11 Best Places to Shop in Salvador and the Bahia Coast, Brazil


Fodor's choice
This charming artisan shop specializes in beautiful dream catchers and natural soaps, handmade by Lucas and his Portuguese wife, Eliane. They also offer four-hour bilingual workshops where you make your own dream catcher to take home (R$100 including materials).

Atelier Bel Borba


Bahia's answer to Dalí, Bel Borba is one of the region's most famous living artists. He picked up a bit of international prestige as well, due to his 2012 installations in New York City and a documentary about his work released the same year. A visit to his little atelier, where you can also pick up a piece of his work, is a must.

Ladeira do Carmo 14, Salvador, Bahia, 40301–410, Brazil

Bahia Preciosa


The city's most famous jeweler, Bahia Preciosa allows you to peer through a window into the room where goldsmiths work.

Rua Terceira Ordem 1, Salvador, Bahia, 40026–260, Brazil

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Chame Chame

The well-known, reputable H.Stern has several branches in Salvador, most of them in malls and major hotels.

Instituto de Artesanato Visconde de Mauá


Of Salvador's state-run handicrafts stores, the best is the Instituto de Artesanato Visconde de Mauá. Look for exquisite lace, musical instruments of African origin, weavings, and wood carvings.

Largo do Pelourinho

To pick up contemporary local art, art naïf, and gemstones, visit the many galleries in the Cidade Alta and around the Largo do Pelourinho: Rua do Carmo and Direito do Santo Antonio have some particularly good options.

Rua Alfredo de Brito at Ladeira do Taboão, Salvador, Bahia, 40140–141, Brazil

Livraria Siciliano

Caminho dos Árvores

The local branch of a major Brazilian chain, Livraria Siciliano has lots of foreign-language books and international magazines.

Nino Nogueira Decor

Rio Vermelho
This exquisite, pricey antiques and furniture shop is a design buff’s dream, combining Bahia antiques and classic Brazilian modernist pieces with local artwork, reclaimed wood furniture, and treasures sourced from owner Nino Nogueira's travels around the globe. It’s well worth a look for pure design inspiration as you explore Rio Vermelho, although they do ship internationally.

Shopping Barra

Chame Chame

One of the best shopping malls in Salvador, Shopping Barra isn't far from the historic center and has cinemas, restaurants, and local boutiques, as well as branches of the major Rio, São Paulo, and Minas Gerais retailers. Many hotels provide transportation to the mall, but you can also take the Rodoviária bus line.

Urban Arts

Rio Vermelho
For affordable gifts with a modern twist, this art gallery–cum–printer offers a wide range of images and prints by Brazilian artists that can be customized to size, finish, and frame.