For regional folk art and handicrafts, particularly ceramics and Azorean lace, check out the Casa da Alfândega (Rua Conselheiro Mafra 141, tel. 48/3028-8102, 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat.) and the Casa Açoriana (Rua Cônego Serpa 30, tel. 48/3235-1262, 1–9 p.m. Tues.–Thurs., 1–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.–11 p.m. daily Dec.–Mar.) in Santo Antônio de Lisboa.
For clothing, especially cutting-edge beach- and surfwear, head to the chic Beira Mar Shopping (Rua Bocaiúva 2468, tel. 48/3223-6425, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 2–8 p.m. Sun.), where you’ll also find cinemas and a food court.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition