Shopping in Salvador do Bahia is more limited than other major Brazilian cities like Rio or Sao Paulo, but if you look hard you'll find some treasures in this artistic and creative city. Some of the best Salvador souvenirs are beautiful handicrafts and art made by the locals.
There is a vibrant art scene in Salvador, and you can find a selection of local work at places like Portal das Artes or the many galleries around Largo do Pelourinho; or a variety of hand-crafted items made by indigenous people like the Pataxós, Tikuna, Caipós, and Yanomami at the state-run Instituto de Artesanato Visconde de Mauá, or the craft shop Kembo. The non-profit Projeto Axé sells locally-made clothing, and the profits go toward a fund for street children.
Salvador also has a few shopping malls, like the beachfront Aeroclube Plaza with its movie theatres, restaurants, live music venues, and the only bowling alley in Salvador. Another good local mall is Barra, which is conveniently located near the centre of town. Barra has outlets of some of Brazil's major stores along with independent boutiques, and a selection of movie theatres and restaurants.
You can always bargain in Salvador, especially at markets and independent stores. Most stores and boutiques will accept credit cards, but you'll need cash at the markets.
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