São Paulo Shopping

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    Shopping district of Sao Bento
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    Inside one of the small record shops
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    Are about 2000 textile shops in Bras enough ??: BRAS FOR BIG TIME TEXTILE SHOPPERS

    by schurlif Updated Oct 11, 2005

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    First of all : BRAS is NOT the plural of bra, ...
    it's a whole district east of the center of town where you have shop after shop after shop of wholesale great textile products , mostly made right in the back or upper floor of the shop. In a radius of , say, 500 meters around ground zero , the intersection of Rua Oriente with Rua Miller you will find everything your heart desires in fashionable clothes , blouses , jeans , you name it.....
    B U T : it's wholesale , so you have to get minimum 6 items , mostly even 12....( different , don't have to be 12 same items )..
    But what's the difference if you can get a dozen blouses for the price you'd spend for two in a boutique..? And just guess what ? The boutique owners in the posh shopping malls just as the clothes store owners from cities hundreds of kilometers away buy their merchandise right here !! My in laws come regularly twice a year like the locust from L.A. and shop till they drop and all shops in Bras are empty like the foliage after the grasshopper visit....... They arrive with 6 suitcases full of stuff for my kids and then fill those suitcases to the gills with bikinis , jeans , everything... Well , their's a big family and there are brothers and sisters and girlfriends and, and, and, and every one wants a brazilian jeans..... So imagine you can return home with quality, tight jeans , costing like 15 U$ each.....
    That gives some nice presents to bring from a trip.....

    Come with empty suitcases and fill them up in Bras !! For men too... !!!

    And this is yet without mentioning shoes ( which to buy in other places...)

    What to buy: São Paulo is not a city with great natural views , monuments , there's no beach .......
    But these are the four things to do in São Paulo :
    Have your convention here , stay at a wonderfull , first class hotel , go out and eat some of the best food available on the planet and GO SHOPPING !!!!!! ( Night life is also great here but I don't know too much about it...)
    Buy textiles , shoes , leather goods , handicraft.... all these are tremendously cheap for foreigners....
    ( Don't buy electronics.... expensive and always lagging one technological generation behind...)

    What to pay: A pair of jeans in Bras ( 12 minimum) costs about 20 to 25 U$ ( upper quality ) , a blouse between 5 and 15 U$ , a bikini 15 U$ ( the kind that would sell for 90 bucks in the States according to my sister in law... ( and it's only so expensive now because the dollar lost to the Real some 20 % in the past months , otherwise everything would be still 20 % cheaper )

    I like those hindsights too... Hard to decide  where to start... For that price I'll take all of them... I want the 5th from top in the 2nd column Can I try these on..? All of them..?
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    Ponto Solidário: Brazilian Crafts

    by Lady_Disdain Written Feb 14, 2006

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    Best place to buy crafts in São Paulo!

    The shop supports social projects and local craftspeople, from urban art (recycled materials, crafts from the favelas) to native crafts from the forests. Everything is documented to avoid exploitation - which adds interest as well! Prices are reasonable and sales help people who really need it.

    The owner is great too and will talk for hours about the origins of everything and the people who make them.

    What to buy: Vine baskets, woodwork, paintings, jewelry, decorative knick knacks, ceramic plates...

    What to pay: From R$ 0,50 to R$ 500

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    DON'T KNOW , ONE OF A HUNDRED....: J E A N S

    by schurlif Written Oct 9, 2005

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    This amassment of blue and other jeans is produced right there in the back of the shop....
    and sold all over Brazil.....
    Brazilian ( female) jeans are low cut and have some kind of elasticity that makes the pants smuck glued like a glove to the beautifull babes butts and legs....

    Hey..... don't blame me for what I'm saying...... THIS is THE reason why brazilian jeans and brazilian babes butts are sooooo famous !!!!!

    What to buy: Jeans

    What to pay: depending on model up to max 30 U$....

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    Tutti Tanto: S H I R T S

    by schurlif Written Oct 9, 2005

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    I personally H A T E shopping... I have a real problem with that , I never ever buy myself anything to wear.... but I have a lot of people who do that for me.... My bro-in-law from LA for instance who wears the exact same size shirt as I discovered this gem of a shirt store on Rua Oriente 1596..... He bought like two dozens of their shirts made out of some hard to describe , cool , light , no iron fabric that feels wonderfull on the skin... He showed me his shirts and asked me : "Do you want some of these?" , And , YES , do I want some of these...
    Next day my LA locust grasshoppers were back in Bras and bro-in-law brought me two dozen shirts too..... easy , at 7 U$ the piece.....

