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Shopping and Eating in Salvador, Brazil

Shopping and Eating in Salvador, Brazil

Salvador is one of the largest cities in the country of Brazil.

Shopping in Salvador

The shoppers will have happy days in Brazil. With the exception of imported goods, prices are generally around a quarter of similar prices you are used to from home.

And the selection in Salvador is impeccable; from huge shopping malls with everything from well-known chains and brands, to street markets that sell everything from vegetables to books out of carts. Bargaining is not common in Salvador defined by AbbreviationFinder, but it is always allowed to ask for a cash discount or similar.

Among the typical Brazilian items that you can do a bargain in Salvador are jewels. Brazil is home to some of the most beautiful gems you can get, and throughout Pelourinho and in the markets there are plenty of outlets. However, be aware of imitations and stick to well-known dealers if you are not sure of the quality of what you are buying.

In the street markets you should take an extra look at the crafts. Here you can get such special and useful souvenirs such as hammocks, leather sandals, hand-colored sarongs or carved wooden bowls at very good prices. For example, try the Mercado São Joaquim on the coast north of downtown, which is open daily except Sundays.

Of course, it is tempting to consider buying a solid carnival costume, but think about a) how often are you going to use it? and b) they are very expensive and are manufactured by hand over weeks. Of typical carnival things you might consider a samba drum or a pandeiro, a large, decorated tambourine?

If you prefer to shop in large shopping centers with everything under one roof and air conditioning, you can choose between Shopping Barra, natural enough in Barra, and Shopping Iguatemi, located opposite the city’s rodoviário (bus station).

Eating in Salvador

Food in Salvador, Brazil

One thing is sure; you don’t go hungry from a Brazilian restaurant. You will generally receive huge and satisfying portions at prices you as a Scandinavian just smile off. Salvador has a wide range of dining options, from the most exclusive French cuisine restaurants to the simplest barbecue trolleys by the beach.

The dishes you get served in Bahia are traditionally the most spicy in all of Brazil, and inspired by the region’s African influence with ginger, coriander, coconuts and palm oil. Be aware, however, that palm oil, called dendê, is not something for unstable tourist tummies, so you may want to avoid this for the first few days in Brazil.

The most typical Brazilian dish is feijoada, which may not be for everyone, but should nevertheless be tried. It consists mainly of black boiled beans, tough pork, onion, salt and oil, accompanied by rice and various flavors.

Are you really hungry for meat one day, visit a rodizio. Here you can eat as much as you want from all kinds of meat dishes, from pork, beef, lamb and chicken; ham, beef, fillets, ribs and so on. Of course, rice and salad are included.

A few tips about restaurants in Salvador that you should note: Not everyone takes credit cards, so check it in advance or bring enough cash. You can also get an appetizer on the table without ordering it. If you touch it, it can appear on the bill at an uncomfortably high price, so ask first or send it back. Incidentally, Brazilians eat dinner very late, the restaurants do not start to fill up until the 21st and even later on the weekends.

Recommended restaurants

Restaurante O Picuí
Rua Joao Ponde, Barra. Phone 264-7638.
This restaurant has received wonderful reviews for its specialty Carne do Sol. A serving is usually more than enough for 3-4 hungry people.

Varal da Dada in Rua Teixeira Menezes
55, Alto das Pombas, Federação. Tel 332-1777 or 331-4382.
The proprietor Dada is known as one of Brazil’s best chefs, and she even prepares the food for her guests and likes to chat. The specialty is Bahia food, try Bobo de Camarao, which is large shrimp cooked in palm oil with yucca cream.

Ara – Jardim das Delicias
Rua João de Deus 12, Pelourinho. Phone 322-7068.
Situated in a quiet and idyllic conservatory amidst lively Pelourinho. This is the place where you go when you have plenty of time and want to relax and enjoy life with good local food.

Drink

Steer clear of tap water. You hardly get sick of it, but the taste is not good and bottled water is reasonable. The fruit juice is reasonably priced and wonderfully good, so provide plenty. Freshly squeezed juice from fruits that only grow in the Amazon is not commonplace in Europe.

Of alcoholic beverages, ice cold beers apply. Brahma, Antarctica, and Skol are the most common local brands, and all are good, light, beer beers. Wine does not have a foothold in Brazil, and the local brands are not all over the world. But the Argentine wines are both good and reasonably priced, despite the imports.

And of course you should try the national drink caipirinha, which mainly consists of the sugar liquor cachaca, lime, ice and sugar.

Shopping and Eating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Shopping and Eating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

According to AbbreviationFinder, Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest cities in the country of Brazil.

Shopping in Rio de Janeiro

The shoppers will have happy days in Brazil. With the exception of imported goods, prices are generally around a quarter of the corresponding Norwegian prices.

