The city’s Municipal Market, commonly known as the Mercadão (or “Big Market”), is a mainstay on any list of the top things to see and do in Sao Paulo. The market, located in the old center of the city, attracts large crowds every day. The ground floor has hundreds of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, spices, and cured meats, while there is an upper level with a number of charming restaurants. Hocca Bar is the most popular, serving the Mercadão’s famous mortadella sandwich and pastel de bacalhau, a deep-fried thin crust pie filled with salt cod.
Mercado Municipal, Rua Cantareira 306, Centro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3313 3365