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Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market

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Address: Rua da Cantareira 306, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01024-000, Brazil
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+55 11 3313 3365
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Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Housed in a stunning example of eclectic industrial architecture, the...

Housed in a stunning example of eclectic industrial architecture, the Mercado Municipal de São Paulo — nicknamed the Mercadão — has thousands of food items on offer, literally from soup to nuts. Lush tropical and temperate fruits from every season, choice cuts of meats and fish, and hearty prepared foods,such as the renowned and enormous mortadella (bologna) sandwich, complete the market's catalog of wares, all for sale in a boisterous, welcoming atmosphere. The surrounding area can be a bit sketchy, but the sights and flavors more than make up for the journey downtown.

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Touristy attraction for tropical fruits and spices

The Municipal Market was a lot of fun to pick spices and try all kind of tropical fruits. It's a an old fashioned market building with lovely stained glass windows which are best... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Municipal Market was a lot of fun to pick spices and try all kind of tropical fruits. It's a an old fashioned market building with lovely stained glass windows which are best viewed from the second floor balconies. The fruits is as expensive as a local farmer's market in the States, but it is totally worth it!! The pasteis... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're visiting São Paulo you must go to this market. Although the neighborhood is a kind old and some homeless are around, this is an old place that worth a short visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to have a full picture of local products, fruits, fishes,... this is the place to go. Very nice building form outside you will feel the agitation inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's very interesting to go to there and enjoy the place, the food and vibration. There are a lot of store selling fruits, which you can try and maybe buy one or two. It's not cheap, but the experience is amazing. There are place to eat local foo too. The most famous food is the "sanduiche de mortadela" (sandwich of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Smells, colors and taste, the senses that you will use when you get here. Don't forget to try the Bologna sandwich

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the first level you can find fruit and fish to buy, but if you're interested in a good hearty unique meal, head to the second level where a strain of amazing restaurants await you. Must try: Mortadela Sandwich, which is a huge balony sandwhich using the traditional italian meat, and the Bacalhau Pastel, which is a special cod fish... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For those who want to know a traditional place or buy food this is a good option. There are also several snack bars with great pasteis, codfish balls, mortadella sandwich and restaurants with varying prices. Mercadão as it is known is in the cereal zone where the former wholesale trade is located, example Cantareira street, in Paula Souza street you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice! Variety of cheeses, ham, sausages, type of olives in many ways... Craft Beers, cachaças, olive oils, vegetables, pickled garlic and onions... a food paradise! Go early and avoid saturdays after 12:00, because it gets crowded!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's good to enjoy it You can find different kind of food it's famous sanduinch there. There are a lot of sales people trying to convence you to buy fruits .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Going to the central market of São Paulo is a experience that all tourists must visit in every new location. This is the very case of the Mercadão, that gather in a same place all you need for the special meals. Exotic fruits, seafoods, salted cod fish, spices, sausages, cheeses, wines and oils, all articles in the grocery can be... More 

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To truly know São Paulo, you have to start at the old center, full of history and landmarks with stories to tell. Get a taste of local food at the Municipal Market, and if you are brave enough, head to the crowded shopping street “25 de março” for cheap deals on a wide assortment of items. Beautiful buildings in this area include the Post Office Building, Luz Station, Pagé Gallery, Pateo do Colegio and the iconic “Viaduto do Chá”. If you find yourself amazed by the local language, the Museum of Portuguese Language is the place to go. Cultural centers, like Banco do Brasil’s, also offer a variety of entertainment options. Finally, if you fancy watching a Gregorian mass with organ music, stop by São Bento Monastery on a Sunday morning.
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