And the selection is impeccable – from huge shopping malls with everything from well-known brands to street markets where everything from vegetables to books are sold from the sellers’ cart wagons. Bargaining is not common in Rio, but it is always allowed to ask for a cash discount or similar.

If you are looking for elegant fashion items and accessories, you should visit Rua Visconde de Piraja on Ipanema, which is the premier shopping street. Here you will find large jewel shops such as H Stern, designer shops and shops selling exclusive leather goods. Many of the fashion chains and designer shops can also be found in Rua Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, at just Copacabana.

If brand names are not so accurate, consider shopping for clothing in Centro, where you can make a bargain at a fraction of the price you will have to pay in the many more touristy and sophisticated beach areas. Try the many supply stores in the Rua Senhor dos Passos street.

Among the typical Brazilian items that can be worth buying in Rio are jewels. Brazil is home to some of the most beautiful gems you can get, and H Stern and Amsterdam Sauer at Ipanema have great showrooms with guided tours in their workshops.

Markets in Rio de Janeiro

In the street markets you should take an extra look at the crafts. Here you can buy special and useful souvenirs such as hammocks, leather sandals, hand-colored sarongs or handmade wooden bowls at good prices. Try the Hippie Market, Feira Hippie, for arts and crafts at Praca General Osorio on Sunday.

If you are looking for more traditional souvenirs, try Feirarte Copacabana. It is open every night on Avenida Atlantica, at Posto 5.

Of course, it is tempting to consider buying a solid carnival costume, but then you have to think about how rare you are going to wear it, and that such costumes are very expensive because of the craftsmanship with long production time.

Of typical carnival items, you might want to consider a samba drum or a pandeiro, a large, decorated tambourine.

Eating in Rio de Janeiro

One thing is sure; you don’t go hungry from a Brazilian restaurant. You will generally receive huge and satisfying portions at prices you as a Scandinavian just smile off. Rio de Janeiro has a wide range of dining options, from the most exclusive French cuisine restaurants to the simplest barbecue trolleys by the beach.

Feijoada

The most typical Rio dish is feijoada. It may not be the first thing you choose, but it should still be tried. It consists mainly of black, cooked beans, tough pork, onion, salt and oil, accompanied by rice with various different flavors.

Casa de Feijoada in Rua Prudente de Morais 10 at Ipanema is one of the city’s specialists on this dish, and for around 100 NOK you can get a full menu including aperitif, appetizer and dessert. The restaurant also has a selection of different caipirinhas. You can get lime, passion fruit, strawberry, kiwi or amazonas guarana. (Don’t try everyone, there are strong things!)

Are you really hungry for meat one day, visit a rodizio. Here you can eat as much as you want of all kinds of meat dishes: pork, beef, lamb and chicken. You can choose ham, beef, fillets, ribs and so on. Of course, rice and salad are included.

East of Copacabana near the beach and street Av. Atlantica offers a number of good quality restaurants. There are also international cuisines all around if tempting. Eg. Italian or Japanese restaurants. Or fast food chains you know before. Two selected restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

Marius Degustare

This is a high quality buffet restaurant. Eat as much as you want. And we promise that Marius Deustare is a restaurant where you will too! Eat a lot. The address is Off. Atlantica 290.

Marius Degustare is open from 1200 until midnight throughout the week.

Restaurant Shirley

Food in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A little up from the beach on R. Gustavo Sampaio Street, 610 you will find a seafood restaurant known for its delicious food and wonderful service. Restaurante Shirley offers delicious shellfish, prawns from Honolulu are legendary. Like many other restaurants, they are open every day of the week from 1200 until midnight.

Special tips on restaurants in Rio

A few tips about the restaurants in Rio de Janeiro that you should note: Not everyone takes credit cards, so check it in advance, or bring enough cash. You can also get an appetizer on the table without ordering it. If you touch it, it can appear on the bill at an uncomfortably high price, so ask first or send it back.

Incidentally, Brazilians eat dinner very late; the restaurants do not begin to fill up until the 21st and even later on the weekends.

Drink in Rio

Regarding drinks: Steer clear of tap water. You hardly get sick of it, but the taste is not good. In addition, bottled water is affordable.

The fruit juice is reasonably priced and wonderfully good; take care of you while you can! Freshly squeezed juice from fruits that only grow in the Amazon is not everyday for us Europeans.

Of alcoholic beverages, ice cold beers apply. Brahma, Antarctica, and Skol are the most common local brands, and all are good, light, beer beers.

Wine does not have a foothold in Brazil, and the local brands are not all over the world. But the Argentines are also relatively reasonable, despite imports.

And of course you have to try the national drink caipirinha, which mainly consists of the sugar liquor cachaca, lime and sugar.