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Campinas is a city and county in São Paulo state, Brazil. As the core of a metropolis of 2.8 million people, it's the third biggest city in the state, just after São Paulo itself and Guarulhos. Campinas is a major center of industry, services and research, holding the 11th highest GDP of Brazil and being responsible for 15% of all scientific research of the country. The city is home to State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), considered (QS Ranking 2012) the second best university of the country and the third best of Latin America. For a visitor, besides the obvious business/academic opportunities, Campinas offers the shopping, gastronomy and nightlife typical of a large city, but with ease of access to the beautiful landscape and the scenic towns of the Mantiqueira mountain range. Campinas also hosts a considerable historical heritage from the late XIX century, associated with the properity of coffee farming during this period. (less...) (more...)

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Downtown

Like many others large Brazilian cities, Campinas' Downtown suffers from urban degradation. However, it contains several buildings of historical and architectural value, many associated with São Paulo state's glorious coffee farming era between the XIX and XX centuries.

  • Catedral Metropolitana de Campinas (Campinas Metropolitan Cathedral, Catedral Nossa Senhora da Conceição), Praça José Bonifácio, no number - Centro,  (19) 3231 2085. Inaugurated in 1883, after more than 70 years of construction. It was finished by the famous local architect Ramos de Azevedo, wWith facade in Neoclassic style, and interiors in Baroque style. It is unique among churches in Brazil, by virtue of being entirely sculpted and carved in dark jacaranda wood.
  • Praça Bento Quirino (Largo do Carmo). This public square is where Campinas was founded, in 1773. It contains the the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Colégio Bento Quirino, Jóquei Clube Campineiro, a monument to the local politician Bento Quirino, and the graveyard and monument of the local opera composer Carlos Gomes (some of these are actually in the adjacent Praça Antonio Pompeo).
  • Solar do Visconde de Indaiatuba, Rua Barão de Jaguara, 1252 / 1276 - Centro. Built in 1846 in colonial style as a residence for a well-known aristocrat.
  • Solar do Barão de Itapura, Rua Marechal Deodoro, 1099 - Centro. Mansion built in 1883, in Renaissance style, as a mansion for a local aristocrat. Currently it hosts a private university.
  • Museu de Imagem e Som de Campinas (Palácio dos Azulejos), Rua Regente Feijó, 859 - Centro,  19 3733-8800. 09AM-08PM. Campinas' Image and Sound museum, located in a colonial-style mansion built in 1978 for a local aristocrat. Contains one of the few cinemas in the city where it is possible to watch non-mainstream movies.
  • Capela da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte (Capela da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Campinas), Rua Benjamin Constant, 165 - Centro. Small church built in 1978 in Imperial style. Currently it is part of the Santa Casa de Misericórida hospital.
  • Solar do Barão de Ataliba Nogueira, Rua Regente Feijó, 1.087 - Centro. Former aristocratic mansion built in neo-Renaissance style. It was used as a hotel and hosted two cultural centers that eventually were closed down.
  • Campinas Central Station (Estação Cultura - Prefeito Antonio da Costa Santos), Praça Marechal Floriano Peixoto - Centro. Campinas' imponent central train station and one of the main postcards of the city. Inaugurated in 1872 and deactivated in 2001. It hosts now a (sporadically used) cultural center.
  • Museu da Cidade (Lidgerwood Manufacturing), Avenida Andrade Neves, 33 – Centro. mon-fri 09AM-05PM, sat 09AM-03:30PM. Campinas city museum, that occupies the old factory of Lidgerwood Manufacturing, built in 1868 and deactivated in 1922. It is now a musem dedicated to the history and culture of the city, including the native-Brazilian communities that inhabited the area.
  • Bosque dos Jequitibás, Rua Cel. Quirino, 02 - Bosque,  (19) 3231-8795. A public park and an Atlantic rainforest reserve just adjacent to Downtown. It contains a number of attractions: the Campinas Aquarium, Caso do Caboclo (a historical rural house), the Campinas Natural History Museum, a theater for children, and a minizoo.
  • Colégio Culto a Ciência, Rua Culto à Ciência, 442 - Botafogo. School founded in 1873 as private school, which used to be frequented by scholars and aristocrats. Now it is a public school.
  • Igreja do Nazareno (Fábrica de Tecidos Elásticos Godoy e Valbert), Rua José Paulino, 1829 - Guanabara. A former elastics fabric factory built in 1921 by an important local manufacturer. Now it is a temple of a protestant church.
  • Antigo Colégio Sagrado Coração de Jesus, Rua José Paulino, 1359 - Centro. A female-only catholic school, in eclectic style, built in 1909. The school has transferred its activities to another building since 1980.
  • Casa de Saúde Campinas (Circolo Italiani Uniti), Praça Doutor Toffoli, 28 - Centro. Built by the Italian community as a cultural and recreative center in 1881, becoming a hospital in 1918.
  • Escola Estadual Carlos Gomes, Av. Anchieta, 60 - Centro. A large public school constructed in 1903, and maintaining the same function. As of April 2013, it is in terrible condition; the state government has promised to restore the building.
  • Palácio da Mogiana, Av. Dr. Campos Sales, 427 - Centro. Palace in eclectic style built in 1910 to be the headquarters of Companhia Mogiana de Estradas de Ferro, a rail company. The company ended its activities in 1972, so the palace is now, together with the Campinas Central station, a memory of the rail transport in the region.
  • Igreja de São Benedito, Rua Cônego Cipião, 772 - Centro. Church built in 1885 in neoromantic style, intended to be a catholic temple for Afro-Brazilian slaves. The church was finished just a bit before the end of slavery in Brazil. In front of the church is the "Mãe-Preta" statue, constructed by freed Afro-Brazilians.
  • Antigo Externato São João (Obra Social São João Bosco), R. José Paulino, 479 - Centro. Built in 1909 by the Catholic Church as a school for poor children. It stopped functioning as a school in 1994, and now it hosts charity and social work, still aimed at poor children.

Main district suburbs

  • Parque do Taquaral (Parque Portugal), Av. Dr. Heitor Penteado, no number. Excellent place for exercising, it is a favourite local spot for running, walking or ridding a bike. It is a very popular place among families and well recommended for kids. It contains a number of attractions:
  • Largo do Café, Av. Dr. Heitor Penteado, no number (next to the Parque do Taquaral). This nice wooded park is a nice spot for birdspotting, a relaxed stroll, or a quiet read. It also contains the coffee museum:
  • EsPCEx (Escola Preparatória de Cadetes do Exército), Av. Papa Pio XII, 350 - Jardim Chapadão (close to Castelo),  19 3744-2042. Appointment only. A school for Army recruits, it is an impressive construction with beautiful colonial architecture. Visiting the interior of the facility, however, is only possible under appointment (check website for available times). Visiting the annex church does not require appointment, though.
  • Casa Grande e Tulha, Rua Arlindo Joaquim de Lemos, 1300 - Jardim Proença. Remnants of Campinas oldest coffee farm, finished in 1830.
  • Capela Santa Cruz, Praça XV de Novembro - Cambuí. The oldest surviving church of the city, in colonial style, built in an unknown date in the XVIII century, being actually older than the city itself.
  • Liceu Salesiano Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora, R. Baronesa Geraldo de Resende, 330, Guanabara (Near Parque Portugal). Built in 1897 by the Catholic church, it is an impressive construction and reputedly one of the best private schools of Campinas.
  • Monsenhor Emílio José Salim Ecological Park (Parque Ecológico Monsenhor Emílio José Salim), Rodovia Heitor Penteado, km3 - Vila Brandina. This 247-acre park used to be part of an old coffee farm called "Mato Dentro". Landscaped by the renowned Brazilian landscape designer Burle Marx, it has the "Casa Grande" (Big House) museum, housed in what used the be the farm owners residence. You can see the disparities of the lifestyle of the farm owners and workers, as well as the local environment and ecology. You can also walk one of the many trails or take advantage of the sporting facilities, such as courts, fields and playgrounds. On Sundays there is an organic agriculture fair as well.
  • Castle Tower (Torre do Castelo), Praça 23 de Outubro. A 27-meter castle-style water tower with an observation deck on top which provides fine views of much of the city. Free.
  • Cemitério da Saudade, Avenida da Saudade, 1880 - Ponte Preta. Founded in 1880, this historical graveyard contains several sculptures of international artists, and graves of several famous campineiros. A must-visit is the Monumento aos Heróis de 32, a mausoleum containing the remnants of 34 campineiros who died in the Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932.

Sousas and Joaquim Egídio

  • Sousas Center (about 10 km east of Campinas downtown). The cozy district center of Sousas, around Rua Cel. Alfredo Augusto do Nascimento next to the Atibaia river, is an attraction on itself, with brick roads and several constructions from the coffee farming era (late XIX/early XX century), like the Capela São Sebastião (constructed in 1889), the Igreja Matriz de Santana (1894), the subprefecture building (1912).
  • Joaquim Egídio Center (about 2.5 km east of Sousas center). The district center of Joaquim Egídio is located at Av. Dr. Heitor Penteado, a bit further from Sousas. It is small but charming area, also filled with historical constructions, like the Capela de São Joaquim e São Roque (constructed in 1870).
  • Serviço de Saúdr Dr. Cândido Ferreira, Rua Antônio Prado, 430 - Sousas. Psychiatric hospital founded in 1924.
  • Capela de Santa Cruz, Near Av. dos Expedicionários 91 - Sousas. Simple wooden chapel built in the end of the XIX century. Not to be confused with the church of same name in Cambuí.
  • Observatório Municipal de Campinas Jean Nicoli, Monte Urânia, Serra das Cabras, Joaquim Egídio. sun, 05PM-09PM. An astronomical observatory open to visitors during sundays, offering expositions, telescopic views and other activities. R$ 4.

Barão Geraldo

  • Mata Santa Genebra, Rua Mata Atlântica, 447 - Bosque de Barão,  19 3749-7200. A large Atlantic forest reserve, with 2,5 million square meters. It contains some trekking options and a butterfly zoo.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas

Museum of Image and Sound

Municipal Market

Campinas Jockey Club

Culture Station

Museum of Contemporary Art

Castro Mendes Theater

Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Jequitibas Forest

Moises Lucarelli Stadium

Coffee Museum

Golden Earring Stadium

Campinas Shopping Center

Taquaral Lake

Preparatory School of Army Cadets

Castle Tower

Planetarium

Portugal Park

Casa Grande e Tulha

Anhumas Station

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About Campinas

History

The city was founded on July 14, 1774, by Barreto Leme, initially as a simple outpost on the way to Minas Gerais and Goiás serving the "Bandeirantes" who were in search of precious minerals and Indian slaves. In the first half of the 19th century, Campinas became a growing population center, with many coffee, cotton and sugarcane farms. The construction of a railway linking the city to São Paulo and Santos' seaport, in 1867, was very important for its growth. In the second half of the 19th century, with the abolition of slavery, farming and industrialization attracted many foreign immigrants to replace the lost manpower, mainly from Italy. Coffee became an important export and the city became wealthy. In consequence, a large service sector was established to serve the growing population, and in the first decades of the 20th century, Campinas could already boast of an opera house, theaters, banks, movie theaters, radio stations, a philharmonic orchestra, two newspapers, a good public education system, hospitals, and the most important Brazilian research center in agricultural sciences. Finally, the construction of the first Brazilian highway in 1938, between Campinas and São Paulo, the Anhanguera Highway, was a turning point in the integration of Campinas into the rest of the state. Campinas was the birthplace of opera composer Carlos Gomes (1836—1896) and of the President of the Republic Campos Salles (1841—1913), both of whom have small museums here in their honor today.

Activities

  • Campinas-Jaguariúna steam locomotive ride, Rua Dr. Antonio Duarte da Conceição 1.500 (Near carrefour of Rod. D. Pedro),  19 3207-3637, e-mail: abpfcps@terra.com.br. Tourist steam locomotive ride starting at the historical Anhumas train station towards the Jaguariúna train station, in Jaguariúna. Only on weekends. Call or send an e-mail (in Portuguese) for prices, exact departure and return times.
  • Ciclofaixa Campinas. sun, 07AM-01PM. Like São Paulo, during sundays and holidays several exclusive cycling lanes are open in Campinas. However, in Campinas these temporary cycling lanes remain open only until 01PM. There are two routes: the first links Lagoa do Taquaral (north) to Largo do Rosário (Downtown), and another links Parque Linear do Capivari (Downtown) to Bosque Augusto Ruschi (southeast). Check the website for maps and other information.
  • Carduelis Birdwatching tours (Has no office),  +55-19-8100-8806.. Carlos Enrique conducts ornithological tours in Campinas or in and around São Paulo State.

Sports

  • Estádio Brinco de Ouro da Princesa (Jóia da Princesa), Av. Imperatriz Dona Tereza Cristina, 11 - Jardim Proença. Stadium of the Guarani football team, with capacity for 32,341 people.
  • Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, R. Antônio Francisco de Andrade, 1900 - Jardim Proença. Stadium of the Ponta Preta football team, with capacity for 19,728 people.

Theater and culture

For a city of its size, Campinas is somewhat underwhelming in terms of cultural options, mostly due to the proximity to São Paulo, that tends to get the most relevant performances and expositions. Theatrical performances are mostly in Portuguese; check websites such as [7] for a list of ongoing performances in the Campinas metro area.

  • Teatro Municipal José de Castro Mendes, Praça Correa de Lemos - Vila Industrial (Near Campinas Central station),  19 32729359. Campinas municipal theatre, hosting a variety of performances.
  • Teatro Iguatemi Campinas, Av. Iguatemi, 777 - Vila Brandina (At Shopping Iguatemi),  19 3294-3166. Theatre that frequently hosts high-end performances. If you are fan of Brazilian soap operas, it is your best bet in the city to see famous TV actors.
  • SESI Campinas, Av. dos Amoreiras - Parque Itália. SESI Campinas offers a wide range of cultural activities, including concerts, theater and expositions, at low prices.
  • Casa do Lago, Rua Érico Veríssimo, 1011 - Cidade Universitária Zeferino Vaz - Barão Geraldo. Located inside the UNICAMP, Casa do Lago offers free expositions, performances and cult movie exhibitions during the weekdays.

Food

While, like most of the state, Campinas has the fairly typical paulistano range of Italian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and standard Brazilian food, it doesn't have anything much that might be called campineiro food. The two most notable things might be the local penchant for arugula salad (salada de rúcula) and the local lancherias' habit of serving their sandwiches cut into bite size pieces, dubbed the "angel-mouth cut" (corte boca-de-anjo). Among desserts, you should not miss the torta holandesa (Dutch pie) which, despite its name, was invented in Campinas.

Main district

  • Almanara, Av. Iguatemi, 777 (in Shopping Iguatemi, 3rd floor),  (19) 3255 0477. Specializing in Middle Eastern dishes, or the Brazilian equivalent thereof, with esfiha, couscous, baba ghanouj, tabouli, falafel, and other dishes.
  • Bar do Alemão, Av. Benjamin Constant, 1969,  (19) 3254 3148. Restaurant that started in the nearby city of Itu, which is famous for the extra size of everything, the restaurant follows the pattern of the city where it was created. Be sure to ask for the "Parmegiana" the most famous dish in the house: deep fried breaded beef, taken to the oven covered with cheese and tomato sauce, served with rice and french fries.
  • Chef Theo, Rua Sampaio Ferraz, 175 - Cambuí,  (19) 3255-4333.
  • Kilimanjaro. Varied menu with sandwiches, burgers, and light dishes as well as steaks and chicken dinners. They also have a selection of vegetarian options. Two locations in town.
  • Papai Salim, Av. Benjamin Constant, 1307,  (19) 3235-3364. Middle Eastern food.
  • Pizzaria Braz, Av. Benjamin Constant, 1963,  (19) 3251 4444.
  • Red Angus, R. General Osório, 2310 - Cambuí,  (19) 3253-0006. As the name might suggest, this churrascaria is the place for beef as well as many other kinds of meat, plus salads, pastas, and desserts.
  • Rosário, Rua Gal Osório, 941,  (19) 3232 8400. Steaks including file mignon and even Kobe beef, chicken and turkey dishes, pastas, seafood, and fish served Brazilian-style.
  • Via Castello, Avenida Doutor Alberto Sarmento, 516 - Bairro Castelo,  (19) 3284 3960 ‎. 6PM-. Good pizza cooked in a big wooden oven.

Sousas and Joaquim Egídio

  • Feijão com Tranqueira, Etr Joaquim Egídio Cabras,  (19) 3298-6682. Restaurant elected several times as "The Best of the City" for typical Brazilian food, and a visit there evokes the whole experience of countryside Brazil. The house speciality, as the name sugests, is feijão com tranqueira: bean soup cooked with bacon, sausages, sun dried meat and other delicious things. In their backyard, there is a mini-farm, and kids love to see the animals, walk around the lake and play on the playground.

Barão Geraldo

  • Greg Burguers, R. Maria Tereza Dias da Silva, 664 (Estrada da Rhodia). Hamburguer restaurant.
  • Temakeria Barão Geraldo, Avenida Dr. Romeu Tortima, 1259,  (19) 3289-0802. Temaki and drinks.

Drinks

While in terms of cultural options, Campinas is not quite what you expect from a metropolis, its nightlife will surely not disappoint you. Cambuí is the "city center" of bohemian life, but good bars can be found everywhere, Barão Geraldo including. Campinas' clubs, mostly contained in the affluent northern and eastern suburbs, attract crowds from the entire region. The musical scene is dominated by sertanejo (Brazilian country music) and electronic music, although there are options for all tastes, including MPB and rock'n'roll.

Main district

  • Água Doce Cachaçaria - Cambuí, Dona Presciliana Soares, 118 - Cambuí. Part of a large chain of cachaçarias. With 150 types of cachaça, Northeastern food, instrumental music on tuesdays and wednesdays, MPB music from thursdays to saturdays.
  • Cachaçaria São Joaquim, Rua dos Contabilistas, 8 - Jd. Novo Cambuí,  (19) 32953580. Club specialized in live sertanejo.
  • Celeiro Bar, Rua Luís Moretzshon Camargo, 18 - Jd. Santana (In front of CPFL),  (19) 3256 1325. Bar and sertanejo club. Serves several drinks based on cachaça.
  • City Bar, Av. Júlio Mesquita, 450 - Cambuí,  (19) 3252-5296. Corner bar and snack shop with a happy hour atmosphere. If you get hungry, try their celebrated bolinho de bacalhau.
  • Da Vinci Bar e Restaurante, Rua Sampaio Ferraz, 503 - Cambuí,  (19) 3294-8838. Bar that offers lunch between 11:30AM-2:30PM and live music after 07PM.
  • Dom Quixote, Rua Sampaio Ferraz , 496 - Cambuí. tue-sun, 05PM-last customer. With live music without extra charge. Serves boca-de-anjo snacks.
  • Funny's Club, Rua Bento de Arruda Camargo, 270 - Taquaral,  (19) 33670719. Club specialized in electronic music, with three different environments.
  • Giovannetti. The most famous beer in town, with three locations:
  • Gold Street Club, Parque Dom Pedro Shopping - Santa Genebra. (19) 3756-7888. Upscale electronic music club. Despite its name, it is not located in the street but in a shopping mall. The different prices give access to different areas of the club. R$ 30 to R$ 120.
  • Ópera 7, R. Bento Arruda Camargo, 256 - Taquaral,  (19) 3201-2350. Club specialized in live music, including pop, rock and 80s bands.
  • Manga Real Botequim, Rua Engenheiro Carlos Stevenson , 323 - Nova Campinas,  (19) 3756-7888. Bar with two environments, specialized in MPB music.
  • Rocka Beer Café, Av Orozimbo Maia, 1923 - Cambuí,  (19) 3395-5551 / (19) 7850-4039. Bar specialized in rock music. With 20 types of beer.
  • Sebastian Bar, Rua Dona Maria Umbelina Couto, 79 - Guanabara,  (19) 3212-1508. Specialized in live rock music, with two environments: bar (with tables) and dance floor.
  • Seo Rosa Bar, Rua Emilio Ribas, 567 - Cambuí,  (19) 3255-1180. Often packed and known as a "flirting" bar.

Sousas and Joaquim Egídio

  • Aldeia Santo Antônio, Rua Xavier Mayer, 80 - Sousas,  (19) 3756-7888. Club with sertanejo on fridays and electronic music on saturdays.
  • Água Doce Cachaçaria - Joaquim Egídio, Avenida Dr. Heitor Penteado , 1147 - Joaquim Egídio,  (19) 3308-7416. mon-sat, 17:30 till last customer. The original Água Doce Cachaçaria shop. With 180 types of cachaça and overall 600 types of drinks.

Barão Geraldo

  • Almanaque Café, Av. Albino José Barbosa de Oliveira, 1240,  (19) 3249-0014. Place to hear good live music and drink good Brazilian beer (Bamberg and Colorado beers).
  • Bagdá Café, Avenida Santa Isabel, 233,  (19) 3289-0541. Bar and arab snacks.
  • Empório do Nono, Av. Albino J. B. Oliveira, 1128 - Barão Geraldo,  (19) 3289 0041.
  • Ponto 1, Rua Eduardo Modesto, 54 - Barão Geraldo,  (19) 3289 2378. Boteco. Th-Su live music
  • Água Doce Cachaçaria - Cambuí, Av Dr. Romeu Tórtima , 593 - Barão Geraldo,  (19) 3289-5464. Part of a large chain of cachaçarias. With 200 types of cachaça and Northeastern food. Offers cheap chopp beteen 05PM-08PM.

Shopping

  • Downtown. Downtown Campinas is the main shopping area of the city, and you probably can find cheaper products here than in the suburbs or shopping malls. A good place to start your shopping is the pedestrianized Rua Treze de Maio (where the Catedral Metropolitana sits), that contains all major chain stores like C&A, Pernambucanas and Americanas. Downtown streets shops are typically open on 08AM-07PM on weekdays, 08AM-05PM on saturdays. During december, before Christmas, working hours are generally extended.
  • Central Market (Mercadão), Av. Benjamim Constant, Praça Carlos Botelho - Centro,  (19) 3232-3679. Nice place to find exotic food and to feel the charm that Campinas had in its past. It is downtown close to two main bus stations, which takes some of this beauty away but makes the local easily accessible. It is a great spot for people watching.
  • Hippie Fair (Feira Hippie), Praça Imprensa Fluminense, no number - Cambuí (at Centro de Convivência),  (19) 3232-4168. Sa-Su 9AM-2PM. The art crafts fair now is officially called "Feira de Arte, Artesanato, Antiguidades, Esotéricos e Quitutes de Campinas" but with such a long name, all the locals still call it by its old and more charming name: Feira Hippie. The fair started in the 1970s and since then a lot has changed: its location, size, and products, and today actual hippie vendors are rare. This is a must-do in Campinas. It is possible to buy all kinds of arts and crafts: paintings, jewellery, clothes, house articles, shoes, bags, etc. The food section is an amazing trip through local and Brazilian cuisine: pasteis (fried dumplings), empanadas, and pies share space with regional food and as well as dishes brought by immigrants and fully adopted by the Brazilians, such as yakisoba and sushi.

Shopping malls

Like any decent-sized city in Brazil, there are a number of American-style shopping malls, typically including a food court, movie theater, and a variety of shops.

  • Campinas Shopping, intersection of the Anhanguera and Santos Dumont Highways,  (19) 3727 2300. M-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 12PM-10PM. Easily accessible by car as it is located in the intersection between 2 roads. With 168 shops.
  • Galleria Shopping, Rodovia Dom Pedro I, km 131.5 - Jardim Nilópolis,  (19) 3207 1333. Shopping mall with a nicely decorated internal garden (with a waterfall), making it popular among couples. After the expansion in 2012, it has now 208 shops.
  • Iguatemi Campinas, Av. Iguatemi, 777 - Vila Brandina,  (19) 3131 4646. Mon-Sat 10AM-10PM, Sun 12PM-10PM. The oldest shopping mall of Campinas, containing 9 restaurants (in addition to the food court), 8 cinema rooms and a theatre. With 281 shops.
  • Shopping Jaraguá Conceição, Rua Conceição 233 - Centro,  (19) 3512 8999. M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa 9AM-5PM. Located in Downtown Campinas and with small size, being technically the only non-suburban shopping mall of the city. Working hours are similar to street shops (not open on saturday evenings and sundays). With 37 shops.
  • Shopping Parque D. Pedro, Av. Guilherme Campos, 500 - Jardim Santa Genebra,  (19) 3756-7500. M-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 12PM-10PM (Food Court stays open an hour later). A very popular mall, not only for Campinas's citizens but for the whole region- tour buses arriving with visitors from neighboring cities is not uncommon. You can find pretty much anything you need in the almost 400 stores, but come prepared to walk. There are around 40 options of places to eat, 15 movie screens, bowling alley, gym and night clubs. If you are not inclined to crowds, try to avoid visiting it during weekends and holidays. Kids love this mall, where they can play in the themed resting places. The area where the mall was constructed was part of the Santa Genebra forest and some of the centenary trees that were cut down or found dead during construction were preserved through chemical processes and are now exhibited inside the mall. It is routine to see people taking pictures with the dead trees as background since the artist who worked on them really did an amazing job.
  • Shopping Unimart, Avenida John Boyd Dunlop, 350 - Jardim Aurélia,  (19) 3241-1071. Shopping mall of more modest size, located not far from the city center. With 133 shops.
  • Parque das Bandeiras Shopping, Av. John Boyd Dunlop, 3900. mon-sat 10AM-10PM, sun 12PM-08PM. The newest shopping mall of Campinas, the first constructed in the populous Southwest suburbs. With 280 shops.

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