If you love to shop, then Sao Paulo's likely to be a real treat. It's got plenty of local markets and shopping streets, and many of them specialize in specific kinds of goods. 

    Whether you're looking for high-end fashion or costume jewelry, records or antiques, Italian ingredients or Asian flavors, chances are Sao Paulo's got a shopping district or market for you. Good food is a big part of life here in Sao Paulo, and on a trip to the market you'll often find people clustered round fragrant stalls serving tasty local and international street food.


    Mercadão Market

    Sample sweet and savory delights at Mercado Municipal

    The Mercadão – also known as the Mercado Municipal – is a sprawling food market, and is one of the top tourist spots in Sao Paulo. Opened in the 1930s, it's well-known for its ornate architecture and gorgeous stained-glass windows. 

    The Mercadão is set in central Sao Paulo, and is within a 15-minute walk of Luz rail and Metro station. The market covers an area of more than 135,000 sq ft, and you can either buy your local delicacies direct from the stallholders or enjoy a more leisurely meal in the restaurant area. 

    Location: R. Cantareira, 306 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01103-200, Brazil

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6am to 6pm. Sunday from 6am to 4pm


    Praça Benedito Calixto

    Take in a lively Saturday market on Benedito Calixto Square

    Praça Benedito Calixto is a square in Sao Paulo that's home to a popular Saturday market. Somewhere between an art show and a flea market, it's known for its lively, informal atmosphere, and the various cafes and bars around the square are usually full to bursting with a young crowd. 

    It's set in the hip Pinheiros district of western Sao Paulo, about half an hour out of the center by car or Metro. If you turn up to the Saturday market between 2.30pm and 6.30pm, you can catch traditional Brazilian chorinho music being performed in the center of the square. 

    Location: Praça Benedito Calixto, Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 03178-200, Brazil

    Open: Saturdays from 9 am to 7 pm


    photo by Vinicius Pinheiro (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified


    Ladeira Porto Geral

    Shop for jewelry and costume supplies in the heart of Sao Paulo

    Ladeira Porto Geral is a busy shopping street in the center of Sao Paulo, a minute's walk from São Bento Metro station. A long, sloping road just off the popular Rua 25 de Março, it's rammed with shops, street stalls and malls. 

    Ladeira Porto Geral is particularly well known for its craft shops, many of which specialize in haberdashery supplies or costume jewelry components. If you're looking for some finery in preparation for the famous Sao Paulo carnival, Ladeira Porto Geral could be a great place to sort yourself an outfit.

    Location: Ladeira Porto Geral - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01022-000, Brazil


    Liberdade Market

    A weekend market with an Asian twist

    The Sao Paulo district of Liberdade holds a weekend street market with a distinctly Asian flavor. Located just a 5-minute Metro ride south of central Sao Paulo, Liberdade is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan itself, along with big Chinese and Korean groups too. 

    You won't want to miss this weekend market, where you'll find Japanese handicrafts, along with stalls selling mouth-watering Asian dishes like bibimbap and takoyaki. When you're done at the market, you could always pop for a bit of karaoke at one of the nearby bars. 

    Location: Liberdade, São Paulo, Brazil

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm


    photo by Vitor Leite (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified



    Italian dining, food stalls and a cooking school

    Eataly is a large foodie venue in Sao Paulo with Italian-style dining, shopping and events. Located in the upmarket Vila Olímpia neighborhood in western Sao Paulo, it's about an hour from the center by public transportation. Part of an international brand, Eataly features 50,000 sq ft of dining and shopping space spread over 3 storeys. It's got 7 restaurants – each serving a different take on Italian cuisine – plus 3 cafes and a variety of stalls selling Italian foodstuffs and cookware. 

    If you really want to go the extra mile, there's also an on-site cooking school offering regular tasting experiences.

    Location: Av. Juscelino Kubitschek, 1489 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04543-011, Brazil

    Open: hours: Sunday–Thursday from 8 am to 11 pm. Friday–Saturday from 8 am to midnight.


    photo by Sérgio J. Neto (CC BY-SA 4.0) modified


    Galeria do Rock

    A mall for rockers and skaters

    Galeria do Rock is a mall that's geared around rock music and skater subculture. It's set in Sao Paulo's República neighborhood, right near the historical center of the city. In Galeria do Rock, you'll find plenty of places selling niche CDs and vinyl records, along with skate shops and clothes stores. It's also where lots of Paulistanos come to get inked, thanks to the on-site tattoo artists. 

    The mall hosts street art exhibitions and music performances, and you can even book onto a walking tour of the striking 1960s building, finishing up with glorious views of Sao Paulo from the roof garden. 

    Location: Av. São João, 439 - República, São Paulo - SP, 01035-000, Brazil

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6.30 pm (closed on Sundays)


    photo by Carlos Ebert (CC BY 2.0) modified


    Rua Oscar Freire street market

    One of the most upmarket shopping streets in Sao Paulo

    Rua Oscar Freire is most famous as a place to find Sao Paulo's high-end fashion stores, but head to the northern end of the street to find a bustling local market. Located close to the underpass of the freeway, you’ll find local fruits, snacks and other delicacies being sold at stalls developed in long lines. This chic shopping street runs for about a mile and a half through Sao Paulo's posh Jardins district, and is lined with great eateries – from cute ice cream parlors and cafes to refined international restaurants.

    Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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