You don’t have to stress out when looking for the perfect place and the best hostels in Sao Paulo. It is one of the most populous cities in the world and it can be overwhelming. At first – but, we got you covered!
Our hand-picked selection of the 3 top hostels in Sao Paulo will not disappoint. Out of more than 150 hostels, we handpicked exactly 3 for you, so your life just became a bit easier.
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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.
Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check availability and the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
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.
Types of Hostels: The hostel types vary a lot. Make sure you know what type of hostel you want. From quiet to family-friendly, from backpacker to party.
Forget crazy party hostels in Sao Paulo for a second. We have found exactly two perfect hostels for partying in Sao Paulo. These hostels are not the too noisy and crazy type, these hostels have enough music and drinks to warm you up and take away the exhaustion from the day’s trip! Hit up these Saulo Paulo bars with your new friends.
O de Casa Hostel Bar
Sao Paulo Hostel Club
1. O de Casa Hostel Bar
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.
The Hostel Vila Mariana has two of the most important aspects when looking for a place to stay: great showers and comfortable beds.
The hostel gives off that beautiful old building vibe and it has an awesome breakfast selection. Just the best way to start the day right.
Vila Mariana is fit for you if you have a things for people watching. It’s close to the metro and the park and people just pass through all the time. You can just peek and observe the world as it goes on with its usual.
Or you can just go the classic style of reading your book by your window and have your coffee or tea 24/7. What’s better than that?
Mama Brasil Hostel is your paradise in the midst of the city. It’s buzzing with warm people, its inspiring, and it’s just like having your entire family during thanksgiving. Super crazy of the good kind.
They also have a separate private room if you want some level of privacy.
Wake up to a simple but delicious breakfast before you start your tour for the day.
Don’t confuse yourself, Sao Paulo actually has two Red Monkey Hostels. Don’t worry, we were also confused the first time. So, we’re satin you from all the confusion.
Free breakfast, daily cleaning, and comes with lockers. What’s not to like?
Red Monkey Hostel is simple, a little laid back, and has some awesome staff. The staff are too kind they even accompany you around the city and be your interpreter. They embody the hospitality of Sao Paulo Brazil people.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
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 restaurant next to WE Hostel Design
A cabaret-themed theater, bar and concert venue – perfect for a cultural tranquil night out
A must-visit next to WE Hostel Design
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.
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 Japanese, Lebanese, 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!
The Casa de Francisca is a great place if you are looking for a tranquil night out!
This venue is a theater, 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. 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.
We’re sure you have some questions. We’ve collected some of the frequently asked questions people have when visiting Sao Paulo. Spot yours and see the answer.
What are the top hostels in Sao Paulo?
We pretty much told you everything in this post. We are confident of our picks and we’re more than sure that you’ll like our selections of hostel in this guide.
When visiting Sao Paulo what neighborhood should I stay in?
Jardins is a common place where other tourists go. It’s a great place if you’re not on a budget. It has luxurious shops, shopping malls, and elegant houses.
With enough time to look for the cheaper restaurants and pizzerias, this area can work for backpackers too.
Vila Madalena is equally stunning as well. It’s cool, it’s hip, and it has everything. Shop in their funky shops, or get lost in their avant-garde galleries. The best thing in this area is their open-air market that has everything from food to antiques. Get to see the people in Sao Paulo in action.
Which areas should a tourist avoid in Sao Paulo?
Although you may have no reason to go to the outskirts of Sao Paulo, you may want to avoid it in your itinerary. This part of the town is rougher and poorer so it may not that safe. Sao Paulo youth who live in this area are prone to pick-pocketing and sort.
If you walk at night, it’s better to stay close with people. You also need to avoid bringing expensive stuff like camera of jewellery.
What are few cities near Sao Paulo one can visit in a day?
Let’s cut it down to a 3-hour ride.
If you want sun and sand, you can give Santos a try. It’s a half and an hour drive and it has great beaches, coffee museums, and seafront restaurants. You can just chill by the beach on your towel and hit the road when the sun sets.
For historical town, you can go to Viação Vale do Tietê. It’s an hour away by bus and everything here is big. They have oversized postcards, pencils, telephone booth, and more.
If you want to taste some good local wines, you can head up to Jundia. It’s also an hour away and famous for its grape production.
What are the best hospitals in Sao Paulo?
Keeping track of your health is a main priority when traveling, aside of course from enjoying the trip. It’s difficult to rush in emergency rooms and picking the hospital to be in when you’re in other countries.
Brazil has some of the best hospitals and generally cost lower than in U.S. and UK. Hospitals in here has no reciprocal deal with other counties so if you get sick in Sao Paulo, you will have to foot your own bill. We suggest that you don’t get sick!
The tap water can be safe in major cities but if you decide to travel further in Sao Paulo, you may have to go for the safer option.
What is a hostel in the first place?
Wondering what a hostel means? Then please read our complete guide on what is a hostel.
A hostel is basically a budget accommodation where travellers share the communal areas as well as sleeping areas.
Brazil vs Brasil – what is correct?
This is a pretty common confusion. It’s about time to clear that out. Brasil and Brazil are both correct. Brasil with an s is used by the Portuguese and Brazil with a z is used in English and other countries. Either way, both are correct.
Flights to Sao Paulo?
We enjoy Omio.com and 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.
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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.