Our hand-picked selection will not disappoint – they’re utterly beautiful!
Discover an impressive 1920s mansion and courtyard hammocks.
It’s a great destination for solo travellers that enjoy small, cosy dorms. Who doesn’t like their privacy, after all?
Sao Paulo is also a really affordable city in Brazil.
Budget backpackers will certainly have a few spare coins to spend at the hostel bar!
- Ô de Casa Hostel Bar – great for solo travellers
- WE Hostel Design – top pick for female solo travellers
- Hostel SP011 Sao Paulo – perfect for couples
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
If you’re looking to find the best hostels in Brazil, make sure you check out our guide to the 3 greatest hostels in Rio de Janeiro.
Keep scrolling to our handy map for the ultimate things to do in Sao Paulo.
Quick Introduction to Sao Paulo
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Sao Paulo cost 7€ – 12€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 19€ up to 58€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Sao Paulo
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Sao Paulo.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Ô de Casa Hostel Bar
“Ô de Casa!” Will be shouted your way as you arrive at this vibrant hostel!
The staff at Ô de Casa Hostel Bar come from small towns and they prize a more human side to Sao Paulo.
This easily creates an amazing, personal experience.
It’s without doubt the coolest hostel we could find and a great way to ease in to city life.
This smart, social and simple hostel offers:
- Hostel bar w/ Brazilian food
- Hammock & plant corridor
- Fun, bold design
- Cosy TV room
Word on the street says that this happens to be the best bar in Sao Paulo. There’s only one way to find out!
It’s open from 8am – 11pm every day of the week.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or a local craft beer as you bop along to some seriously sweet Brazilian tunes.
There are often activities happening, which the staff will do their best to get you involved in.
Note: the affordable restaurant replaces a communal kitchen.
One of the easiest ways to get to know the city is on foot.
And you’re in for a treat at this hostel – they offer free walking tours every couples of days. Join in the fun!
As for the rooms, you won’t be stuck for choice as there are many options.
From 4-8 bed mixed dorms to a private double with a huge window, Ô de Casa welcomes many traveller types.
Some of the dorms have sturdy pods whilst others are a series of standard bunks.
What they all have in common is free linen, personal plug, lockers and plenty of room light.
Location: situated in the safe barrio of Vila Madalena. It’s surrounded by bars, restaurants, art galleries and shops. The metro, bus and supermarkets are conveniently around the corner.
This is one of the best hostels in Sao Paulo for
- Solo travellers
2. WE Design Hostel
Fancy staying in a 1920s mansion?!
WE Hostel Design brings a new affordable stay option to Sao Paulo, without jeopardising style and cleanliness.
The original room disposition has been left untouched. Yet the spaces have been completely renovated and modernised.
It’s a lovely size, hosting a total of 46 guests.
Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, including:
- 4, 6, 7 & 8-bed mixed dorms
- 5-bed female en-suite
- Private twin
- Private double
Each bed has a socket, reading lamp, towel, linen and access to the Wi-Fi.
There are no curtains on the beds, but everyone gets a sizeable locker and the rooms are lovely and bright.
How would a hostel be without a bar?
Well, still good! Yet…
WE Hostel has a great “eat&drink” area, and it comes with a cinema!
There’a often activities and events held here to enjoy along with a great cocktail (at fair prices).
Each social space has been individually designed. That’s super cool.
Other spaces include:
- ‘Crystal Lounge’ w/ ceiling chalk-board
- Green garden w/ seating
- Chic design living room
- Modern, fully-fitted kitchen
As you can clearly see; there’s plenty of space to chat with others or enjoy alone time.
Note: breakfast isn’t included but can be enjoyed for a few extra coins.
Location: Within the Vila Mariana area, situated next to a bike rental and close to the cities main spots. This traditional neighbourhood is peaceful and safe.
Psst! We wrote up a full guide to WE Hostel Design here.
This is one of the best hostels in Sao Paulo for
- Female solo travellers
3. Hostel SP011 Sao Paulo
Imagine a warm Brazilian home-from-home filled with wooden furniture and cosy spaces.
Hostel SP011 Sao Paulo exists and offers all of the above and more!
We want to delve straight in to the wonderful amenities here:
- Hi-speed Wi-fi throughout the hostel
- On-site bar
- Gorgeous living room
- Kitchen serving sandwiches, coffee & sweets
The SP011 bar is open to guests and locals alike and is an easy place to meet new people.
If you prefer, the living room is a nice place to chill. There is also great work space in the kitchen area.
Important: a communal kitchen is currently being built for general use.
Oh and breakfast is included, yay!
SP011 Hostel is certainly a top choice if you prefer smaller dorms and that homely vibe.
Dorms can be enjoyed either in a 6-bed mixed or 4-bed female.
For the cute couples out there, get ready for a beautiful private option with en-suite bathroom.
Location: it’s a 5-minute walk to the metro station – your link to all the wonders of Sao Paulo. The main bars are a 20-minute walk which means you’ll be sleeping a quiet, safe area.
This is one of the best hostels in Solo Paulo for
What about cheapest hostels in Sao Paulo?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Sao Paulo.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Sao Paulo
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Sao Paulo for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Sao Paulo for solo-travellers?
There’s no denying that Ô de Casa Hostel Bar is the top pick for solo travellers.
It’s such a fantastic space built with social world travellers that like to go it alone!
Here you can meet new friends at the in-house bar, or enjoy a good book in the courtyard hammock.
Thanks to the great staff, you can also join a free walking tour to explore as a group.
Nearby to Ô de Casa are more great bars if you fancy continuing the fun at a more local scene.
Party Hostels in Sao Paulo
Forget crazy party hostels in Sao Paulo for a second.
