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If your idea of Brazil is beaches and bikinis, S?o Paulo is not the place to go.A sprawling metropolitan area of nearly 20 million people, S?o Paulo is sometimes referred to as the New York of South America.Whereas Rio's natural beauty overwhelms the senses, S?o Paulo plays hard to get.Football fans will get a chance to do so in June and July, when S?o Paulo will hold six World Cup games at a brand-new stadium on the city's long-neglected east side. Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to S?o Paulo from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights. RESTAURANTS GALOREWhat S?o Paulo lacks in beaches and beauty, it makes up for in food. Until recently, however, one cuisine that the city's restaurant scene largely lacked was, oddly enough, Brazilian.Other must-see downtown landmarks: the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, which hosts art exhibits and cultural events for free in a beautiful building from 1901, and the Municipal Theater, a recently restored gem from 1911 that houses the S?o Paulo Symphonic Orchestra.
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