Thursday, 13 October 2016

Chronicles from Brazil | Mercadão (São Paulo)

The Municipal Market of São Paulo, affectionately known as Mercadão, is undoubtedly one of the places to visit in São Paulo.

In Mercadão one can find the most varied fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and seafood, and even pasta, sweets, spices, cheeses and cold meats. The way the fruits are arranged leaves us amazed and if you stay a little longer to enjoy any stand, it is certain that you will be offered some fruit to taste. However, despite the undeniable quality of fruits, the prices are thought to tourists and can be substantially higher than the average.

Upstairs, a large dining space allows you to sample different dishes while enjoying the architectural details of Mercadão. Although there are options for all tastes, the most celebrated choices in the Municipal Market undergo the traditional savory pastries with different fillings, cod fritters (Portuguese codfish cakes) and  bologna sandwiches (for those who really like bologna!).

Opened in the early 1930’s, and refurbished in the early 2000s, the Mercadão presents an eclectic architectural style and charms the visitors, especially with the stained glass work  that in its 32 panels show various aspects of food production.

Mercadão by night - Photo via Portal do Mercadão

Municipal Market of São Paulo
Rua da Cantareira, 306
Site: O Portal do Mercadão
Tel: (+55) 11 3313-1326

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