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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Bumbum Ipanema

    Ipanema | Clothing

    Alcindo Silva Filho, better known as Cidinho, opened Bumbum in 1979 after deciding to create the smallest (and by some accounts, the sexiest...Read More

  • 15. Farm

    Ipanema | Clothing

    Fun colors and bold patterns make Farm popular with cariocas. It's a great place to find feminine dresses and cute tops that epitomise Rio's...Read More

  • 16. Farma Life

    Leblon | Perfume/Cosmetics

    The drugstore Farma Life has a wide selection of beauty products. ...Read More

  • 17. Feira Hippie

    Ipanema | Market

    The colorful handicrafts street fair takes place on Sunday between 9 am and 7 pm. Shop for high-quality jewelry, hand-painted dresses, paintings...Read More

  • 18. Francesca Romana Diana

    Ipanema | Jewelry & Watches

    The store's namesake designer, who has five shops in Rio, creates great gold and silver jewelry and works with semiprecious stones. Check out...Read More

  • 19. Garota de Ipanema Shop

    Ipanema | Clothing

    Come here for killer bikinis as well as T-shirts, tanks, colorful beach bags, and beachwear for kids. ...Read More

  • 20. Gilson Martins

    Ipanema | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The shops of one of Brazil's most gifted and acclaimed designers sell his colorful Rio-inspired bags and accessories at affordable prices. There...Read More

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