Where to go shopping in São Paulo
Striving to satisfy paulistanos’ insatiable desire to spend on style, the city’s infinite shopping malls, called simply ‘shoppings’, dominate the retail landscape in São Paulo.
The opulent Shopping JK Iguatemi, SP’s trendy new temple of luxury, has all the upmarket brands you’d expect, while the multi-storey Shopping Pátio Higienópolis, in the ritzy, easily accessible suburb of Higienópolis combines pricy Brazilian brands with its own fair share of international names.
Take your lavish spending spree outdoors to Jardins’ Rua Oscar Freire – known as the Rodeo Drive of São Paulo – which boasts a good collection of key Brazilian brands like shoe emporium Melissa, whose ever-changing storefront exhibitions alone are worth the window-shopping walk.
If posh products aren’t your particular style of tea, get your fix of informal shopping at Praça Benedito Calixto’s Saturday market – one of the many feiras held weekly – replete with second-hand stalls, live music and typical regional dishes. Or, for more alternative shopping and people-watching, hop over to Galeria do Rock, a rock/punk haven with dozens of stores dedicated to all facets of the music scene.
Store and market details
Shopping JK Iguatemi Avenida Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek 2041. +55 11 3152 6813.
Shopping Pátio Higienópolis Avenida Higienópolis 618. +55 11 3823 2300.
Melissa Rua Oscar Freire 827. +55 11 3083 3612.
Feira de Artes Cultura e Lazer Benedito Calixto Praça Benedito Calixto
Galeria do Rock Rua 24 de Maio 62.
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