely.

The training room is well-equipped and big enough to fit a dozen people who can comfortably attend workshops. Free coffee and drinking water are available in the kitchen, where you can also prepare lunch. All desks have ergonomic chairs and separators, offering semi-privacy from other coworkers.

WeCompany Coworking in Barra Da Tijuca

Image source: WeCompany Coworking Facebook

WeCompany Coworking is located inside a shopping mall with opening hours from 9 am to 9 pm on workdays. It stretches across two floors, featuring an open plan workspace with lots of natural light.

Every desk has an ergonomic chair and lots of pens if you need to write something down. The lounge area downstairs is small, but that is compensated with a café-like outdoor space in front of the building. If you want to go outside without worrying about your things, use a personal locker available for members. WeCompany is a popular coworking space in Rio, so it can get crowded and noisy, especially in the afternoons.

Take a look at other coworking spaces in Rio de Janeiro:

Where to stay in São Paulo

Where to stay in Sao Paulo

Where to stay in São Paulo, the city of drizzle and street carnivals

Long overshadowed by its sister city Rio De Janeiro, the city of São Paulo slowly overtook the spotlight to become the megacity it is today. One of Brazil’s most vibrant cities, it is known for its crazy weather, mixed culture, commitment to art, and diverse architecture. It also happens to be the most populated city on the South American continent. You could spend weeks exploring it, and you’ll still have plenty left to see and do.

With a city this large, it’s difficult to decide where to stay in São Paulo. To help you out, we will list the best areas and give you reasons why to pick them. Here are some top areas to consider:

  1. Centro Histórico
  2. Republica
  3. Bela Vista

We made our picks after careful consideration, based on the following factors:

  • The overall vibe of the neighborhood
  • Fun things to do and see
  • How connected the area is
  • Accommodation options
  • Safety

Where to stay in São Paulo

Best for first-timers Centro Histórico The historical center of the city with plenty of sightseeing options
Best for the nightlife Republica The most vibrant part of the city packed with clubs and bars
Best long term Bela Vista A peaceful neighborhood with all the amenities you could wish for

São Paulo transportation system

São Paulo metro map. Photo credit: Wikimedia

There are several ways you can get around São Paulo:

  1. Metro: There is a total of 15 subway and suburban railway lines run through São Paulo and connect pretty much all the important districts. São Paulo metro is fast and reliable since it plays a major part in the city’s tourist economy and connects many business sectors.
  2. Bus: Buses are plenty throughout the city, and they are frequent and reliable since the majority of citizens commute with them to work. They’re good for short distance hopping and are color-coded for the areas they pass through, making them easy to memorize.
  3. Taxi: Taxis are relatively cheap and reliable. A usual starting fee is around 4.5 reals ($1), and the price of one kilometer is about the same. Just make sure the driver uses a taximeter to avoid any unwanted “tourist taxes”.
  4. Uber: As in most modern cities, rental car services, such as Uber, are present in São Paulo. Although not necessarily cheaper than a regular taxi, they still provide the comfort and safety that attract customers to these types of services.
  5. Helicopter: Here’s a transportation method unique to São Paulo. The city has the largest fleet of helicopters in the world. The Voom service, for example, is similar to Uber and other vehicle renting services, charging passengers based on the distance traveled and weight carried. Although it’s obviously more expensive than ground transport, it’s worth checking out, if at least once for the experience. 
  6. Biking: The city has constructed over 400km (250 miles) of bicycle routes to battle its high traffic. Make use of them for short distance traveling to avoid getting stuck.

Where to stay for first-timers in São Paulo — Centro Histórico

There is no better place to start your journey through São Paulo than where it all originated from. Centro Histórico (city center) is the city’s core that brings all the pieces together. It’s a diverse combination of economic prosperity and cultural development. The district has plenty to offer for everyone.

What to see and do in Centro Histórico?

