Practical info

Official hotel of World Biennial Forum No 2

Rua Oscar Freire, 1948
São Paulo – SP | Brasil
+55 11 2137-4700
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To make your reservation with a special discounted fare for the Forum, please contact the hotels by e-mail, sending, attached, the discount voucher of WBF 2 Voucher
Reservations are subject to availability.

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Rua da Consolação, 3555
São Paulo – SP | Brasil
+55 11 2137-4555

Rua Vergueiro, 2.740
Vila Mariana
São Paulo – SP | Brasil
+55 11 2197-7600

Museums and Art Centers

Inside the Ibirapuera Park

Free admission
Open Hours: 10am-21pm Tue; 10am-18pm Wed-Sun

The museum of contemporary art opened its doors at the beginning of 2012. This is one of the most impressive Oscar Niemeyer’s buildings and offers eight floors of must be seen exhibitions. To get there, the visitor has to cross a bridge above the busy Avenida Vinte e Três de Maio, which link the park to this museum.
Until November 30th, the exhibition of the Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira is being displayed. The stunning artwork named “Transatlânica” is an obligatory stop.


Admission R$5.50 (free on Sunday)
Open hours: 10am –6pm Tue – Sun

Founded in 1948, its collection contains more than 5000 works by the most representative modern and contemporary artists, principally Brazilian ones. The museum spaces are visually integrated into the Sculpture Garden, designed by Roberto Burle Marx to display works from the collection. The museum shop sells design products and the restaurant definitely is worth a try. This museum is inside the Ibirapuera Park.


Free admission
Open hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sun

A collection of over than 6,000 works highlights the importance of African people in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity as known nowadays. It also offers a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the Africans and Afro-Brazilians. Its building was designed by the renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. This museum is inside the Ibirapuera Park.

Address: Rua Álvares Penteado 112, Sé, São Paulo
Metro 1 and 3, Sé; or 1, São Bento
Free admission
Open hours: 9am-9pm Wed-Mon

Built in 1901, this imposing former bank in the middle of the old city centre is now a cultural centre, with a café, art exhibitions, theatre and educational programs. The CCBB cinema often includes engrossing retrospectives of internationally renowned directors.


Address: Avenida Paulista, 149
Metro: 2, Brigadeiro
Free admission
Open hours: 9am-8pm Tue-Fry; 11am-8pm Sat-Sun

Housed in a typical Avenida Paulista glass building and run by one of the country’s largest banks, Banco Itaú, this institute holds temporary, contemporary art exhibitions. The initial goal of the centre was to set up a computer database on which it could store information on Brazilian arts and culture, and in 2000, a large collection of online works was made available to the public through Enciclopédia Itaú Cultural.


Address: Avenida Paulista 1578, Bela Vista, São Paulo
Metro: 2, Trianon-MASP
Admission R$15, students R$7 (free on Tuesday)
Open hours: 10am-6pm Tue, Wed; 10am-8pm Thu; 10am-6pm Fri-Sun (ticket office open until half an hour before closing).

São Paulo’s flagship museum, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, is an imposing red concrete and glass box made by the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Suspended on four concrete columns it dominates Avenida Paulista. It’s the best collection of European and Brazilian art in South America – even if only around 500 of the museum’s 7,000 works are on show at any given


Address: Avenida Europa, 158, Jardim Europa, São Paulo
Prices: R$6; students R$3 (free on Tuesday and Saturday)
Open hours: Noon-9pm; Tue-Fri; 11am-8pm Sat-Sun

MIS affirms itself as a space that brings memory and contemporaneity, technical investigation and widening of access to art innovation to lively dialogue. Since 2011, MIS has been under the command of executive director André Sturm, who has brought a new plan of activities in his term. MIS has become a meeting space for the population of São Paulo, where the plurality of artistic and cultural options prevail. The restaurant Chez MIS is a trendy restaurant with great food and atmosphere.
Just few steps from MIS the visitor can take a look at MUBE (Museu Brasileiro da Escultura) made mainly of concrete and iron, a signature of its architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, with exhibition halls below street level.


Address: Praça da Luz, Center, São Paulo
Metro: 1, Luz
Admission: R$6; students R$3 (free on Saturday)
Open hours: 10am-5.30pm Tue-Sun

Designed in 1897 by ramos de Azevedo, the building housed the first art school of São Paulo. In 1997, the famous Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha renovated the eclectic neoclassical building by stripping it of the stucco that covered it and leaving a stunning columned palace in exposed brick. Many of the most important Brazilian modernists are on display inside, Cândido Portinari, Anita Malfatti and Di Cavalcanti included.
The Pinacoteca admission fee also includes entry to the ESTAÇÃO PINACOTECA, just a couple of minutes walk away, which is now both a temporary exhibition space as well as a museum that documents the building’s history as a political prison during Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-85).


Address: Avenida Faria Lima, 201, Pinheiros, São Paulo
Metro: 4, Faria Lima
Free admission
Open hours: 11am-8pm Tue-Sun

Housed in an imposing dark glass skyscraper intertwined with steel waves of purple and maroon, the institute is named after the Japanese-Brazilian artist and designed by her son, Ruy Ohtake, one of Brazil’s most loved and hated architects who isn’t scared to shock with challenging exhibitions. The complex also houses a shop with stocking local handicrafts, an art bookstore, the restaurant Santinho, which has an excellent lunch buffet, with Brazilian food.


