There are many artisans and vendors in the square in front of the Igreja da Sé. Scan them all before deciding on your purchases. Here you will find all manor of goods from bead work, wood carvings, paintings, linens, and clothing. Something for everyone on your shopping list.
What to buy: I am not a shopper, but I did get some beadwork from a vendor who was kind enough to ignore me as I sat and read the paper and wrote cards to my friends.
What to pay: All prices are negotiable, so do haggle.
There are loads of people selling crafts throughout Olinda - althoug most are up on the Alto da Se during the day.
What to buy: There are some good deals to be had with linen - like table runners and place mats and the like. Also, the artists do some nice work with wood -- creating panoramas of typical Olinda street scenes.
"Eufrasio Barbosa" or better known as "Do Varadouro" market:handcrafts,antique shops,snack bars.
"Da Ribeira" market:handcrafts,antique shops.
"Sobrado Sete:handcrafts,antique shops.
The wood small neighbourhoods are made from "caja" tree.
Olinda has the highest concentration of artists and craftsmen in all Brazil.
Inspirate by the beauty of its views,enchanted by the magic of its mansions and commited to a history of creativity,craftsmen can be found in every corner,creating in most diversity styles and technics,wood,carving,painting,sculpting,silk screen printing,batik,printing on clothes,ceamics,woodcuts,masks and giant dolls.
Some work in the streets,some in their atteliers,in Olinda you breath arts wherever you go!