Recife is known for its bustling shopping streets as well as its shopping centres. From expensive brands to cheap affordable shopping, everything can be found in Recife.
Streets of Patio Sao Pedro, Avenida N.S. do Carmo and Rua Primeiro de Marco
These streets are narrow and are crowded with small shops. The best time for shopping here is during the weekdays. All through the evenings, the shops bear a deserted appearance.
Avenida Conde da Boa Vista
Situated on the further side of Duarte Coelho Bridge. Here you will able to shop for designer and expensive products. There are large contemporary shopping centres in Boa Viagem as well as small traditional malls in Old Recife.
Gifts & Souvenirs
If you want to shop for little prestigious souvenirs, Paranambuco is the place to explore.
Address: Rua do Bom Jesus, 215, Recife, Brazil
Casa da Cultura
This market is known for its local handicrafts. It is easily accessible for tourists, because it is located just near the station. Formerly a jail and now converted into a large market, all kinds of regional handicrafts and souvenirs are available here.
Address: Rua Floriano Peixoto s/n, next to the train station , Recife, Brazil
Market at Praca Boa Viagem
If you stay in the Boa Viagem region then this market is easily reachable. A large art and crafts market, you can shop for all kinds of handicrafts and souvenirs.
Address: Praca Boa Viagem, Recife, Brazil
Mercado de Sao Jose (Sao Jose Market)
This market was built in 1871 by J.Louis Liethier and Louis Leger Vauthier. In the early days, street magicians, musicians, acrobats, etc. used to get together here and stage their arts. Although most of these artists are gone today, you can still shop for handicrafts, medicinal herbs, food and Cordel Literature.
Malls and Shopping Centres
Shopping Centre Recife
This shopping centre is modern and contemporary and is the biggest mall in Recife. It has a multiplex cinema hall and houses Recife's only bowling alley. This mall is easily accessible by bus as it is located right in the middle of Boa Viagem.
Address: Rua Floriano Peixoto s/n, next to the train station, Recife, Brazil
Shopping Centre Guararapes
Shopping Centre Guararapes is the second biggest shopping mall in Pernambuco. Nearly 40 thousand people shop at the Shopping Centre every day and around 14.6 million people visit it every year. There are 219 shops in the mall. The famous Box Movies have 12 cinema halls situated in the mall, wherein 2700 people can watch movies at a time.
Address: Av. Barreto Menezes, 800 - Piedade, Jaboatao dos Guararapes, PE, Recife, Brazil
The Paco Alfandega mall has been in Recife since 1826. Built on the island of Old Recife, you will get the feeling of old meeting new in this old heritage structure, where modern contemporary shops are situated. At Paco Alfadenga, you can come across restaurants, fast food centres, coffee shops, book shops, CDs and DVDs, entertainment centres, perfumes, photo labs, fashion stores, opticians, jewellers, souvenirs etc.
Address: Cais da Alfandega 35, Recife Antigo, Recife, Brazil
Shopping Centre Tacaruna
Shopping Centre Tacaruna was inaugurated on 29 of April 1997 by JPCM. Daily, many people visit the mall to enjoy the shopping experience in 260 shops, 4 mega shops, 2 Food Plazas and 8 Multiplex Cinema Halls.
Address: Av.Governador Aqamenon Maqalhaes, 153,Santa Amaro, Recife-PE, Brazil
Livraria da Cultura
Livraria da Cultura is a bookstore where you can get an excellent range of English language books along with a collection of books written by local authors.
This is one of the smaller shopping centres in Recife and is situated in one of the richest neighbourhoods in Recife. It is frequently visited by many rich people who come to shop here.
Address: Rua Dr João Santos Filho, 255 Casa Forte – Recife
Mercado de Sao Jose
A fruit and vegetable market, shopkeepers also sell hammocks, baskets, ceramics and laces.
Address: Praca Dom Vital s/n, Santo Antonio, Recife, Brazil
A famous market for souvenirs, Caruaru is a 2 hour long drive from Recife. Around 40,000 people travel here everyday to shop. Clay Figurines made by local artists are the speciality of this market.