More Than Models and Beaches: Your Travel Guide to Bahia, Brazil

September 17, 2012  |  


You Need To Go: Lower Town

Salvador is divided into an Upper Town and Lower Town connected by the Elevador Lacerda, the first elevator installed in Brazil. For 15 centavos, take the historic ride down to the bustling sprawl of commuters and street vendors. Cross the busy street to the Mercado Modelo perfect for souvenir shopping where you can haggle for everything from hand-crocheted dresses to football (that’s soccer) jerseys, jewelry and art.

After a few hours of bargain-hunting in the stalls of the two floor Mercado, nothing will be more refreshing than the coconut milk being sold out front. Make sure to drink the milk straight out of the shell, then ask the seller to crack it open so you can scoop out the milky flesh. Also don’t miss the acarajé — a popular deep-fried snack made of peeled black-eyed peas topped with a salad of tomatoes, peppers, hot sauce and shrimp.

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