Taste Native and Imported Fruits, Cheese Variety and the famous Sanduíche de Mortadela (Sausage Sandwich) and Pastel de Bacalhau (kind of pasty with fish filling).
Restaured in 2004, Mercadão has bars and restaurants offering international food (actually is part our brazilian culture yet) as italian, japanese, arabian, etc.
Also, you can see charmy architecture from 20's and beautiful art in windows.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, nuts, spices, oil and wine - there's a bit of everything to do with food in the Central Market. From gourmet cooks to housewives, all sorts of people visit the market to shop and chat.
Walk aroud the different sectors and enjoy the sights!
Apart from all the food and ingredients, both local and imported, the building itself is beautiful and has wonderful stained glass windows portraing the different origins of food products and how the were obtained (in a highly idealized fashion!) in the early XX century.
After looking around, head to the loft area to have a nice cold beer and snacks made from the products sold below.
The "Big Market" from 1933, it sells delicious goods from Brasil and all the world.
Also a beautiful place with stained glasses with themes about agriculture like the crops of coffe and other geometrics figures. Also an interesting place to have a good snack, like an wounderfull big cod pie.
Sunday afternoon in the Old Center of the city and in the "Big Market" (Mercadão) can be very amusing.
It is worth taking a half day to venture down to the mercado central in Sao Paulo - everything from hello kitty key chains to exotic fruit from the amazon is sold here. A great people-watching experience as well.