Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest city, with around 11 million people in the centre and 20 million people living within its wider metropolitan region. It’s the largest city by population in South America, and even exceeds New York. As Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city, Sao Paulo is an eclectic and vibrant mix. Its population is made up of a diverse mix of descendants from around the world – including Japan, Italy, Lebanon, Syria, Germany, China, Armenia, Greece and Lithuania. One effect of this cultural melting pot is seen in Sao Paulo’s gastronomy – the city is renowned for its 12,500 restaurants covering 52 types of cuisine. Sao Paulo is also known for its shopping, cultural centres, museums and nightlife. With over 15,000 clubs and bars, it’s easy to see why it has a reputation as a 24/7 city. For those who are seeking quieter pursuits, the many museums, including the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, and the city’s Ibirapuera Park offer a more laid-back experience.