Rio de Janeiro

Rio shopping is most famous for its incomparable beachwear and gemstone jewelry, both of which are exported globally. Brazil is one of the world's largest suppliers of colored gemstones, with deposits of aquamarines, amethysts, diamonds, emeralds, rubellites, topazes, and tourmalines. If you're planning to go to Minas Gerais, do your jewelry shopping there; otherwise stick with shops that have certificates of authenticity and quality. Other good local buys include shoes, Havaianas flip-flops, arts and crafts, coffee, local music, swimwear, and summer clothing in natural fibers. With lots of low-quality merchandise around, the trick to successful shopping in Rio is knowing where to find high-quality items at reasonable prices. It's helpful to note that most independent shops are shut on Sunday, with some even closed on Saturday afternoon.

Ipanema is Rio's most fashionable shopping district. Its many exclusive boutiques are in arcades, with the majority along Rua Visconde de Pirajá. Leblon's shops, scattered among cafés, restaurants, and newspaper kiosks, are found mainly along Rua Ataulfo da Paiva and in the side streets of Rua Dias Ferreira. Copacabana has souvenir shops, bookstores, and branches of some of Rio's better shops along Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana and connecting streets. For cheap fashion finds and Carnival costumes, head to the maze of shopping streets behind the Uruguaiana metro station known as 'Saara.'

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  • 1. Aquim

    Ipanema | Food/Candy

    The interior of this intimate chocolate shop is almost as exquisite as their hand-crafted chocolate bars. Produced by the Aquims, one of Rio...Read More

  • 2. Babilônia Feira Hype

    Leblon | Market

    This fair that takes place roughly every couple of months combines fashion, design, art, and gastronomy from independent labels and artisans...Read More

  • 3. DC Lá em Cima

    Jardim Botânico | Art Galleries

    This charming concept store combines artsy coffee table books, contemporary photographs, and homewares with a little coffee shop that specializes...Read More

  • 4. Feira da General Glicério

    Laranjeiras | Market

    Browse for local crafts, enjoy delicious snacks, sip a caipirinha, and listen to the delicate sounds of live choro at this laid-back Saturday...Read More

  • 5. Feira do Rio Antigo

    Centro | Market

    Vendors at this outdoor fair sell antiques, rare books, records, and all types of objets d'art on the first Saturday afternoon of the month...Read More

  • 6. Feira Nordestina

    São Cristóvão | Other Specialty Store

    The crowded, lively Feira de São Cristóvão, better known as the Feira Nordestina, is a social hub for Brazilians from the country's Northeast...Read More

  • 7. Gam Arte e Molduras

    Ipanema | Art Galleries

    A good place to find high-quality modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures, this gallery, which ships items abroad for customers, also...Read More

  • 8. Lenny

    Ipanema | Clothing

    Upmarket swimwear store Lenny sells sophisticated, exquisitely cut pieces in a range of sizes, and lots of fashionable beach accessories. Prices...Read More

  • 9. O Sol Artesanato

    Jardim Botânico | Crafts

    Exhibiting Brazilian craftsmanship at its finest, O Sol is a nonprofit, nongovernmental shop promoting and selling the handiwork of artisans...Read More

  • 10. Osklen

    Ipanema | Clothing

    The Osklen brand is synonymous with fashionable everyday wear, and all the clothes and accessories are designed to help you look good while...Read More

  • 11. Spa Maria Bonita

    Ipanema | Spas

    This holistic spa combines a range of beauty treatments, massages, and alternative healing therapies like acupuncture, colonics, and lymphatic...Read More

  • 12. Toca do Vinicius

    Ipanema | Music

    Tiny Toca do Vinicius bills itself as a "cultural space and bossa nova salon," and indeed the shop feels like more than just a place of business...Read More

  • 13. Tucum

    Santa Teresa | Antiques & Collectibles

    This gem of a store collects hand-crafted artisan pieces from more than 30 indigenous Brazilian tribes. Although prices are higher than buying...Read More

  • 14. A Garrafeira

    Leblon | Wine/Spirits

    The charming liquor store Garrafeira sells a wide range of cachaça, including excellent versions from Minas Gerais State. ...Read More

  • 15. Academia da Cachaça

    Leblon | Wine/Spirits

    You can buy close to 100 brands of cachaça here. The bar serves amazing caipirinhas and other cachaça-based drinks. ...Read More

  • 16. Alessa

    Ipanema | Clothing

    For fashion-forward designs, visit Alessa. Pay special attention to Alessa's fabulously fun underwear, which makes for great presents. ...Read More

  • 17. Amsterdam Sauer

    Ipanema | Jewelry & Watches

    One of Rio's top names in jewelry, this is the perfect place to pick up an elegant gift. The on-site gemstone museum is open weekdays between...Read More

  • 18. Animale

    Ipanema | Clothing

    A favorite among local fashionistas, Animale carries casual wear and formal wear that's both sophisticated and sexy. If you want to make an...Read More

  • 19. Argumento

    Leblon | Books/Stationery

    Its large selection of books in English has made this bookstore popular with expats and vacationers. There's also a CD section. The cozy Café...Read More

  • 20. Armazém do Café

    Ipanema | Food/Candy

    The "Coffee Store" chain has several branches in Rio, including ones in Ipanema and Leblon where you can enjoy a cappuccino or espresso and...Read More

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