Rua da Cantareira, 306 | Centro | City’s biggest food hall
Monday to Saturday from 6am to 6pm
Sunday and holidays from 6am to 4pm
In a beautiful neoclassic building, designed by architect Ramos de Azevedo in 1933, Mercado Municipal (or Mercadão, as paulistanos call it) is the most important public market in São Paulo, located in the downtown area. Adorned with columns and colorful stained glass panels, the market gathers more than 270 stalls that sell vegetables, fruits, meats, fishes, wines, cereals, spices and others goods. Although nowadays it is a very popular tourist attraction, Mercadão is still the place where chefs and restaurant owners go to buy fresh and high-quality products and hard to find ingredients. On the mezzanine, there is a food court where visitors can try very typical paulistano snacks, such as the hearty mortadella sandwich (a kind of bologna sausage) and the cod fish pastel (a fried thin pastry).