This one belongs to "what to do " just as to "off the beaten path".
The various artesanal fairs that spring up on weekends all over town.
Here are three examples of inner city weekend fairs of high interest for those who don't want to go as far as to EMBU DAS ARTES ( see next tips)
1) Flea Market type fair on Saturdays only at Praça Benedito Calixto near Ave. Henrique Schaumann in Pinheiros where you can look at or buy "antique" furniture and household items , paintings , all kinds of handmade gadgetry artesanal items made of the most varied materials , eat homemade sweets or spicy northeastern delicacies.... This place is well worth a 2 - 3 hour visit on an early , sunny Saturday afternoon.
2) Artesanal Fair on Sundays at a parking lot adjacent to Praça Republica , downtown São Paulo.. one of the oldest and most traditional weekend fairs.. The place where you should buy your souvenirs or little gifts for the folks back home... outragously beautifull amethysts to put anywhere in the house for just esthetical reasons , bookends , wind chimes , keyholders and much more , made out of "sliced" stones that look like nothing from the outside but are fantastically beautifull from the inside.... and so much more that it's hard to mention all of it here.... well, paintings , leather goods , there's good food too and massage chairs where you can get a quickie back massage ( right there in the public) for peanuts..... This fair is an all time favorite.... It works only on early Sundays ( like 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM )
3) Oriental Fair at Praça da Liberdade on Sundays , almost exclusively dedicated to oriental ( in this case japanese , but also korean and chinese) food and a huge variety of arty and gadgetery items ranging from clever wooden kitchen and massage utensils , incense , dolls , clothes and much , much more...
If you're a toughie , visit #1 on Saturday , #2 on Sunday morning and #3 on Sunday early afternoon , I'm sure you will want to return one week later..BUT... don't miss EMBU DAS ARTES...( next tips !)
Everyone is sorry there is no beach in São Paulo.
Still, if it is a sunny weekend, go visit one "feirinha" - this sometimes means a flea market, sometimes an ethnic market. Have a look, not necessarily for the goods sold, but for the crowds gathered. Yet, you may find a bargain, if you are a collector and know what things are worth...
My favorite is Praça Benedito Calixto - Saturday flea market
Teeming with people of all lifestyles.
If you want to browse the stalls calmly, go towards midday, and then take advantage of being there to try some typical Minas Gerais' cuisine at Consulado Mineiro - before the wait gets too long, as it always happen.
Now, if you want to see people, go towards mid- to late-afternoon. That's where a lot of people go to meet their friends and decide what to do later on. Chill-in kind of thing.
There are others:
- Feirinha do Bixiga - Sunday flea market
Usually a bit quieter than Benedito Calixto - probably because it's Sunday and everyone's had their share of flea markets, but also very nice. Many of the vendors are also the same as Calixto's Saturday's.
- Feira da República - Sunday crafts fair
Stamps and coins are the serious businesses that may go around. For the most part, a lot of stalls selling all kinds of crafts (from a tad tacky to utterly tacky). Still, fun. The setting is beautiful.
- Feira de Antiguidades do MASP - Sunday antiques market
At MASP, on Avenida Paulista. Although it sells objects for the more serious collectors, it is not as much fun. Mostly because it ends earlier, as well...
- Feira da Liberdade - Sunday Japantown fair
A great day to visit São Paulo's Japantown, have a look at the crafts, and chose one of the many restaurants around to have a nice meal.
- Feira da Bolívia - Sunday Bolivian fair
Far lesser known, not centrally located, at Praça Kantuta (Canindé), it attracts fewer people. Stalls sell Andean foods and crafts.
Very interesting when in S?o Paulo is to visit one of the many food?s street fairs that happen through the city specially on residential areas. Around 1:00 pm when they are ready to close, all the vendors start screaming trying to sell their last items.
CEASA has the biggest one that happens on Saturdays and Sundays morning. A huge variaty of vegetables and specially tropical fruits.
About half an hour's drive from Sao Paulo -- Embu holds weekend markets on its most charming town square. Think locally made inexpensive trinkets from amethyst / rose quartz / agate loose stones, antiques, hand made chandeliers, hand painted tiles depicting scenes of brazil, cute handicrafts and so much more -- all on several dozen little kiosks that lie out on cobblestone paths in the Embu center. I was told though that while the town center where all the weekend shops are is considered to be "safe" -- just outside the tourist-y ring, crime is bad bec of the abundance of poor. We rented a car for the trip and so we were in no danger of being kidnapped or anything and i still believe it was more than worth the trip. We had lunch in a little side restaurant in the middle of the Embu street fair and i swear for a fraction of the price of what it would have cost in Sao Paulo -- we still had the most delicious rump steak! you must must must check this place out -- and don't be shy to try your bargaining skills.
Fun is a luck moment so go for a unique experience!!!!!!!!! And have fun .
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