Modelo Market Modelo Market

Perfect spot to buy crafts and sample some of Bahia’s delicacies.

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Founded in 1912, in Salvador, the Modelo Market building was listed as a national heritage site by the National Artistic and Historical Heritage Institute (IPHAN) and renovated a few times due to tragic fires. The last fire took place in 1984 and nearly consumed the entire building. Completely renovated, the building now offers several delicacies and products.

Visitors from all over the world pass by in the bustling hallways of the Market, searching for items such as peppers, clothing, embroideries, flour, tapioca, cocoa jelly, coconut candy, and smoked shrimp.

There are also local crafts, such as the traditional Baianinha de Salvador doll (made of clay and hand painted), and African musical instruments, all sold under an atmosphere of joy, music and warmth characteristic of the people of Bahia.

There are also some legends behind the two-story building and its 263 stores. It is said that slaves were kept in the damp basement, nowadays open to visitation. Restaurants serving traditional Bahia food can be found on the second floor.

Key information and tips

The market is less than 1 km away from the Salvador Port.

Bahia Tourist Hotline: +55 (71) 3103-3103

Be careful with your belongings, because the attraction is very busy.

Opening hours:
Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Restaurants open until 4 p.m.

Free admission.

Duration of the Visit
2 hours.
+55 (71) 3241-0242
More Info
Bahia State Government.
Modelo Market.


Praça Visconde de Cayru, s/n – Cidade Baixa, Salvador – Bahia

The easiest way to get to the Market is by taxi. Check out rates and companies available in the city. The Market provides free parking spaces for special taxis.

The Salvador Bus double-decker tour bus is a great alternative to reach the Market. The bus passes through several different hotels and stops at the Market’s parking lot.

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