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  • 1. Aquim

    Ipanema

    The interior of this intimate chocolate shop is almost as exquisite as their hand-crafted chocolate bars. Produced by the Aquims, one of Rio's leading gourmet families, whose mission is to show the world what chocolate can really taste like when cultivated with care and free from over-production and too much sugar. In addition to chocolate bars, there are delectable brownies and gifts wrapped in evocative jungle packaging. Ask the staff for tasters before you buy.

    Av. Garcia D'Avila 149, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22430-220, Brazil
    21-2274--1001

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  • 2. Babilônia Feira Hype

    Leblon

    This fair that takes place roughly every couple of months combines fashion, design, art, and gastronomy from independent labels and artisans. The quality of the goods on offer and the experience itself has improved over the years, and since it moved to an alfresco spot overlooking the Lagoa, it's become a highlight in Rio's event calendar. Expect live music, great shopping, and the chance to watch a parade of beautiful people.

    Avenida Borges de Medeiros s/n, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22430–041, Brazil
    21-2267–0066

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    Rate Includes: R$10
  • 3. DC Lá em Cima

    Jardim Botânico

    This charming concept store combines artsy coffee table books, contemporary photographs, and homewares with a little coffee shop that specializes in sophisticated homemade cakes.

    Rua Lopes Quintas 157, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22460-000, Brazil
    21-2249--2336
  • 4. Feira da General Glicério

    Laranjeiras

    Browse for local crafts, enjoy delicious snacks, sip a caipirinha, and listen to the delicate sounds of live choro at this laid-back Saturday street market in the leafy residential neighborhood of Laranjeiras. Vendors selling fruit and veggies set up stalls on the streets surrounding a small neighborhood square, but the main focus of attention are the clothing and crafts stalls on the square itself, as well as food and drink sellers and the famous Barraca do Luiz—a tent selling caipirinhas and rare music CDs—as choro bands perform nearby. Come early: the market opens at 10 am and the fun is over by midafternoon.

    Rua General Glicério, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22245–120, Brazil

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    Rate Includes: Saturdays only.
  • 5. Feira do Rio Antigo

    Centro

    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. New and vintage fashion is also a strong suit, although cheaper fashion has sadly begun to take over. Live samba music and capoeira performances create a festival-like atmosphere, and the pavement bars and restaurants buzz with locals and visitors.

    Rua do Lavradio, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 20230–070, Brazil
    21-2224–6693
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  • 6. Feira Nordestina

    São Cristóvão

    The crowded, lively Feira de São Cristóvão, better known as the Feira Nordestina, is a social hub for Brazilians from the country's Northeast who live in Rio. They gather to hear their own distinctive music, eat regional foods, and buy arts, crafts, home furnishings, and clothing. With two stages for live music, the fair takes on a nightclub vibe after dark, and there are some seriously impressive displays of forro dancing. This fair is at its busiest and most exciting on the weekends. It's best to take a taxi here.

    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 20921–440, Brazil
    21-2580–0501

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 7. Gam Arte e Molduras

    Ipanema

    A good place to find high-quality modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures, this gallery, which ships items abroad for customers, also sells photographs that can be made to size.

    Rua Garcia D'Ávila 145, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22421–010, Brazil
    21-98081--0364
  • 8. Lenny

    Ipanema

    Upmarket swimwear store Lenny sells sophisticated, exquisitely cut pieces in a range of sizes, and lots of fashionable beach accessories. Prices are high, but the bikinis are particularly creative.

    Rua Garcia d'Avila 149, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22421-010, Brazil
    21-2227--5537
  • 9. O Sol Artesanato

    Jardim Botânico

    Exhibiting Brazilian craftsmanship at its finest, O Sol is a nonprofit, nongovernmental shop promoting and selling the handiwork of artisans from all regions of Brazil. It's one of Rio's best handicraft stores, and well worth a visit.

    Rua Corcovado 213, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22460–050, Brazil
    21-2294–6198

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  • 10. Osklen

    Ipanema

    The Osklen brand is synonymous with fashionable everyday wear, and all the clothes and accessories are designed to help you look good while remaining functional. A favorite with the city's fashionistas, the brand combines simple t-shirts with eveningwear and accessories.

    Rua Maria Quitéria 85, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22410–040, Brazil
    21-2227–2911
  • 11. Toca do Vinicius

    Ipanema

    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. Bossa nova aficionados from around the world gather here, and if you're one of them, there's a good chance you'll leave with the email address of at least one new pal. You'll also find sheet music, T-shirts, CDs, and books on music, including a few in English. One Sunday a month the shop hosts an intimate bossa nova concert.

    Rua Vinicius de Moraes 129, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22411–010, Brazil
    21-2247–5227
  • 12. Tucum

    Santa Teresa

    This gem of a store collects hand-crafted artisan pieces from more than 30 indigenous Brazilian tribes. Although prices are higher than buying them direct, they offer a one-stop platform to support these marginalized communities and their traditions.

    Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 100, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 20240-120, Brazil
    21-3128--2957

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  • 13. A Garrafeira

    Leblon

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

    Rua Dias Ferreira 259, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22431–050, Brazil
    21-2512–3336

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  • 14. Academia da Cachaça

    Leblon

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

    Rua Conde Bernadote 26, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22430–200, Brazil
    21-2239–1542
  • 15. Alessa

    Ipanema

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

    Rua Nascimento Silva 399, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22421–020, Brazil
    21-2287–9939

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  • 16. Amsterdam Sauer

    Ipanema

    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 10 and 6 and Saturday between 9 and 2 for free guided tours that can be booked online.

    Rua Visconde de Pirajá 484, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22410–002, Brazil
    21-3539–0165

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  • 17. Animale

    Ipanema

    A favorite among local fashionistas, Animale carries casual wear and formal wear that's both sophisticated and sexy. If you want to make an impression in Rio's social scene, head here for slinky dresses, chic cover-ups, and showstopping shoes and accessories.

    Rua Joana Angelica 116, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22420–030, Brazil
    21-99709--0053

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  • 18. Argumento

    Leblon

    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 Severino, in the back, has coffee, pastries, salads, crepes, and sandwiches.

    Rua Dias Ferreira 417, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22431–080, Brazil
    21-2239–5294
  • 19. Armazém do Café

    Ipanema

    The "Coffee Store" chain has several branches in Rio, including ones in Ipanema and Leblon where you can enjoy a cappuccino or espresso and a pastry at the café before browsing the coffees and coffee-making devices for sale.

    Rua Visconde de Pirajá 595, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22410–003, Brazil
    21-3874–2920

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 20. Bumbum Ipanema

    Ipanema

    Alcindo Silva Filho, better known as Cidinho, opened Bumbum in 1979 after deciding to create the smallest (and by some accounts, the sexiest) bikinis in town. Bumbum remains a solid beachwear brand, and today sells slightly more modest styles as well as the trademark teeny bikinis.

    Rua Visconde de Pirajá 602, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22410–002, Brazil
    21-2512--1029

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