Take in the exciting sights, smells, and sounds of the best loved market in Belo Horizonte. With more than 400 stores, Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte (or Central Market) is a bustling hub of commercial activity in the city and stocks everything you might want to find. Not only is it a great shopping opportunity, it's an enriching cultural experience, giving you a taste of how the locals get their groceries.
A united central market
The market in Belo Horizonte was started in September 1929, when several existing fairs were united in a plot of 22 lots near Plaza Raul Soares. In this 14,000 square meters of land, the mayor Cristiano Machado ensured wooden tents were created, supplied by carts carrying the produce. Then called Mercado Municipal, the market thrived until 1964, when the mayor of the time decided to sell the land. However, the merchants organized and bought the property from City Hall. The land was then enclosed with a covered shed and the market expanded its activities to sell not just foods, but crafts also.
Color and variety
Today, you can explore a market awash with life and vibrant colors. After more than 90 years of history, it's grown to more than 400 stores and attracts thousands of visitors every day, from all over Brazil and beyond. Discover thematic corridors for products such as cheeses, sweet produce, handicrafts, herbs, religious articles, and more. Pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and other produce for a quintessential Brazilian foodie experience. Why not try a local specialty such as feijoada, a stew of beans with beef and pork? Or perhaps you'd prefer to sample the tropical guava fruit, enjoy a sip of cachaça da roça, or a bite of the famous minas cheese? The dining possibilities are endless in this market bulging with fresh items and tempting aromas. It's also a fantastic place to pick up a gift or souvenir, with traditional local crafts and religious items that will make a quirky or interesting addition to your home.
Visiting Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte
The market lies close to the Praça and the nearest Metro station is the Estação Metrô Carlos Prates. It offers a bilingual information services to help tourists enjoy their experience. It's recommended that you go on a guided tour of the market to get the most out of your visit; these are offered on all days. Mercado Central has lifts and access ramps for those with wheelchairs and also employs professionals trained for specialized care. Everyone will enjoy a visit to this buzzing shopping destination that's notable for its differences throughout the spacious center.