Next to Ibirapuera Park

Address: Al. dos Nahambiquaras, 818, Indianópolis
Distance from the park: 1.8 km
Traditional arabic restaurant which opened in 1952. Good option for a quick lunch.


Address: Avenida dos Bandeirantes, 1001, Vila Olímpia
Distance from the park: 2,9 km.
Other great steakhouse to eat an excellent rodízio, desgutation of


Address: Rua Inhambu, 240
Distance from the park: 700m
Great option for snacks, light food, salads and breakfast on weekends. Try açaí, cajú, cajá, acerola, jaboticaba and cupuaçu juices, which are typical Brazilian fruits.


Address: Rua Pirapora, 197, Vila Mariana
Distance from the park: 1 km
This bakery is a great option to grab a sandwich. It is also a small emporium and wine cellar.


Address: Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antonio, 4700
Distance from the park: 1,1 km
Located on the rooftop of the hotel Unique, it has stunning views over Ibirapuera park and a great lounge area.


Address: Rua Conceição Veloso, 56, Vila Mariana
Distance from the park: 3,1 km
This Boteco is award-winning for its Caipirinhas which have to accompany the creamy coxinhas (chicken croquettes), the best in town.


Other locations – Brazilian food

Address: Rua doutor Renato Paes de Barros, 65. Itaim Bibi
This traditional steakhouse has the best rodízio, an all-you-can-eat-restaurant with great range and quality of meat.


Address: Rua Ipiranga, 200, República
This trendy resto-bar is located on the ground floor of downtown’s landmark Copan building, by Oscar Niemeyer. Try the Brazilian snacks pastel, rabada and croquete alongside a great caipirinha.


Address: Avenidade Cidade Jardim, 53
Known to serve one of the best Feijoada in São Paulo, the most typical Brazilian food, eaten traditionally on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Address: Rua Barão de Capanema, 549, Jardim Paulista
Award winning chef Alex Atala mixes molecular gastronomy with Brazilian ingredients. This is the number-seven-ranking restaurant in 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants.


Address: Rua Joaquim Antunes, 210, Jardim Paulistano
The best woman chef of the world, Helena Rizzo, runs this restaurant, which serves the best contemporary Brazilian food.

City walks

Address: Avenida Paulista 2073, Jardim Paulista, São Paulo
Metro 2, Consolação
Open hours: 7am-10pm Mon-Fri; 7am-10pm Sat; 10am-10pm Sun and Holidays

Avenida Paulista is the city’s landmark. One can have a nice walk from side-to-side of the avenue, and visit MASP, CASA DAS ROSAS, ITAÚ CULTURAL, CONJUNTO NACIONAL, between other cultural spots. Conjunto Ncional is home to the best bookshop of São Paulo, Livraria Cultura, and one of the best cinemas, Cine Livraria Cultura. It is located right next to RUA AUGUSTA, the city’s most dynamic nightlife zone. Bars like Z Carniceria, Caos, Athenas and Sancho do worth a try.
For those who would like to explore the gleaming towers and old mansions around Avenida Paulista can attend the SP FREE WALKING TOUR. The group meets at 3.30p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, at the corner of Rua Augusta and Avenida Paulista, in front of the Banco do Brasil.


Address: Praça Pateo do Collegio, Centro, São Paulo
Metro: 1 or 3, Sé; 1, São Bento

The historic center of São Paulo has beautiful buildings from the mid 20th Century such as EDIFÍCIO ITÁLIA as well as colonial buildings such as PATEO DO COLLEGIO, where the city was born and the SOLAR DA MARQUESA DE SANTOS from the 19th Century. This was once home to the Marquise de Santos, mistress of the first Emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro I, which displays goods that belonged to the couple and also an installation entitled “Perfume de Princesa” (Princess Perfume), by Brazilian artist Wagner Malta Tavares.
The city center has also become a target for urban renewal and an art hotspot, with new art spaces opening up like Pivô, Red Bull Station and Phosphorus.
For those who would like to make a city centre tour the SP FREE WALKING TOUR is a great option. On Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays, the tour begins at 11.30a.m. at PRAÇA DA REPÚBLICA, next to the tourist information centre.


Address: Praça Benedito Calixto, Pinheiros, São Paulo
Metro: 2, Clínicas
Open hours: 9am-6pm Sat

Probably the best flee market of São Paulo, this is the meeting point of all groups and ages every Saturday. The market sells antique furniture, vinyl, clothes and jewellery and is surrounded by gift shops. The visitors eat Brazilian typical food and enjoy the sound of samba.


Address: Praça da Liberdade, Liberdade, São Paulo
Metro: 1, Liberdade

Directly south of Centro lies the city’s traditional neighborhood of Liberdade, where there is a Sunday fair with a vast range of Japanese and Chinese fast-food treats on offer at a reasonable price.


