Sao Paulo Shopping
Shopping in Sao Paulo is a big deal, as the city is the major
luxury shopping destination for all of Brazil. You''ll find designer
labels and haute couture to rival the best boutiques of New York or
London, small outdoor craft markets, and everything else in
Popular things to buy in Sao Paulo include religious antiques,
soapstone carvings, leather goods and gemstone jewellery, offered
by various shops throughout the city. You can also find local
gemstones carved into shapes like toucans, jaguars, and other wild
If your budget is bigger, though, you won''t find a better place
to look for Brazilian fashion than Sao Paulo. Neighbourhoods like
Jardins, Rua Augusta or Alameda Lorena have many high-end fashion
boutiques carrying designer Brazilian labels like Animale, Victor
Dzenk, Ellus, and Totem.
Sao Paulo has a few worthwhile outdoor markets, including the
Saturday market Feira do Bixiga, which has crafts, antiques,
clothing and live music; and Feira Moderna, offering high-end local
goods set in a flower garden with a relaxed cafe. The Museu de Arte
hosts an antique fair every Sunday, and the predominantly Japanese
neighbourhood of Liberdade has its own Saturday market. Markets can
be a great way to get bargains on Sao Paulo souvenirs, but there is
petty theft, so always keep a close watch on your belongings.
There isn''t a central shopping district in Sao Paulo, but stores
tend to be clustered in groups: Rua 25 de Março has an abundance of
market stalls, and Jardins is where you''ll find a lot of high-end
Brazilian fashion. But for those who would just as easily arrive in
a helicopter as a taxi, Daslu is a posh department store catering
to the every whim of its customer, from free espresso to a sushi
bar, and all the designer labels you need to max out your credit
There are also a few shopping malls in Sao Paulo, including
Patio Higienópolis, Morumbi, and Iguatemi. These tend toward
upscale stores, with fine dining and expensive boutiques next to
cinemas and food courts.
Shops in Sao Paulo accept credit cards with few exceptions.
High-end stores won''t bargain, but feel free to haggle at markets.
Sales tax is 18 percent, and there is no tax refund scheme for
departing tourists in Brazil.