São Paulo Cathedral

The land upon which the cathedral stands has been a place of worship since early settlements in the then village of São Paulo. Construction began in 1913 under the guidance of Duarte Leopoldo e Silva, the first archbishop of São Paulo. The project was handed to German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl, who was renowned for his architectural work in Brazil.

This Neo-Gothic style megachurch stands at 111 meters (364 feet) tall and serves as a reminder of the city’s European roots and the strong spirituality among Brazilian people.

Photo credit: assembleiasp

Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

There’s no better place to experience the Brazilian taste and smell (literally) than the Marketplace of São Paulo. This legendary marketplace consists of two floors, the first floor being the shopping area and the second a restaurant. The stands are full of homegrown fruits and vegetables, coffee, spices, meat, and similar delicacies ready to intrigue your taste buds.

Although the historic building the market is housed in was built for the purpose it serves, looking at its architectural style, it reminds of elements typically found in cathedrals, such as large stained windows, pillars, tall ceiling, and a dome.

Photo credit: lubelingieri

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Ancient Greek and Roman picture galleries called pinacothecas served as inspiration for the São Paulo Pinacoteca. It was founded in 1905 and established as a state museum in 1911.

Focused mainly on Brazilian art pieces from the 19th century, the museum also houses a department of European works. Most notably, you will see the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who inspired many Brazilian artists. The part of Pinacoteca devoted to his art is considered to be one of the most important art displays in Brazil.

Photo credit: lariduarteoficial

Where to stay for the nightlife in São Paulo — Republica

Republica is the area located around the Praça da República (Republic Park) and the metro station of the same name. You will find it right next to the historic city center.

Its large concentration of skyscrapers is broken by the parks and historic buildings that can be found in the area. This modern neighborhood offers plenty of things to do throughout the day and well into the night, and isn’t shy of its cultural significance either.

What to see and do in Republica

Theatro Municipal de São Paulo

The municipal theater of São Paulo was built in 1911 as a tribute to the city’s increasing presence and importance on the international stage. Architecture connoisseurs will recognize its Renaissance style and notice that its designers took inspiration from the Paris Opera House.

Home to the São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra and the city’s official ballet ensemble, its stage was graced by both the local and internationally acclaimed actors, orchestras, and opera singers.

Photo credit: theatromunicipal

Museu do Futebol

Brazilians are world-famous for their passion for football (soccer). The sport plays one of the largest cultural roles in the country. Located in the area of Estádio do Pacaembu, the most important stadium in the region of São Paulo is a museum dedicated to that passion. 

The exhibits are just as much dedicated to the players and their amazing achievements as they are to the fans without whom none of it would be possible.

One of the most beloved exhibits is the World Cup Room (Sala das Copas do Mundo) which hosts modern displays of each World Cup, from its inception in 1930 to the present day.

Photo credit: museudofutebol

Love Story Club

Known as “the house of all houses” and one of the best nightlife venues in São Paulo, Love Story Club has achieved world-famous status in the world of EDM (electronic dance music). The parties hosted in the club are known for lasting up to ten hours straight, usually starting before midnight and ending around 9 a.m. the next day. This makes the club absolutely unmissable. Whether you’ve just started your night or looking for a killer after-party, you’re bound to love this club.

In 2002, the legendary British duo Layo & Bushwacka created a song called “Love Story” to celebrate their time in São Paulo and the club.

Photo credit: Love Story

Where to stay long term in São Paulo — Bela Vista

The district of Bela Vista is the ideal location to base yourself long term for many reasons. It’s close to the city’s historic center, well-connected with public transportation, and has plenty of entertainment options to offer. What makes it ideal for living is that you can find everything you may need within the neighborhood, which makes it completely independent from other areas. Schools, shopping centers, hospitals, and similar necessities are within walking distance, and it’s a generally safe area.

What to see and do in Bela Vista?

Ibirapuera Park

Just a few blocks from Bela Vista you will find the Ibirapuera — the most visited park in South America, averaging jaw-dropping 40,000 visitors per day. While the park itself offers plenty of escape from the concrete jungle with its lakes and greenery, the real gems inside it are the many cultural and historical monuments. They include, but are not limited to:

  • São Paulo Modern Arts Museum (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo)
  • Ibirapuera Auditorium
  • Afro-Brazilian Museum (Museu Afro Brasil)
  • Japanese Pavilion (Pavilhao Japones)

Photo credit: paulosilva087

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

The São Paulo Museum of Art is located on Paulista Avenue, one of the most recognizable streets in the city. The building was designed by Lina Bo Bardi, a famous Brazilian-Italian architect. In her effort to conserve as much of the public space as possible, she created a design that elevated the building above ground using four pillars.

Although the museum itself is a private non-profit, its founders went to great lengths to secure the best collection available. Because of their efforts, the museum now holds a priceless collection of recognizable European art, considered the finest one south of the equator.

Photo credit: masp

Some of the notable artists and paintings include, but are not limited to:

  • Portrait of a Young Man with a Golden Chain; Rembrandt, 1635
  • Portrait of Suzanne Bloch; Picasso, 1904
  • The resurrection of Christ; Raffaello, 1502
  • Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist; Botticelli, 1490
  • The Student; Van Gogh, 1888

Livraria Cultura National Assembly

Just down the street from the Museum of Art sits the largest bookstore in all of South America: Livraria Cultura Conjunto Nacional. It is part of the Livraria Cultura bookstore chain and located in a renovated movie theater space inside the Conjunto Nacional building.

The incredible selection of books is tourist-friendly, as most of them can have the English edition as well. Apart from books, the store also houses music records, trading cards, board games, and more. It is also home to plenty of cultural events from the world of literature.

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Where to stay in Rio De Janeiro

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro – The city of carnivals

Nicknamed the Marvellous City, Rio is the second-largest city in Brazil. Over the years, Rio de Janeiro gained a reputation among travelers and tourists, and as a result, it became one of the most popular and well-known tourist destinations in the world. It became such a popular tourist destination, in large part, thanks to the iconic statue of Christ – also known as Christ the Redeemer, the famous Carnival, the splendid beaches, and of course, football.

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is divided into four zones – North, South, West, and Central. The West Zone covers the most ground, around 50%, while the Central Zone is the smallest. Each of these zones is further subdivided into neighborhoods.  

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Green represents the West Zone, blue the North Zone, red the Central Zone, and yellow the South Zone. 

These are our top 5 picks:

  1. Centro
  2. Lapa
  3. Flamengo
  4. Santa Teresa
  5. Copacabana

 

Centro  Despite being the financial heart of Rio, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those travelers who are on a budget. This neighborhood is located in the Central Zone.
Lapa This neighborhood is best known for its exciting nightlife and historic monuments. It is located in the South Zone.
Flamengo A more quiet and residential neighborhood, great for people looking to stay long-term. This area is located in the South Zone of the city.
Santa Teresa  Located in the Central Zone, Santa Teresa is a neighborhood that is known for its cultural life and bohemian vibe. This is where you are most likely to encounter artists and intellectuals.
Copacabana  Located in the South Zone of the city, this is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world, known for its incredible beaches. This is an excellent spot for first-time visitors.

Getting around Rio

Traffic, like in almost any major city, can be an absolute nightmare and a great cause of stress which you do not need. The safest, easiest, and most convenient way to get around Rio is either by bus or metro.

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro on a budget – The Centro

 

The Centro neighborhood is home to a number of museums, cultural and historic landmarks. As one of the most tourist-oriented neighborhoods, there are plenty of things to do and places to visit. Also, given its central position, it is really easy to get around on foot, and you have access to public transportation.

