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Shopping in Joao Pessoa, Brazil: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls

Shopping in Joao Pessoa, Brazil

The talent and creativity of the popular artists of Joao Pessoa can be seen in the most diverse forms, using the most varied materials. You can find everything from clay pots to hammocks and naturally-colored cotton lace, produced only in the state of Paraiba.

When you're choosing your purchases, great items to buy are the typical handicrafts of the region, made mostly in other parts of the state. The most popular are the hammocks with images printed on them of saints and typical Brazilian characters like the "cangaceiros" (revolutionaries of the late 19th century) in textile and in clay. There are also conch shell jewelry and embroidered lace. All of this can be found in the Mercado de Artesanato Paraibano (the Handicraft Market of Paraiba).

We recommend making some room in your luggage to take some regional items like chestnuts, "piloncillo" (undistilled cane sugar), "buruti" sweets (fruit from palm trees), "carolinas" (a sweet made from burnt coconut), "alfenimes" (flowers and animals made out of sugar paste) and "sorda" (honey bread made out of piloncillo). The trip through Farol do Cabo Branco also has shopping potential, items such as cow bone jewelry.

Handicraft Market of Paraiba

Shopping in Joao Pessoa, Brazil

The MAP (Mercado de Artesanato Paraibano) is located in Tambau and has more than 100 booths where they sell lace, textiles, ceramic and wooden figurines at competitive prices. On one side, there is a store that sells gourmet products, regional sweets, cheese, cachaza (a distilled alcoholic beverage that is made from sugar cane) and regional cooking products called "sertaneja"

Shopping Centers

Shopping in Joao Pessoa, Brazil

Joao Pessoa also has modern shopping centers offering a great variety of products and services like Tambia Shopping, located in the center of the city, near Parque Solon de Lucena. Manaira Shopping, located in the neighborhood by the same name, is by far the largest and the most luxurious of Joao Pessoa and has some of the best movie theaters in the city.

Shopping in Joao Pessoa, Brazil

There is also Mag Shopping, located in Maraira Beach, in the shape of a ship. It has several movie theaters and a food court with big screens. Shopping Sul is a small plaza in the Bancarios neighborhood that doesn't have movie theaters nor has air conditioning but offers restaurants and cantinas in the first floor.

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