Salvador is the place to get souvenirs of Brazil for all your friends and family. The Pelourinho historic district is lined with shops featuring everything from the cheap and tacky to beautiful handmade art objects. One of the most original clothing designers is the African-influenced Goya Lopes, whose shop Didara is located at Rua Maciel Baixo, #20, loja 04, in the Pelourinho  (tel: (71) 3321-9428 ). You can also find street vendors such as Macarao selling original handpainted T-shirts with scenes of Pelourinho. Another interesting shop is the official Olodun concession near Sao Francisco Church, where the famous band markets brand-named products, including its signature clothing line.

But before you buy in Pelourinho, though, take a ride down the Elevador Lacerda to check out the bargains in the Mercado Modelo. Here you'll find your very own birembau,  the gourds to make a shakere, CDs of traditional music, a chic canga to wear to the beach, lace placemats, bangles, earrings, LOTS of T-shirts, and the ubiquitous Bahianas on magnets, among many other tempting things. There are also stalls in front of the yellow Market building. Ambulatory vendors often approach and can have somewhat aggressive tactics, so be prepared to buy only what you like and want.

For those looking for a Brazilian football shirt  as a souvenir then turn right as you exit the Elevador and walk a couple of blocks up Rua do Corpo Santo. There are half a dozen or so sporting goods stores that sell both original and copies of all the major football strips, cheaper than you will find in the various malls or the Mercado Modelo.

A good potable souvenir of the city is a bottle of Cravinho, a mix of cachaça infused with cloves. Very tasty and a distinctive gift or souvenir when purchased in a white earthenware bottle. The bar O Cravinho in Terreiro de Jesus has a small shop where you can buy Cravinho, they'll even refill your old bottles. Also look out for some of the better makes of  cachaça from around Brazil sold here.

Salvador also has many shopping malls. One of the closest to the tourist areas is Shopping Barra, with over 350 stores. It has even had an ice rink set up for skaters to try in the heat of a Salvador summer! Another interesting mall is Shopping Iguatemi (over 500 stores), across the passarela (pedestrian overpass) from the rodoviaria (main bus station), reachable by min-bus from Barra. The outdoor Aeroclube mall, along the orla (seashore) headed north, also has a music venue where well-known bands play. The newest mall is the huge Salvador Shopping, on the northern end of the city. Stores such as Marisa and Lojas Americanas make it possible to acquire a Brazilian wardrobe at very little cost.

The food markets can also be an interesting experience. One of the liveliest is São Joaquim , on the waterfront near the ferrry terminal. There are a number of stalls here selling paraphenalia and votary items associated with the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé. Be aware that the butchers sections are not neccesarily for the squeamish. The market can be accessed by taking any bus marked Ribeira or Bonfim from the ponto outside the lower entrance to the Elevador.

 On the beach,  vendors offer everything you might need for an afternoon--and more: cangas, jewelry, suntan lotion and sunblock, T-shirts , sculpture, hand-sewn dresses, and on and on.  For the mildly adventurous bargain shopper items such as the bead necklaces, offered by said vendors can be found at a number of small stores on Rua Carlos Gomes between  Rua do  Cabeça and Rua da Forca, in Centro

Enjoy!