Everyone who comes to Manaus inevitably wants to purchase traditional arts and handicrafts made by Amazonas’s indigenous groups. There is no shortage of places to find interesting items such as elaborately woven baskets, unusual seed jewelry, and ceramic pottery. Aside from the Mercado Adolpho Lisboa,, you can also check out the wares for sale at the Feira de Artesanato (Praça Tenreiro Aranha, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat.).
On the praça, you’ll also find Artíndia (Praça Tenreiro Aranha, Centro, tel. 92/3232-4890, 7:30 a.m.–noon and 2–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.), which is operated by FUNAI, the Brazilian ministry of Indian affairs.
The Museu do Índio has a fine selection of artesanato as does adjacent Koonoly (Rua Bernardo Ramos 60, Centro, tel. 92/8167-1972, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.).
A quick cab ride away, the Central de Artesanato Branco e Silva (Rua Recife 1999, Parque Dez, tel. 92/3236-1241, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.) reunites two dozen regional artisans who create some very fine and original works of art using all native, organic materials including palm fibers, tree bark, and brightly colored bird feathers.
The streets behind the Mercado Adolpho Lisboa, particularly Rua dos Barés, have stores where you can pick up a cheap and well-made hammock. For more fashionable fare, check out the dozens of boutiques at Shopping Amazonas (Av. Djalma Batista 482, Parque 10, tel. 92/3303-9000, www.amazonasshopping.com.br, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 3–9 p.m. Sun.). Easily reached by bus from Praça da Matriz, Manaus’s biggest shopping also has the usual cinemas, fast food eateries, ATMs, and cyber cafés.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition