Tuesday, July 11, 2006

shopping trip


as promised, here it goes, a full account of my shopping trip in S. Paulo... I met Glá in the subway station near the hotel and we immediately headed off to the incredibly busy street called "25 de Março". I can't really describe how crowded and busy it was - I don't think I'd ever seen so many people shopping per sq meter, anywhere !

Our first stop was a fabric store called Fernando Maluhy, which sells brazilian and imported fabrics. Their variety is amazing, and they even sell these little packets of coordinated fabric pieces, of which of course I had to get one...


Fernando Maluhy & Cia, Lda
Rua Cav. Basilio Jafet, 38, 8º andar, sala 804

Other fabric stores we visited were:

Aviamentos Metropole Lda
Rua Comendador Abdo Schahin, 62

Niazi Chohfi
Rua 25 de Março, 607

The first one has a nice selection of imported fabrics as well (more expensive, though) and quilting tools, and the second one is huge, full of cheaper and various types of fabrics, including brazilian chita.



We also took a peep into several bead stores (full of so many bead packets to the ceiling that made my head spin) and a really nice trim shop, where I got the ones pictured above.

After that we moved on to our second part of our shopping trip. I had asked Glá to show me where the japanese bookstores were located, so she took me to the oriental "Liberdade" neighborhood where we had that nice lunch I talked about yesterday and hit the bookstores. We browsed through "Livraria Sol" first (located right in front of the subway entrance) and then the more popular Fonomag. It was a really difficult choice but I ended up buying 3 books only - since they are quite expensive - which I'll post about tomorrow (one about sewing, another about embroidery, and the most amazing one about dolls)



Another store I loved was Tenman-Ya, a gift store full of beautiful japanese dishware and other cute things, like the kokeshi dolls above. I went back on Sunday as well, and ended buying japanese paper lamps, loads of chopsticks and of course these cute origami paper kits.

Livraria Fonomag
Rua da Glória, 242
Liberdade

Tenman-Ya
Rua dos Estudantes, 19
Liberdade



And my last stop before heading off to the airport - the grocery store ! I just couldn't resist these colorful japanese sweets...
 

13 comments:

Siow Chin said...

Oh wow! I'm all excited just reading your post, I've no idea previously what Sao Paulo was like at all.

Alexandra said...

The Japanese sweets look AMAZING... good enough to eat :)

I've never seen them before.

Fitinha Azul said...

Anotei todas as lojas;) o meu pai vai com frequência a S. Paulo e tem-me trazido chitas brasileiras mas agora vai-me trazer outras coisas com certeza;) pena eu ainda não ter ido!
Beijinhos

Flor said...

Uau! Essa rua realmente é espectacular para compras. Quando é que lá voltas outra vez? ;-)

fantasma said...

Estou a ver que São Paulo é um perigo para ti... ou para a tua carteira! ;op
Mas as coisas são giríssimas!

Madame Trapo said...

foi muito divertido e gostoso....

A 25 de março realmente é um lugar imperdível de se conhecer..é uma loucura a qualquer dia da semana e qualquer horário (piorando um pouquinho aos finais de semana...heheh)

mas se encontra de tudo e em grande quantidade..
é um perigo pra carteira de qualquer um que trabalha com craft.
;D

essa semana esta rolando em são paulo um evento de patchwork. coloquei algumas fotos no blog.

beijos

Anonymous said...

Mas tu foste ao Brasil ou Japão? ;) E quero ver esses papéis! Depois tens de avisar quando voltas para nós te podermos fazer umas encomendas :)
Mady

Teresa said...

Os doces são lindos, conta mais :) E obrigada pelas fotos!

Minesa said...

Ai que inveja!
Grande viagem estou a ver. Que sorte!
Confesso que os doces japoneses e o sushi são quase tortura de ver.
A tua amiga gostou do pin? E tu? tens usado o teu?
Bjs.

papoila menina said...

Ai São Paulo, que saudades!!! Estive precisamente nesses mesmos sítios há dois anos atrás: 25 de Março, que foi para mim a loucura total, e no bairro da Liberdade, a comer maravilhosos sushis! É uma cidade incrível - adorei e tenho imensa vontade de voltar :). Acho que está para breve...

Anonymous said...

Hi Tania! I've been reading your blog for a while now, and I'm so happy that you went to Sao Paulo. My mother moved there (we're from Santiago de Chile) and I sent her your directions. She went and loved it. Thank you so much!

Bóia said...

I found this website www.vitrine25demarco.com.br it's seens like a guide of 25 de Março and the other streets around it... it's only in portuguese but it's not so dificult to understand it.

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