Brazil’s major arts and crafts shopping location. The Mercado Modelo can be defined as a ‘Model Market’ with its diversity of shops, where one can encounter the most varied types of arts and crafts representative of Bahia.
There are 263 shops, amongst them, two restaurants and diverse mini-bars and mini-restaurantes, distributed over two levels that occupy the neo-classic styled building, protected by IPHAN, the Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (National Historic and Artistic Heritage), built in 1861 to be used as the third Customs House in Salvador.
Recognized as one of the main tourist points of Salvador, located in the commercial district of the Cidade Baixa (Lower City), the Mercado Modelo is visited by 80% of the tourists that come to the city. A cultural and artistic space and a gathering place not only for shopping, the Mercado Modelo with its rodas de capoeira (dance-fight circles of Angolan ancestry), and sounds of the berimbaus (musical bows) and caxixis (woven basket shakers), portrays the spirit and animation of Bahia.
This is an unforgettable place to know in Salvador and a place where one can find arts and crafts and memorabilia of Bahia.
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