SHOPPING DOM PEDRO I.: Largest one floor only shopping of Latinamerica
Well, it's a "SHOPPING brazilian style" which doesn't actually have very much to do with american style shopping malls... It's all inside, neat and pretty and modern and you have endless corridors with shops of all kinds on both your sides, ahead of you, behind you, in the corridors crossing your corridor, a non shoppers ( like me ) hell and a consumists heaven gone amuck.... Supposedly the largest of its kind ( widespread but no second floor...) in Latinamerica which I doubt since I don't know much about the size of these shoppings in Buenos Aires and especially don't have any data about the surface of Rios Barra Shopping which is another Terra-sized consumer monstrosity....
You can get just about everything here and everything is up end price- and stylewise...
The good thing about these Shoppings is that you have all the shops to get the stuff you need or think you need, kinoplexes, fast food and high end restaurants, childrens parks, bowling alleys, theaters and so on...... Avoid Shoppings under any circumstances on Saturdays and Sundays evenings ( just imagine sardines trying to take a walk in their can..). But on weekdays early, as of noon maybe, it is quite, leasurely, do a little shopping, have a nice and cheap lunch then hit the movies and you just did your day.....
What to buy: Anything you need or want, Brazils economy is growing fast and Shoppings are booming..... The offers are gigantic, the competition throat cutting.... And if you convert the prices from Brazilian Reais to U$ you are likely to faint.... Brazil was a cheap ( foreign ) consumer friendly country about up to two or three years ago..... Now it's VERY expensive, so expensive that all my visits from the USA and Europe lose their mood for shopping... Euro users are still better off than U$ users but it's not worth the trouble anymore....Brazilians are used to the "non existent" inflation that whacks prices up 10 % at least once a year.....
But it's still a nice place to kill a few hours and, hey.... !!! There's TGIF, MacDonalds and Burger King..... What else do you need for your happiness..??
What to pay: Probably the same as back home.....
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Hippy Market: Hippy Market
This outdoor hippy market takes place every Saturday morning in the center of Campinas.
What to buy: Here you'll find many things such as:
* Handcraft items like rings, necklaces, figures...
* Tipical brasilian food.
* Street theatre performance.
What to pay: Remember that you are soppoused to haggle the price, you'll get better deals. ;-)
Shopping Don Pedro: Shopping Dom Pedro
It's a huge shopping center where you can find almost everything, actually, many people says that is used to be the biggest from south america, but it's not very trustable, because EVERYTHING is the BIGGEST of south america in Brasil... ;-]
Here you can find:
* Any kind of shops: clothes, shoes, hunting, sports, electronic stuff...
* There is an indoor skatepark inside the Tent Beach shop.
* There are discos.
* Any kinnd of fast food and per kilo restaurants...
What to buy: Anything.
Parque Don Pedro: Largest Shopping Mall in Latin America
The Parque Don Pedro is the largest shopping mall in Latin America. There are many stores, and a huge food court, along with a large cinema. I found that the stores tended to be grouped together according to what type of store they were. For example, all the furniture stores were in one part of the mall, etc.
What to buy: You can get many things very cheaply in Brazil, such as clothing, candy, ice cream, etc.
What to pay: Often much less than in the U.S.
Shopping Iguatemi: Shopping Iguatemi
Another popular shopping center in Campinas is shopping Iguatemi. I haven't been there but people say that is smaller than Dom Pegro, but also say that it has more "glamour".