Candy stand, cheeses, fruit stands, giant snacks. Discover the São Paulo market.
Mercado Municipal Paulistano, also known as "Mercadão", is an important public market located in the Historic Center of the city of São Paulo. It is located in an area close to the Tamanduateí River, in the Mercado neighborhood, formerly Várzea do Carmo, between the streets Cantareira, Comendador Assad Abdalla and the avenues Mercúrio and Do Estado.
It was designed by engineer Felisberto Ranzini, who is also responsible for the Municipal Theater and the Pinacoteca, and opened on January 25, 1933, having more than eight decades of history, (also anniversary of the city of São Paulo) to be a commercial warehouse for wholesale and retail, specializing in the sale of fruits, vegetables, cereals, meats, spices and other food products. However, its first function was to store gunpowder and ammunition.
The space is 12,600 square meters and houses more than 1,500 employees who, together, move around 350 tons of food daily in its more than 290 boxes. In addition, it receives about 50 thousand people weekly.  The permissionaires - shopkeepers or traders who are allowed to use the space to sell products in the Mercadão boxes - have their interests represented by Renome, a private law association, constituted for an indefinite period and non-profit.
An important historic and architectural building in the city, the Municipal Market also stands out today as a cultural and tourist hub. The building underwent restoration in 2004, which included the construction of a mezzanine to house restaurants.