Recife, Brazil » Entertainment » Shopping Centres

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.



If you want to shop for little prestigious souvenirs, Paranambuco is the place to explore.

Address: Rua do Bom Jesus, 215, Recife, Brazil

Tel: +55 81 3424-1689

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

Tel: +55 81 3224-2850

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.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 3pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun: 8am to 11pm.

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.


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 buses as it is located right in the middle of Boa Viagem.

Address: Rua Floriano Peixoto s/n, next to the train station, Recife, Brazil

Tel: +55 81 3224-2850

Shopping Centre Guararapes

Shopping Centre Guararapes is the second biggest shopping mall in Pernambuco. Nearly 40 thousand people shop at the Shopping Centre everyday 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, where in 2700 people can watch movies at a time.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am to 10pm, Sun: noon to 20pm

Address: Av. Barreto Menezes, 800 - Piedade, Jaboatao dos Guararapes, PE, Recife, Brazil

Tel: +55 81 2122-2211

Paco Alfandega

The Paco Alfandega mall has been in Recife from 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.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am to 10pm, Sun: noon to 20pm

Address: Cais da Alfandega 35, Recife Antigo, Recife, Brazil

Tel: +55 81 3419-7500

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.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am to 10pm, Sun: noon to 8pm, Holidays: noon to 9pm

Address: Av.Governador Aqamenon Maqalhaes, 153,Santa Amaro, Recife-PE, Brazil

Tel: +55 81 3412-6000, +55 81 3421-6600

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.

Tel: +55 81 3419-7500

Plaza Shopping

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

Tel: +55 81 3441-9555


Mercado de Sao Jose

A fruit and vegetable market, shopkeepers also sell hammocks, baskets, ceramics and laces.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 6am to 5.30pm, Sun: 6am to noon

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.