The Largo de Coimbra Arts Market is a traditional fair in the historic town of Ouro Preto in Brazil. The market is located in front of the St. Francis of Assisi Church (Igreja de São Francisco de Assis), which is the most famous in the city and one of the most significant monuments of the colonial art in Brazil, a must visit spot.
The original name of the market in Portuguese is Feira do Largo de Coimbra, Feira de Artesanato Pedra Sabão, or Feirinha de Pedra Sabão (nickname). You can use any of them; they are all accepted. Most of the products commercialized at the fair are made of soapstone, pedra sabão in Portuguese.
You can find a mix of objects, decorative arts, houseware, jewelry, and apparently some regular products like shirts and postcards, which I didn’t see. But the most exciting pieces are the ones made of soapstone, for sure!
The market is small and very colorful, you can see some of the artists working on the pieces right there, it’s cool to watch how they make the patterns. The Largo de Coimbra Arts Market is the perfect place to visit before or after entering the St. Francis of Assisi Church, and also a great spot to buy a different souvenir.
Ouro Preto is a city full of history, a great place to spend a day or more. I only stayed in Ouro Preto for a day, and visiting the street market was on the top of my list – just because I love markets -, but the city is full of things to do and see, from cultural to natural activities.
Do you know any other street market specialized in soapstone products?
When? Every day from 7 am to 7 pm
Where? Largo de Coimbra, Ouro Preto – Brazil