Monday, November 10, 2008

Introducing: Mercado Municipal

This construction of 1933 is one of the most representatives projects of Ramos de Azevedo. Full of colored glass from the Russian artist Conrad Sorgenicht Filho, the location is ideal to find exotic fruits and spices typical from other countries, moreover, is an excellent option to admire the architecture in neoclassical style, which has gone through reforms. With the Revitalization Program of the Center of São Paulo, the Mercado Municipal (Central Market) -- or simply "Mercadão" as everyone says --, had been rebuilt in 2003. In addition to restoring the facade, stained glass and painting, the building also received new facilities such as underground, the old Hall of Auctions (now Hall of Events) and mezzanine, which offers eight restaurants.
This is the most traditional gourmets point of São Paulo, the Mercadão surprises with a big variety of domestic and imported foods. With an area of more than 20 thousand square meters of built area, it offers 281 boxes with more than a thousand employees working to serve around 20 thousand customers every day. The total market usually trades more than 350 tons of food daily. In addition it's possible to taste the traditional pastel of cod or a classical Sanduíche de Mortadela (Bologna's Sandwich), and the visitors can also eat traditional Brazilian dishes such as rice and beans, or even enjoy the Japanese cuisine.
Sources: G1; photo: OVSP; and video: TurnHere


Where: Mercado Municipal (click to see the map), Rua da Cantareira, 306 - Centro
Phone: +55 (11) 3228-0673
When: Monday to Saturday From 6am to 6pm and from 6am to 4pm on Sundays and holidays.
How Much: For free

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