Keen to pick up some authentic handicrafts in northern Brazil? Then the twin cities of Recife and Olinda are an essential stop, featuring a number of quirky street markets and shops packed full of exquisite artisanal wares. Give the soulless shopping malls of Recife a miss and check out these options instead.
Those looking to pick up some of the colorful artwork for which Olinda is known should take the time to peruse this bright pink edifice in the old town. It may be a little on the expensive side, but the artwork is gorgeous and the variety seemingly limitless.
Imaginário Brasileiro – Rua Bispo Coutinho – Carmo, Olinda – State of Pernambuco, Brazil +55 81 3439-4514
This spacious indoor handicrafts center is packed full of woodwork and ceramics in the typical Pernambuco style. Visitors prepared to spend big can even pick up some curious locally made furniture or large eccentric metallic sculptures to have shipped back home.
Built out of a colonial-era prison, each of the 150 cells in this busy locale has been converted into an arts and crafts stall, selling everything from leather, clay, and ceramic numbers to intricate wooden artworks. It’s the most important Culture House in the state so don’t be surprised to run into a live performance of some kind.