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Shopping in Goiania: Handcrafts, Souvenirs and Malls
While visiting Goiania, you should definitely go shopping and take advantage of the wonderful prices available, since they are considerably cheaper than in other cities in the area, even at the malls. If you enjoy shopping then you are really going to love visiting Goiania. After a tour of the city, the guides usually make a stop at the malls that have restaurants and bars, to give tourists the chance to rest and grab something to eat. Four malls that are definitely worth mentioning are Flamboyant, Goiania Shopping, Shopping Bougainville and Buriti Shopping, although there are quite a few others. If you prefer to shop outdoors, a street bazaar is the place to go.
Feira Hippie (Hippie Fair) is a popular place for shopping on Sundays. It is set up in the Praca do Trabalhador (The Worker's Plaza), a historic landmark located close to the old steam locomotive, called Maria Fumaca. This is not only the largest street bazaar in Brazil but in all of Latin America. Here you can find countless arts and crafts, such as porcelain objects, ceramic pottery, copper pots and skillets, as well as beautiful fabrics designed by world-famous artists who exhibit their bright and colorful creations here. You can also find shoes, regional food, and some imported goods at the 6,000 stalls featured in the bazaar.
Cora Coralina is the name of one of the most famous and talented poets and confectioners in the State of Goias. As you can probably guess, Cora Coralina is a bazaar that specializes in candy and confections and is located on the famous Rua do Lazer.
The malls provide their customers with plenty of opportunities for shopping and entertainment. You can find several malls throughout the city. Some of the most popular ones are Flamboyant Shopping Center, Shopping Cidade Jardim, Goiania Shopping, Buena Vista Shopping, Banana Shopping and Buriti Shopping among others. Shopping Cidade Jardim - This mall features a large parking lot, a food court, and several retail shops, as well as convenience stores. Flamboyant Shopping Center - This is the largest mall in Goias. It features two huge food courts, an 8-screen multiplex theater, and over 290 international retail stores, including Tecnotica, MOB, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Animale, Siberian, VR Menswear, Vivara, H. Stern, Hugo Sore, Puma, Le Lis Blanc Deux, Kipling, Joge and the national anchor stores like C&A, Renner, Marisa, Riachuelo, Lojas Americanas, Saraiva Mega Store and Centauro.
Goiania Shopping - This mall is located in Parque Vaca Brava, in a wooded area. It is a five-storey building with over 180 stores, as well as restaurants and entertainment options.
Buena Vista Shopping - This mall is located in Setor Bueno. It is one of the most crowded malls in the city featuring a fitness center, a disco, and a fast-food court with some of the most famous restaurants in the city. It is a gathering place for students because it is near quite a few schools. It has several stores that carry fashion apparel and electronics.
There are also some municipal markets in Goiania, such as the Central Market, which has been there for ages and is as old as the city. In 1986 this market was relocated to its current address. This is the place to go if you want to find local specialties. Another good one is the Mercado Popular de Goiania, featuring 30 exhibit halls with all sorts of goods. This old building has undergone several renovations. Mercado Aberto and Mercado Popular de Campinas are also worth visiting.
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