You really don’t need it when you have Ô de Casa Hostel Bar. Yep – we had to mention this hostel again!
Now you understand why it reached the #1 spot, right?!
Excuse us whilst we repeat ourselves again. Ô de Casa is awesome because of the…
- On-site bar w/ Brazilian food
- Activities (free walking tours)
- Close proximity to local bars
Have fun and chat at the hostel and be tempted for a crazy night out on the town.
The best bit is you can return to a peaceful room and look forward to a tasty brekky at the bar’s restaurant.
More Hostels Worth a Mention
Lucky you, there are even more excellent hostels in Sao Paulo!
We want to make sure all traveller types are satisfied. We’re pretty sure we’ve nailed it.
How about a refreshing outside pool to jump in too?
Colonial Hostel happens to be the only hostel in Sao Paulo with a pool! You’re welcome.
Next to the pool is a spacious patio area with good views thanks to the high elevation.
There’s a mix of single sexed and mixed dorms, plus basic private suites which are available for couples and small families.
It’s located in a handy area, yet not too close to the hustle and bustle.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Hostel Grape Wine
For the cafe lovers out there, Hostel Grape Wine will undoubtedly tug at your heart strings.
The cafe is actually next door to the hostel, and it’s super cute.
Grape Wine itself is a young, hip and cosy place which offers a breakfast and nice garden area to chill.
And the rooms are seriously impressive.
Warning: you might consider enquiring about a long-stay and never want to leave.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Ô de Casa Hostel Bar: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- WE Hostel Design: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Hostel SP011 Sao Paulo: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Colonial Hostel: Booking.com
- Hostel Grape Wine: Booking.com
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Sao Paulo best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Sao Paulo. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Sao Paulo hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
Looking for fun things to do in Sao Paulo? We’ve collected 7 secret tips for Sao Paulo with you in mind.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Ibirapuera Park
- Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
- Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
- São Paulo Cathedral
- Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
- Municipal Theatre of São Paulo
- Jardim Botânico de São Paulo
7 Secret Tips for Sao Paulo
Alright, you got your best place to stay in Sao Paulo. It’s time to get to know one of the biggest cities on this planet!
It is a city with a vibrant design scene, new hipster places coming up, and many more trends, making it a great destination for your next Brazilian adventure.
This is the reason why this alternative guide is more art and design-driven, recommended especially for the cultural-seeker and design-lover!
- A hipster Café featuring an industrial design – a local treasure
- restaurant during the day, and bar and concert venue at night
- an absolute must-visit street market to experience the international flair of Sao Paulo
- a delicious restaurante next to WE Hostel Design
- A cabaret-themed theatre, bar and concert venue – perfect for a cultural tranquil night out
- Extra Tip: A must-visit next to WE Hostel Design
- Geeky Tip: International and national art
1. Local Bar: Mandibula Café and Bar
This hipster café and bar comes in an industrial design, plays the whole day indie music, and is located right downtown. This bar is a local treasure, recommended to us by WE Hostel, the coolest design hostel in Sao Paulo.
Locals come here to enjoy drinks with their friends spending their after-work time.
If you are downtown looking for a fun night out, or just one drink, here you go.
2. Restaurant & Bar: Paribar
Located around the corner of Mandibula Cafe (Tip #1), you can find this delicious restaurant with traditional food. Big outdoor terrace, yummy food for a reasonable price, and occasionally live music.
During the night this area turns into a nightlife scene, so it’s worth it to come here for dinner and stay for another drink afterwards. During the day, obviously you can enjoy the delicious brunch in the sun – highly recommended though.
Check out their Instagram Feed to get an idea of the restaurant instagram.com/restparibar
3. Liberdade Street Market
This open-air street market dates back to 1975, and it is an art and handicraft fair in the of Liberdade district of Sao Paulo.
The cultural mix of Japanes, Libanese, Italian, Brazilian, and the whole wide world is a great reflection of the city itself.
If you are into art and souvenirs, here you will find something for sure.
Oh and hey, it is also a real fantastic place to get some street food! Highly recommended to check it out if you are close!
Time table: every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm
4. Zino Adega Restaurante – Italian Food
If you would like to go out for lunch or dinner and staying close to WE Hostel Design, this is a fabulous restaurant.
Here you get traditional Italian food, like pasta, anti-pasti, fish, and more for a reasonable price! There are many options for vegetarians. We recommend to sit at the outdoor terrace, and not to miss the super tasty dessert. Enjoy!
Official Website: zinoadegaerestaurante.com.br
5. Casa de Francisca – Theatre & Bar
The Casa de Francisca is a great place if you are looking for a tranquil night out!
This venus is a theatre, bar, and small concert venue.
This beautiful cozy decorated place puts you in a cabaret feeling to enjoy local artists!
As there are many different events happening, we recommend to check out the official website casadefrancisca.art.br for the program. There you can also make a reservation.
6. Extra Tip: Ibirapuera Park – Huge, green, vibrant
Somehow it feels too obvious to mention this park, but as it is located next to WE Hostel plus it is a beautiful spot to start your day, we could not resist.
Whether you prefer taking a walk around this huge park, go for cycling, or join one of the open-air concerts.
7. Art-Geek Tip: The Street Art of Sampa Beco do Batman (called “Batman Alley”)
This small area is loaded with the best of the best street art, mostly by local artist but also international artists leave their art behind.
The “Batman Alley” is an open-air graffiti museum, constantly changing as artists are renovating pieces of art one wall at a time.
And by the way, there are plenty of bars and restaurants around so it’s nice to stay after your visit for a drink.
Flights to Sao Paulo?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Brazil and South America actually.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Sao Paulo.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries