Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the 4th largest metropolitan
area in the world, with 15 million residents.
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the 4th largest metropolitan area in the world, with 15 million residents.
The city shelters immigrants from many countries.
In São Paulo you will see descendants of Africans, Native Indians, Italians, Portuguese, Spanish,
Jews, Arabs, Japanese, Polish, and Slavic people, just to name a few.
They live in harmony and many say that there is no racial
tension in Brazil.
Founded by Jesuit priests in 1554 in a place known
today as “Pátio do Colégio”, the city began as a
jesuit mission in a high plateau about 45 miles from the sea. For
As it grew wealthier, mainly due to its surrounding coffee plantations, the city developed a solid industrial basis. São Paulo is still today the heart of Brazil's economy, providing more than 30% of the country's GNP (Gross National Product).
Marked by the mingling of several cultures, paulistas are known for their openess to new ideas and ways of life. A good example of this oppenness is its cuisine. São Paulo boasts the greatest variety of restaurants in Brazil, and it is said to be one of the best cities in the world for dining out. You can virtually find any kind of food, anytime of the day or night. But the most typical restaurant in São Paulo is still the traditional "pizzaria". Pizza is the official dish of São Paulo, and it is not uncommon to find restaurants offering more than fifty varieties of it.
São Paulo hosts
some of the best teams of Brazil. Click on the logos
to see their websites (in Portuguese)
"Liberdade" is the name of the most traditional Asian quarter in São Paulo. Occupied initially by Japonese immigrants, "Liberdade" looks like a small piece of Japan transplanted to Brazil. It boasts the single largest Japanese community outside of Japan. It is an excellent place for anyone interested in Asian food and culture.