Nightlife and Museums
I live in SP since I was 4 months old.
Therefore, I know places that foreigners would love and places they would hate.
Good things about my city: nightlife and museums.
Going out is easy and unexpensive, depending on what you like to do. There're bars and clubs for all tastes.
I love Rua Augusta... but stay around Avenida Paulista, because as it gets closer to the center, the more hookers and whore houses there are. Avenida Paulista, by the way, is great. Best clubs, in my opinion, are in Jardins, Vila Madalena, Pinheiros and Bela Vista.
If you like fancy and expensive bars and clubs, then go to Vila Olimpia... (I hate it).
Other great thing about the city are the museums. MASP, MAC and MAM. Best ones. There's also Pinacoteca, which is great, depending no the exhibition. Although, it' always worth it to take a look at its building (very beautiful).
If you're afraid of crowds, buses and metros, then get a taxi. But, prepare your wallet... taxi in SP is very expensive.
If you know someone here, you'll love SP! If you don't, maybe it'll be harder to like it.
If you like big cities, that's the place to go. If you don't, there're always some parks to go... but prefer going to the north coast of the state. If you feel like giong to the mountains, Campos de Jordão is a good option (although expensive).
Ride a bike!
I love ride a bike here in São Paulo. There are some parks that you can ride and enjoy your travel here.
Villa Lobos Park is a very nice park to ride a bike, walking, read a book. You can rent a bike.
São Paulo Tip
Visit a bar where they perform capoeira dances. Slaves in Brazil were not allowed to engage in fighting but they found a way to develop skills in martial arts by learning capoeira (pronounced kap-ware'-uh).
This is a traditional BBQ restaurant in Sao Paulo. They will send a mini bus to pick you up from your hotel. For R$48 you can eat all the meat and salad you wish. But beware the salad bar is very substantial and the meat is amazing. Servers constantly wander about with big spits of fresh cooked meat. The range is astounding with 21 cuts of beef plus many other meats. All of the meat is spectacular. Do not eat before going here....
Good Vegetarian Restaurant in Jardins
Due to health problems, I had to eat only at vegetarian restaurants while in São Paulo and this was my first time in a place like this. I'm glad I came here, because I really liked it, especially the lunch buffet from Monday to Friday. I think it was R$ 20 (all you can eat with drinks and dessert).
The food was really good. I don't remember anything specific, but they had hot and cold dishes from soups to pasta. I was only disappointed with the drinks option, only water and a syrup (water with syrup) thing.
I thought there was a dinner buffet, but unfortunately there wasn't. It's a "la carte" and very pricey, but still good nonetheless (at least my dish, which was "mandioquinha gnocchi"). My husband had some kind of risoto (too hot for him - curry, ginger, red pepper...). Before you place your order, you are given some appetizers (we had mangue/mint juice, something that seemed like ricotta with coriander, a small salad and Swedish bread). We also had dessert, which was some kind of apple pie (I didn't like it very much - too sweet for my taste).