Mercado Modelo Tours

Mercado Modelo is a lively place stocked full of arts, crafts and touristy trinkets.

Located across the street from the restored art deco elevador lacerda (elevator) in a replica of the city’s old customs house, the market is a fun way to spend an hour or two and maybe pick up a bit of tourist tack for the folks back home.

Take a deep breath as you enter to prepare for the onslaught of vendors that’ll attempt to coax you towards their stall. It’s all pretty light-hearted so with a smile and a bit of friendly bartering, you’ll enjoy your visit here.

  

Practical Info

The original customs house (also formally a place to imprison slaves) was destroyed by fire in 1986. The rear part of the Mecardo Modelo is given over to local bars and traditional Bahia restaurants (on the street level, and upstairs on a large balcony).

Cidade Baixa is more commonly refered to as Comércio. To get here, catch any bus marked Comércio or Elevador Lacerda from Cidade Alta or hail a taxi. The surrounding area is a bit rundown and walking around here is not recommended. 

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Address: Praça Visconde de Cairu, Cidade Baixa, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: Free
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Full-Day Historic Private City Tour of Salvador with Lunch

Get an overview of Salvador's highlights during this full-day tour with a local guide. Visit the historic sights of the city, its colonial mansions and monuments, including Dique do Tororó, Pelourinho, Bonfim Church and Lacerda Elevator. Have lunch at a local restaurant to taste some of Bahia's specialities. In the afternoon, visit Cidade Baixa, the outskirts of the city, which provide spectacular views of the port area of All Saints Bay. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

Salvador da Bahia, with its historic city center and beautiful beaches, is a vibrant city of 3 million people. Make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights—Pelorinho, Igreja do Bomfim, Mercado Model, and Barra Lighthouse—with this private tour of the Bahia capital. Your own private guide, a local from Salvador, can offer insider tips on what to see and where to eat during the rest of your trip.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Cruise Ship Special Private Tour Salvador da Bahia Historic Old Town Bonfim and Barra

Cruise ships calling on Salvador de Bahia dock at a terminal located right downtown. With this tour designed especially for cruise ship passengers, make the most of your limited time in port with a compact tour that packs all the highlights, including the Pelorinho historic center, Itapagipe Peninsula, Fort Monte Serrat, and the art deco Lacerda Elevator. With time-saving transport to and from the cruise terminal, you’ll have time for lunch on your own.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Outskirts Private City Tour Including Favelas of Salvador

Explore the lower part of Salvador, including the largest bay in Latin America and some of the local favelas, during this 4-hour tour. Listen to commentary from your local guide about the historical and cultural aspects of the coastal area of Salvador, situated on the Bay of All Saints. See Dique do Tororó (Tororó Dike), a lake surrounded by gardens, the beaches of Ribeira and the Church of Bonfim. Stroll through the alleyways of the local favelas and visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mercado Modelo. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Best Value Full Day Sightseeing Tour Salvador the first Capital of Brazil

Spend a full day exploring Salvador, the capital of Bahia. Get to know the city’s colorful history and culture as you walk through the old city, and explore churches, a historic lighthouse, an art deco elevator with unmatched sea views. Take a train to a local market where you stop for a traditional Bahian lunch. Sip coconut water straight from the coconut and people watch on the busy square. Then move on to the coast for ocean views and to explore the Barra Lighthouse.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Salvador Super Saver: Historical City Tour with typical Moqueca Lunch

Explore the old town of Salvador, known as the Pelorinho, on this guided tour. Visit historical and cultural sites like the Praça de Se, Largo Torreio de Jesus, and Largo Pelorinho, as well as churches like Cathedral Basilica and the Franciscan Monastery. Then, enjoy a traditional moqueca lunch (a Brazilian saltwater fish stew) at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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