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. São Conrado Fashion Mall

    São Conrado | Shopping Centers/Malls

    The shops at Rio's least crowded mall sell domestic and international fashions to a clientele that knows how to splurge. High-end Brazilian...Read More

  • 2. Shopping Center Cassino Atlântico

    Copacabana | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Antiques shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, and souvenir outlets predominate at this mall. There is a good flea market on Sunday. ...Read More

  • 3. Shopping da Gávea

    Gávea | Shopping Centers/Malls

    The brand-name stores and smaller boutiques at the fashionable Shopping da Gávea mall sell designer fashions, accessories, and swimwear, and...Read More

  • 4. Shopping Leblon

    Leblon | Shopping Centers/Malls

    International designers and chic local boutiques can be found at this upmarket fashion mall in Leblon. There is some good food to be found in...Read More

  • 5. Village Mall

    Barra da Tijuca | Shopping Centers/Malls

    There are some 600 stores here, ranging from high-street names such as C&A to small and seriously chic boutique fashion, jewelry, and lingerie...Read More

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