Known affectionately by locals as Sampa, Brazil’s biggest city is home to fashion and food scenes to rival those of any glitzy, global metropolis. There are also some of the world’s most luxurious and architecturally impressive hotels, mostly around upmarket Jardins and the Oscar Freire shopping street. But the city caters for budget travellers, too: a host of comfy digs and quiet co-working spaces invites digital nomads and creative types to linger. Though a little a rough around the edges, downtown São Paulo offers some of the country’s best museums and markets. Don’t miss strolling through the street art along the elevated highway of Parque Minhocão, the city’s answer to New York’s High Line.

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