Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market, Sao Paulo

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Discover the culinary culture of Brazil at the covered Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market, a sprawling food market located in an iconic building noted for its stained glass windows and a series of massive domes. You can browse hundreds of the bustling market’s stalls on your own, or as part of a private tour with an informative local guide. The market offers visitors a chance to experience the city’s vibrant atmosphere, and provides insight into Brazil’s fascinating mixture of cultures and cuisines. The market specializes in fresh produce and a wide range of dried good, with numerous stalls selling gourmet delicacies and quick snacks, such as mortadella sandwiches, meat-stuffed pastries, and fried fish. Add Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market to your Sao Paulo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sao Paulo road trip planning app .
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  • Impressed by the size and variety of products! The desire to go out buying tudo...rs impossible to go to the market and do not eat the famous Bologna sandwich, which was so big that we share, the pastels and the cod cakes. All delicious! I loved the fruit stalls. I will be back for sure! Worth the visit, we went with our 6 year old daughter who loved the ride!
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  • Gastronomic Center, wholesaler and retailer of fruits, fish and seafood, cheese, ham, olives and cold jamóm in General, the various brands and types. Building of Dom Pedro, with colonial architecture, very well preserved. Where can I find very old restaurant, some with more than 100 years under the same family. The famous "baloney sandwich" coming weighing 500gr, and giant cakes also 500gr, are typical attractions in this market. Has parking lot next, being very popular and with "blue zone".
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  • We love visiting the municipal market of São Paulo every trip has q be a passage there. Place with an incredible, with the different astral and the unusual along.
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  • Worth the visit! How much you love it depends on what you're looking for, and how many Latin American Markets you've been to. This Market has an incredible selection of exotic fruits (not just from Brazil, but from Colombia as well) - you can go around and sample a lot of things (expect some pressure from the buyers as you do ;) ) and a huge variety of restaurants. I was surprised by how high-end it was - every other Latin American municiple market that I've been to is where you get some of the cheapest food in the city, and some really cheap fruits and veggies - that definitely was not the case here. However, if you do come here to shop, you can save on some luxury items, like cheeses, salts, olives, and meats.
  • Probably one of the most famous and traditional historical places in the whole city. Amazing foods, wide range of prices and products. It's always a sensorial treat to go there.
  • The market is lots of fun, with lots of fresh produce, but we got duped by a dishonest sales person in the fruit section. He was very friendly and generous and encouraged us try almost anything, we felt guilty and decided to buy some stuff. The price was by the weight and all seemed to be the same price, but when the bill came, it was R$200 for a relatively small package of fruits. On top of that, he sold us plums, but passed them for acai. Later we googled and realized acai looked nothing like those plums. So beware!
  • It's a great place for a gringo like me far away from Africa. And a variety of exotic fruits and foreign dishes from both ocidental and oriental region. Truly a market to visit
  • A must do when you come to São Paulo. Parking is either expensive or be prepared to wait for 'Zona Azul'. Fruits are exotic and pricey...experiment but be careful as to what you take home, exotic=expensive. The Mortadela sandwiches and Cod fish balls or pastel are absolutely wonderful and part of the experience. We go for spices and mild cheddar cheese (we cannot find it locally for anything near reasonable price).

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