Things to see and do in Centro

Here are some of our suggestions: 

  • Visit the Imperial Palace Cultural Center
  • Visit the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading
  • Visit the Museum of Art of Rio

Imperial Palace Cultural Center

Built in the 18th century, this incredible building once served as the Imperial Palace, but nowadays it is a cultural center. Visit this great historic building and learn about the history behind it and Brazil.

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Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading

Proclaimed as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading is home to one of the largest collections of Portuguese literature. The interior of this building just might be one of the most breathtaking things you will ever get to witness.

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Museum of Art of Rio

Feast your eyes with some interesting and inspiring art. They organize various exhibits throughout the whole year, so regardless of your time of visit you will always have something to see. Entrance is free on Tuesdays.

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Where to stay in Centro

The Centro neighborhood offers a great number of affordable accommodations despite its central location, which is usually quite pricey. 

Here are some of our suggestions for affordable accommodation in Centro:

This cozy apartment is located near public transportation and shops.

This small studio is close to all the tourist attractions and transportation.

This apartment offers you a great view of the city.

For other options in this area check out Airbnb.

Where to stay in Rio for nightlife – Lapa

During the day, Lapa gives off the impression of a low-key, bohemian neighborhood with gorgeous street art, however, during the night it comes to life thanks to the many bars, pubs, and clubs that attract both locals and foreigners. In Lapa, you can also witness a lot of street parties with excellent music and a captivating atmosphere.

Things to see and do in Lapa

Here are some of our recommendations for a great night out:

  • Carioca da Gema
  • Boteco da Garrafa
  • Café Cultural Sacrilégio

Carioca da Gema

This bar offers you an authentic Brazilian experience. Enjoy a night out with live music and great drinks.

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Boteco da Garrafa

A renovated mansion that serves Brazilian food and a wide variety of drinks.

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Café Cultural Sacrilégio

Dance samba with the locals accompanied by a live band in this fun and exciting bar.

Where to stay in Lapa

Most of the apartments in this area are quite small in size and have very vibrant decor. The apartments were chosen based on location, price, and convenience. On average, the price for a night is around $57.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Affordable: this apartment has a very homey feel to it. It’s also close to restaurants.

Mid-range: a bright and conveniently located apartment in the heart of Lapa.

Luxury: a large townhouse with breathtaking interior design, close to all the main tourist attractions.

Check out other options in Lapa on Airbnb.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro long term – Flamengo

Despite its location next to the sea, Flamengo doesn’t experience a large number of tourists like some other areas in Rio de Janeiro. This neighborhood is located a bit away from the city center but there are buses that connect to the other areas, as well as three subway stations: Flamengo, Largo do Machado and Catete. Some of the more popular landmarks include the Carmen Miranda Museum, Flamengo Park, and the Museum of Modern Art. You can also see the statue of Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf Mountain.

Things to see and do in Flamengo

Here are some of our suggestions to do in this neighborhood:

  • Dine at Armazém do Chopp 
  • Visit Flamengo Park
  • Visit Oi Futuro

Armazém do Chopp

An authentic local restaurant that sells dishes from Brazilian and South American cuisine.

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Flamengo Park

Flamengo Park is the largest park in Rio de Janeiro. Here you can skate, cycle, walk, play a variety of sports (football, basketball, volleyball, etc.), relax and unwind. You can also find restaurants, food stands, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Monument to the Dead of World War II, and a lot more. It is a great way to spend time outside.

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Oi Futuro

Oi Futuro is a building that houses a cultural center, an innovation lab, and a museum of technology, all in one. This space is dedicated to creative minds who like to explore possibilities and learn new things.

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Where to stay in Flamengo

The average nightly price for an apartment is around $84. 

Here are some of our suggestions:

Affordable: this apartment might seem a little tight when it comes to space, but it is just 5 minutes away from the metro.

Mid-range: a modern apartment with a lot of charm; it is close to the metro and everything you might need.

Luxury: a vibrantly colored apartment with a balcony and vintage feel to it.

For other options in this area check out Airbnb.