The best shopping in São Luis is in the centro histórico. The Reviver area features a number of good crafts and art shops, as well as the small but intriguing indoor market called the Casa das Tulhas, Rua da Estrela s/n (Mon-Fri 6am-8pm, Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 6am-1pm). Higher up in the old city, the principal shopping street Rua Grande features an intriguing mix of national chain stores and cheaper local stores selling clothing, hardware, refrigerators, and everything else. Rua Grande is pedestrian-only for much of its length, making it pleasant for strolling and people-watching.
The city's biggest shopping mall, the São Luis Shopping, Av. Euclides Figueiredo 1000, Jaracaty (tel. 098/3251-3621; Mon-Fri 10am-10pm and Sat till 8pm), has a six-screen cinema, large food court, and hundreds of shops. It's located a little past the Bandeira Tribuzzi bridge leading out of the centro histórico.
Gifts & Souvenirs -- In the Reviver area of the centro histórico are a number of shops selling products unique to the state of Maranhão. One of the best places to browse for lace, tiles, baskets, ceramics, and sweets is the Ceprama craft center, Rua S. Pantaleão 1332 (no phone; Mon-Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 9am-1pm). Local artisans gather here daily to display and sell their ware. If you like the tilework you've seen all over the old city, check out Ateliê Mão na Massa, Rua do Giz 117 (tel. 098/3232-5957; Mon-Sat 9am-6pm). In addition to tiles, the workshop also features beautiful pieces of glazed pottery, as well as cheaper souvenirs.
Markets -- In the Reviver area, there's the Casa das Tulhas, Rua da Estrela s/n (Mon-Fri 6am-8pm, Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 6am-1pm), also known as the Feira da Praia Grande, a small but bustling indoor market with staples such as farinha and dried shrimp and fish, as well as a selection of herbs, roots, and tree bark used for a variety of medicinal purposes. The market is open daily from 7am to 6pm. At night, the Rua da Alfândega in the Reviver fills up with stalls selling local sweets and pastries and handmade leatherwork and basketry. A little farther from the Reviver, the much larger Mercado Central, Rua do Mercado s/n (corner of Rua Jacinto Maia with Av. Guaxenduba), sells staples, fresh fish, and a wide assortment of local fruit and medicinal herbs. Open daily 6am to 4pm, but best early in the morning.
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