a day for shopping
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Morning To begin your shopping spree, start off at the largest open air shopping conglomerate in Latin America: the region of R. 25 de Março, in Centro (Downtown). Before beginning your marathon, have a hearty breakfast somewhere nearby. Want a tip? Head to Mercado Municipal (R. da Cantareira, 306, 3313-3365) and grab the opportunity to taste some of the fruits sold at the stalls. If you are really hungry, then go for the generous bologna sandwich, served in bars and eateries located in the food court. Back on your track, focus on what you want to make your task easier; after all, there are more than 3000 stores on 25 de Março and its surroundings . If the idea is to buy some items for your home, be sure to visit one of the branches of M. Camicado (R. Barão de Duprat, 133/145, 3326-4774). The region holds five of them, specializing in party items, gifts, houseware, toys, and stationery. If you intend to purchase somewhat more refined items, Doural (R. 25 de Março, 595, 3328-6228) has countless pieces of crystal, porcelain and stainless steel, as well as electronic appliances and houseware by famous brands. To buy bed and bath items, go straight to Niazi Chohfi (R. 25 de Março, 607, 33226886), a chain with four stores in the district, specializing in textiles as well as carpets, curtains, blinds and lingerie. Another chain, Armarinhos Fernando (R. 25 de Março, 864/872, 3325-0400), with five branches, is a paradise for toys and haberdashery. Ethnic products may be found at Kathmandu (R. 25 de Março, 509, 3322-1900), a shop selling Asian decor, especially from Thailand, Indonesia and India; the items range from large furniture such as chests and couches, to small items such as cityofsaopaulo.com
jewel cases. Speaking of jewels and custom jewelry, be sure to visit the shops at Ladeira Porto Geral and the gallery located on building number 14 (3101-1162).
AFTERNOON Far from the crowds of Downtown, you find that many of the stores in malls have outlets distributed along the streets of South Zone. The region of Santo Amaro is home to a permanent outlet of the underwear brand Any Any (R. da Paz, 1855, 5181-2177). The racks are divided among the current collection and items from past seasons, with price reductions ranging from 30% to 60%. In Moema, conveniences such as valet parking at the door help to ensure that consumers will still
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