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Gay Guide to São Paulo

São Paulo is famous across the globe for its Parada do Orgulho, the largest gay pride parade in the world.  However, compared to its tropical brother Rio de Janeiro, foreigners know very little about Latin America’s largest and most populous city.

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Gay nightlife in Sampa, as São Paulo is also known, rivals major cities like New York and London. (One could even argue the city’s gay nightlife mecca The Week, pictured above, surpasses any gay club in the US or Europe.)  By day, São Paulo offers world-class gastronomy, visual arts, and architecture.

Dive in with the VamosGay 2019 Guide to São Paulo to plan your trip, unlock insider tips, and enjoy the best of the city!

Neighborhoods

Learn more about the diverse “gayborhoods” of São Paulo.

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Bars & Clubs

A to Z listing of every bar, lounge, and club in the city.

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Restaurants & Cafes

The 2019 hotlist of where to eat in a city full of options.

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Sex & Saunas

An up-to-date list of Sao Paulo’s hottest hot spots.

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Hotels & Airfare

Location, amenities, price, and gay-friendly!

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Places to Visit

Museums, parks, street fairs, and more.

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A Day at the Beach

Guide to Santos, Guarujá, and São Vicente

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Pride Parade 2020

Mark your calendars and make your plans!

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São Paulo Gay-Friendly Hotels

The “gayborhoods” of São Paulo are very diverse.  Which unique flavor is right for you?  Check out our guide to the gay neighborhoods of Sao Paulo to help you find the perfect place to stay from our recommended list of gay-friendly hotels.  From inexpensive places to crash near nightlife to five-star hotels, our shortlist has what you’re looking for.

Update for São Paulo LGBT Pride 2019:
Hotels in the neighborhood Frei Caneca / Consolação are the closest to the parade route.  Check our map of gay Sao Paulo for assistance.

Blue Tree Premium Paulista

Extremely well-run hotel within a ten minute walk from the heart of “Gay Caneca.”
Neighborhood: Frei Caneca / Consolação
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Bourbon Sao Paulo Business Hotel

Straight-laced, yet gay-friendly, hotel next door to the bear and daddy bars.
Neighborhood: Largo do Arouche / Centro
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Hotel Fasano

Five-star luxury in the upscale Jardins district.
Neighborhood: Jardins / Cerqueira César
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Golden Tulip Bela Artes

Well-reviewed and convenient hotel on Frei Caneca street.
Neighborhood: Frei Caneca / Consolação
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Guest Urban Hotel

“Hip, cozy, lovely … The boutique hotel that São Paulo was missing!”
Neighborhood: Pinheiros
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H3 Hotel Paulista

Elegantly simple new hotel.
Neighborhood: Frei Caneca / Consolação
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Hotel Heritage Comfort Inn

Exceptionally priced mid-range hotel.
Neighborhood: Frei Caneca / Consolação
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Mercure Sao Paulo Paulista

An excellent option from the Mercure line of hotels.
Neighborhood: Consolação
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Hotel Moncloa

Low-budget option in the thick of Rua Augusta.
Neighborhood: Largo do Arouche / Centro
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San Michel Hotel

A great home base for exploring Largo do Arouche.
Neighborhood: Largo do Arouche / Centro
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Transamerica Executive: The Advance

Small modern hotel with extra amenities.
Neighborhood: Largo do Arouche / Centro
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Tryp Sao Paulo Paulista Hotel

Sharply stylish hotel catering to the corporate crowd is blocks away from one of the city’s gay epicenters.
Neighborhood: Frei Caneca / Consolação
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Hotel Unique

Exquisite design and stunning views of São Paulo.
Neighborhood: Jardins / Cerqueira César
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Find More Gay-Friendly Places

From the posh Jardins neighborhood to the bohemian sections of Republica, find some great deals on hotels, flats, and apartments on the map below.
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Thermas Lagoa

World famous Brazilian sauna has it all!

Rua Borges Lagoa 287
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Hours: Sun – Thurs 2PM to midnight
Fri 2PM – 2AM  and Sat 2PM – 1AM

Hot muscular Brazilian men are the main attraction at Thermas Lagoa, so don’t be timid if you feel like a kid in a candy story at one of the nation’s best gay saunas.  Prostitution is legal in Brazil, but before you jump in … sit back and enjoy the show!  In fact, many visitors go just to see the live entertainment.  Friday nights are particularly a good option to catch the show from 10 to 11PM and still have time to hit a nightclub or two.

The shows are wilder (and gayer) then anything the Chippendales could ever deliver, and the seating is within a few feet of the small stage.  Behind the stage, a glass-enclosed shower room gives patrons an eyeful of good clean fun.

After the show, clients and garotos de programa have the option of getting a room, or just relaxing in one Thermas Lagoa’s many areas (steam room, pool, and dry sauna.)

For those concerned with safety, the management knows they have a good thing going and do not tolerate on any sort of criminal activity.  Visitors have a locker room separate from the working boys, and the streets outside of Termas Lagoa are quiet and conservative with no indication of what goes on behind closed doors.