Shopping malls reign supreme in Brasília. The oldest and most central shopping is the Conjunto Nacional (SDN, tel. 61/3316-9733, www.cnbshopping.com.br, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–8 p.m. Sun.). A massive hulk of concrete on the north side of the Rodoviária, it’s more democratic than your average Brazilian malls, which are usually either chic or “popular.” This one is both. Aside from stores and a supermarket, it has a wide range of eating options. The Siciliano bookstore has English-language books and magazines.
More upscale and glossy, with fancier boutiques and food options and cineplexes, are Brasília Shopping (SCN, Qd. 5, Bl. A, tel. 61/3328-2122, www.brasiliashopping.com.br, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 2–10 p.m. Sun.), and Pátio Brasil Shopping (SCS, Qd. 7, Bl. A, tel. 61/3314-7400, www.patiobrasil.com.br, 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 2–8 p.m. Sun.), which is conveniently close to the hotel sectors.
For indigenous art and objects, aside from those sold at the Memorial dos Povos Indígenas, try the improvised market held on the patio of the FUNAI building (SEP, Qd. 702, Bl. A)—FUNAI is the federal agency that governs Indian affairs). Indians from near and far come to FUNAI in an attempt to settle conflicts, and they often bring baskets, pottery, and other artifacts to sell (at very reasonable prices) during the week. The FUNAI building is close to the main entrance to the Parque da Cidade.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition