Considered the New York of South America, Sampa (as it’s affectionately named by residents), pumps to the rhythm of round-the-clock Latin music, 24-hour food markets, art museums, theatres, gardens and shopping districts. Visit the notorious Daslu shopping mall – accessed via helicopter or car – for designer stores and chic boutiques divided by swanky coffee houses and Champagne bars. Outside, take respite in a city park and watch skilful youngsters play football, hire a bike or simply sit and watch the world go by. A particular favourite is Parque Trianon, where the green vegetation forms a huge overhead canopy and welcome shade from the city heat. Finally, explore Liberdade – the world’s largest Japanese town. Visit on a Sunday when the food market is in full swing and buy multiple Japanese delicacies and handicrafts. As the largest city in Brazil, Sao Paulo doesn't hanker to tourists' needs for intimacy and charm, it does, however, make up for this with a carefree attitude and exotic flare.