Top 7 Flea Markets and Thrift Stores in Salvador
Bargain-hunters will enjoy seeking out souvenirs, new outfits, and one-off pieces in Salvador’s bustling markets and secondhand shops. Rio Vermelho has an abundance of cool clothes shops that beckon you to spend an afternoon cruising the rails, while those looking for a Brazilian artefact or an interesting experience are in luck too. Here’s where you should be heading.
Salvador’s most famous market is worthy of the recognition. Housed in a huge 1800s building from in the lower city, the Mercado Modelo consists 263 stalls, two restaurants, and various bars, and often features live performances of music or capoeira. On sale is every kind of Brazilian handicraft you can think of, including lacework, musical instruments, and art. There are also jewels and gems, leatherwork, woodwork, and ceramics. It’s worth setting aside a good few hours to cruise the market stalls and stop for an ice-cold beer and some oysters with lemon and peppers, or a coffee and a bite of coconut brittle.
Rio Vermelho, Salvador’s bohemian district, is home to a few stylish boutiques and shops worth perusing. One of them, Bazar Vermelho, sells good-quality secondhand clothes from a wide array of brands. You are likely to find items from the high street such as Animal, Farm, Salinas and Schutz, as well as some higher-end and international labels. The store is well laid out, making it easy to pick out some prize pieces.
Rua da Paciência, 223, Rio Vermelho, Salvador, +55 7121325322
Also in Rio Vermelho is Sarastro Brechó, a secondhand clothes shop specializing in designer labels and vintage finds. It stocks both menswear and womenswear, including a wide selection of denim and a good range of accessories and high heels. With many pieces having been picked up abroad, the selection is eclectic and made up of designs not so often seen in Brazil.
Another well-presented thrift shop in Rio Vermelho, Brecholê sells shoes, bags, and accessories as well as women’s clothing. It is reasonably priced with a good selection of stock, aimed particularly at those wanting to snap up some casual, everyday items.
Taking inspiration from used-clothes stores in the USA and Europe, Dorothy Brechó pushes the concept of buying retro clothes and past fashions in Brazil. The shop has plenty of prints and party dresses, as well as accessories, including sunglasses and watches.