Sao Paulo, Brazil
Shopping in Sao Paulo, Brazil: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls
Sao Paulo is the ideal destination for meetings and conventions of all sorts. It's no surprise that it is one of the most important shopping destinations in South America and the largest in Brazil. You can find just about anything here, from traditional arts and crafts made by the indigenous people of the Amazon to fine apparel from the most exclusive European brands.
The city has numerous malls featuring hundreds of stores each. There are also pedestrian-friendly streets with lots of shops selling one specific clothing item, such as a street for women's apparel, another one for men's apparel, shoes, lingerie, etc. It's a good idea to find out which streets sell what, or to go on a shopping tour of the city to save time. If you're in Sao Paulo on vacation, it's almost obligatory to do some shopping. Make room in your suitcase for some extra presents that we're sure you'll want to bring home.
Rua Oscar Freire
This street is where most of the upscale shops are located. Mystery Shopping International considers it one of the 10 most luxurious shopping destinations in the world. It features a great variety of options for shoppers who expect the very best and are prepared to pay for the utmost luxury and sophistication. Jewelry, cars, high-end toiletries, and even a golf course can be found in the area.
Rua 25 de Marco
This street is the most popular tourist destination in Sao Paulo, with over 500,000 shoppers daily. It's the ideal place for buying gifts to take back home, and you'll find all sorts of things at reasonable prices. You can find jewelry, curtains, decorative objects, etc. The street is over 150 years old, back when Sao Paulo was just a small port on the riverbank.
When you visit Bras St, make sure you are ready to shop until you drop! These shops sell women's apparel, and most of them have incredible sales that attract hundreds of shoppers daily. The two-mile street, featuring over 6,000 specialty stores, was originally an industrial park created by foreigners from all parts of the world.
Galeria do Rock
This incredible five-story mall, located in the heart of the city, sells rock and heavy metal music paraphernalia. If you're passionate about these music genres, Galeria do Rock should be a must on your list. It features over 140 stores that sell clothing, jewelry, decor, CDs, DVDs and even LP records! There are some rare collector items for auction, and if you're lucky you'll get to see a local or international band signing CDs and autographs for their fans. Visiting this mall is truly a unique experience.
This huge shopping center is located in South Sao Paulo. It was founded in 1982, and ever since it opened, it has been the headquarters of important corporations. There are over 450 stores that sell modern and sophisticated items. There is a whole wing dedicated exclusively to fashion, called Morumbi Fashion, with great domestic and international stores. There is also a food court with more than 20 restaurants so that you can grab something to eat if you get hungry while shopping. The mall is conveniently located near the most important hotels and Sao Paulo's most upscale residential area.
This is another gigantic mall, with four floors of shopping and a six-story parking lot. It features over 400 stores and three food courts. More than 80,000 people shop at Shopping Ibirapuera every day looking for quality products to buy. It was opened in 1976, making it one of Sao Paulo's most reputable and highly acclaimed malls.
Instead of a Chinatown, Sao Paulo has a popular Japantown. This area features the largest Japanese population outside Japan. It is located in the Liberdade district, which resembles a Tokyo neighborhood with Japanese architecture and stores. You can find all sorts of Asian goods here.
Opened in 1928, this community market pays tribute to the city's fast urban development at the time of the coffee boom. After over 75 years, its impeccable neoclassic architectural style is still impressive. You can find all sorts of food stands, local and imported produce, restaurants, supply stores, arts and crafts, and much more. Shopping at this market is an experience for the senses.
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