A busy, loud, and beautiful storm, São Paulo is the epitome of a bustling metropolis and quite possibly the New York of South America.
With a population of nearly 22 million and easily the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere, São Paulo is the leading industrial center of Latin America and the economic center of Brazil. But aside from business and global influence, the city is a truly colorful blend of cultural centers, art galleries, and architecture outlined by a vibrant fashion, nightlife, and music scene, and year-round festivals from the world’s largest Gay Pride Parade to the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix and Carnaval.
While the museum’s structure, or lack thereof, is something of a marvel on its own, the interior was designed with an intentional lack of direction, allowing visitors to create their own journey through its maze of exhibits. The gallery contains Latin America’s most impressive collection of Western art mingled with pieces from Africa, Asia, and Latin American greats.
Chef Alex Atala has let his curiosity and distinction guide him to the pinnacle of new-age Brazilian gastronomy, inventing formally unheard of dishes such as banana, lemon, and priprioca ravioli and heart of palm fettuccine. While serving at eloquent yet comfortable D.O.M in São Paulo, Atala’s dedication to the exotic has led him to venture deep into the Amazon, in search of new ingredients to unearth.
Originally the Banespa Bank completed in 1947 to cement São Paulo as the continent’s financial capital, the Altino Arantes was modeled after New York City’s Empire State Building, although only half the height. The lower level features historic memorabilia with an emphasis on life in the ‘40s while the 26th floor is dedicated to a viewing deck overlooking all of São Paulo.