5 Best Places to Shop in Side Trips from Rio, Brazil

Atelier Patrick Allien

Centro Histórico
French artist Patrick Allien earned his place as a much-loved local character thanks to his evocative photographs, prints, and etchings of his adopted hometown, the natural surroundings, and its people. Since his death, his wife Margarida oversees the running of the atelier and the production of the etchings, while one corner of the atelier is dedicated to the contemporary paintings of the couple's son.
Rua do Comércio 24, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, 23970-000, Brazil

Empório da Cachaça

Centro Histórico

This shop stocks more than 300 brands—both local and national—of sugarcane liquor as well as bottled chili peppers and locally produced preserves. It stays open well into the evening.

Rua Doutor Samuel Costa 22, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, 23970–000, Brazil

Gatos de Rua

This store sells gorgeous beaded bags, artsy home furnishings, and even bikinis, all made using recycled materials by young people working as part of a community arts project aimed at helping adolescents at risk. The project is admirable, but the pieces stand out as works of art in their own right. The cute beaded cats make great souvenirs or gifts for folks back home.

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Porto da Barra

This new shopping area set close to Manguinhos beach combines an interesting selection of stylish boutiques with waterfront bars and restaurants.
Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 2900, Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, 28950-000, Brazil

Rua das Pedras

The majority of Búzios's best boutiques are scattered along the cobblestone street of Rua das Pedras, which comes alive at night and makes for a fun-filled browsing experience. Highlights include Brazilian designer Osklen and bikini brand Lenny.
Rua das Pedra, Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, 28950-000, Brazil