Shopaholics know it better whenever they visit Sao Paulo. The city is veritably a shopper’s paradise. Venture out in the main shopping areas of the city and you will surely find all that you just might be looking for. If Sao Paulo is your ultimate destination for your vacation, here’s all that you need to know about the varied shopping options available in the city.
It’s important to know that Sao Paulo doesn’t have a single main shopping area. There are exclusive streets for most items. If you want to purchase musical instruments and furniture, simply visit Rua Teodoro Sampaio in Metrô Clínicas. Those who want to purchase jewelry and designer clothes such as those from Dior and Versace should visit Rua Oscar Freire in Metrô Consolação. The perfect place to look out for wholesale and bargain clothing is Rua José Paulino in Metrô Tiradentes. For those planning to buy electronic equipment, Rua Santa Ifigênia is the best place to visit. In fact, there are many shopping areas in every region of Sao Paulo, including its West, East, North, South and Central parts.
The street shops are mostly open from 10 am and close at 6 pm. The shops are however closed on Sundays. The shopping centers in Sao Paulo are usually open from 10 am to 10 pm from Monday through Saturday, while they are open on Sundays from 12 pm to 8 pm.
The Shopping Malls is Sao Paulo is affectionately known by the locals as “shoppings”. These shopping malls usually consist of movie theaters, trendy cafes, mega book-and-CD stores, food courts and much more. The shopping hours at these malls usually starts from 10 am to 10 pm on Monday to Saturday, while it starts from 2 pm to 8 pm on Sunday. The famous shopping malls worth visiting here include Shopping Iguatemi, Shopping Pátio Higienópolis and Shopping Frei Caneca.
The Shopping Iguatemi was established in 1966. It is one of the most sophisticated shopping centers in Sao Paulo for decades. This shopping mall consist of360 chic boutiques, gourmet restaurants and cafes, movie theaters and a big Saraiva bookstore. The Shopping Pátio Higienópolis is quite expansive and airy. It has a movie theatre, restaurants and stores. The Shopping Frei Caneca is a super-trendy shopping mall. It is also known as “Shopping Gay Caneca” because of the large presence of LGBT clients. This mall comprises of two movie theaters, a huge Cineplex, a gourmet supermarket and a food court.
Sao Paulo offers a great chance for bargain shopping to its visitors. Two shopping areas of Centro are famous in the city for their amazing bargain options. The Rua 25 de Marco receives 400,000 shoppers on an average every day who visit around 400 stores in this area. You will find everything such as shoes, jewelry, clothes, fabrics, toys, housewares and more at fabulously low prices. Shopping on Rua 25 de Março and its surrounding streets such as Rua Cavalheiro Basílio Jafret, Rua Barão de Duprat and Rua Comendador Abdo Schain can prove to be a fascinating experience. You need to avoid shopping on Saturdays and other holidays as the number of shoppers can go well beyond one million. Also, avoid bringing small kids along with you. This might prove to be a hassle because of the chaos here.