Shopping in Belo horizonte

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Belo Horizonte is the capitol of Minas Gerais, Brazil. One of the more affluent states in Brazil, Belo Horizonte was designed and built at the end of the 19th century specifically to be the capitol city. Designed on the grid system of Washington D.C., the city is very pleasant to be in, with wide streets and plenty of vegetation. Belo Horizonte is also home to some great shopping, from high-end malls to massive street fairs, so make sure to bring (or buy) some extra luggage if you're going to be vacationing here.

Avenue Afonso Pena Market

Every Sunday, Avenue Afonso Pena is shut down completely to make room for a huge outdoor marketplace. If you're looking to bargain shop, or just find great keepsakes and handmade souvenirs to take home with you, this is definitely the place to go. Clothes, baskets, jewelry, toys and more in thousands of individual street stands make it hard to even cover the whole thing in one day. There is also some great art showcased here, most often on the side of the market closest to the nearby Parque Municipal. If you get hungry, there's a food court selling all kinds of drinks, food and snacks.

Alta Vila Shopping Mall

The Alta Vila Tower is a great stop for any tourist in Belo Horizonte, as it provides a panoramic view of the city. The Alta Vila Shopping Mall has been built around the tower, providing hours of shopping after you've gotten your fill of the beautiful view. The Alta Vila Shopping Mall contains a movie theater and the Hard Rock Cafe Belo Horizonte, as well as many more stores and shops.

BH Shopping

The first large-scale shopping center in Belo Horizonte, BH Shopping is still a great place to go for your shopping needs. Completed in 1979, this three-story mall contains 300 stores. Located in the Belvedere neighborhood, one of Belo Horizonte's more up-scale areas, the BH Shopping center also contains a large food court and a movie theater.

Mercado Central

Located off of Avenue Augusto de Lima and R. Curitiba, Mercado Central is the place to go if you're looking for food. Because the Mercado Central is not aimed at tourists, it can be a great place to find bargains on everything from household items to crystal displays and vases. Contains a food court with some excellent authentic food.

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December 26, 2009 new by cjr236

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