Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
São Paulo’s Municipal Market, or Mercadão (Big Market) as it is known locally, is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Its myriad stalls of incredible fruits and vegetables (many of which you will have never seen before in your life) and the delicious bar snacks available on the market’s upper floor make for an excellent day out. But it is also an ideal spot to buy something to take home with you.
Avoid the fruits and vegetables, which clearly will not travel well and are particularly expensive to buy in the Mercadão, and head for the stalls which sell cured meats and other long-life produce. You’ll probably want to buy everything in the shop, but look out for some typical Sâo Paulo ingredients, such as Ceratti mortadella – the meat of choice in the Mercadão’s famous mortadella sandwich.
Mercado Municipal, Rua Cantareira 306, Centro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3313 3365