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As with all GSGI links, we only add the ones we like, have used, or think could be useful. These recommended links for expats in Sao Paulo have been recommended by GSGI editors or readers. In some cases, the links take you to a website for which we provided some of the content (so naturally we think it's excellent!).

The books and films have been recommended by our readers and editors. Unless mentioned, most are available at booksellers or on line. If you have a recommendation we should add to this list, we'd love to hear it (contact us).

Useful Links and Information

AngloINFO Brazil- Really excellent resource for expats heading for --or already living in -- Brazil, with valuable no-frills listings of everything from dentists to plumbers, schools (basic info) to hair cuts, registering your car to tax problems as well as classifieds, discussions and details about what's on in your area. Useful directories, reliable information, intuitive site....goes exactly where it says it will, in exactly the country section where you'd expect to find it.


More Links About Sao Paulo... - Ultimate Guide to Sao Paolo. São Paulo restaurants and bars, theatre, art, gigs, clubs, shops and more... - Bookings and City Guide - Provides a variety of information on available activities and travel services around the Sao-Paulo area.  - a comprehensive resource for expats, all about life in Brazil. - get the lowdown on the art world of Sao Paolo

Movies About Sao Paulo

Blindness (2008). A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. This is an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by the Portuguese writer José Saramago.

Carandiru (2003). Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience and hears the tragic stories of hideous crimes that landed scum there and passionate dramas about otherwise decent people. Just when he believes to leave the prisoners happy with a soccer tournament, a silly clothing line argument kick-starts a politically opportune revolt repression.

Bem-Vindo a São Paulo (2007). A compilation of short films about how São Paulo, the second largest city of the world, slowly wakes up on a Sunday morning lensed by 19 international and Brazilian filmmakers. All directors shot in São Paulo and focused on themes related to the city.

Books About Sao Paulo

Wallpaper* City Guide: Sao Paulo. Compiled by the magazine's travel experts, and by the extraordinary network of international correspondents, the guides are truly the insider's guide to each featured city. People who live there, as well as the well-travelled editorial team of Wallpaper, have put their heads together to come up with a fascinating, efficient guide that keeps the hip, urban traveler with his/her finger on the pulse.

Time Out Sao Paulo. São Paulo isn’t the Brazil of surf, sand, and sambas. Yet over 4 million travelers head to this global financial mecca each year to shop the city’s 70+ malls, visit its equally vast collection of museums, and eat in the wide range of restaurants (Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese). Written by a team of local journalists, Time Out São Paulo helps visitors make the most of this sprawling, sophisticated city with in-depth coverage of areas and events and critic’s picks for the best bars, restaurants, and cultural highlights in a variety of categories.

Total Sao Paulo: A Guide To the Unexpected by Phuong-Cac Nguyen. From hidden bars serving up $2.50 caipirinhas and tiny boutiques, to the best clubs and vintage markets, this is a must-have travel resource for discerning creative types traveling to one of the world’s most up-and-coming cities. Written by an American journalist who has been reporting and breathing São Paulo’s pop culture/lifestyle beat for years, this beautifully designed 176-page paperback guidebook helps you to find places off the beaten track in 10 essential neighborhoods. Sprinkled among the candid, gorgeously shot photographs are also 11 easy-to-read, illustrated maps and 17 interviews with São Paulo VIPs who give the inside scoop on the metropolis’ best spots.

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