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.
Discover an impressive 1920s mansion and courtyard hammocks.
- Ô de Casa Hostel Bar – great for solo travelers
- WE Hostel Design – top pick for female solo travelers
- Hostel SP011 Sao Paulo – perfect for couples
It’s a great destination for solo travelers who enjoy small, cozy dorms, and meet the local people. 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 and local tourist spots.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- you’re tired of bad and crappy hostels
- you want to avoid the “young party kids”
- you’re perfectly happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
If you’re on the search for the best hotels in Brazil for your next trip, make sure to check out our guide to the 3 best hostels in Rio de Janeiro
What we cover in this article:
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Cheapest hostels in Sao Paulo
- Best hostels in Sao Paulo for solo travelers
- Party hostels in Sao Paulo
- More fun hostels worth a mention
- Discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- All hostel and sights on a map
- 7 secret tips for Sao Paulo
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.
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.
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, Brazil
Let’s jump right into the absolute coolest hostels Sao Paulo has for all of us:
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.
O de Casa Hostel Sao Paulo easily creates an amazing, personal experience.
It’s without a 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
- Free WiFi
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 rooms with a huge window, Ô de Casa welcomes many traveler 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 Travelers
2. WE Design Hostel (5 Star Hostel)
Fancy staying in a 1920s mansion?!
WE Hostel Design Sao Paulo 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 WiFi.
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’s 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 your alone time.
Note: There’s no free breakfast included but it still 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 neighborhood is peaceful and safe.
Psst! We wrote up a full review to WE Hostel Design here.
This is one of the best hostels in Sao Paulo for
- Female solo travelers
3. Hostel SP011 Sao Paulo
Imagine a warm Brazilian home-from-home filled with wooden furniture and cozy 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 shared 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.
The best choice 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 Travelers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Sao Paulo for solo-travelers?
There’s no denying that Ô de Casa Hostel Bar is the top pick for solo travelers.
It’s such a fantastic space built with social world travelers 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 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. 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.
2. Sao Paulo Hostel Club
Sao Paulo Hostel Club is near Paulista Avenue which means close to the vibrant life of the city. The staff here are amazing and they even have catered breakfast.
You can chill at their bar, watch your usual TV show in your comfy bed, or stroll around the close tourist spots.
The rooms are pretty small but their great staff , great location, and awesome breakfast surely make up for that.
If you want a home away from home feel, this is one of the best hostels you can choose.
More fun hostels in Sao Paulo worth a mention
Lucky you, there are even more excellent hotels in Sao Paulo, sorry hostels! Again, we already narrowed down our favorite places to stay in Sao Paulo above.We can vouch for them!
Yet, there is a few more backpacker accommodations we think are worth a mention. We want to make sure all traveler types are satisfied.
We are pretty sure we’ve nailed it. Let us have a look:
- Colonial Hostel
- Hostel Grape Wine
- Hostel Vila Mariana
- Mama Brasil Hotel
- Red Monkey Hostel – Barra Funda
- Red Monkey Hostel – Agua Branca
- Viva Hostel Design
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 your hostel villa in one.
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 popular cafe hostel Sao Paulo. It is a hip and cosy place which offers a breakfast and nice garden area to chill.
And the rooms are seriously impressive. You might consider inquiring about a long-stay and never want to leave.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Hostel Vila Mariana
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
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.
Red Monkey Hostel – Barra Funda
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.
Red Monkey Hostel – Agua Branca
This is the second Red Monkey Hostel that we’re talking about.
The stay here is equally comfortable with their comfortable beds and dorm rooms. Every bunk has tits own privacy curtain to give you your personal space.
The vibrant colors in the hostel to is hard to miss. It’s like screaming life and fun at the same time.
It’s got linen, towels, WiFi, breakfast – all for free. You can also make your own food using their shared kitchen.
If you want something to warm you up, you can just hit their bar and order what you lie. No judgement here, the people are so nice especially the staff.
Viva Hostel Design
Viva Hostel Design is great if you want some quiet and some alone time. It’s a bit far from the rest of the buzz but still it has some great social areas where you can meet new people.
You can play table tennis or just sit comfortably in their sofa playing with your ps3.
There’s also the laundry area you can use if you’re running out of clothes.
How to book your hostels?
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
- Sao Pauolo Hostel Club: Booking | Hostelworld
- Colonial Hostel: Booking.com
- Hostel Grape Wine: Booking.com
- Hostel Vila Mariana: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Mama Brasil Hostel: Booking.com| Hostelworld
- Red Monkey Hostel – Barra Funda: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Red Monkey Hostel – Agua Branca: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Viva Hostel Design: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All the best of Sao Paulo 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 fixed.
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.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
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 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.
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 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!
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 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?
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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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