    So , I only wear two kind of shirts...... ( and ONLY short sleaves too...)

    American , but Indonesia or India made Hawaiian type rayon shirts and Tutti Tanto smooth and nice on your skin shirts... especially when the temperature gets close to 40 degrees Celsius.....

    What to buy: In this shop , shirts only......

    What to pay: 84 U$ for 12 different shirts.... how about that ...?

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    VIA BRAS LINGERIE: LINGERIE, BEACHWEAR AND BRAS IN BRAS....

    by schurlif Updated Oct 9, 2005

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    All the skimmy womens stuff with one top and one bottom piece at wholesale prices that will leave the women enchanted and the men with a sigh of relief...( I know this sounds old fashioned-macho and stuff... but it's definitely true in my case....)
    So , here another example what you might want to look for in Bras , my nephews girlfriend bought 17 bikinis...... ( why not 18 ??? )

    What to buy: If you like it , can afford it and most important of all , if it fits you , BUY IT !!!!!

    Don't think twice , it's alright , Ma.....

    What to pay: Peanuts.......
    ( or , as they say here in Brazil , for the price of bananas....)

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    Luigi Bertolli: Menswear / Women's Clothes

    by Elainehead Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    When I first wrote this tip, you could find men suit for under US$ 100, but things have changed and their prices are sometimes as expensive as (sometimes even more expensive) in Europe. I no longer know if they have kept their good quality for men suit...

    Now you can also find women's clothes.

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    Rua Oscar Freire (it's actually a street): Our Rodeo Drive/Madison Avenue

    by Elainehead Written Jan 28, 2003

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    São Paulo has also her Madison Avenue like in NY, Rodeo Drive like in Beverly Hills, or Via Manzoni like in Milan.
    This area is famous for its international designer boutiques, upmarket restaurants and trendy bars.

    What to buy: If money isn't a problem for you, buy everything you like.

    What to pay: $$$$$

    H��agen Dazs on Rua Oscar Freira

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    Shopping Grandes Galerias: Music rarities

    by Elainehead Written Jan 28, 2003

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    Also known as "Galeria do Rock", even though you can't find it written anywhere, due to 3 floors dedicated to all sort of rock fans, but the main attraction here are the CD shops, all kinds of music: alternative rock, heavy-metal, hip-hop, rap, eletronic and rarities. You can also find vinyls, sound equipment and so on.
    There are 2 entrances, one on Rua 24 de Maio, 62 and another on Avenida Sao Joao at number 439

    What to buy: Rarities!

    What to pay: It depends.

    Galeria do Rock

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    (Can you read the names...?): BRAS SHOPS FROM THE OUTSIDE

    by schurlif Written Oct 18, 2005

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    Talking so much about the shops in Bras , why not have a look at some of them as they look from the street when you happen to walk by......

    What to buy: Clothes , clothes ... and more clothes.....
    and then another dozen items of clothes....

    What to pay: Explained before , this is cheap ( moneywise ) but it's wholesale , so you got to buy a dozen items..... for peanuts....

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    Livraria Cultura: Brazilian Culture in One Place

    by mircaskirca Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    Livraria Cultura is best place to buy books and Brazilian culture in general. Apart from distribution, they try to unite people from different cultural and art spheres. There is an auditorium where regularly happen concerts of jazz and popular brazilian music, presentations and discussions.

    With other shops in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Recife and Brasilia they maintain a model with same concept: spot of entertainment where visitors not only buy but also debate and exchange ideas, meet others with same interest and have a good time.

    Besides, they also offer their service by internet to virtual clients all around the world.

    What to buy: nacional and imported books, CDs, DVDs and magazines

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    Morumbi Shopping: Excellent for Shopping and Dinning!

    by xuxaBR Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    When visiting Sao Paulo, if you are looking for a refined place to go shopping, that is "Morumbi Shopping". Its 480 stores include top Brazilian and international brands. Beautiful State-of-the Art Center, offers a pleasant atmosphere for dinning, finest fashion, movie theater, pedicure and manicure, a 5500 square meters Gym, Money Exchange, Banks and much more.

    What to buy: The finest fashion stores are at Morumbi Shopping. Also the best Sao Paulo restaurants have a small version inside the Shopping Centers. For dinning at Morumbi Shopping try Almanara, an Arabic Cuisine, Vienna is excellent for all you can eat, America, Le Chef Rouge, Galeto's, Rufino's among others to delight your senses...Enjoy!

    What to pay: You can expect to spend between US$ 10 to US$ 30 per...very cheap because of the dollar value.

    * US$ 1 = R$ 2.10 (when I visited)

    Morumbi Shopping Kids getting balooms
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    R José Paulino: Clothing

    by Lady_Disdain Written Jun 5, 2006

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    This street is lined with clothing stores on both side! The shops are usually factory shops, selling wholesale to shop owners. Most of them will also sell retail (at a slightly higher price, though).

    There is clothing to fit every taste and one pocket size: cheap! Most clothing reflects the latest fashions as well.

    The quality varies from bad to excellent, so check before you buy. Also, many stores do not have fitting rooms (but they do allow you to slip the pieces over your own clothing to check for fit). Don't wear anything too baggy.

    What to buy: Great for buying tops (wear a tight fitting one so you can try what you like on over it).

    Skirts and pants are best bought in shops that have a fitting room (usually communal -but ladies only!- so wear nice underthings!).

    I bough several embroidered blouses for US$ 10 each, as well as dresses and a great curdoroy jacket!

    What to pay: About half what you would pay elsewhere.

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    LIBERDADE: TO MY JAPONESE FRIENDS....

    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jul 25, 2005

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    All kind of asian goods, also clothes and restaurants, this neighborhood is a japonese territory in São Paulo. the hugh japonese colony is settled here!

    Brazil is the country which keeps the biggest japonese colony outside Japan.

    In Liberdade you can find newspapers written in japonese and poeple do speak japonese here!

    September 12th, 2004

    It is always a pleasure for me to go to Liberdade as I am a big fan of japonese culture!

    What to buy: Every time I go to Liberdade I usually buy japonese rice, and I am addicted to rice! :)

    What to pay: You can b buy many things, and the prices are not so high, as our real is not stronger than dollars or euros!

    Liberdade - japonese district by RTL

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    LOTS OF THEM ....: SWARMS FROM SÃO PAULO AND OTHER STATES IN BRAS

    by schurlif Written Oct 24, 2005

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    This may or may not belong in the shopping section but I believe it does.... because I'm showing here how popular and sought after the clothing items of Bras are.
    Just about every day , so I was told , busses loaded with people from inner State of São Paulo ascend on Bras like swarms of locust.....to buy up , it seems , whatever they can..... The worst day is supposedly Saturday when the average John and Jane from cities up to 300 km away come for their shopping trip..... On other days it's just the owners of clothes shops , also from cities up to some 300 km away.....
    The busses arrive , their human load disperses in all directions , leaving the drivers behind without anything to do , the busses are parked in just about every street... This shopping trips are organized by local travel agencies in those cities , so the shoppers have a certain amount of time , 3 or 4 hours to find what they're after.... Then they get back to the bus , load everything in the cargo department ( where the driver has been sleeping for a few hours ) and all that done and everybody back , off they go home with their prey.....
    A nice day for the shoppers , an even nicer day for the cash registers in the shops.....

    What to buy: Clothes.......
    but there are a few shops in Bras that don't sell clothes or there are sidewalk stands selling CDs, DVDs ( all pirated products ) , sunglasses , chinese made toys contrabanded from Paraguay , even at times counterfeit alcoholic drinks that are popular , like Amarula , fruit licor from South Africa or Baileys Chocolate licor......

    These products are not recommendable......

    The clothes are......

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    A shopping district: Shops shops shops

    by benazer Written Jan 27, 2006

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    hundreeds thousands shops around this area near Sao Bento,would have looked at all the shops all day but soon started raining,I dont like much shopping in rain so just jumped on a bus which took me to this internet cafee which is where I am writing this now.

    What to buy: Anything you can think of you can buy here..

    some happy shoppers But soon started to rain.
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