Address: Rua da Cantareira, 306, São Paulo
Metro: 1, São Bento
Open Hours: 5 a.m – 4 p.m Mon-Sat

Mercadão is a gourmet market for food lovers. The ground floor displays an abundacy of native fruits and vegetables as well as the best gourmet food. The upper level has several sit-down joints for lunch with a great view to the market and the beautiful building. One cannot forget to try the famous bacalhau (Portuguese-style salt-cod), the Italian mortadela sandwich, and the Brazilian pastel. A trip to the market is often combined with cheap shopping on Rua 25 de Março.
Address: the crossing of Rua Aspicuelta and Rua Mourato Coelho could be a start point to visit the neighborhood
Metro: 2, Vila Madalena; 4, Faria Lima

This neighborhood has an eclectic collection of bars, boutiques, restaurants and galleries. This is a great place to go anytime of the day or night. The bars Genial, Filial, Astor have great Chopp and Brazilian snacks.

Visa Requirements

Many nationalities can purchase a visa on entry at the airport, however you always need to check your nationality’s visa requirements before traveling to Brazil. Contact your nearest Brazilian Consulate. See also: VisaRegulationsBrazil

From the airport to the city of São Paulo

Upon arriving in São Paulo, the best way to get to a hotel or into the city is via taxi. At the international Airport of Guarulhos, one can only get the blue-and-white Guarucoop radio taxi.

Another option to get into the city is a special bus service which offers numerous routes to the town, like Paulista Avenue, Downtown and Tatuapé, check where you are staying or going.

Getting Around


Taxis are a great way to get around São Paulo, and an absolute must late at night. You can hail one anywhere on the street, and taxi stands are usually found on main intersections, next to malls, squares, and parks. To order a taxi at a specific time, call a radio taxi. Rádio Táxi can be reached at tel (11)3146-4000 and Central Táxi at (11)3035-0404/2163-9555.

One can also download taxi apps such as Easy Taxi and 99Taxis which is the best and most secure way to call a taxi.


Tourists are most likely to opt for the metro, as they are safe, clean and efficient in addition to being the easiest way to get around the city. The metro system consists of five colour-coded lines: Line 1 (Blue), Line 2 (Green), Line 3 (Red), Line 4 (Yellow) and Line 5 (Lilac) all of which operate from 4:40 am to midnight (1:00 am on Sundays). Metro fare is R$ 3,00.

The following website is helpful to understand the network map:


Good as Sao Paulo’s Metro is, there are some places you can only get to by bus. São Paulo buses are plentiful and frequent, but the city’s sprawling layout and lack of landmarks can make the system hard to navigate. The below website offers an origin/destination service, which is only available in Portuguese.

Yet, rather intuitive: type in the street/avenue (excluding “rua”, “avenida”, etc.) you are on, and the street/avenue you want to get to, and it will list all lines available, and even tell you where to change, if necessary. Bus fare is R$ 3,00.

How to get to the Ibirapuera park

The Auditória Ibirapuera as well as Bienal Pavillion are located inside the Ibirapuera Park (Address: Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral). There is no metro station near the park, so the best way to get there is by Taxi or Bus.

See bellow some bus routes:

Via Praça da Sé: Walk to R. Benjamim Constant 5318-10 Bus toward Chácara Santana Stop at Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral Walk to Ibirapuera Park

Via Metrô Ana Rosa (subway): Walk to Terminal Metrô Ana Rosa 677A-10 Bus toward Terminal Jardim Ângela Stop at Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral Walk to Ibirapuera Park

Via Av. Vereador José Diniz: Walk to Marechal Deodoro B/C 5362-10 Bus toward Praça da Sé Stop at Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral Walk to Ibirapuera Park

Via Av. Dr. Rudge Ramos: Walk to Av. Dr. Rudge Ramos, 720 359 Bus toward São Paulo (Saúde) Stop at Metrô Saúde (subway) 5164-21 Bus toward Parque do Ibirapuera Stop at Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral Walk to Ibirapuera Park

Getting to other cities in Brazil


Brumadinho, the city of Inhotim, is more than 500 km from São Paulo. The first step to get there is to fly to Belo Horizonte, the stretch takes 1h15. Flight tickets on TAM Air and GOL can be easily found at

Then take a bus from the central bus station to Inhotim at the Platform F2 (see bus timetable below). The journey takes about 90 minutes, so best overnight in Brumadinho. Tuesday through Friday: depart at 8:15 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: depart at 8:15 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.


The flight to Rio de Janeiro takes 40 minutes. Both airports Guarulhos and Congonhas have flights to Rio, though the best option is Congonhas, since the airport is inside the city. A range of airlines fly this stretch, the best way is to compare prices at

Another way to get there is by bus. The trip takes 6 hours to go through 360Km. Good bus companies are: Expresso Brasileiro and Expresso do Sul:


The best way to get to Brasília is definitely by plane. The flight takes 1h30 and the best price can also be found at:

Travel Agency

This travel agency can support with booking flights if you are interested in traveling to other cities in Brazil.

Otto Turismo
Rua Maj Quedinho, 111 cj 307
Bela Vista, São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3123-3355
Fax: +55 11 3259-0203
Contact person: Bruno Guedes