Rico's dad took us on a tour of São Paulo's wholesale scene on our last day in Brasil. We woke up at the crack of dawn and visited the flower and plants section of CEAGESP, a big outdoor market, then went to the Mercado Municipal to check out all the speciality deli items. While at the Mercado Municipal, we ate steaming hot pasteis (fried pastries filled with cheese and other goodies) and marveled at the size of the mortadella sandwiches that are enjoying a surge of popularity with the paulistanos. Each sandwich contains 250g of mortadella, which when piled up on a roll is easily over 2 inches thick!
Rico and I were both very impressed with how clean the Mercado Municpal was - seriously, you could eat off the floor in that place if you were so inclined and likely not suffer any health consequences.
After the markets, we walked along Av. 25 de Março, famous for its cheap shops selling fabric, shoes, underwear, kitchen items, toys, costume jewelry, "designer" goods and everything else under the sun that can be mass-produced and hawked from a small stall. This is where many of the Angolans and Mozambicans come to stock up on Brasilian clothes to sell in botiques back home.
Here are some photos from our excursion: