Tourists and locals find complete and diversified shopping areas in São José dos Campos. All the major hypermarkets, supermarket chains and discount and department stores are in city. The largest malls are:CenterVale Shopping; Shopping Colinas; Vale Sul Shopping; Shopping Center São José.
Besides those malls, the most important commercial centers include:The Old Downtown area including: Rua Sete de Setembro - Calçadão - a popular street shopping area. Rua XV de Novembro - located in Praça Afonso Pena, the town square. This street was the main street in São José dos Campos in the 1950s and 1960s. On the weekends, handcraft exhibitions are held there and in other squares. Other streets: Rua Rubião Júnior, Rua Vilaça, Rua Siqueira Campos and Rua Sebastião Hummel. the Municipal Market (popular groceries, stores);
And newer areas such as:Avenida Francisco José Longo and Avenida Nelson D´Ávila (hotels and maintenance services); Avenida Nove de Julho (fashionable boutiques and restaurants) Rua Luis Jacinto (nightclubs and restaurants); Rua São João (with a small mall with exquisite boutiques called Shopping Esplanada, as well as restaurants and schools); Avenida Adhemar de Barros, where there are schools and the Santos-Dumont Park.
The Vila Ema district has the most interesting sites for nightlife including bars and restaurants.